Got home Wed. night after doing one of the three peaks I'd hoped to do on this trip, as the nearest other was inaccessible due to fire precautions closure, i.e. no fire now but they didn't want anyone back there. The other one would have required another overnight charge in Lee Vining to get home, and quite possibly that area too may have been closed for the same reason.
A few final items re the Bolt. Coming back over Sonora Pass in daylight allowed me to push it more, and no mistake, this thing's a pocket rocket. I think the last time I had that much fun on a winding two-lane was when my friend let me drive his M3 convertible! Not only does it handle well, but passing's a cinch in the mountains. Nothing like having sea level power at any altitude.
I finally managed to find a driving position that while not ideal, gave me adequate control/comfort/display visibility.
While doing some L2 charging at night, I wanted to pass the time reading. The map light(s), while very bright, are in front of you and shine in your eyes making reading uncomfortable. I could have made a shade out of duct tape or similar, but as it's not my car and brand new I didn't want to leave any tape marks, so didn't. For reading it needs a dome light behind the front seats, or directional map lights.
While the firm suspension made for great handling, it also made the ride really bad on frreway truck heaves, potholes/cracks, and the graded dirt road I drove about 3 miles on at no more than 15 mph. I wouldn't want to subject anyone with a weak stomach to that. Reminded me of my Datsun 2000.
Since I was back a day early I decided to run some local errands (recycling etc.), and keep the car in 'L'. Definitely the way to go around town or in stop and go, even though it may or may not be the most energy efficient option.
I prefer 'D' when cruising. My biggest concern is that in shifting from one mode to the other or driving multiple cars, the very different decel characteristics can slow your reflexes and possibly cause an accident. The car defaulting to 'D' on start up when I'd been driving in 'L' made this very noticeable, and I think the default mode should be settable.
When using 'D' and the paddle, the latter is sized for about two fingers and on a few occasions when I was making tight turns at speed and had to slow suddenly I found myself fumbling to find the paddle. I think it would help if its size were increased vertically so it fit three or even four fingers. ISTR the Niro was so sized, and while I didn't get a chance to drive that car spiritedly so can't make a direct comparison, I suspect it would be less of a problem.
Because the Bolt uses a solid cargo cover that tilts up rather than the horizontal roller type that both of my Subies have had, the cargo area light is located low on the left wall instead of directly overhead, providing far less even illumination of the cargo area. Another light on the right wall would help, but for someone like me who's often packing/unpacking/rearranging at night or oh-dark-thirty at trailheads and dive sites, it really made me appreciate the superiority of the roller cover/overhead light. Minor for most people, but for those with similar habits. . .
Re the EA app, I just spent 10 minutes or so venting on my amplified homephone to CS, telling them to record the call and, because of my deafness, only give yes/no answers to my questions. After giving them chapter and verse on my unacceptable charging experience, I told them to refund my $4 Pass+ fee and any occupying penalty and then close the account, also that any more detailed questions from them needed to be directed to my email, and that their website and chargers need to provide a real-time CS url as well as a phone number as I believed they aren't ADA compliant, and I'm going to find out. I then asked them to confirm they had my account info and email info to contact me, and they said yes. I then hung up.
This was after clicking on their "Contact us" link on their website, filling out their submission form with all the details above and then when trying to submit it getting a notice that the format of my email address needed to be corrected. As there was absolutely nothing wrong with it (I'd used it to sign up for Pass+ the week before), to say that I was irate when I called is like Donald Trump saying he's only done a fair job!
One last Bolt energy item. After charging to full in Lee Vining, resetting the trip meter and heading back, I found that upon arrival at Yosemite Junction (see post uptopic), 129.4 miles and 5,624' lower than L.V. after first climbing over Sonora Pass, I'd used 21.9 kWh and had averaged 5.9 m/kWh, using A/C and then just fan as I climbed higher. As noted above, I was not driving in such a way as to maximize efficiency!
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Guy [I have lots of experience designing/selling off-grid AE systems, some using EVs but don't own one. Local trips are by foot, bike and/or rapid transit].
The 'best' is the enemy of 'good enough'. Copper shot, not Silver bullets.