I wish more pure BEV owners saw things the same way... I trend around 95% of my miles being on EV power in my 2018 Volt, but the days I need the ICE, I tend to *really* need the ICE. To the tune that I'd need a >200 mile BEV, which was far more expensive than my Volt.The Volt was ground-breaking, but often under-appreciated. Now its formula of range and practicality is being adopted as the basis for all PHEV's ;
How did you manage Chicago to Iowa in a Bolt without CCS charging? Looking at in on Google Maps it looks possible if you avoid highways, that cuts the distance and increases the MPGE, but on a highway it looks like you would just fall short.I agree with the video premises: PHEV's are a very good gateway to BEV. The dual fuel Volt with its range extender made a lot of sense to me. Once I had the Volt, the step to the Volt was easy. As the video mentions, hardened purists like those that hang out at Electrik are not doing EV adoption rates any favors with their vehement anti-PHEV attitude and their particular antipathy toward GM in general. As a result, both the Volt and Bolt are often dumped on.
For our two car family, our 2011 Volt and 2017 Bolt are a great combo. A sedan and a CUV. An EV with a gas range extender, a BEV with 238 miles of range. Both are good for hauling more than people, the Bolt's roof rack adds extra cargo hauling options.
The Bolt is used for daily 70 mile round trip commutes and always has plenty of miles left even in winter.
Both fit in our garage where they are charged.
If I was limited to one car, it would likely be a Voltec EREV, but if were honest, the Bolt would work for us too. 238 miles is a lot. And as I found out on a recent trip from Chicago to Iowa, a CSS network is not a must, Level 2 charging can work. That said, the DCFC buildout will be a plus when it arrives here in the midwest.
I traveled 60 MPH with A/C on IL-88 toll highway, and into Iowa.How did you manage Chicago to Iowa in a Bolt without CCS charging? Looking at in on Google Maps it looks possible if you avoid highways, that cuts the distance and increases the MPGE, but on a highway it looks like you would just fall short.
I guess that was an adventure but I'd say you got lucky. My experience with public L2s is that they are frequently out of order. On my trip to PEI in Canada the only L2 I encountered has been out of order since 2013. The only hotel charging that I encountered were two Tesla chargers at a resort hotel in New Brunswick, both were ICEed. Closer to home the garage I use when I go to symphony or opera is the Christian Science Plaza garage across from Symphony Hall. Those chargers were out of order for a full year before they were replaced this spring. Apropos of those chargers, I was there last night to see Odyssey Opera's production of Gounod's La Reign Da Saba. I checked in with Plugshare, as I always do, but the thing I noticed is that hardly anybody uses Plugshare. Over the last year there were only a handful of entries, half of which were mine, several were from another user who shares the same name as me, Josh, and one other. The EVSEs are well used, last night aside from me there was a Tesla M3, and a Prius Prime, one space was free, so it's not like nobody uses these EVSEs, I go at least a half dozen times a year and they are always full or nearly full. My point is that you can't count on Plugshare because not enough people use it. Apropos of last night, I was able to do the entire trip on battery because of the EVSEs in the garage, but the asymmetry in range between going and coming was large, I had 20 miles left on the guess-o-meter on my way into Boston, only 5 miles left on my way home, it was the same route but there is much less traffic at 11PM when I came home than 4PM when I drove in so the speeds were higher coming home.I traveled 60 MPH with A/C on IL-88 toll highway, and into Iowa.
I too thought this trip would not be doable without CCS. With some further digging I determined with L2 charging it actually is doable. The point is, CCS DC fast charging would certainly be nice but it was not "must have".
To give myself some extra cushion, I stopped for lunch at a pleasant bar/restaurant on the IL side of the Mississippi. There was an L2 charge station across the street that added 20-25 miles during our lunch. I also plugged in at the destination hotel (again, L2). I still had miles to spare. It fully recharged the Bolt overnight.
Here's the thread I posted about the trip, where I stopped, etc.: https://gm-volt.com/forum/showthrea...EV-Extended-Trip-to-IA&highlight=Bolt+tuggers
Seems to me that if GM had marketed the Volt at all, people would be far more familiar with them and how they work.Seems to me that if GM had marketed the Gen 1 Volt as an electric car that could operate on both electricity from a wall socket and electricity from a generator, ...
You got that right! I think the Volt and Bolt are GM doing future proofing, and of course the Bolt is a compliance car. For them to start marketing them either the margins have to go up or the competition has start embarrassing GM. These are probably the two best vehicles GM makes so it's really a shame.Seems to me that if GM had marketed the Volt at all, people would be far more familiar with them and how they work.
One of the most amazing vehicles I've ever driven is the incredible VW Phaeton. Point well taken..."Marketing is not about products, nor is it about their features or quality.
It's all about perceptions and the story people tell themselves about those perceptions."
What did people perceive about a small Chevy with an MSRP north of 40?
I wouldn't call the Bolt a compliance car, its sold in greater number than that and it's available in all 50 states. However it's fair to say that the Volt and the Bolt are primarily testbeds for GM, they aren't aimed at the heart of GMs customer base. However from an engineering standpoint they have served their purpose well. You can see what happens when a company jumps right into EVs without having gone through the process of building pioneering vehicles like the Volt and the Bolt. The first two cars from VW, the Audi and the Porsche, have no more range than the Bolt but with batteries that are 50% bigger. MPGewise the Bolt is on a par with the Tesla Model 3, MPGe of 119 vs 123 but the Bolt came out a full year earlier than the Model 3, the VW and Jaguar offerings aren't even close. VW's only early effort was the half-assed eGolf which was clearly nothing but a compliance car, all they did was stuff some batteries into a Golf to create a compliance car with very little range, they didn't put in the effort to build an EV from the ground up until the current offerings.You got that right! I think the Volt and Bolt are GM doing future proofing, and of course the Bolt is a compliance car. For them to start marketing them either the margins have to go up or the competition has start embarrassing GM. These are probably the two best vehicles GM makes so it's really a shame.
GM made the Volt and Bolt as preparation for a future in which EVs are in high demand. Now they are waiting for that future to arrive.The issue with GM is where the hell are the next generation EVs.