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by NeilBlanchard
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Trailer Hitch
Replies: 23
Views: 3563

Re: Trailer Hitch

Can you link to the wiring kit you used? Edit: found it - https://www.amazon.com/Curt-59236-Multi-Function-Taillight-Converter/dp/B010QCH7VG Did you take pictures of the location you spliced into? Do all the lights work - taillight, turn signals, and brake lights? Do you have to open the hatch in or...
by NeilBlanchard
Thu May 30, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: Problem: Full charge capacity dropping
Replies: 11
Views: 1013

Re: Problem: Full charge capacity dropping

The range estimate is not the way to measure battery capacity.

Your driving, the temperature, elevation changes, weather conditions, road surface, tire inflation, how much you use the heater or A/C - all affect the driving range.
by NeilBlanchard
Wed May 22, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: DCQC charging rates
Replies: 16
Views: 1446

Re: DCQC charging rates

I said about 15 miles, not 15 minutes. That included a brief stint on the Mass Pike. I have been driving EVs for about 5 years, and over 50K miles. The battery pack wasn't too cold to take 50kW. The problem is the wimpy EVgo unit.
by NeilBlanchard
Tue May 14, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: DCQC charging rates
Replies: 16
Views: 1446

Re: DCQC charging rates

I used an EVgo unit (eastbound on Mass Pike, near Exit 13) and only got around 22kW, which is pretty disappointing. Very likely due to a cold battery. And remember, the battery temperature changes slowly so it might be 45F outside when you charge but the pack itself may be colder from spending the ...
by NeilBlanchard
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: The Bolt E-U-V
Replies: 11
Views: 1067

Re: The Bolt E-U-V

Good winter tires are more important than AWD. In fact 2WD with good winter tires handily beat AWD with all season tires.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atayHQYqA3g
by NeilBlanchard
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: DCQC charging rates
Replies: 16
Views: 1446

Re: DCQC charging rates

No, it was about 35-37%. And it was a cool day, only around the mid 40's F or so.
by NeilBlanchard
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: DCQC charging rates
Replies: 16
Views: 1446

Re: DCQC charging rates

I used an EVgo unit (eastbound on Mass Pike, near Exit 13) and only got around 22kW, which is pretty disappointing.
by NeilBlanchard
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Trailer Hitch
Replies: 23
Views: 3563

Re: Trailer Hitch

I am glad I could help, Ken. The hitch part was easy - even with the closed cutout that my brother and I used; which leaves the plastic intact along the edge of the bumper cover. The wiring would be easier if the harness was designed for the Bolt EV. I am going to be getting a 5x8 trailer soon, from...
by NeilBlanchard
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: General / Main Chevy Bolt Owners Forum
Topic: Turned on heater first time. Range dropped 20 miles
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Turned on heater first time. Range dropped 20 miles

You can minimize this, by turning down the temperature, and by running it intermittently; only when you need it. The heated seats and steering wheel use a couple of hundred watts, at most. The heater uses a couple of thousand watts, at least. If the Bolt had a direct heating windshield defroster (li...
by NeilBlanchard
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: I had a full aftermarket sound system installed. Major improvement!
Replies: 21
Views: 7376

Re: I had a full aftermarket sound system installed. Major improvement!

I wonder how much the GM Premier + Bose system would benefit from an improved amplifier. That might be a relatively straightforward and low cost upgrade. Is anybody thinking about doing this? I am pretty sure the Bose amp has a heavy-handed DSP unit in it, so you would have to replace the drivers, ...

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