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    When the shipment came in, I stopped by the dealership. They had to charge every Bolt EV they had received (some of them on 120 V), and my salesman was lamenting the 50 hours it was taking to charge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladogaboy View Post
    When the shipment came in, I stopped by the dealership. They had to charge every Bolt EV they had received (some of them on 120 V), and my salesman was lamenting the 50 hours it was taking to charge.
    Geez, guys, at least spring for a level 2 charger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Nelson View Post
    Geez, guys, at least spring for a level 2 charger.
    They were all in use! We walked around back, and they had two more Bolts plugged into the 120 V. That's when he said that anyone who tried to charge the Bolt from a low battery on 120 V is crazy.

    I'm about to get "crazy" FWIW. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladogaboy View Post
    They were all in use! We walked around back, and they had two more Bolts plugged into the 120 V. That's when he said that anyone who tried to charge the Bolt from a low battery on 120 V is crazy.

    I'm about to get "crazy" FWIW. :-D
    Yeah, that's something I'm contemplating for when I buy a Bolt EV later this year. It takes over 40 hours to fully charge at 120V/12A, so with an overnight 12 hour charge you'd be putting in around 100km's (60 miles) worth of distance. So the question is whether or not you'd need to drive significantly more than that for more than a couple of days in a row.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Nelson View Post
    Yeah, that's something I'm contemplating for when I buy a Bolt EV later this year. It takes over 40 hours to fully charge at 120V/12A, so with an overnight 12 hour charge you'd be putting in around 100km's (60 miles) worth of distance. So the question is whether or not you'd need to drive significantly more than that for more than a couple of days in a row.
    With my anticipated use (60 or so miles a day or less), I'll be recharging in a few hours on L2 just like my Volt. I would very rarely if ever be recharging a nearly empty battery. The Volt will drop to 10 mile trips. So I anticipate nearly 100% electric use between the two cars (Except for Volt FMM of course).
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    Dang, if my L2 unit somehow craps out and L1 is too slow, where will I ever charge my Bolt? (I live a few miles southwest of Baltimore....sorta hard to see Baltimore though 'cause all the CCS station icons are blocking it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bro1999 View Post
    Dang, if my L2 unit somehow craps out and L1 is too slow, where will I ever charge my Bolt? (I live a few miles southwest of Baltimore....sorta hard to see Baltimore though 'cause all the CCS station icons are blocking it)
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    Default Bolt EV: Near-zero Vampire Loss in Sub-freezing Temps over Two Days,

    Quote Originally Posted by flankspeed8 View Post
    It will be interesting to track what the vampire loss is. This is one thing that has scared me from the Tesla S, I have heard stories of people loosing 4-5 miles a day. Hopefully technology improves this. I never see any vampire loss on my Volt, even after 2 weeks.
    Take heart, my friend! There are a couple of YouTube videos posted by a brand-new Bolt EV owner (and forum member) who got a flat tire high in the mountains of CA and had to leave his car idle on the roadside for two days in sub-freezing temperatures. It was a serious flat caused by a fairly large, sharp rock hiding underneath the snow. This couldn't be repaired with the PNG (pump-'n'-goop) kit provided with the car, and he also had no cellular connection, so neither OnStar nor anyone else could be contacted; he had to await friendly passers-by for help and go get a new tire mounted.

    I was pretty dang impressed to see that his Bolt only logged about 0.2 kWh of depletion during those two days with mostly sub-freezing temperatures. He drove it home a fairly long distance while getting incredible efficiency of around 5.1 miles per kWh, if I'm remembering correctly. Of course he was driving down a mountain a good part of the way, but still, the heat was running at 69F and the temperature was in the 30's (F). Thus, so far it looks as though the Bolt EV's battery is incredibly efficient and durable. People seem to be getting extremely good range, often 250 miles. The same YouTuber posted another couple of videos showing a route he usually drives in both dry/ warmer and wet/ colder conditions, and his mileage estimator showed (if I remember correctly) something like 225 miles for the former and 195 miles for the latter.

    I can't post links or screen shots yet I don't think, but I shall try. If it doesn't work, you can search YouTube for "News Coulomb" or "Bolt EV TIRE FAIL"; the before/ after shots of his kWh usage are in two separate videos, parts 2 and 3.

    (edit: it appears I *can* post links and screen shots, so below you'll see a screen shot for his kWh estimated usage before and after leaving his car for two days in sub-freezing temperatures. Near-zero vampire losses!)



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    Sales rep sent me a photo, had 48 miles of charge, but it was charging at the time. So not sure where it started, could have been 40, best guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfspeakman View Post
    Sales rep sent me a photo, had 48 miles of charge, but it was charging at the time. So not sure where it started, could have been 40, best guess.
    Slightly lower initial charge -

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