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Hi, Dave,

Driving our Bolt through small blizzards. Even with Nokian Hakkas, one must exercise caution with that wonderful EV torque; it makes everyday dry road driving fun, but can be a bit strong on slippery uphills.

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Hi Jack. I put Blizzaks on mine. I'm a Nordic skier and I drive up to Homestake Lodge at the Continental Divide almost every day for a ski. I've found it to be a very competent winter drive, with a bit of a light foot. I use L almost exclusively unless I'm on a longer Interstate Loop...well, Helena is as far as I've gone...
 

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Hi, Dave,

Was through your way over Memorial Day round trip to SLC. Was surprised to find six new Tesla charging stations in Lima, MT off I-15; none in use on the busiest travel day of the year.

Did see one Tesla S with WA plates heading home on I-90 about Anaconda. There were enough bugs on the front, he'd done many highway miles, cruising about 85 MPH. Wonder what his range at that speed? I've notice the Bolt when showing range predictions based on extended city driving, gets on the highway at 70-75 MPH, the actual use can be as high as 2:1 over predicted. The GOM dropped 88 miles while covering 44 actual.

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I have just returned from a nano-vacation in Granite, Deer Lodge, Powell and Silver Bow counties, and I do solemnly report zero EV encounters in the Missoula-P'Burg-Butte triangle. My eye is trained to detect any Tesla, old Leaf or Bolt (plus of course all varieties of the Prius) from 1/4 a mile in fine weather :)
 

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Just noticed the regional pages here, and I do have a 'local' question. I wonder if anyone has a favorite Chevy dealer in or around Seattle for maintenance and repairs (zero need so far about two months in!).

I'm just curious to have a couple of leads on tap so I don't accidentally bring it to a clueless shop.

Feel free to answer about other cities and areas too. Thanks!
 

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Just noticed the regional pages here, and I do have a 'local' question. I wonder if anyone has a favorite Chevy dealer in or around Seattle for maintenance and repairs (zero need so far about two months in!).

I'm just curious to have a couple of leads on tap so I don't accidentally bring it to a clueless shop.

Feel free to answer about other cities and areas too. Thanks!
Purchased our Bolt and Niro from the Lee Johnson dealership in Kirkland -- people (both sales and service) seem decent and competent. Not a fount of EV wisdom, but haven't been unhappy with the service there. Would love to hear about a place in the Seattle, or better yet Tacoma, area that really knew EVs.
 

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Hi Dave as well as everyone else! Newbie awaiting a 2023 Bolt EUV from a dealership that had it on order and in transit. I realize that it's still a waiting game, but I thought it had to be an advantage to starting fresh. My question is how far you'd be comfortable driving a new Bolt on it's first charge? I live in Helena and will have to pick it up in Kalispell when it arrives with two route options, with and without charging options. Dave (or anyone else), would you take the Sealey/Swan (200 miles w/no charging options) or swing around to 93 thru Missoula (230 miles) so that you'd have charging if necessary? I should mention, that both routes include having to cross the Continental Divide (about 2k vertical ft).
Appreciate everyone's insight and experience and look forward to learning how to drive all over again!
 

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Hi Dave as well as everyone else! Newbie awaiting a 2023 Bolt EUV from a dealership that had it on order and in transit. I realize that it's still a waiting game, but I thought it had to be an advantage to starting fresh. My question is how far you'd be comfortable driving a new Bolt on it's first charge? I live in Helena and will have to pick it up in Kalispell when it arrives with two route options, with and without charging options. Dave (or anyone else), would you take the Sealey/Swan (200 miles w/no charging options) or swing around to 93 thru Missoula (230 miles) so that you'd have charging if necessary? I should mention, that both routes include having to cross the Continental Divide (about 2k vertical ft).
Appreciate everyone's insight and experience and look forward to learning how to drive all over again!
Check out abetterrouteplanner.com and plugshare.com to map out your route. Both also have mobile apps.

ABRP doesn't think you can make it without a charging stop, and recommends 93 -> 82 -> 83 with a charging stop at Seeley Lake. However, that's literally the only charger (1 charger) on that route, so if it's out of service, you're stuck.

An alternative route would take you down 93 all the way to a charging stop at Missoula. That's an Electrify America station at Walmart (4 chargers), and there are also charging stations at a Taco Bell and a Kia dealership in Missoula. That's probably the safer route, and the one I would use if it was my first trip.
 
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