Originally Posted by flmgrip
the stop and go driving will greatly help your range - if you drive it modestly
country roads is 65mph? highway 75mph?
you might have to adjust your driving habits depending on conditions. definitely get the heated seat and wheel to keep energy use down.
most of my driving is at high speeds and normally "i don't care" about the consumption/range - and I have yet to be under 3miles/kw = 180 range
I think it's very doable - the charging turnaround might be an issue? also are you sure you can't even "trickle charge" at work that would give you an extra 8-12kw as a cushion
The turnaround charging at home is not an issue because I'll install a Level 2 EVSE at home.
My average speed per tank for the whole trip, depending on traffic, is anywhere between 45 - 51 MPH. 16 miles is back country roads with elevation changes. 1 mile from the house I cross over a 1,000 foot mountain it's about a 500 foot climb in just a mile; it's a more gradual drop on the other side, and I'd say one could average 50 MPH - 11 miles of that 16 is a two-lane 55 MPH road. The next 26 miles is 55 MPH divided dual-lane highway, the police keep you in check at 65 - 70 MPH - all of this miles with no traffic. Then a small town, light traffic, 3 miles, then another 8 miles of dual lane divided highway with a constant elevation change of maybe 3% rise. Then Route 66 in Northern Virginia, with the first 10 miles of 80-plus MPH (and that's the low-end speed in the right lane). Then 17 miles of heavy stop and go (most times).
The idea behind a Bolt is to get a better car for the heavy traffic part. Better car means more fuel efficient and an easier drive. The BMW is a manual trans (I'm old school) and sitting in traffic with a manual is not my issue, because shifting and clutch work is second nature for me; but the trick is to leave a 1-car cushion between you and the car in front to let the clutch fully out, but most people don't realize you're in a manual car and don't understand the cushion, so you constantly get other drivers stuffing their car in front of you. What I found about EVs is the 1-speed transmission/motor torque pretty much acts like a properly-driven manual transmission car, where it is always in the "correct" gear. Sadly, manual transmissions are a dying breed, but 1-speed EVs are here to save the day IMO. All of this so I can get home earlier in the day rather than wait until traffic clears to get at least one leg of the round trip not in heavy traffic.
The idea NOT behind the Bolt is the need for a 30 minute, 90-mile top off at a DC fast charger, because the commute now is already 1 hour and 50 minutes typical. I've checked the garage at work for 120V plugs, but there are none. Before we moved a year ago to a new building, the old building had just installed two EVSE's... Grrrr. I spoke with the new building facilities guys and to get 208V- 240V power to the garage requires trenching. My new company (not employee friendly - they bought us, then moved us) I doubt would spend the money to install an EVSE in the garage.
Thanks to everyone for the input.