MichaelLAX

Test drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:37 pm

I recently did a "test drive" to and from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with the last DCFC available on I-15 in Victorville to test the capacity of the Bolt EV.

My test included lights on, full air conditioning set at 70 (outside temps reached 109), radio on, "L" mode

Going Northbound from Victorville to the Terrible Herbst in Summerlin (Northwestern Las Vegas 200 miles; there is actually a closer DCFC at the Terrible Herbst in South Las Vegas at 185 miles):

I used the EVGo in Victorville for two 30 minute charges to reach 203 miles/96% and drove consistently in the right lane at the "flow of traffic" using cruise control when available. This often put me in the Truck Lane at speeds of 55-60 MPH on the flats and much slower at the inclines.

I arrived with 55 miles available on the Mileage Gauge.
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Going Southbound from the Terrible Herbst on Tropicana to Victorville (about 190 miles):

This time I used cruise control at 70 MPH with the following exceptions:

If the flow of traffic in all lanes was slower than 70 MPH, I drove at the flow of traffic.

If the flow of traffic in the left most lane (the fast lane) exceeded 70 MPH, then I moved over to the right one lane and drove at this lane's flow of traffic.

I arrived at the EVGo charger in Victorville with 3% battery capacity.

JeffN
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Re: Test drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:32 pm

Sounds about right. I recently drove that route as well. The return trip to Victorville is more challenging because of the elevation rise at Victorville at the end of the drive. When you are driving towards Las Vegas the elevation is dropping at the end of the trip and you have Primm, Nevada as a fallback plan if you need to stop and add some charge on the way to LV.

The pending EVgo 4-car station at Baker, CA will make this trip easier later this year.

MichaelLAX

Re: Test drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:35 pm

JeffN wrote:The pending EVgo 4-car station at Baker, CA will make this trip easier later this year.

I stopped in Baker on the way back to use the facilities right off I-15 at the market and bought some more water!

I am always leery of "futureshock" buildout promises! Do you know if they have they started construction in Baker?

PS: The newer EVGo's without the Start/Stop buttons can be restarted after 30 minutes by remote control. So in Victorville I did this both times while eating lunch without having to walk back to the vehicle!

MichaelLAX

Re: Test drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:39 pm

JeffN wrote:The return trip to Victorville is more challenging because of the elevation rise at Victorville at the end of the drive. /quote]
From my experience obviously driving 70MPH back to Victorville is not for the faint of heart!


I would slow down on the uphills to bank some KWs on the next trip!
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JeffN
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Re: Test drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:39 pm

MichaelLAX wrote:
JeffN wrote:PS: The newer EVGo's without the Start/Stop buttons can be restarted after 30 minutes by remote control. So in Victorville I did this both times while eating lunch without having to walk back to the vehicle!

Do tell! How do you do this? Are you referring to the ABB 125A chargers?

JeffN
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Re: Test drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:43 pm

MichaelLAX wrote:
JeffN wrote:From my experience obviously driving 70MPH back to Victorville is not for the faint of heart!

I would slow down on the uphills to bank some KWs on the next trip!

You can use this site to see how the elevation changes during a driving segment. You have to enter specific addresses.

https://www.doogal.co.uk/RouteElevation.php

MichaelLAX

Re: Test drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:45 pm

JeffN wrote:
MichaelLAX wrote:
JeffN wrote:PS: The newer EVGo's without the Start/Stop buttons can be restarted after 30 minutes by remote control. So in Victorville I did this both times while eating lunch without having to walk back to the vehicle!

Do tell! How do you do this? Are you referring to the ABB 125A chargers?

No, just the regular EVGo's that do not have the Start/Stop buttons!

This all comes out of my experiences of my RFiD cards NEVER working, so I must call in EVERY time. I have become very proficent at this process to speed it up especially in the hot high desert sun!

I take a photo of their ID code, since I have no short term memory! hahahaha and I register the start time in my deficient memory!

At the restaurant, I use the MyChevy app at just after the 30 minute mark to note that the charger has stopped! I immediately call EVGo and request a charge and go through their "process" which I will detail later. When they ask me if the charging has started, I refresh the MyChevy app to confirm that charging has started and thank them and finish the call with EVGo!

So far it has worked every time!

JeffN
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Re: Test drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:58 pm

If only EVgo had their own smartphone app.

If only EVgo would get rid of their 30 minute timer for Bolt EVs and other CCS cars with larger batteries. Technically, they can do it.

MichaelLAX

Re: Test drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:12 pm

JeffN wrote:If only EVgo had their own smartphone app.

If only EVgo would get rid of their 30 minute timer for Bolt EVs and other CCS cars with larger batteries. Technically, they can do it.

You miss the point!

I don't see you here criticizing the fact that Tesla Superchargers won't allow Bolt EV's to use their system! Why not?

EVGo receives financial compensation from Nissan and BMW to give preference to these cars! I think Nissan Leaf's even get to charge for free!

Think of it as the Nissan/BMW EVGo system which allows Bolt EVs to use the system, but they don't want us to hog the system!

Do I like it? NO!

I am happy to invest $50 in another fast charging infrastructure system but GM has already told us they won't even invest $50 in one!!!

PS: I have the $14.95 monthly fee "On the Go" EVGo rate plan, since I calculated that if I use it for a minimum one hour per month it is the cheapest plan!

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Re: Test drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:42 pm

MichaelLAX wrote:I take a photo of their ID code, since I have no short term memory! hahahaha and I register the start time in my deficient memory!

Here's a tip: you can tell what the start time of your charge was by looking at the date/time that the photo was taken (assuming you take it at the same time you start the charge).

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