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  1. We found 20 fast charge sites along this route. Charging to 20-25 miles further than the needed range is usually safe.
  2. We made a list of charger locations on our route and stopped when we needed to. We planned one stop ahead. Time to charge at the Chargepoint 19 Kw chargers was only about twice the time for 50 Kw chargers and cost of power was about half. Only twice did we see another EV at a charger. We found one charger broken but located another within a few miles. Twice we stayed at motels with chargers and charged to 100% overnight. Normally you must move your car promptly after charging to avoid a parking fee. A quick check showed two more motels with Level 2 chargers that we could have considered. Once we charged while eating lunch. We relied on the range indicator and stopped charging too soon in Redding on the way home. It indicated 20 miles more than the distance home but we had just descended about 3,000 ft. The Bolt range indicates too high when descending in elevation (about 5 miles per 1000 ft.). And, we had about 2,000 ft. to climb. We arrived with 5% state of charge. Check the table for details.Waldport trip web.pdf
  3. Grants Pass to Springfield is 136 miles and to use only 40% of stored power is not realistic for most EV's. For a Bolt, this would be 24 kw-h for an efficiency of 5.7 miles/kw-hr! Your actual 70% of stored power corresponds to about 3.2 miles/kw-h. In Northern California the highest power I have seen for my Bolt's A/C is 17%. The I-5 highway is high speed. Your experience is what I would expect.
  4. Lunch at Davis is a favorite for me. You can charge at Davis Commons 500 1st St. Davis and walk to lots of restaurants. EVgo DC Fast Chargers are at the far side of the shady parking lot. There are many other DC Fast Chargers along this part of I80, especially EVgo. No need to worry here!
  5. Great scenic trip. Great efficiency! What is your car?
  6. A route plan is necessary! We compared the Bolt range estimate with our iPhone GPS distance (or road signs) to the next charger. This indicated whether it would be easy, we would have to slow down or find a closer charger. We found that the GPS indication was sometimes erratic in remote areas. The Bolt range estimate does not include elevation so it is low after going uphill and high after coming down. Our route was over Donner Pass, 7,056 ft. and Vail Pass, 10,662 ft. Electrify America sites had 4 high power chargers. They take credit cards. EVgo and ChargePoint require membership cards and often has one or two stations. Costs are lower if your arrival charge is lower than 53% and your departure charge is lower than 85%. Sometimes we needed 100%. Many Chevrolet dealers do not have DC Fast chargers. When they do, they are free but often slower 25Kw units. They may not be available outside business hours. Only twice did we see another EV at a charger. At one site we found the charger broken and had to travel a few miles to another. Unfortunately, we did not find a motel with A Level 2 or Fast DC charger. Check the table below. Charging times were longer than we expected and we sometimes drove slower than necessary. We can improve these. We were very happy with the Bolt efficiency. Our cost for power was under $200. Nevada City Lakewood trip.pdf

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