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https://my.chevrolet.com/content/da...als/2017/Chevrolet/BOLT EV/Owner's Manual.pdf

Software Update
This allows the ability to search for
updates when connected to Wi-Fi if
updates are available.


Software Updates
Over-the-Air Software Updates
If equipped, the infotainment system
can download and install software
updates over a wireless connection.


From pg.159

Found the above blurb on pg.147. OTA updates possible!?
 

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Nice find!
 

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This blurb is also in the 2017 Volt manual;unless I didn't look hard enough I didn't see any OTA ways to update MyLink on my Gen2.

I even looked through the demo Bolt at the LA Auto show and I didn't see any OTA options either...
 

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My favorite page is page 313 in the manual when the Maintenence Schedule is. I have bought and read the 2015 Chevy Spark EV Owner's manual, and this schedule is even better! The first fluid to be changed is the vehicle coolant at 150,000 miles or every five years, whichever comes first. So in five years there are only two fluids to change! Not even the EDU fluid (which is the same as automatic transmission fluid) needs changes in that period.

Although this manual edition has no mention of it, I can foresee that the EDU fluid will be changed after ten years or 200,000 miles (or more), because the Spark EV does have an EDU fluid change in its schedule.

Well done, GM! Now if anyone does the accounting of all the maintenece for any gas engine cars and add it up for an average of ten years, you will see how much the Bolt EV will save in cost and time, since many here take their cars to a dealer or service shop. I don't because I do it all by myself foll all my vehicles since 1976, yet I wish to NEVER do it anymore with my first EV.

Subtract that cost from the Bolt EV purchase and you will see the real cost for this EV.
 

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...Well done, GM! ..., you will see how much the Bolt EV will save in cost and time, since many here take their cars to a dealer or service shop....Subtract that cost from the Bolt EV purchase and you will see the real cost for this EV.
I've read bad things about expensive routine maintenance costs for Tesla's.
Is this true?

How does this compare to the Bolt routine maintenance costs?

(Let's not talk about warranty repairs on Tesla's. They don't like to talk about that...)
 

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I've read bad things about expensive routine maintenance costs for Tesla's.
Is this true?

How does this compare to the Bolt routine maintenance costs?

(Let's not talk about warranty repairs on Tesla's. They don't like to talk about that...)
https://www.tesla.com/support/service-plans?redirect=no

Bolt EV would only need tire rotations for the first 5 years of ownership before a coolant flush and brake fluid.
Of note the Bolt EV requires the brake fluid to be changed every 5 years regardless of mileage.

So over 4 years the Bolt EV would cost about $300 if you did tire rotations from the dealer. And the Tesla is $2100 and the service is mandatory to maintain your warranty.
 

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My tires aren't even going to last four years.
LOL, good one! You plan to drive it like you stole it? :)

I can say my wife is driving our 2011 Volt a lot more aggressively these days. I think the Bolt will be right up her alley and I'll be getting MY car back. No more shared visitation, haha.
 

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LOL, good one! You plan to drive it like you stole it? :)

I can say my wife is driving our 2011 Volt a lot more aggressively these days. I think the Bolt will be right up her alley and I'll be getting MY car back. No more shared visitation, haha.
I'm actually really gentle on tires. I average about 70,000 to 80,000 miles on the OEM Volt tires, but when I'm driving 50,000 miles a year, it doesn't really matter.
 

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Priority charging looks interesting, charges immediately to 40% then delays per your programming schedule. That and/or hill top charging are nice if you don't want to charge the car all the way. I know not necessary since car will cool battery and/or burn off some charge in hot weather to prevent degradation, but could be nice for those that want to. Or just use 120 V, at 50 hours to charge at 12 Amps, it would be self limiting. Or could even use 8 Amps, more than 75 hour charge time :)
 

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From what we Volt owners have observed, a 40% SOC on the Bolt would be more than sufficient for a majority of daily driving. I actually anticipate my Bolt hovering between 20% and 60% SOC most of the time. The interesting game will be timing my recharges to get near 100% charge before leaving on long road trips.
 

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Do you have 240 V / 32 Amp? Could just switch to immediate night before you leave or something. What could be neat is if they tied it into your calendar so it would know to charge more on certain days.
 

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No. I actually only charge at work. Most likely, with the Bolt, I will charge at work and DCFC or public L2 a few times a week.
 

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Ah, makes it trickier. DC could be nice, maybe just hit the dealer before leaving or something. 120 V at work? Still, a 9 hour day can mean maybe 18 to 36 miles range. Looks like you're in LA? Your winters are mild, so will probably be the high side of that :) I am at the 20 mile range time of year in my 2012 Volt (erdtt disabled).
 

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I am somewhat disappointed in the charge options I see. They are really not much different than the Volt's. Besides the Hill Top reserve discussed elsewhere, and the priority charging to 40%, there are no options to NOT charge to 100%. There really should be a user-selectable max charge setting.

Also, what if I have a short commute and it is a really hot summer, and I park my car in my garage where it is also hot. I would like the option of being able to plug in and NOT have it charge, just so the car can use wall power for more aggressive battery thermal management. Then I could slowly eat away at my battery charge over the week with the commute and maybe charge it up again on the weekend.

The way it is now, I would either have to NOT plug it in while in my hot garage and NOT use the more aggressive thermal management from wall power, or I would have it on delayed schedule for early AM charging and have it plugged in in the evening when it is the hottest and then unplug it before going to bed and let it sit overnight unplugged, or rig some complicated peak charging schedule where peak charging is limited to just a few minute window, and then temporarily override that when I want to actually charge it. Very inelegant!! I think GM could do better with these options.
 

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I am somewhat disappointed in the charge options I see. They are really not much different than the Volt's. Besides the Hill Top reserve discussed elsewhere, and the priority charging to 40%, there are no options to NOT charge to 100%. There really should be a user-selectable max charge setting.

Also, what if I have a short commute and it is a really hot summer, and I park my car in my garage where it is also hot. I would like the option of being able to plug in and NOT have it charge, just so the car can use wall power for more aggressive battery thermal management. Then I could slowly eat away at my battery charge over the week with the commute and maybe charge it up again on the weekend.

The way it is now, I would either have to NOT plug it in while in my hot garage and NOT use the more aggressive thermal management from wall power, or I would have it on delayed schedule for early AM charging and have it plugged in in the evening when it is the hottest and then unplug it before going to bed and let it sit overnight unplugged, or rig some complicated peak charging schedule where peak charging is limited to just a few minute window, and then temporarily override that when I want to actually charge it. Very inelegant!! I think GM could do better with these options.
The "Hilltop reserve" option is not just for people living on a hill....ANYONE can activate it to restrict charging to 90%. Just have to set your home as a "Hilltop Reserve" location, and the GPS will automatically detect you are parked at home and limit charging to 90%.

You'll have 40%, 90%, and 100% options....what more do you need????
 

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Looks like "all windows down" via the fob is gone :(

Remote start is 20 or 40 min ;)

Windshield charge indicator is opposite Gen 1 Volt: flashing=not full, solid green=full charge.

Looks like the Volt was a good 'trainer' for people moving to the Bolt, many similarities between the two.
 
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