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Hi all, I’m loving my new 2020 Nightfall Gray LT. It’s a perfect commuter vehicle for me in my semi-urban area. Love how quiet it is, fun to drive, comfortable and compact for on-street parking. I’ve had it for just over 2 weeks and just did my first L2 charge at work (free) from about 50%-75% in 3hrs20min. I got about 150mi on that half battery in mostly city 30-50mph driving. We’re taking it on our first long trip 300+mi to vacation in Maine next week. We can do it with just one 1hr stop around Portland for lunch.

I’ve been toggling between D and L mode and have decided I like one-pedal L mode for stop and go driving, but D mode better on the highway. Do folks have any data on if either mode is more efficient? I would think it would end up being the same since the brake pedal is also regenerative. I’ve averaged 4.6mi/kWh since I got it.

Coming from a 20yo ICE, the technology, especially the safety features, is magical. Only thing that annoys me is the stupid radio that unmutes itself every time I turn the car on (I know I looked up this quirk and the solutions)! Getting in the habit of turning it all the way down before I power off.

Regenerative braking/deceleration is still the coolest thing about EVs to me. After paying too much attention to the GOM, I noticed the last few days that there is the potential for the GOM number to go UP while driving if the terrain is mostly down hill. This is amazing. Today on my 7-mile commute home from work after charging the car, GOM started at 208, climbed to 210, then I arrived home with 209 on the dash. Amazing! It put a big smile on my face. This is a very gradual downhill (only about -200 ft I think overall) over 7mi. You can’t put gas in the tank by going downhill in an ICE! Electric motors/generators are the coolest. So simple answer efficient.

Thanks everyone for the advice and information on this forum. It’s been super helpful throughout my search, purchase, and now ownership of my Bolt!
 

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Do folks have any data on if either mode is more efficient?
That is a can of worms, lots of opinions. I don't think it makes a significant difference if you optimize driving techniques, but the techniques may be slightly different. Clearly, L regenerates more, but coasting in D can regenerate about the same if you have a longer stopping distance. Accelerating appears to be equal kW use.

Congrats on your purchase.
 

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I initially liked D better on the highways too, but as I got more used to the car I would forget to switch out of L when I got on the highway and now I just stick with L. I also use cruse-control the highway most of the time, so the D vs L on the highway is less of an issue.

Enjoy your new car.
 

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Welcome aboard to JMBisMe and kateryana! Kateryana, do you own a Bolt EV and which year? To each of you: Post experiences and ask questions. The learning curve is such that you learn a lot at first, but never know it all. You continue to learn new things, albeit more slowly, as you gain experience. I have a great deal of experience (not claiming any expertise) in long-distance (400-800 miles) travelling {and DCFC (DC Level 2) charging}. All of us are happy to share at any time. I recommend viewing
as Prof. Kelly is both concise and accurate.
 

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I’ve been toggling between D and L mode and have decided I like one-pedal L mode for stop and go driving, but D mode better on the highway. Do folks have any data on if either mode is more efficient? I would think it would end up being the same since the brake pedal is also regenerative.
For true. You'd get eyestrain reading all the past threads here with opinions on this. Early on, there were the old-ICE-think-burst-and-coast-hypermiler-holdouts who insisted they could beat the system, but GM engineers say that won't happen. There's no difference in efficiency between D and L if one drives each to it's potential. Being in D does require letting off earlier; careful to not wait until too late to apply the foot brake hard enough to get into friction and losing the regen potential which would have been here in L.

jack vines, who uses L most times, but D on slippery winter road conditions.
 
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