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In early November 2017 we leased a Chevy Bolt LT from the local dealer. We also arranged for friends to lease a similar vehicle with the same deal. We specified that our Bolt needed DC Fast Charging, heated front seats and steering wheel, and the blind-spot warning system. We drove the car for nearly 30,000 miles when we returned it to GM in early October 2020 when we picked up a new Bolt LT. Again, our friends bought themselves a new Bolt at the same time. The Bolt has served us well and there wasn't anything else on the market like the Bolt for what we paid.

Capacity of 2020 Chevy Bolt with 2022 Replacement Battery after One Month

June 7, 2022,   by Paul Gipe

Our 2020 Chevy Bolt’s traction battery was replaced under warranty on 6 May 2022 by our local Chevy dealer.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Traction Battery Minerals Mix

June 2, 2022,   by Paul Gipe

In following online discussions of EVs, there’s often reference to the type of traction battery used. Eric Way of News Coulomb fame is one who is comfortable talking about the benefits and drawbacks...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

How Long Does It Take To Charge a Chevrolet Bolt EV?

June 1, 2022,   by Tom Moloughney

The Chevrolet Bolt EV has a lot of great features, the best of which may be its relatively low purchase price. However, one of its biggest shortcomings is its DC fast charging capabilities.

Category: Chevy Bolt, Electric Vehicles

Our Bolt is back with a New Pack—In Limbo No More

May 8, 2022,   by Paul Gipe

The gods at GM have taken pity on us and showered us with the gift of a new traction battery, releasing us from our sins.[more]

Category: Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles

To Bolt or Not that is the Question—We Have a Failing Traction Battery

May 2, 2022,   by Paul Gipe

We have been driving electric for more than seven years and haven’t had any problems--until now. We’re currently driving a 2020 Chevy Bolt EV, but we don’t know for how much longer: It has a failing...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Range Anxiety--Not Just for Drivers of EVs

March 20, 2022,   by Paul Gipe

Surprise. Surprise. Range anxiety isn’t the sole province of EVs and their drivers. This hadn’t occurred to me before this weekend, but should have. I nearly ran out of gas in the middle of South...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, Chevy Bolt, EV Trip Reports

Has GM Used Over-the-Air Updates on Chevy Bolt Safety Recall?

March 11, 2022,   by Paul Gipe

I was told they did when I took my 2020 Bolt EV in for a diagnostic check of its traction battery. It was a shock to me, particularly after a GM “concierge” staffer told me they didn’t do that when I...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Covid Escape: Our Final (We Thought) Pandemic Excursion—1,700 miles in an EV

December 28, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

At the end of this past summer it looked like the pandemic was finally winding down. In celebration, we planned a two-week excursion to Northern California and Southern Oregon in October to see...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, Chevy Bolt, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Winter Range Loss (or Not) Chevy Bolt EV in Bakersfield California

December 25, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

Recently I fielded a query from friend seeking comment on a widely circulated article by Recurrent on winter range loss in EVs. The implication of the query was that this somehow implies that EVs are...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Battery Degradation 2020 Bolt Relative to 2017 Bolt EV

December 23, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

With our Pandemic Peregrinations we’ve driven our 2020 Bolt EV far more during its first year of operation than we did our previous 2017 Bolt during its first year. We drove the 2020 Bolt about 50%...[more]

Category: EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt, Electric Vehicles

Covid Escape: Darwin Falls via Ridgecrest and Return via Coso Junction

November 12, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

Darwin Falls on the western edge of Death Valley National Park is a 3.5 hour drive from Bakersfield via Ridgecrest, California and the Panamint Valley. This requires one charge stop at Inyokern in a...[more]

Category: Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, EV Trip Reports

GM says Chevy Bolt EV battery production has resumed, defect leading to fire risk is fixed

September 20, 2021,   by Frederic Lambert

GM announced today that LG is resuming production of batteries for Chevy Bolt EV as the manufacturing defect leading to the fire risk has been fixed.

Category: Chevy Bolt

Many Chevy Bolt EV Owners Ignoring Charging Safety Rules amid Recall

August 28, 2021,   by Sebastian Blanco

With fires at risk, Bolt owners awaiting battery replacement have been given guidance on how much to charge the battery and where. Nearly a third are ignoring it, says one study.

Category: Electric Vehicles, Chevy Bolt

A Web Site for EV Nerds Especially Bolt Geeks

July 20, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

Sean Graham has built a tidy little web site, AllEV.info, with tons of nerdy details on EVs, especially Chevy’s Bolt.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Covid Escape: Baker Point Lookout and Botanical Area

July 16, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

As part of our Covid-19 inspired exploration of Central California, we headed back into the Greenhorn Mountains of the Sequoia National Forest to reach the Baker Point lookout. The lookout is a...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Covid-19 Escapes & Trip Report Updates--Why So Silent

July 2, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

It dawned on me after we’d returned from another 200-mile Covid-19 Escape that I hadn’t written a trip report in some time.[more]

Category: Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, EV Trip Reports

Covid­-Escape: The Great Greenhorn Fritillary Hunt

June 29, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

This Covid-Escape wasn’t as adventurous as most. It required an hour’s drive east from Bakersfield into the Greenhorn Mountains where we met our friends, experienced amateur botanists, at the Shirley...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Covid-Escape: Chimney Peak Road into the Wilderness

June 28, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

Since air travel was prohibited during the pandemic, we took the opportunity to explore our region of central California by car. We dubbed these our pandemic peregrinations and used our Chevy Bolt EV...[more]

Category: EV Articles by Paul Gipe, EV Trip Reports, Chevy Bolt

Paul Gipe as "The Traveler" for Project Clean Air's Virtual EV Ride & Drive

June 24, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

My three-minute clip from Project Clean Air's Virtual Ride & Drive video filmed in Tehachapi, California. The sequence titled "The Traveler" was filmed 16 May, 2021 in the town of Tehachapi and on...[more]

Category: EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt, Electric Vehicles

Covid-Escape: Great Western Divide Highway

June 22, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

The Great Western Divide Highway takes you through the heart of Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Monument where the big trees are located.[more]

Category: Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, EV Trip Reports

Covid-Escape: The Ridge Route

June 22, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

This trip was an adventure that I’d thought about since I moved to California four decades ago. It’s legendary. Mythic even. And I never thought you could still do it until we visited the Ridge Route...[more]

Category: Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, EV Trip Reports

What is the Chevy Bolt Trend Indicator?

May 18, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

A local Bolt driver asked me to explain “What is the thin yellow or green line to the left of the estimated mileage?”[more]

Category: EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt, Electric Vehicles

Pandemic Peregrinations or How We Escaped Lockdown

March 4, 2021,   by Nancy Nies & Paul Gipe

Presentation to the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club by Zoom on 6 March 2021. A visual summary of our nearly 50 weekly escapes from Covid-19 lockdown.

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, Presentations by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Slight Chevy Bolt Traction Battery Degradation after Nearly 30,000 Miles

January 1, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

One of the concerns about battery electric vehicles is the amount of degradation the battery suffers during normal use. We drove a Chevy Bolt for three years, clocking nearly 30,000 miles on the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, Chevy Bolt, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Are EVs More Expensive--Average New Car Prices November 2020

December 28, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

We drive electric and have for several years now. We encourage our friends to do so as well. However, some have balked, arguing that electric vehicles are too expensive. The question is, are they...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

2020 Chevy Bolt EV Battery Capacity Anecdotal Observation

November 29, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

After two months of driving a 2020 Chevy Bolt for some 2,000 miles we've found that the traction battery of our car has a capacity of 64 kWh, not the 66 kWh advertised. More interestingly, the 2020...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Data Request for 2020 Bolt Battery Capacity Measurements

November 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

I am looking for drivers of 2020 Bolts who have kept records of consumption and State-of-Charge.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Chevrolet Bolt EV Official Videos

November 23, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

GM's official Bolt EV videos lists 21 separate videos on the Bolt, its features, and how to use it. The most recent is October 2020 titled Chevrolet EV Power Panel on charging, charging networks,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Buying or Leasing a 2020 Chevy Bolt EV--What I learned

October 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Oy vey! I just concluded a three month search for what I consider a reasonably priced Chevy Bolt EV. What an experience.[more]

Category: EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt, Electric Vehicles

Tips on Leasing a 2020 Bolt LT

October 9, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

What you need to know to lease a Bolt with year-end sales promotions. This presentation was made for friends in Bakersfield considering an EV.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Tire Pressure Monitoring System: What is it and What EV Drivers Need to Know

September 18, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Since 2008 new cars in the US include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The monitoring system includes a sensor in each wheel that sends a wireless signal to the car's computer. The computer...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Covid-19 Escape: Oak Flat Fire Lookout Tower

September 18, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

That sounds simple enough but 15 of those miles were on an "improved" dirt road. This is a bone rattling trip over a rutted and washed out road that gave both the Bolt and its passengers a good...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Covid-19 Escape: First EV to Breckenridge Fire Lookout Tower?

September 4, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Unfortunately, fires and smoke scuppered our most recent plans. So instead we headed east to Breckenridge Mountain where Forest Service web cams indicated the smoke wasn't quite so thick.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Covd-19 Escape: Botanizing in Horseshoe Meadows at 10,000 Feet

August 14, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

The drive to Horseshoe Meadows is a trip we long for every summer. The drive up Hwy 395 on the East Side of the Sierra Nevada is one of the best road trips you can make in North America. The scenery...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Electrify America EV Charging Payment SNAFU

August 9, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

It's an EV driver's nightmare. We were stuck in the middle of nowhere with an Electrify America charging station that wouldn't charge our car.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Covid-19 Escape: Bakersfield to Dome Rock in a Bolt EV

July 31, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

As part of our weekly Covid-19 get-a-ways, we headed into the Sierra Nevada above Porterville toward scenic Dome Rock.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Another Covid-19 Escape: Chimney Peak Road to Nine Mile Canyon in an EV

July 28, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

We've been taking weekly day trips from sheltering in place during the Covid-19 pandemic. On 17 July we took our most ambitious route yet in the Bolt EV. We made a 220-mile loop through the Kern...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Bolt Backpack Redux 225 Mile Mountain Trip 25 Percent Charge Remaining

July 4, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

And, unlike the earlier adventure, (see Chevy Bolt 225 Mile Roundtrip with 21 Percent Charge Remaining), this trip required us to leave the paved road. The Jackass Peak trailhead was some nine miles...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Why Charge to 80 Percent?

June 20, 2020,  

There are two situations where it's wise to charge your EV only to 80% State-of-Charge (SOC). The first situation is to prolong battery life. The second is as a courtesy to other drivers.[more]

Category: EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles, Chevy Bolt

Chevy Bolt 225 Mile Roundtrip with 21 Percent Charge Remaining

June 14, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

We're a one-car family and our vehicle is a Chevy Bolt EV. So when friends decided to go backpacking in the Golden Trout Wilderness during the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing required that we...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Chevy Bolt Expedition: 200-Mile Round Trip on One Charge

April 24, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

With spring wildflowers beckoning and little chance of breaking social distancing orders, we headed to a remote site between Bakersfield and the coast famous for its spectacular blooms.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Climbing the Elkhorn Grade in a Chevy Bolt EV

April 9, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

With bright sunshine, spring in the air, and a bit of cabin fever, we headed west out of Bakersfield to a remote site on the Carrizo Plains National Monument hunting wild flowers. Social distancing...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Some Thoughts on Leasing a Chevy Bolt Spring 2020

March 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Short PowerPoint on leasing a Chevy Bolt EV.

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Links to Leasing a Chevy Bolt Spring 2020

March 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Below are some links I created for a group here in Bakersfield that's interested in leasing a Chevy Bolt EV.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Answers to Questions about Leasing a Chevy Bolt Spring 2020

March 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

The following are short answers to a list of questions raised by a group here in Bakersfield for a Zoom video conference call.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Bakersfield to Santa Cruz via the San Andreas Fault

March 12, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

And why not? The San Andreas Fault is one of California's defining features and it was on the way, so why not drive a winding portion of it in our sporty Chevy Bolt EV.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Do I Need Heated Seats in an EV?

November 13, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, heated seats in an Electric Vehicle are a must. And a heated steering wheel too, if you can get it. This is particularly true for limited-range EVs like the early Nissan Leaf, but it remains a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Problem Free 730-mile Roundtrip in a Chevy Bolt

November 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We've been driving electric for five years and we've seen tremendous improvement in both the cars and the charging network in that time. This trip was proof of that. Everything worked as expected....[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

What does it Cost per Mile to Drive an Electric Vehicle?

October 24, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Here in California it costs costs a little less than $0.06 per mile for us to charge our Bolt EV at home. Elsewhere in North America it may cost half that to charge at home. The cost to drive on...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Charging at Electrify America

October 18, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

As part of its penance for the diesel-gate pollution scandal, Volkswagen is building a continent-wide network of DC fast charging stations for electric vehicles under the brand of Electrify America. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Setting a Charging Schedule for the Chevy Bolt EV

September 5, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I was talking to a Chevy Bolt newby and in the course of the conversation I found that they knew another Bolt driver who charged off-peak using a cheap 120-volt timer you can get at any big box store...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Battery Degradation Comparison Chevy Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf

August 31, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We are approaching the two-year anniversary of leasing a 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. This is a good time to take stock of any degradation in the Bolt's traction battery capacity and how that compares with a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

When it doesn't go Right--Plan B Charging of a Chevy Bolt EV

August 28, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Experienced EV drivers always have a Plan B for charging on the road, and for good reason. Charging network reliability, especially for non-Tesla EVs, can be spotty at best even in "green"...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

I am Sold: Android Auto & Google Maps are an Essential Tool for the Bolt

July 24, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I am a slow learner, but I've come around to Sean Nelson's view that Android Auto is an indispensable tool for the Chevy Bolt EV. Nelson drives a Bolt in Canada's British Columbia province. And he...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, Other Articles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Familiarity brings Confidence--300-Mile Day Trip in an EV on a Whim

July 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

My wife Nancy's friend Virginia was visiting. Virginia has a relative she hadn't seen in many years on California's central coast in Arroyo Grande. We have a friend in adjoining Grover Beach. The two...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

How to Use Android Auto on the Chevy Bolt

May 10, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I haven't had trouble using Android Auto, but others have. Here are some simple instructions that seem to work for me.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Is "A Better Routeplanner" Better? A Review for the Bolt

March 16, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

There are four route planners I've used for planning trips in our Chevy Bolt. I've reported on my experience with EV Trip Planner, Green Race, and Chevy's own Energy Assist App. The first two are...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

EV Trip Planners and Trip Summaries with Chevy Bolt

March 15, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I previously reported on my experience using three different EV trip planners. See Energy Consumption Estimators, Trip Planners, and the Chevy Bolt EV. Since then I've been experimenting with A...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Bakersfield to Death Valley and Return--500-mile Round Trip in a Chevy Bolt

March 13, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We recently completed a round trip from Bakersfield to Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park in our Chevy Bolt. We've done this trip many times in a gasoline-powered car, but this was the first...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Bakersfield to Ridgecrest and Return Trip Summary

March 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We've now made the trip a few times in both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Bolt. As with our trips to Kernville, actual consumption has varied for each trip and has varied with the results of four...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Bakersfield to Kernville and Return Trip Summaries

March 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We've now done the trip several times and we can look at the variability in consumption relative to estimates by EV Trip Planner, Chevy's Energy Assist app, and A Better RoutePlanner (ABRP). [more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Mud, Rocks, EV Capacity, and Flexibility

February 7, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Our family car--our only car--is a Chevy Bolt. When we want to drive somewhere, we drive the Bolt. The Bolt is a battery-electric vehicle (EV). It runs on electricity. You can't just pull up to a gas...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Tracking Chevy Bolt EV Battery Capacity

January 14, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Everyone who has a cell phone knows that batteries don't last forever. For drivers of electric vehicles (EVs), or those considering one, the first question that comes to mind is, "How long will the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Replacing Rear Wiper Blade on the Chevy Bolt EV

December 16, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Our 2017 Chevy Bolt EV is about 18 months old. The windshield wipers were beginning to streak so I decided to replace the wipers. Despite that the replacement wipers for the windshield were not...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Tips for San Diego to Bakersfield Trip for a First Time Bolt Driver

December 6, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

As Tony Williams says, "plan the drive and drive the plan."[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Net Cost of a Lease for a 2018-2019 Chevy Bolt EV in the San Joaquin Valley

November 20, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Since we and friends each leased a Chevy Bolt in November 2017, we've watched prices rise and stay high. Several of our friends and acquaintances have considered a Bolt, GM's first mass-produced,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Mountains to the Sea: EV Road Trip Made Possible by a 60 kWh Battery

November 14, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

While a friend was visiting from Canada, we took her on a road trip from Bakersfield, California to the coast via Mount Pinos in the San Emigdio Range. This is an easy trip in a gasoline-powered car....[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Driving the Chevy Bolt EV--Our Impressions

September 28, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We leased a Chevy Bolt EV in early November 2017. I've been driving the electric vehicle daily since then. We've also taken it on several round-trip excursions of 300 to 600 miles. I know enough...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

EV Road Tripping: Bakersfield Bolt to Yosemite via US 395 and the "East Side"

August 28, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

In mid August we took our annual vacation to Toulumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. We drove the family car. Nothing special about that per se, we've been doing it for years. What was different...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Off Road in a Chevy Bolt

August 26, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Ok, it wasn't four-wheeling, but it was off-road. Today I took the Bolt off road with the Kern Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. The objective was watering a group of Bakersfield Cactus...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Peeking Inside the Bolt's Brain Reveals Valuable Secrets

August 24, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

EV nerds, rejoice. You can see some of the communications between various parts of Chevy's Bolt EV and its central computer--the brain that runs the car.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Bolt EV Successfully Crosses Sierra Nevada Bakersfield to Independence

August 20, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Since I've been driving electric I've been itching to drive across the Sierra Nevada to Independence, California from our home in Bakersfield. We love the "East Side" and it's our escape from the...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

How to Read the Chevy Bolt's Dash Display

August 1, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

After receiving a question about how to find some basic information on the Bolt, I thought maybe I should post a little introduction to the dash displays--there are two: the driver's display and the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Bakersfield to Santa Cruz and Return in a Chevy Bolt

July 29, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We again put our Chevy Bolt through its paces with a 540-mile round trip from Bakersfield to Santa Cruz to visit friends.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

First Use of JDapter Stub for Tesla Destination Charger to Chevy Bolt

July 29, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

In short, it worked as advertised. For us this opens up trips to hotels and motels throughout California that were once restricted to Teslas only.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

First Level 2 EVSE Operational in Kernville

July 15, 2018,  

In a conversation with the campground host about our electric vehicle he mentioned that there was a "charger" at the new Forest Service District Office in Kernville.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Energy Consumption Estimators, Trip Planners, and the Chevy Bolt EV

June 25, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We leased a Chevy Bolt EV (electric vehicle) in November 2017. Since then we've taken the car on several road trips of varying distances. Based on these trips, I've tested the accuracy of three...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Bakersfield to Fresno in a Chevy Bolt: 63 kWh Over 240 Miles

June 24, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

My friend Gordon Nipp drove to Fresno from Bakersfield in his Bolt. [more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Bakersfield to Ridgecrest Revisited in a Chevy Bolt

June 21, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

For my wife's birthday, I offered Nancy an all-expenses paid trip to Ridgecrest, California, including dinner at a French restaurant. Such a deal, I know. How could she refuse?[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

186-Mile Loop in Chevy Bolt Returns with 20 kWh to Spare

June 13, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

I've been chomping at the bit to test our 2017 Chevy Bolt's range and we did so on a 186-mile jaunt to the mountains between Bakersfield and Los Angeles.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Cost of Charging an EV on a Road Trip: One Example

June 2, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

While discussing a recent road trip with a Canadian colleague, the question arose of how much we were paying to charge on the road.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Remote Unlock Using the Chevy App--Know How to Use It

June 1, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Mike Brigham, a Bolt driver in Toronto, Ontario reports on the importance of knowing how to use Chevy's App to remotely unlock the vehicle.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Revisiting Bakersfield to Grover Beach, CalPoly, and Return

April 24, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We made another run to the coast from Bakersfield in our 2017 Chevy Bolt. This was a business trip. I had a half-day lecture to give at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo. So there was no dawdling to take...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Thule Bike Rack for Chevy Bolt EV

April 7, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

A few weeks ago I had U-haul install a 1.25-inch hitch receiver on our 2017 Chevy Bolt EV to mount a bike rack.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Bakersfield to Springbok Solar Plant Cantil, California in a Chevy Bolt

March 19, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

17 March a small group caravanned from Bakersfield to the Desert Tortoise Preserve's new parcel adjacent to the Springbok solar power plant near Cantil, California. The plant is located just north of...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Trip Report Bakersfield to Palmdale and Return with Chevy Bolt

March 15, 2018,  

12 March I drove our Chevy Bolt to the ChargePoint station at the Palmdale Water District (PWD). I had an interview with the executives there, and, conveniently for me, they had recently installed a...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Chevy Bolt and EV Trip Planner Estimates Experience To Date

February 23, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

I've taken our Chevy Bolt, a battery electric vehicle (EV), on three road trips in our three months of ownership.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Trip Report: Bakersfield to Grover Beach in a Bolt--Mileage Estimates Off

February 20, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

On 12 February 2018 we drove our Chevy Bolt to Grover Beach from Bakersfield, California, a distance of nearly 150 miles. I'd been anticipating this drive for several months. It was a first for us to...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Trip Report: Bakersfield to LAX in a Bolt

February 9, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

In my first extended trip in our 2017 Chevy Bolt EV, I drove down to the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) Marriott for a conference, a one-way distance of 120 miles. Unlike my previous experience driving to...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Chevy Bolt Self-Sealing Tires Work But More Difficult to Repair

January 15, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Motoring along at night returning from a meeting and suddenly I hear a thump, thump, thump. Geesh. We only had the car two months and now a flat tire.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Bolt EV Works after Two Weeks of Idleness

January 1, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We returned home after a two-week Christmas holiday. We found the Bolt where we left it. Always a good sign here in Bakersfield where cars disappear from the owners' drive way on a regular basis. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Our Lease of a Chevy Bolt and What it Cost Us

December 6, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

On 9 November 2017 we leased a Chevy Bolt EV for about the cost of a cell-phone plan. We chose the base model, the LT, with fast-charge option, heated front seats, and heated steering wheel. In our...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Bolt Driver Stranded at DCFC Station in Ontario

December 4, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

My colleague and early Canadian EV adopter Mike Brigham reported 30 November that he spent an unplanned night in North Bay, Ontario when a DCFC station wouldn't charge his Chevy Bolt EV.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

Why We Moved to a Chevy Bolt from a Nissan Leaf

November 24, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

We leased a 2015 Nissan Leaf in late 2014. This was our first electric vehicle (EV). We liked the car, but we returned it to Nissan when the lease expired. We've now leased a Chevy Bolt. Why we did...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt

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