Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Bucks County, PA
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R/T- Bucks County PA to Waitsfield VT
My first long trip in my Bolt since driving it home from Maryland the day I bought it was the weekend before last. The total mileage from Doylestown, PA area to Waitsfield, VT and back, with some local driving in the Waitsfield area, was 753 miles.
The Bolt was perfect. No problems. I got better mileage than I anticipated on the mostly highway drive. Unlike the stretch of the NYS Thruway from Albany to Buffalo, the Thruway from the NYC area to the Lake George, NY area had quite a few DCFC possibilities. And the chargers are close enough that if one is out or busy, there's a good chance you can reach another.
There were chargers at most of the rest areas along the Thruway, including some free chargers provided by NYS. I stopped at Malden (Greenlots) and the beautiful new Adirondack Welcome Center (free, provided by NYS) in Queensbury. The last charge on the way up was in Middlebury, VT (EVGo). My charger reviews are on Plugshare.com, so I won't go into detail about them again here except to say that all were available and working fine when I got to them.
I had enough juice to easily make it back to Queensbury from Waitsfield on the return trip. I was pleasantly surprised that climbing/descending the approximate 3000 foot high pass over General Stark Mountain (Mad River Glen Ski area) twice was no problem for the Bolt. On both legs of the trip, on the journey down the mountain, the regen just about evened-out the battery loss when climbing.
I had to go a few miles out of the way to get on the Thruway just South of the Adirondack Welcome Center (which is Northbound only) charge and then turn around at the next exit North (Glen Falls). It was worth the extra 10-15 minutes of driving to use the free chargers and the new facilities at the AWC were among the best I have ever seen on a roadside rest area.
My final charge was just off the Thruway at the Woodbury Commons Mall. This was my least favorite stop as it took 15 minutes to go the 3 miles from the Thruway to the garage at the Mall where the chargers are located due to heavy traffic and construction- then it took 20 more minutes to get out of the Mall and back on to the Thruway for the same reasons. This was on a Sunday evening- I can't imagine what it would be like during peak shopping hours (and, FWIW, it's, no sh*t- a half mile walk to the food court from the garage where the chargers are).
I charged up to a 130 mile SOC with an approximate 105 miles to my home charger. I arrived with about 20 miles left in the tank- 'first time I ever saw the GOM go orange and I kept getting warning messages from the My Chevrolet app about finding a charger soon (which I ignored).
I was really pleased by the performance of the Bolt and there was never a time that I was worried about range. It was an enjoyable first long outing.
This trip gave me the peace of mind to venture out in the Bolt for a planned August drive to Chicago and back which will be around a 1600 mile R/T.
My only negative thought was fear that as EVs become more popular, there will be increasing pressure on the charging network and a much higher chance of long waits to charge or chargers needing maintenance. But for the next couple of years at least, it seems like the long distance DCFC networks here in the Northeast are good and going to get better.
2019 Bolt Premier
Cajun Red, exterior, Dark Galvanized Gray interior
DCII, Infotainment, DCFC
2017 Volt LT (Gen 2)
2012 Volt LT (Gen 1)
Last edited by MarksBolt; 07-11-2019 at 11:56 AM.