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Re: Chevrolet Bolt

Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:33 pm

cwerdna wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:35 pm
Also, install the EVgo app. I can't speak to whether if you choose PAYG vs. membership (https://www.evgo.com/charging-plans/) whether you're locked in for a month.

That said, ChargePoint and EVgo have a roaming agreemnt (https://www.evgo.com/ev-drivers/partner-roaming/ and https://www.chargepoint.com/about/news/ ... ationwide/). Apparently, you can start charging on EVgo DC FCs with a ChargePoint account/card.

As I have a CP card and don't intend to use EVgo (on this trip), I think I'll just stick with what I've got. I'm a little tight on memory. If I do get the lease it would be a different matter.
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:35 pm

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That's too bad about the lack of electricity at places you might be at.
Even 8+ hours at 120 volts * 12 amps is better than nothing. And, overnight while on J1772 will get you plenty of juice. Even if it's only 208 volts * 30 amps max, that'll get you about 6 kW, so for an 8 hour stop, 48 kWh would've come out of the station. As the marketing folks at Nissan said at a Leaf test drive EVent I went to in Nov 2010 (before Leaf went on sale), how many hours at day is your car sitting idle doing nothing? Those are opportunities where your car can be charged.
It's the trade-off you make when you're a backpacker/X-C skier - the trailheads are usually in unimproved locations. Worth it, but that's why long- ranged BEVs with the quickest possible QC and dense, reliable QC sites (or ICEs or FCEVs ditto) are required to meet the needs of people like me. BEVs are great when you can regularly L2 charge - but until the AFV energy replenishment network expands to resemble the density (and reliability) of the gas station network, and BEV range & recharging times approach that of liquid or gaseous fuels, BEVs will continue to impose restrictions, sometimes severe ones, on where and when you take a trip, your flexibility enroute, and how much time you have to waste catering for the car's needs rather than your own desires.

Among the current crop of 200+ mile BEVs the Bolt and LEAF are the models most impacted by such restrictions on trips, as one of your links above re the Bolt's QC rate showed. Still, if the restrictions are moderate enough for many of my typical trips I may be willing to put up with them for a few years (given low enough lease costs) while I wait for something more suitable to come along, keeping my ICE in the meantime for those trips the Bolt is manifestly unsuited to. Or just rent AFVs on Turo as I mentioned, but I can only hope that my access to suitable AFVs there gets far easier than it currently is.

Thanks for all the advice & links. It's been 20+ years since I last spent ~ a week with a BEV (Think City), and while I don't expect any major revelations (I'm evaluating it as a car not a BEV, and I'll be driving it normally) it'll still be educational, and I hope fun driving it will outweigh or at least equal the tedium of the extra time spent waiting for it to charge, versus gas and go. I'll post trip & energy details when I get back.
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Re: Chevrolet Bolt

Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:57 pm

A couple other random tips for GRA:
- If not already switched to it, change the dash layout to Enhanced. You'll be able to see power consumption, regen, regen limit horizontal line and charging rate on the right side of the dash like in News Coulomb's videos (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJqgqW ... KSw/videos). You'll need to power up while charging to see the rate.
- When the battery is near full (and probably when too cold as well), you'll see the white horizontal regen limit line on the right side at least in enhanced. You'll definitely see it if charging somewhere past 90-ish% SoC. Visual aid at https://allev.info/2020/02/regen-with-full-battery/.
- If the car is pre-2019, it'll not have target charge level screen, only hilltop reserve on/off (I rented a '17 on Turo for 1 day before I bought). For your rental purposes, I think you want that off so that you can go to 100% charge.
- While DC FCing, on the large LCD, you can stop charging from there.
- You may wish to try driving in D vs. L and using the regen paddle on left. IIRC, there should be 4 levels of regen w/using the brake pedal: D, D with paddle, L, L with paddle.
- Don't use auto for HVAC (I almost never do on my cars) unless you want the GOM changing behind your back due to heater/AC compressor turning on/off. Also, disable auto defog for the same reason.
- Do try out CarPlay and/or Android Auto. They need to be enabled in the infotainment system. For CarPlay, if you use that, bring a genuine Apple cable or quality MFi-certified cable. For Android, make sure you also bring a quality cable(s). If your phone came with a cable that has USB 2.0/USB-A on the non-phone end, use that instead of 3rd-party cables. Crap cables are a big cause of problems with both. If using iOS, disable any VPN clients. They may cause problems w/CarPlay.
- If you run the power pig heater, if nearing your destination and you wish to save some juice, shut off the heater a few minutes early. The liquid (coolant) and heater bits still have quite a bit of heat that will take awhile to cool off completely.
- chevybolt.org seems way more active than http://www.mychevybolt.com/forum/. I tend to browse them via https://www.chevybolt.org/whats-new/posts/ and http://www.mychevybolt.com/forum/search ... ive_topics.
- The car has pretty unconventional "ignition" states. Even when the car's off, if you have the key fob, you can activate the infotainment system by pressing its power button (volume knob).
- If the infotainment system goes wonky (e.g. gets into a bad state, stuck in reverse camera screen while moving forward (I've never hit this), locks up), hold down the ff + home hardware buttons for several seconds to reboot it.
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Re: Chevrolet Bolt

Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:18 pm

These are all good suggestions.

I use Torque Pro and the Chevy Assist app to keep tabs of SOC and other parameters.

Seat heaters and steering wheel heat can offset quite a bit of cabin heating. In the three years we leased a 2017 Bolt I don't think we ever used the cabin heat--but then again we live in Bakersfield and we don't play in the snow. (My wife broke her leg xcountry skiing in the 80s in Sequoia.)

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Re: Chevrolet Bolt - 60 kWh, 238 mi, < 7s 0-60

Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:32 pm

cwerdna wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 6:12 pm
Just on my portion of the street, these folks have Bolts now: me, my next door neighbor, that person across and over a house, and another uy two doors down from me.
Continuing w/Bolt popularity on my street. The two doors down Bolt people (who had a Bolt way before me) had a white older Bolt. Today, when I walked by, I noticed another white Bolt in its place w/personalized placard with Dec 2020 expiration instead of a permanent metal license plate. It was definitely a 2020 Bolt as it was missing the 2 buttons on rear doors for GM's version of Intelligent Key. On model years before 2020, all 4 doors had buttons but the two 2 rear ones were removed on 2020.

I forget if they leased their 1st Bolt. I know they had leased their gen 1 Leaf and returned it at end of lease in favor of their 1st Bolt.

The person across and over a house with the grey Bolt sometimes has visitors w/a white Bolt (not the same as the white Bolts owned or leased by others my street).

Thinking about the EVs/PHEVs on my street that I know of, besides my '13 Leaf, there is a gen 2 Leaf parked outside far away from me. I can't think of any other Leafs. I also know of 0 Teslas on my street. My street is about 1/4 mile long w/only single family homes w/large lots. I can't see all the way to one of the ends due to a curve.

Besides the above clusters of 4 Bolts (1 mine), 2 Leafs (1 mine) on my street, I can think of 1 Clarity (PHEV or BEV?), gen 2 Volt (they had gen 1 Volt), BMW i3 (usually garaged now), 1 e-Golf and a Prius Prime. There's another Clarity (PHEV, I think) visible from my house on a connecting street.

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Re: Chevrolet Bolt

Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:37 pm

Sounds like you've created a genuine California Fad, Cwerdna. ;_
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Re: Chevrolet Bolt

Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:53 pm

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Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:37 pm
Sounds like you've created a genuine California Fad, Cwerdna. ;_
LOL! Nah... I was more of a copycat. I was Bolt #3 on my street. Next door neighbor and the one two doors away (with a 2020 now) had Bolts well before me. They both had previously leased Leafs.

Before COVID-19, at my work, Leafs were the dominant plug-in vehicle for awhile but eventually, most of the new plug-ins showing up were Teslas. It is by FAR the most well-represented plug-in brand at my work.

The gen 2 Volt person down the street (don't know them) had a gen 1 Volt and prior to that had a gen 2 Prius. IIRC, the lone gen 2 Leaf on my street is a non-Plus.

Side note: While responding to the Nissan strategy thread (https://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic. ... 00#p591800), i was looking to see if this thread had that Ghosn sneak peek. I found a post from Ed at https://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic. ... 96#p449896. Well, one part of his prediction came true.

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Re: Chevrolet Bolt

Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:54 am

GRA wrote:
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:38 pm
Has anyone tried putting a bike in the back of a Bolt (with the seats down)?I've got a hybrid with a large (61cm) frame, and I'm curious if anyone had succeeded in fitting one back there.
I answered this last time you asked.
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=18907&p=571630#p571630


Since I wrote that he's replaced the Bolt with a Model Y.
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Re: Chevrolet Bolt

Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:28 am

^^^ Thanks, I thought I might have asked this before, but couldn't remember if it was for the Bolt or some other BEV.

An interim report: I'm in the Lee Vining Library, using an actual keyboard on a computer for the first time since March 14! It's so much easier than a phone. Anyway, picked up the new 2020 Bolt LT from the owner yesterday, which had a grand total of 54 miles on the odometer. Is there a tripmeter? I couldn't find one. It was fully charged, and after I got it home (about 24 miles) and loaded it, I drove a few miles to the nearest EA site in Castro Valley to try out charging using Pass + and my phone. No joy, nor would it accept my credit card as a guest, even though I had registered it with them. Since I had lots of range I figured I'd head to the next EA site 37 miles away in Tracy and try there, and if that didn't work go another 36 to the Chargepoint in Oakdale. If they all failed I had enough range left to bail on the trip and return the car to its Turo owner.

Got to Tracy tried the phone again, and still nada. But this time it accepted my credit card as a guest (i.e. $0.43/kWh instead of $0.31) , and I charged from 77 to 100%, taking 52 minutes IIRR (I've got full notes and will post them when I get home). So, all good, the charge has finished and I'm good to go. But the connector is latched to the car, and refuses to release. Tried various help screens on the charger as the grace period counted down, still nothing. Then a guy pulled up in an e-Tron, so I figured I'd ask him for help. He tried, nothing, we looked for an emergency release like he has on his e-Tron (none that we could find), and in frustration, 20 minutes after charging finished (so $4 in wait fees) he gave one last tug just in frustration and the connector came right off. Any ideas what caused it to lock on and then release on its own?

Drove to Oakdale to see if the Chargepoints there would work. No problem, used my Chargepoint card to start and stop the charge and just topped up from 87 to 90%, then it was off to the Sierra. This is how it should work. Got to Bridgeport, the next EA site (and only CCS/CHAdeMO QC north of Bishop), and plugged in. Nothing via either phone or CC, so moved over to another charger. Same. Calling customer support isn't an option for me as I'm unable to hear anything on my cell phone owing to my deafness. I'd made sure I had enough of a reserve to get to Lee Vining if this happened, so after some cursing drove on. Decided to be careful so started at 55, then dropped to 50 and ultimately 45 during the 25 mile drive, no heat. It was close to 10 p.m. so the only traffic was semis, and they had to climb over Conway summit so only one closed on me despite my slow speed. Got to Lee Vining with IIRR around 40 miles remaining (middle value), crossed my fingers as I pulled up to the free Clipper Creek L2s and plugged in. Charging started immediately and that was one weight off my mind, but since I couldn't trust that I could charge at Bridgeport going back, and I had to stay at the Lee Vining chargers from 10:45 p.m. til 6:45 this morning to get a full charge, I had to choose one of my shorter options as to where to hike as I'll need to charge here some more before returning, and will want enough charge to get to Tracy if Oakdale doesn't work this time. As I got next to no sleep last night, decided to just take an easy day and see if the local library was open. It is, and here I am.

So, instead of going down to the Rock Creek/Mt. Abbot region and hiking/peak bagging there (149 miles RT from here) , I'll just do something around Tioga Pass (25 mile RT), maybe Mts. Dana and Conness. And it all depends on the wind direction - right now the smoke is being blown away from Lee Vining to the eastwards, but AQ at Mammoth is bad, and the wind could change and bring that smoke here. The forecast says not, but I could see lots of smoke to the east of here this morning so if the offshore flow pushes it this way it'll be time to bail.

Some impressions of the Bolt. Fun little car to drive, just as I felt during my test drive last year. Excellent steering feel and feedback and good ratio. Great accel for passing. The wheel's a bit small which is great for allowing easier entry for those with big thighs, but when I adjust the tilt for where I want it the upper rim blocks sight of the turn signal indicators. I had similar issues with the Think City back inthe '90s, felt like I was driving a bus, the wheel was angled forward so much. I don't have problems with the seat itself as I'm slim and not heavy, although the headrest sticks a bit too far forward to be comfortable unless I tilt the seat back more than I'd like. I assume this is some new crash requirement, but come on! The ergonomic interaction of the seat, wheel and pedals doesn't quite work for me. I tried lots of combos - seat forward/back/height up/down/tilt forward/back, steering wheel tilt up/down, and it never felt quite right.

Visibility is okay to the sides and rear, although I've been driving Subaru wagons for 32 years and a convertible before that so I've always bought cars with excellent vis. The Bolt's belt line rises towards the rear and that restricts rear quarter vis a bit, but it's okay, or it was once I moved the passenger seat and titlted it to a position where the headrest didn't block part of the view. That may not be an option with a passenger. Rear vis isn't bad, but it would still be nice to be able to remove the rear head rests completely when there's no one back there.. I couldn't figure out how, just move them up and down. What makes me uncomfortable is the combination of a shallow-sloped windshield and steeply sloped hood; the fenders are invisible, and the A-pillars are fairly thick too, although there are little "vent" window portholes that alleviate the blind spots somewhat. I don't know that not being able to see the fenders is that big a deal given the small size of the car, but I didn't care for it. And the side mirrors taper at their outer ends. That may be good for aero and/or reducing noise, but several times while wanting to change lanes I was wishing for the rectangular mirrors on my Forester.

I find 'L' mode or the paddle to be a bit too abrupt when coming to a stop. I'm sure that people who like one pedal driving quickly get used to 'L' mode, but I've been a three pedal driver all my life and would prefer an intermediate setting. When I drove the Niro, it had Regen modes from 0-3, and I found that '3' was too strong around town as well and I preferred '2', although that was a short test drive so I'd have to drive the car for longer in a wider variety of conditions to be sure. Didn't use 'L' mode much until I got almost to Sonora Pass, as it's quite tight and windy from there especially descending eastwards (some steep 10 mph hairpins); mostly just used the paddle briefly.

The seats-up cargo area is too small for me; it can hold three internal frame packs if you're neat: 1 upright, and two horizontal next to it lying on top of each other, but I find that with the seats up I'm approaching max. capacity just with my stuff, as I'm often tossing it in in a hurry if its raining/snowing, and I still use my external frame pack when it's suitable, which almost certainly wouldn't fit sideways as its a lot wider than an internal frame, and any of them are too long to fit lengthwise, which I prefer.

The high beams were good, although switching them off there seemed to be just the slightest lag compared to my Subaru, as if it wasn't a physical control but was sending a command electronically which had to be interpreted and then sent to the right address. Apparently there are auto lights, but as they failed to dim several times when oncoming cars were approaching I didn't use it after that - another needless solution (see auto-dimming mirrors) looking for a problem AFAIC.

I prefer not to use Auto Climate Control, but I'm not sure if I succeeded in avoiding it or not. I didn't seem to be able to get much hot (or cold) air directed to the feet, despite selecting that either alone or with dash vents. And how do I turn the radio off not just mute it, without shutting everything off?

There's so many functions on this car that are new to me that I really need to have a manual along (or read it beforehand in hard copy or on on a computer), as trying to read 300+ pages on my phone's a bit much.

Summarizing, I think the Bolt's a good car for day to day driving and fun to toss around on a twisty road, but I never felt completely comfortable while driving it and its utilitarian functionality falls a bit short for my needs, so I don't think it's for me - I felt more instantly at home in both the Niro and the e-Golf, maybe because there were fewer unfamiliar methods of doing routine tasks, and fewer unfamiliar functions that I'll never use while driving, plus they had better vis. I'm not sure if the EA charging issues were related to my phone, the car, or EA. I'm a smartphone tyro who still pays cash for most things and dislikes using a credit card unless I have to, so no essentially nothing about 'mobile wallets' or whatever the hell they're called - are all smart phones equipped with whatever's needed to just hold them up next to the spot on the charger to begin a charge and bill it, or is that something restricted to higher end phones (mine is a $30 Android pay as you go, an Alcatel A502DL if memory serves)? While I don't doubt my lack of knowledge in this area may have contributed to the problem, far more experienced people like Paul have also experienced issues getting EA chargers to work with the App and/or the reader refusing their credit card, so maybe it's at their end. And the QC speeds are just too slow now, as we all know.

Going to head up to Tioga and maybe do an easy hike now, then come back down for dinner and more charging. See ya.
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Re: Chevrolet Bolt

Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:20 pm

GRA wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:28 am
^^^ Thanks, I thought I might have asked this before, but couldn't remember if it was for the Bolt or some other BEV.

An interim report: I'm in the Lee Vining Library, using an actual keyboard on a computer for the first time since March 14! It's so much easier than a phone. Anyway, picked up the new 2020 Bolt LT from the owner yesterday, which had a grand total of 54 miles on the odometer. Is there a tripmeter? I couldn't find one.
That is crazy that you don't have an actual keyboard and computer. I find typing anything of length on phones and tablets intolerable. You may consider seeing if a Bluetooth keyboard can work w/your phone. I've used Apple BT keyboards w/iPads for testing before. I test iOS software for a living. On virtually every vacation, I would still bring a laptop as phone and/or tablet is seriously not sufficient for me.

My personal phone is an iPhone 8 bought around Black Friday 2017 but I carry a Pixel 3 for work + usually 1 more iPhone test device (currently an iPhone 11). I have phones (as test devices for work) of all sorts ranging from low end to high (as high as iPhone 11 Pro Max, which starts at $1099).

You should seriously buy a computer w/a real keyboard, even it's a just a cheap Windows machine, Chromebook or Chromebox. If you get a Chromebook/box, make sure it doesn't hit end of update (end of security updates too soon) via https://support.google.com/chrome/a/ans ... 0366?hl=en.

Yes, there's unfortunately only a single trip odo. You use the arrow keys on the steering wheel to go to the screen w/miles per kWh and reset that screen. That unfortunately resets both the single trip odo and miles per kWh there. This is unlike gen 1 Leaf that has 3 trip odos and for those w/nav two miles/kWh displays that don't get reset when you reest trip odo.

I can't speak to your cable relocked issues. I've never hit that. I don't know of any emergency release off the top of my head. If you power up the car and go to the energy screens, you should be able to stop the DC FC session from there too. Normally, if I somehow ran into that situation, I'd look for an emergency stop/release on the station. Last resort is to call the charging provider.

Perhaps it wasn't locked and there was enough friction from the weight of the cable and handle to make you think it was locked? I can't say I'm a huge fan of CCS.

As for L abruptly stopping, I modulate the go pedal while coming to a stop in L.

I can't type at length until later today/this evening but as for radio, you can just press the volume knob (power button) to mute it (also, phone hangup button on steering wheel). If you press and hold volume knob, that puts it into low power mode. Some people say they don't like the stereo turning when they power up. I hear the workaround is to go to SiriusXM channel 0. I don't do that/don't have an issue w/the behavior so I don't care.

I agree the infotainment system is a bit wonky and not much like how I'm used to on Toyotas and Nissans.

The rear headrests can be titled 90 degrees (via a round button on the side of the restraint) so that they don't block as much view. You can raise/lower them via a button on the seat next to where one of the tines enters. I have no problem w/them obstructing view but you could also just fold down the rear seats.

High/low beam on Bolt is likely a mechanical shutter to obstruct or not obstruct a certain portion of the beam. This is common on HID headlight systems that don't have separate bulbs for high beam. My gen 2 Prius was this way. I've had other cars w/HIDs where the high beams were separate halogen bulbs, as well.

The auto high beam on/off aka Intellibeam in GM parlance is also new to me. I don't use it most of the time.

I can't speak to your EA billing issues. On my very 1st EA charge, I joined Pass+ but it EA using the wrong rate (Pass) despite me starting the session via phone. I called EA to confirm I was on Pass+ (I was). They remotely starting charging for me but it didn't help. In the end, I was billed the wrong rate but they said they'd later refund the diff. They didn't and I pinged them again. Eventually, they just refunded that entire charge, which I was happy with.

Personally, I would avoid using credit cards unless it's a total last resort. My usual way of starting charging on ChargePoint is either their RFID card (I have 3) or my Apple Watch (easy). For EA, it's their app. For EVgo, I've never paid for a charge w/them yet, only used free charging at https://drivethearc.com/#sec-locations which MUST be started via the DrivetheARC app.

I do also have RFID cards from EVgo, SemaConnect and Blink but have never used them yet.

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Re: Chevrolet Bolt

Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:16 pm

cwerdna wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:20 pm
GRA wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:28 am
^^^ Thanks, I thought I might have asked this before, but couldn't remember if it was for the Bolt or some other BEV.

An interim report: I'm in the Lee Vining Library, using an actual keyboard on a computer for the first time since March 14! It's so much easier than a phone. Anyway, picked up the new 2020 Bolt LT from the owner yesterday, which had a grand total of 54 miles on the odometer. Is there a tripmeter? I couldn't find one.
That is crazy that you don't have an actual keyboard and computer. I find typing anything of length on phones and tablets intolerable. You may consider seeing if a Bluetooth keyboard can work w/your phone. I've used Apple BT keyboards w/iPads for testing before. I test iOS software for a living. On virtually every vacation, I would still bring a laptop as phone and/or tablet is seriously not sufficient for me.

My personal phone is an iPhone 8 bought around Black Friday 2017 but I carry a Pixel 3 for work + usually 1 more iPhone test device (currently an iPhone 11). I have phones (as test devices for work) of all sorts ranging from low end to high (as high as iPhone 11 Pro Max, which starts at $1099).

You should seriously buy a computer w/a real keyboard, even it's a just a cheap Windows machine, Chromebook or Chromebox. If you get a Chromebook/box, make sure it doesn't hit end of update (end of security updates too soon) via https://support.google.com/chrome/a/ans ... 0366?hl=en.
I'm back, sooner than later. While i was typing my previous post the wind shifted and smoked up here and Lee vining Canyon almost up to Tioga Pass. I drove up there just to check, but I'm not going hiking in that crap, so decided to hang in the library.

As for having a personal computer, I have in the past (got my first about '88), but when my last laptop died (an Alienware) and I had to go a couple of days before replacing it, I realized just how much time I was spending at home on it by myself, gaming etc.. Since my increasing deafness limited my social activities I really didn't need to be spending any more time isolated, so decided not to replace the computer and dropped my internet service, Instead, I use public library computers, which not only force me to have at least some minimal interaction with other people (away from work), but also limit the time I can spend on them, and I have to walk about .4 miles each way to use them. Much healthier all around, although the last 7 months being dependent on a phone for internet access has tested my resolve not to get a computer/home internet again. However, Alameda County got the okay to re-open libraries Oct. 9th, and while neither of the two closest to me have done so yet it should happen soon, and I can go back to just using my phone for the occasional text. As it is I limit my data use (I currently have a 1 year pre-paid plan that comes with 1.5 Gb, and I make that last me the year as another means of forcing me to not retreat into complete solitude. I make almost zero phone calls and only upgraded to a smart phone last year from my 2007 flip phone (not even a camera) because texting on it was easier, and even then I'll never approach my annual limit (1,000?).

cwerdna wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:20 pm
Yes, there's unfortunately only a single trip odo. You use the arrow keys on the steering wheel to go to the screen w/miles per kWh and reset that screen. That unfortunately resets both the single trip odo and miles per kWh there. This is unlike gen 1 Leaf that has 3 trip odos and for those w/nav two miles/kWh displays that don't get reset when you reest trip odo.
Thanks. Figured this out myself while I was up at Tioga Pass. Didn't have time to mess with this yesterday as I was concentrating on just driving the car, and didn't want to play with the buttons on the steering wheel (other than the CC ones, which were pretty standard).

cwerdna wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:20 pm
I can't speak to your cable relocked issues. I've never hit that. I don't know of any emergency release off the top of my head. If you power up the car and go to the energy screens, you should be able to stop the DC FC session from there too. Normally, if I somehow ran into that situation, I'd look for an emergency stop/release on the station. Last resort is to call the charging provider.
The session had stopped when it reached 100%. I tried using the "Stop charge" 'button' several times, but no effect. Tried the various help/info buttons on the screen, none of which were related or, if they were, didn't work.

cwerdna wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:20 pm
Perhaps it wasn't locked and there was enough friction from the weight of the cable and handle to make you think it was locked? I can't say I'm a huge fan of CCS.
Nah, I lifted it up to make sure there was no extra weight on it, tried removing it with and without pressing the button, clicked my heels together three times while chanting the 900 Billion Names of God, and nothing. Would have tried sacrificing a virgin too, if one were available. :o [/quote]

cwerdna wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:20 pm
As for L abruptly stopping, I modulate the go pedal while coming to a stop in L.
Right. I want to glide and then smoothly brake if necessary, rather than do that. My ideal would be multi-level regen on paddles, plus blended regen/friction on the brake pedal.

cwerdna wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:20 pm
I can't type at length until later today/this evening but as for radio, you can just press the volume knob (power button) to mute it (also, phone hangup button on steering wheel). If you press and hold volume knob, that puts it into low power mode. Some people say they don't like the stereo turning when they power up. I hear the workaround is to go to SiriusXM channel 0. I don't do that/don't have an issue w/the behavior so I don't care.

I agree the infotainment system is a bit wonky and not much like how I'm used to on Toyotas and Nissans.
Had already figured out the mute bit and low power mode, it just seems insane to me that I can't simply turn the frickin' radio completely off while keeping the other display that I want on, or that it should automatically come on. It's just a waste of power, as I don't listen to music any more. I can't recognize stuff I've known my whole life, or if I do it sounds all wrong.

cwerdna wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:20 pm
The rear headrests can be titled 90 degrees (via a round button on the side of the restraint) so that they don't block as much view. You can raise/lower them via a button on the seat next to where one of the tines enters. I have no problem w/them obstructing view but you could also just fold down the rear seats.


Thanks, I'll try that. They're not too bad for rear vis, but it would be nice to compare. Even with them the Bolt's still worlds better than an Ionic, although you had a Prius with the split window so maybe you wouldn't mind it so much.

cwerdna wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:20 pm
High/low beam on Bolt is likely a mechanical shutter to obstruct or not obstruct a certain portion of the beam. This is common on HID headlight systems that don't have separate bulbs for high beam. My gen 2 Prius was this way. I've had other cars w/HIDs where the high beams were separate halogen bulbs, as well.

The auto high beam on/off aka Intellibeam in GM parlance is also new to me. I don't use it most of the time.
Ah ha, that probably explains the pattern difference I noticed; I've never used common bulb HiD lights before. The pattern was much better on the Bolt than on my Forester or similar era cars. With the Forester, switching to high beam moves the pattern up and left, and going back to low beam does the opposite. With the Bolt, the low beam pattern stays the same, and the high beam is another layer left and up on top of it, so both left and right corners remain illuminated the same with the high beams on. Much better for winding roads, as you don't need to be constantly switching back and forth from high beam (left corners) to low (right corners).

cwerdna wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:20 pm
I can't speak to your EA billing issues. On my very 1st EA charge, I joined Pass+ but it EA using the wrong rate (Pass) despite me starting the session via phone. I called EA to confirm I was on Pass+ (I was). They remotely starting charging for me but it didn't help. In the end, I was billed the wrong rate but they said they'd later refund the diff. They didn't and I pinged them again. Eventually, they just refunded that entire charge, which I was happy with.

Personally, I would avoid using credit cards unless it's a total last resort. My usual way of starting charging on ChargePoint is either their RFID card (I have 3) or my Apple Watch (easy). For EA, it's their app. For EVgo, I've never paid for a charge w/them yet, only used free charging at https://drivethearc.com/#sec-locations which MUST be started via the DrivetheARC app.

I do also have RFID cards from EVgo, SemaConnect and Blink but have never used them yet.
The CC was the last resort at EA. As mentioned, calling CS isn't an option for me. I concur that my CP card worked well (linked to a CC for adding credit to the account), but maybe I was just lucky. As for EA, they need to fix the rate I paid and not charge me for waiting time. I need to email them and explain all this, once I get home, and then cancel the account as I don't need it.

While I'm on a computer here, I'm going to look at the Bolt manual and figure out for certain how to avoid Auto Climate Control. [Edit]; Okay, looks like I had it figured right.
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