For the bolded part, probably yes, esp. if the car can be plugged in (doesn't need to be charging) when it's hot. I can confirm that Bolt's battery thermal management can run even not charging but attached to its stock L1 120 volt EVSE.salyavin wrote: ↑Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:07 pmBesides the range for a person who lives in a hot climate I suspect the larger battery heats up less while charging and such, perhaps you can confirm that as you live in Az and have a plus you could set us straight. I prefer the Nissan, more room inside for one last I looked but I wonder if the Bolt might be a better buy for people in hot climates due to the battery cooling.
https://www.chevybolt.org/threads/batte ... ost-512173 are some observations re: Bolt's thermal management behavior. Numerous folks in hot climates (not mine) have sworn that they've had thermal management run when not plugged in and not in READY mode when it's really hot. Unfortunately, we don't know when (in terms of temps/conditions) that triggers.
Unfortunately, on pre-'19 Bolts, there's no "target charge level" limiter, only hill top reserve on/off. So, if you plug it in, it will charge until either 100% or hill top reserve amount (sorry, I don't know the % off the top of my head... 87? 93? 90?). On my '19 Bolt, I can set the limiter as low as 40% (wish it could go lower) to inhibit charging but to allow thermal management to run.
This is needed as that guy said "Edit: also to add if you are using any type of scheduling (either in the EVSE or the car) for charging it does not count as "plugged in" when the car is not allowed to charge."