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  1. Electrify America has added DC fast charger locations on this route since our 2019 trip. We used their app on our iPhone. This involves a user name and password on your cell phone. It is cheaper than using a credit card. We never had to wait for a charger. We saw another car at a charger only once. We stayed at the 7 Feathers Hotel and used the free ChargePoint L2 charger over night. This does require a ChargePoint ID card. There are lots of charging options on this route including motels with overnight charging but it requires preparation. We mention electric vehicle charging whenever we visit a motel. We traveled 1199 miles for a cost of $80. DC Fast charging (> 25 kw) from ChargePoint cost 43 cents per killowatt-hour and from EA (Pass Membership), 31 cents. The over-all Bolt efficiency was 3.8 miles/ kw-h. Details are in the table below. Restrictions due to corona virus limited our dinning options while charging and otherwise. Recent fires near Talent, OR made motel rooms scarce along I-5 in that area. Navigation using our phone to a charger was a challenge on two occasions due to cell coverage. Despite this, it was a very enjoyable trip. Waldport Trip power 10_20.pdf
  2. More realistic cost data should adjust for free charging at Price, UT. This was 64.3 Kw-h for both coming and going. If we use 40 cents/ Kw-h, the realistic total cost for electricity would be $206 or 9 cents per mile. The average cost of electriity would be 33 cents per Kw-h. Note also that my driving was speed limit or 70 mph maximum (slower for Ely to Tooele).
  3. The route plan included new charging locations from our May 2019 trip. They were a great help! Now, the only long run (213 miles) is between Elko and Tooele. Charging in Nevada was at Fernley (new), Winnemucca, Battle Mountain (new) and Elko. In Utah we charged at Tooele, Spanish Fork and Green River (new). We made an unplanned charge stop in Price (new) at the Price City Offices where ChargePoint has 2 DC Fast chargers and 2 Level 2 chargers which are free! The nearby museum was closed. In Colorado, we charged at Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs (new), Frisco, (new) and Littleton (new). Returning, we charged longer at some stops to skip chargers in Glenwood Springs, Spanish Fort and Battle Mountain. The total trip was 2416 miles. We used 617.1 Kw-h of energy for efficiency of 3.9 miles/Kw-h. The cost for electricity was $180, or 7 cents per mile. Total time spent charging, and doing other things, was 16 hours for an average charge power of 38 Kw. Our average cost of electricity was 29 cents/ Kw-h. We had to phone Electrify America for help with the new-to-us smart phone app and because several chargers at the Winnemucca Walmart did not work. We had no other problems. We also used ChargePoint and EVgo. We used our iPhone Maps. We did not see another electric car charging.
  4. Great trip! Longer than our Northern California - Colorado round trip in a Bolt. I agree that the necessary stops every two hours or so are actually a benefit for us elders (I'm 80). We use the GPS on our cell phones to get to the next charger. In remote areas this may not be reliable and this became our greatest concern. The availability of chargers is another concern, but the charger call centers never failed to help and the service gets better all the time.
  5. Glad you had a good trip! Too few motels provide overnight charging. It is important and I ask every time that I stay at one. I re-posted the table of the charge places that I used since it seems missing. Waldport trip web.pdf
  6. We found 20 fast charge sites along this route. Charging to 20-25 miles further than the needed range is usually safe.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. Great scenic trip. Great efficiency! What is your car?
  11. 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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