Rented a Bolt this week as it was the only EV available in the price class I was renting at Hertz.
Overall, I find the new Bolt pretty impressive. Acceleration is good, it's small so great at maneuvering and parking in tight garages. Efficiency has been very good (Baltimore area), and even with 70% freeway on the 695 at 55-70mph mixed with some local driving, I am getting 4.9 miles/kWh for a couple hundred miles. It feels at least as efficienct as my Leaf with 16" tires, if not even more so, with minimal efforts to hypermile. Very curious to see qhat a hypermiled Bolt trip might look like. Range is very good with car showing over 200 miles at 80% SoC. I think with some careful driving, 250 gentle freeway miles might be doable in a charge. Regen paddle is a very nice ad hoc e pedal.
The negatives are that the car is narrower, so you feel a bit more squished with your shotgun passenger. The battery display doesn't show %..which when watching the DC charger and the car realized that the fuel Guage read out isn't exactly linear to %. It yookThe CCS port is flimsy and has a lot of movement which makes me worry about a charger sticking or the plastic breaking all together. It took 52 minutes to go from 35% to 81%, 29 kWh at the charger charged (for comparison on last Kansas trip, i charged 36kWh in 49 minutes). Rear storage not nearly as usable as the Leaf. It's fine for 1 rollerbag and a backpack...but that's it. Or maybe 4 paper grocery bags. I know rear legroom is better than the Leaf though. Lane centering is very passive.
UI and screen are ok, neutral. Stats and options a bit different, but enough.
Side comment on DC charging with CCS. This is my first time using CCS. Literally every charger I have tried so far (4-5??) Has either not worked, errored or faulting during a charging session. I am starting to see the issues that some video bloggers report on with CCS. (Thankfully my Chademo experience has been more consistent). Every place I have stopped so far on this trip (by convenience) has had equal ccs and Chademo handles. The gen2 Chademo handles are pretty much the same size now as the ccs.
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on Thu May 25, 2023 10:43 am, edited 1 time in total.
2019 S Plus (92.8% SOH) & 2019 SV Plus (88% SOH) Both Silver
2013 Leaf SV sold 2019
100 Mile Club Member (Number 87)
Max Miles on 13 Leaf: 120 miles
Max Miles on 19 SV+: 242 Highway miles @ 4.5 miles/kWh