EMC wrote:If this a duplicate I apologize. Question: what is the range with a/c at a steady 60-65 mph?
I have driven the Bolt twice on test drives. I like the car but want to gain more information before buying.
My only reservation is the narrowness of the seats. That will not be a deal killer.
Any range information is appreciated.
Hey! Welcome to the forum. The topic has been discussed, but I'm happy to help.
Most EV's have a real-time consumption meter. The Bolt is no exception. The easiest way to figure out range in terms of the power consumption the HVAC uses is turn on the heater or AC and watch the meter.
The Bolt has a 60 kWh battery. Range is based on miles per kWh. So given the size of the battery; if you're able to achieve 4 miles per kWh - you'll be able to drive the Bolt 240 miles. How much energy the AC depends on ambient cabin temperature, and the temperature setting you select. I'd suggest taking a Bolt out on another test drive, turning on the AC, and see how it affects the miles/kWh number for yourself.
FYI, here is an excerpt from an article I read this morning:
"Car and Driver magazine then published a detailed review of the Bolt in its October 2016 issue in which a road test showed the car could drive a surprising 190 miles with cruise control set to 75 mph and climate controls set to 72 degrees."
190 miles @ 75 mph, with climate controls set to 72 degrees. We don't know is if that was using the heater, or just using the A/C. However, at 75 mph, 190 miles of range with climate control set to 72 degrees is typical, and in-line with what I've read from other owners.http://www.hybridcars.com/2017-chevy-bo ... -believed/