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by NeilBlanchard
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: Bumpy Ride - Stiff Suspension
Replies: 88
Views: 21167

Re: Bumpy Ride - Stiff Suspension

I'm hoping that Koni makes their FSD shocks for the Bolt. This would make it softer on bumps, and firmer in roll and pitch. Short of that, the parts diagram makes the rear shock look like a straight tube with pretty standard ends. Has anyone taken a look at fitting aftermarket shocks to the car? Th...
by NeilBlanchard
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: How common is it to charge 300 miles?
Replies: 9
Views: 554

Re: How common is it to charge 300 miles?

Last year, we regularly got the median range estimate of 340+ miles. This year, we are using the hilltop start mode.
by NeilBlanchard
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Trailer Hitch
Replies: 24
Views: 4152

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: 1267

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: 2166

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: 2166

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: 1671

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: 2166

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: 2166

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: 24
Views: 4152

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...

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