West Texas? I seem to remember the 223 miles of US 287 between Amarillo and Wichita Falls to be very flat and open.There is no such thing as 200+ mile flat road.
The Bolt (with a coefficient of drag of [Corrected 0.308 cd]) is actually less aerodynamic than the Volt (0.285 cd). However, the Bolt's electric drive is more efficient with an EPA rated range of 238 miles, this equates to ~ 4 mi/kwh. For the Volt's EPA EV range of 53 miles it is ~3.76 mi/kwh.Ok. On my 2017 Volt I get a little better than the EPA rated 53 mile range. Is the Bolt more aerodynamic than the Volt or does it normally get more miles per kWh?
The cd for the Bolt is .308. The .32 figure was an engineering goal GM exceeded.The Bolt (with a coefficient of drag of 0.32 cd) is actually less aerodynamic than the Volt (0.285 cd). However, the Bolt's electric drive is more efficient with an EPA rated range of 238 miles, this equates to ~ 4 mi/kwh. For the Volt's EPA EV range of 53 miles it is ~3.76 mi/kwh.
Right. The highway EPA-rated range is 217 miles, not 238. 238 is the combined cycle range.The EPA highway figure is generally accurate for cruising at 65 mph. Shouldn't be hard to hit 217 miles.
The latest 5 cycle test from the EPA is less than ideal. I would expect under ideal conditions the Bolt EV should be able to do more than 217 miles at 65mph. In fact if I had to guess. Considering that many people are getting over 300 miles I would presume more than 250 is likely possible at 65mph.Right. The highway EPA-rated range is 217 miles, not 238. 238 is the combined cycle range.
I would guess you could get close to that in ideal conditions. But that's all it is, a guess. Until someone does multiple real-world tests, it appears that's all we've got.
And it's important to note that battery power consumption is not linear with speed. It takes a lot more power to cruise at 75mph than it does at 65mph because there's 33% more aerodynamic drag even though you're only going 15% faster. That's because aerodynamic drag increases with the square of the speed.Car and Driver got 190 miles of range in the Bolt running at 75 mph in the California mountains with the A/C set to 72 degrees.
My testing, corrected to 600' elevation and 70 deg F, shows that the range at a constant 65 mph is 239 miles.No HVAC, no wind, no fast acceleration, flat road - What's the consensus on the range with the battery fully charged?
Try driving through Kansas. But I would love to see some independent testing done on a big track like Indy. They could run fully charged Bolts at various speeds and see what they get. Of course this would be for fun, but maybe they could run a Tesla along side and see how efficient each vehicle is at various speeds.There is no such thing as 200+ mile flat road.
Exactly what I wanted, a commuter cat that can travel the greater Chicago metro area without fear of running out. No need to hold my breath, I have no plans on taking my Bolt EV cross country. But if I wanted to travel those distances, I'd take my Volt.OK 200 miles and then ?...Where to charge ?...The BOLT is a commuter car until GM resolves the fast charging network!!!. Do not hold your breath.