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by sparkyps
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Best charger for a 90-mile commute
Replies: 21
Views: 9131

Re: Best charger for a 90-mile commute

You can turn the 120V cordset that came with the Bolt into a dual-voltage 120V/240V unit by way of an adapter that goes on the wall plug end of the EVSE that you could then plug into the 14-50 outlet. This would double your power for about $60. Max amperage is still limited to 12A. Finding a commer...
by sparkyps
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Leaving your charger plugged in the wall uses energy, too.
Replies: 10
Views: 6918

Re: Leaving your charger plugged in the wall uses energy, too.

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?t=14173

A Leaf thread about EVSE power consumption in idle mode, all are reporting much, much lower numbers than 50W.

I do find 50W to be rather high considering there should just be some low power microcontroller running while the until is idle.
by sparkyps
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Leaving your charger plugged in the wall uses energy, too.
Replies: 10
Views: 6918

Re: Leaving your charger plugged in the wall uses energy, too.

Where I live that is about 15 cents/day of electricity. Not worth the trouble to walk over and unplug it and plug it back in. Since my car is on the charger an avg of >12 hours/day it really amounts to about $25,/yr or less than a dime a day. Informative but doesn't meet my personal time vs value tr...
by sparkyps
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Question about Charging
Replies: 6
Views: 2992

Re: Question about Charging

Yes, you can plug it in and remove it anytime you want.
by sparkyps
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: General / Main Chevy Bolt Owners Forum
Topic: 1st post here - availability of body side moldings
Replies: 17
Views: 6799

Re: 1st post here - availability of body side moldings

The link below came from a Google search, I know nothing about the company or quality of what they offer: "https://www.mycartrim.com/years/2017/chevrolet/bolt-ev-(hatchback)" They do appear to have a selection box that has all the Bolt EV colors, the custom lettering is limited to 20 chara...
by sparkyps
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: General / Main Chevy Bolt Owners Forum
Topic: Battery died with 35 miles left. Is this normal?
Replies: 34
Views: 15511

Re: Battery died with 35 miles left. Is this normal?

You have 3 years bumper to bumper. That even includes a loaner vehicle. Those guys are not an honest dealership, maybe find another after all this. I can't find anything in the manual that says a loaner car comes with the vehicle when it is in for repairs under warranty. A free tow, sure, but no fr...
by sparkyps
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Selecting a Level-2 Charger
Replies: 129
Views: 52804

Re: Selecting a Level-2 Charger

You appear to have a rate that charges (a lot) for peak demand.

If you drive 1000 miles/mo you should use about 250kWh of power extra per month.

No idea if your rate is a time of day peak demand, if it is make sure you only charge during off peak times
by sparkyps
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: On the Model 3 waitlist, but seriously considering a Bolt (Lease? Buy? Wait?)
Replies: 11
Views: 6076

Re: On the Model 3 waitlist, but seriously considering a Bolt (Lease? Buy? Wait?)

I'm on the Model 3 waiting list, had to turn in my Spark EV last month and at first thought I'd just wait for the Model 3. But after driving the Bolt I decided it was more than good enough (and quite a step up from our much loved Spark EV), the lease was attractive compared with purchasing and it wi...
by sparkyps
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: Tips to Extend Battery Life of Your EV
Replies: 8
Views: 5916

Re: Tips to Extend Battery Life of Your EV

GM manages the battery to prevent over-discharge and balance the desire for range against charge/discharge cycles. So no a range of 0 miles does not mean the battery is fully discharged. Do you know of anything from GM tech that explains the 'battery management' specifically for the BOLT? If you ar...
by sparkyps
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: Tips to Extend Battery Life of Your EV
Replies: 8
Views: 5916

Re: Tips to Extend Battery Life of Your EV

GM manages the battery to prevent over-discharge and balance the desire for range against charge/discharge cycles.

So no a range of 0 miles does not mean the battery is fully discharged.

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