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We drove from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs. The Bolt far exceeded my expectation.
See photos for trip details. The only odd thing that occurred was the Lan Keeping Assistant stopped working about 170 miles into our journey. (System unavailable)
 

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I did that as part of a trip out to Ouray summer of '18. That is the perfect distance for the first charge stop, but at the time the only DCFC was at Mt. Chevy, a 20kW "Fast" charger. Now, EA has sites in Frisco, Glenwood and Grand Junction, and Eagle has a CP unit.

It seemed a bit touch and go through the tunnel, then again at the top of Vail Pass, but the long downhill stretches added a lot of range. It was fun to watch the range steadily increase with miles driven!

LKA is kinda worthless, I don't even bother most of the time.
 

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I did that as part of a trip out to Ouray summer of '18. That is the perfect distance for the first charge stop, but at the time the only DCFC was at Mt. Chevy, a 20kW "Fast" charger. Now, EA has sites in Frisco, Glenwood and Grand Junction, and Eagle has a CP unit.

It seemed a bit touch and go through the tunnel, then again at the top of Vail Pass, but the long downhill stretches added a lot of range. It was fun to watch the range steadily increase with miles driven!

LKA is kinda worthless, I don't even bother most of the time.
I actually like the LKA in the 2020 that I reviewed. It isn't overbearing and doesn't pretend to be any sort of autopilot. Basically, it's there as a backup safety feature, which I appreciate. That being said, I only used it for a couple hundred miles, but it never quit on me.
 

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My problem with LKA is that if you approach the lane marker at too great an angle, you cross over into that (oncoming?) lane before you turn back. I consider it a LDW (lane departure warning) rather than a true LKA. My wife's Kia Niro Hybrid has much more-finely-tuned LKA. In the Bolt EV, LKA does not turn "back to and stop in the center of the lane" but continues over to the opposite lane marker at an even greater "angle". It is basically a "wake-up" with lights, noise, and jerking movements. It is also not consistent with its warning to "take steering" control again - sometimes it advises me and sometimes it does not.
 

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My problem with LKA is that if you approach the lane marker at too great an angle, you cross over into that (oncoming?) lane before you turn back. I consider it a LDW (lane departure warning) rather than a true LKA. My wife's Kia Niro Hybrid has much more-finely-tuned LKA. In the Bolt EV, LKA does not turn "back to and stop in the center of the lane" but continues over to the opposite lane marker at an even greater "angle". It is basically a "wake-up" with lights, noise, and jerking movements. It is also not consistent with its warning to "take steering" control again - sometimes it advises me and sometimes it does not.
I absolutely hated the LKA in the 2019 KIA Niro EV I reviewed. I'm assuming it's the same system. In my experience, it would attempt jerk the steering wheel out of my hand. I nearly took two off ramps at 75 mph before it got too dangerous and I turned it off.
 

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My LKA is always on. I don't expect it to steer the car for me, but it is there to possibly provide a nudge to get my attention, and it has served that function a few times. If I fell asleep at the wheel, I wouldn't expect LKA to save me. It just isn't a self-driving feature and doesn't claim to be. So I'm not disappointed with it. In surveys though, I have identified lane centering as a useful feature I would like to have.
 

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I can't believe you got such good mileage on that route! You must be a very conservative driver. I would use more kWh than that going from Roxborough to Glenwood Springs.
 

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I can't believe you got such good mileage on that route! You must be a very conservative driver. I would use more kWh than that going from Roxborough to Glenwood Springs.
When I tested the 2020 Chevy Bolt EV, it was very odd. The freeway speed efficiency seemed close to my 2017 Bolt EV, but the low speed, low load efficiency was noticeably better. My assumption is that it's due to lower internal battery resistance, but that can't be all of it because I don't think the BMS can actually account for that. .
 

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We drove from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs. The Bolt far exceeded my expectation.
See photos for trip details. The only odd thing that occurred was the Lan Keeping Assistant stopped working about 170 miles into our journey. (System unavailable)
Did the LKA start working again?
Was is a bug on one of the cameras?
 

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That's fantastic efficiency, especially heading up into the mountains! Did you go all Interstate or take Highway 24? We spent some post-college years in Basalt, CO and loved it up there.
 

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I can't believe you got such good mileage on that route! You must be a very conservative driver. I would use more kWh than that going from Roxborough to Glenwood Springs.
I was very surprised to say the least. We hit a few sections of stop and go traffic, but other than that, I had the CC set to 65mph the entire way. The weather was nearly perfect with next to zero wind. I’m sure that also played a huge part. Note, we did utilize AC the entire trip with it set to 72.
 

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That's fantastic efficiency, especially heading up into the mountains! Did you go all Interstate or take Highway 24? We spent some post-college years in Basalt, CO and loved it up there.
I know, I was not expecting it to do so well. I knew we’d arrive with some juice, just not that much. We took the interstate with my cruise control set to 65mph. Other than a few sections of stop and go traffic we drove straight through at my CC speed. I’m thinking the weather was the largest factor. It was near perfect. If memory serves it was in the mid to high 70’s with zero wind.
 

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I did that as part of a trip out to Ouray summer of '18. That is the perfect distance for the first charge stop, but at the time the only DCFC was at Mt. Chevy, a 20kW "Fast" charger. Now, EA has sites in Frisco, Glenwood and Grand Junction, and Eagle has a CP unit.

It seemed a bit touch and go through the tunnel, then again at the top of Vail Pass, but the long downhill stretches added a lot of range. It was fun to watch the range steadily increase with miles driven!

LKA is kinda worthless, I don't even bother most of the time.
We had the exact same “Ah oh” experience until we started our 2-3,000 foot decent or so, from Vail. We started to chart a route to Frisco, but about half way down, realized the EA station wasn’t needed. It was fairly entertaining watching the estimated range tick back up. Gotta love Ev’s.
 

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We had the exact same “Ah oh” experience until we started our 2-3,000 foot decent or so, from Vail. We started to chart a route to Frisco, but about half way down, realized the EA station wasn’t needed. It was fairly entertaining watching the estimated range tick back up. Gotta love Ev’s.
Yup, gravity charge! Free, and no hit to your trip time.
 

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Yup, gravity charge! Free, and no hit to your trip time.
Yes. Something that will never happen in an ICE vehicle. I try to get across to people that you are actually getting energy back, instead of wearing out your brakes, but most will talk about their great fuel efficiency. They just don't get it.
 

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Yes. Something that will never happen in an ICE vehicle. I try to get across to people that you are actually getting energy back, instead of wearing out your brakes, but most will talk about their great fuel efficiency. They just don't get it.
Fuel efficiency is actually negative for an ICE car coasting down hill. It only looks good if you only consider miles traveled and don't consider how much potential energy you just lost going down the hill. With a steep enough hill, you essentially burn fuel to lose energy, hence negative efficiency.
 
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