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Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Chevrolet Bolt Reviews
Topic: The Chevy Bolt Is the Ugly Car of the (Very Near) Future
Replies: 72
Views: 39375

Re: The Chevy Bolt Is the Ugly Car of the (Very Near) Future

I don't know if the Bolt will become the next PT Cruiser of the used car world. I wanted a used Cruiser at one point, then realized people would label me as a tasteless nerd, so, just like the soccer moms who eschew mini-vans for SUVs, I surrendered to peer pressure, no Cruiser for me. Of course, so...
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Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: News about Bolt Battery Fires
Replies: 21
Views: 4148

Re: News about Bolt Battery Fires

Based on our investigation to date and available data from verified incidents, our analysis indicates that reducing the state of charge to 90% will provide a safety margin and mitigate the risks of further incidents. Even if customers are setting their vehicle to Hilltop Reserve and limiting their ...
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Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: HV battery capacity
Replies: 6
Views: 563

Re: HV battery capacity

I wouldn't charge it to all the available listed capacity. Charging to 90%, or 95% at the most, is the best way to prevent fires, or at the least should allow the battery to last longer. Li-ion batteries normally have an unavailable "cushion", not allowing the charge system to fill them al...
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Fri Dec 25, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: News about Bolt Battery Fires
Replies: 21
Views: 4148

Re: News about Bolt Battery Fires

Hi everyone,General Motors has decided to voluntarily recall select 2017-2019 model-year Chevrolet Bolt EVs with high voltage batteries produced at LG Chem’s Ochang, Korea facility that may pose a risk of fire when charged to full, or very close to full, capacity. While our investigation into this ...
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Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: News about Bolt Battery Fires
Replies: 21
Views: 4148

Re: News about Bolt Battery Fires

While we definitely understand that the interim repair and 90% charge limitation is not ideal, we assure you that our engineers are working around the clock to identify a permanent remedy and we expect to have the permanent remedy available after the first of the year, 2021, as mentioned above. If ...
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Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: News about Bolt Battery Fires
Replies: 21
Views: 4148

Re: News about Bolt Battery Fires

Both the Bolt's problem and the old C-Max problem was an EPA estimate issue. Both GM & Ford are guilty of not delivering on the EPA estimate, hence the similarity. Remember the consumer sees the Range Estimate for an EV on the Monroney the same as they do MPG on a hybrid. The Bolt promised 238 m...
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Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: News about Bolt Battery Fires
Replies: 21
Views: 4148

Re: News about Bolt Battery Fires

GM may need to pay owners Cash$$ if the 90% charge rule sticks around quite a while. It would actually be cheaper than replacing all those tens of thousands of massive batteries! ........ assuming the battery problem can't be solved with a better cell balancing/management software algorithm & re...
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Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: How much EV range do you actually need?
Replies: 57
Views: 20959

Re: How much EV range do you actually need?

Those unavailability percentages seem pretty high to me. Remember that you always have the "just wait for it to be free" option unless the charger is physically broken. I'm hearing here that there seems to be a plethora of charging stations collecting dust on the west coast. Not so in the...
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Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: How much EV range do you actually need?
Replies: 57
Views: 20959

Re: How much EV range do you actually need?

No. Every trip you have a 1 out of 15 chance of being stranded (if your math is correct). That is very, VERY different from you will be stranded about 1 out of every 15 trips . Example: flip a coin : it is 'heads'. Does that mean that the next flip must give you 'tails'? No. Does that mean that the...
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Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Other Electric Vehicles
Topic: How much EV range do you actually need?
Replies: 57
Views: 20959

Re: How much EV range do you actually need?

I can't do this drive just for the fun of it??? I know the temptation to play is there. With the Rocky Mountains right next to me, playing with physics seems like a sport. For those with Plan A, Plan B, etc.: If you knew the probability of an available charging parking spot NOT being available, you...

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