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by PV1
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Speed vs Efficiency with respect to total travel time
Replies: 46
Views: 9404

Re: Speed vs Efficiency with respect to total travel time

I believe the physics of the current state of lithium-ion batteries is such that the efficiency drops off above 52 MPH, so driving at 85 MPH in a Bolt EV will eat up your storage capacity like a hot knife through butter. Has nothing to do with the physics or current state of the art Lithium-Ion bat...
by PV1
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: Bolt Front Seats Recall Media Campaign
Replies: 171
Views: 73039

Re: Bolt Front Seats Recall Media Campaign

I've sat in five Bolts so far, two with leather. I only found one to have uncomfortable seats, but it was just that the bolster was more pronounced than I'd like. Do the seats differ that much between Bolts? What trim level do most complaints stem from? Having driven LEAFs, 2 Teslas, i-MiEVs, a C-Ma...
by PV1
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: DC fast charger
Replies: 99
Views: 19995

Re: DC fast charger

I'm sorry, Michael, but recognizing that someone else's situation may be different from his does not invalidate Tim's opinion. Tim has an opinion, but he is the wrong person to have an opinion of quality to someone asking the question on whether to purchase/lease a Bolt EV without a DCFC. Why? Tim ...
by PV1
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Test drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas
Replies: 50
Views: 14822

Re: Test drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

It should also be possible to reserve a pump the same way. While one car is charging you get in line by holding your phone or RFiD card against the card reader and the screen shows your expected wait time (as a maximum, not everyone in line ahead of you need use their full 30 or whatever minutes). ...
by PV1
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: General / Main Chevy Bolt Owners Forum
Topic: Bolt as a Powerwall
Replies: 25
Views: 10690

Re: Bolt as a Powerwall

Cars with DCQC already have the capability. Those two big pins run through a contactor straight to the battery. The only thing they might need is a firmware update so the car can recognize V2G/V2H connections. An off-board inverter/charger could handle both charging the car and running the house fro...
by PV1
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Sorry to beat dead horse but..recommendations for upping mileage
Replies: 21
Views: 6908

Re: Sorry to beat dead horse but..recommendations for upping mileage

I've gotten some of my best range estimates in my i-MiEV by running in rush hour traffic. Around here, that means heavy traffic moving about 5 over the speed limit (a welcome break from the usual 15-20 over everyone else runs). With that many cars moving air, they more or less pull you along. I've m...
by PV1
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: General / Main Chevy Bolt Owners Forum
Topic: Bolt as a Powerwall
Replies: 25
Views: 10690

Re: Bolt as a Powerwall

V2G is one of the things that get talked about endlessly, but I'm not sure we'll ever see it in the US. Mitsubishi's M-tech Labo has a rather neat setup of wind, solar, stationary, 2nd life EV batteries, and a fleet of i-MiEVs. The system favors the stationary batteries to try and keep the cars char...
by PV1
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Chevrolet Bolt Reviews
Topic: The Chevy Bolt Is the Ugly Car of the (Very Near) Future
Replies: 68
Views: 28910

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

What I find amusing about EVs in general is that everyone has to find something negative to say about them. "Oh, well the Model S can only go 300 miles before needing a charge." Really? :| The Bolt is a substantial vehicle that opens up electric transportation to a LOT of people. It's room...
by PV1
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: Dash Gripes - any ideas?
Replies: 5
Views: 2099

Re: Dash Gripes - any ideas?

Just to clear up confusion on my part, is the DIC the gauge display or the central radio display? When in CarPlay, I have a clock on the left hand side of the radio display, in the banner that has the CarPlay home button. I've never seen a clock on the display behind the steering wheel. The auto-dim...
by PV1
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Local / Regional Discussions
Topic: Pittsburgh Area Owners
Replies: 2
Views: 1485

Re: Pittsburgh Area Owners

I'm pretty involved with the guys that do the NDEW events in my area (I noticed there is one other Bolt signed up) as it is. However, the Mother Earth News Festival is the same day as the events and I'll be going to that instead. I was just curious if there are any Pittsburgh Bolt owners on this for...

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