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Yes, there some places and times where a Tesla might be worth the money; maybe

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Some family members have a place in Moab, UT and we love to send time there with them hiking and visiting the six state and four national parks. Seeing is not believing; just beyond human comprehensionl

The roads through the parks are always crowded, 30 - 45 MPH speed limits, curves, hills and spectacular scenery on both sides and sometimes straight up and straight down.

They have a Tesla with autopilot and follow cruise; these two features our Bolt lacks makes the day in the park in a Tesla a walk in the park. Thanksgiving weekend is crowded and there was a twenty-minute-stop-and-go line just to get into the park; follow cruise made that cake. Then, set the autopilot at 45 MPH and the Tesla does the rest. If the car in front doesn't hold a steady speed, the autopilot can be set to maintain 1 - 5 car lengths behind the car in front and follow the road. A gentle hand resting on the bottom of the steering wheel is all that is necessary and the driver can enjoy the scenery as much as the passengers. Tesla knows when the speed limits change and will slow and go as necessary.

Having said how much I love autopilot in that situation, there are times it gets it wrong and will scare the shite out of everyone in the car. A cyclist on the shoulder will cause autopilot to panic, slowing rapidly, beeping warnings and switching off. Coming down the mountain toward the park entrance, there are a series of 15 - 25 MPH 180-degree switchbacks. The autopilot had been slowing for most of these, but the last one it ran straight into it at 45 MPH, not noticeably slowing. The Tesla's owner says, "Trust the technology." but there was a vertical sandstone bluff staring us in the face; trust, but verify.

Bottom line, the Tesla autopilot is almost as smooth as a really good driver; but it's not yet anywhere near autonomous, but in the situations for which it is suited, it's magic.

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The drive from Moab back to SLC requires either staying at 60 MPH on 80 MPH roads or one Supercharger stop. It was interesting to watch the meter start ticking over 600 miles per hour charge gain and at about half full begin tapering to 400, then 300 and finally to 250. The tapering would have continued, but we had plenty to get home, where the L2 EVSE was putting in 25 miles per hour gain.

jack vines
My certainty comes from the car speed being controlled going downhill, with the lack of regen higher than 10 kW. I could also feel the speed being controlled, and it was a bit rough, as if it was applying and releasing the brakes. Going down the same hill, but using regen to control the speed (one pedal more or using the brake pedal) I saw significantly higher levels of regen, and I could hold the speed smoothly. Really noticeable from the driver’s seat
Dan, you see and feel what you saw and felt, but in four-and-a-half-years of Bolt ownership in hilly/mountainous country, ours just doesn't behave that way.

When we first got ours and were charged to 100%, starting out down a steep hill, there was no regen; since that experience, we've always used Hilltop Reserve and whether on cruise control or manually in L or L+paddle, maintaining the cruising speed feels the same and I've never felt the "bit rough" you describe.

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