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Highway Driving

4760 Views 9 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  greendave
I got my 2022 EUV back in July. I absolutely love this car. Most of my driving is my commute, driving around town, etc. (We also own a 2021 Prius, which is my wife's and our longer journey car.)

This weekend was the first time I really had my Bolt on the highway. I had a 60+ mile trip that I usually stick to basic roads, but instead chose to take the PA turnpike to see how the Bolt felt on the highway.

The two things I noticed were:

1. I'm fairly certain that it drained my battery a lot faster than I expected. I used cruise control most of the way around 70-75mph. Sorry I don't have more solid numbers to share, but it seems like highway driving ate my battery quickly.

2. Cruise Control: My one pet peeve about the Bolt is that for optimum performance, you should stay in the "green" range on the Efficiency Gauge. I wish that Cruise Control was smart enough to keep this in mind when driving. It seems to not care one bit about Efficiency when it's in use. With all this technology, you would think this would be a feature?

Is it possible that using Cruise Control was a cause of my battery draining so quick? Or the constant acceleration?

On regular roads, I'm accelerating, slowing down, stopping at lights, regenerating, etc.

Anyway - any insight or help is appreciated!
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FWIW, when the Bolt came out an engineer said that if you peg it at the 92mph top speed it will travel 160 miles.
Maybe downhill.

I’d strongly bet against that on level ground. My Bolt at 80mph is well below 3 miles/kWh. I can’t imagine 92mph doing much more than 2 miles/kWh.
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