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I don't have much of a choice here: I have to leave mine on 73 auto. If I set it on 76 auto, it'll command heat even when it's 85-87F outside! Only when the car gets heat soaked in a parking lot will it throw AC consistently at a setting of 76 auto.

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Still, that is better than demanding 68 out of car AC in the hot sun. My auto AC runs very smoothly, but I am beginning to think that such function is, indeed, affected by your starting humidity. Humidity is usually extremely low in New Mexico, where I am. And I have never seen the unit confuse the need for cooling with heating. Do not know why altitude might affect it, but even our river basins are above 4400 ft. Maybe some combo of low humidity and altitude. Someone may have a scientific idea about this.
 

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Thanks to all who replied. Looks like any concerns I had about AC being weak or a range drag were unfounded. Planning to go for a second test drive this weekend and then make my decision within a week thereafter. Right now I'm about 99% of the way to yes...
You will not regret it. It's a fun car to drive and nothing beats knowing you will never pump gas again.
 

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Just to confirm prior comments: In the AZ summer with temps between 100 and 110 and very low humidity, we find that the cool down time is fairy quick and about 25% of the electricity used is attributed to the "climate setting" . That 25% is the worst case, hi temps and short trips.

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Hello all.

Just joined the forum. I am this close to buying a new 2020 Bolt EV, which would be my first EV.

I typically do 50 miles or fewer each day, so the published range of 259 will be more than enough for me in most scenarios. However, I live in South Florida where for more than 6-8 months of the year 90+ temps necessitate keeping the air conditioning on full blast (especially if my wife is in the car).

So I've got two questions for any Bolt-owning Floridians (or those from other hot climates) who would care to weigh in:

1. I realize there are many variables at play when discussing range, but roughly speaking about how much of an impact does heavy AC use have on your Bolt's range? Are we talking like 10%-20%, or significantly more than that?

2. Is the Bolt's air conditioning able to keep the cabin cool in persistently hot climates? (My current ICE car isn't very icy-- it can barely keep the car comfortable in the height of summer, and makes a ton of noise doing it.)

Thanks to all. Looking forward to spending more time here in the weeks and months to come.

Joe
AS with ANY vehicle in South Florida, get the windows tinted first thing!
 

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Welcome to the forum! I hope you buy the Bolt, you won't regret it. It is SO COOL being able to drive just about anywhere and not use gasoline or oil. Just drive by and wave! Warm climates are perfect for BEVs. It's the cold climes that suck battery range. So you have no worries. As an example, I live in northern California. Summer temperatures in the 90s, winter temps in the 40s. In summer, 235+ miles on full charge. In winter, it can go as low as 175 miles. In the freezing states, that can go as low as 150.

My only complaint isn't about the car, it's the lack of charging infrastructure in certain areas where we like to travel. We have cousins who live in the north east corner of the state. In order to visit them, we drive to Reno and charge up at a DCFC. Normally, you'd charge up to 80%, since the charge rate really slows after that, but I would have to force it to charge to 100%, which takes twice as long and costs extra. But the stint from Reno to Modoc is 208 miles. I have to drive below 65mph and not use the heater or ac. I have a similar problem when driving to Fort Bragg on the coast. No DCFC anywhere on highway 20 between Williams and the coast. Not even a DCFC in Fort Bragg! But everywhere else, it's easy to find a DCFC.
 

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I think that all air conditioners cool the rooms well. You just need to look at the complete set of the air conditioner carefully. I had a case in my life I once bought a defective air conditioner and I found out that it was defective a week later. In my air conditioner has stopped working climate control. I called the store where I bought this air conditioner and demanded to make a refund, but they sent me to put it mildly. It's good that socool got into my situation and fixed my climate control at the lowest prices. I learned a lesson for a lifetime that when you buy something, you must carefully consider the purchase.
 

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I think that all air conditioners cool the rooms well. You just need to look at the complete set of the air conditioner carefully.
The last posting on this topic was TWO YEARS AGO....plus your response makes no sense for a vehicle.
 

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Regardless, I'll give my take: AC usage (like heater usage) is a static energy draw. Sure, the energy consumption might go up or down a bit over the course of a drive, but it's relatively constant. That means that AC use's impact on range will vary based on driving speed.

At 75 mph constant driving, even on 100+ F days, AC is likely to have less than a 4-5% impact on range. Reduce the average driving speed to 45 mph in those same conditions, and AC usage could reduce your range by 10% or more.

The same goes with heater use in winter. Most of the people who are seeing a 40% to 50% reduction in winter range are driving at slower speeds.
 

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We usually leave the system on Auto and the temp set at 71 and pre-condition in heat or cold if we think about it in time.

When the temps are above 90, if the stop is just a quick in-and-out, less than fifteen minutes, I leave the car on and lock the doors. The Bolt is sitting silently keeping cool. The Mercedes couple pulls into the next parking spot, the female commands the male to stay with the car and leave the ICE running and the helicopter-noisy cooling fan roaring while she buys the groceries. One can see the heat waves coming off the engine compartment.

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We usually leave the system on Auto and the temp set at 71 and pre-condition in heat or cold if we think about it in time.

When the temps are above 90, if the stop is just a quick in-and-out, less than fifteen minutes, I leave the car on and lock the doors. The Bolt is sitting silently keeping cool. The Mercedes couple pulls into the next parking spot, the female commands the male to stay with the car and leave the ICE running and the helicopter-noisy cooling fan roaring while she buys the groceries. One can see the heat waves coming off the engine compartment.

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Yup. We're a bit limited with our pup during summer, so it's nice to just be able to lock the doors and leave the car on with the AC running. If it's longer than a few minutes, I still check occasionally, but the Bolt EV will stay on with AC running for an hour without any intervention.
 

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I keep the car on a lot currently between appointments, errands, etc. I really love coming back to a cold car. Also, the AC is awesome imho.
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When the temps are above 90, if the stop is just a quick in-and-out, less than fifteen minutes, I leave the car on and lock the doors. The Bolt is sitting silently keeping cool. The Mercedes couple pulls into the next parking spot, the female commands the male to stay with the car and leave the ICE running and the helicopter-noisy cooling fan roaring while she buys the groceries. One can see the heat waves coming off the engine compartment.
Here in Vancouver British Columbia there's a city bylaw that prohibits idling for more than 5 minutes. So it's extra nice to be able to just leave the car turned on with the A/C running and not worry about it.
 

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Here in Vancouver British Columbia there's a city bylaw that prohibits idling for more than 5 minutes. So it's extra nice to be able to just leave the car turned on with the A/C running and not worry about it.
Man I wish they had that law here. Nothing like eating lunch at a picnic table in a nice park listening to the sweet sounds of some moron's V8 grumbling away while they sit in their car, parked, running the AC.
 

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Here in Vancouver British Columbia there's a city bylaw that prohibits idling for more than 5 minutes. So it's extra nice to be able to just leave the car turned on with the A/C running and not worry about it.
You can report someone idling in California as well, and the DMV will issue an $800 citation.
 
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