RCTurner wrote:Other than loss of range due to the issues related to cold weather, has anyone had any issues that are the result of cold winter driving?
Mine is very happy in the cold weather with heating that works well a fairly normal driving experience, We have hit -30 degrees this winter with wind chills at -60.
RCT, nice to know there are others driving EV's in extreme cold conditions and I appreciate you posting your experience. I'm still making do with my B-class EV, which is approaching 50,000 miles. As each year passes, I do notice my winter driving range diminishes. I noticed some high-mileage (80K mile) Bolt EV's for sale, and wonder how those batteries are holding up long term - in particular, what kind of range people can / should expect the Bolt EV to achieve after a few years and 50K miles, driving at -20C with the heater turned on.
While I can't really
speak to the " -20C " portion, Bolts seem to have similar range hit in very cold climates that other Li-Ion batteries do (I am talking about comparing difference in range between temps of 20C and -20C). So if you have experience in % loss due to winter, it is fairly comparable. And the Bolt can pull up to 7.2A @240V while plugged in, so "remote starting" the vehicle to heat the inside and the battery before a 140 mile drive will pull the energy from the wall and not the battery, and make the long trips not only more enjoyable, but more feasible.
As to range loss over time, the Bolt batteries seem to be holding up well, with several vehicles /drivers having over 60K miles, 2-3 years of ownership, and only about 5% battery loss. I read about one guy who bought a used model with almost 100K miles (probably a Uber or Lyft) that had under 10% range loss. That is loads better than the 10-15% *a year* that the Chevy Spark EV could lose.
In a few months I expect a LOT of Bolts to hit the used market, since leasing started in Jan 2017 (or Dec 2016) and most leases are 3 years in the U.S. I also expect the price of used Bolts to plummet once 5-10K of them have hit the used market. So, at the end of next summer, I expect one to be able to pick up a used Bolt in Calif with 40-60K miles for $15K (or less); quite a few higher mileage Bolts in Calif are already selling at $17K-$20K.
Having TorquePro and an OBD2 reader will be useful in determining the health of the battery (as total battery capacity is reported in the pre-2019 models).