Can you quickly warm up the high voltage battery of an electric vehicle in the dead of winter? More specifically, can I make it happen on our 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV?
Following cold and warm battery charging sessions that show either end of the DC fast charging spectrum, I wanted to test a viewer suggestion to hit highway speeds and then pull back with maximum regenerative braking.
Hopefully, this would provide sufficient action for the battery pack to warm up and be ready to accept a charge rate closer to that of the second session (43kW), rather than the piffling 15kW rate we saw in the cold session.
This video covers mainly my first attempt to make that happen but also references a subsequent test with more extended highway driving towards the end. Both yielded similar results and should provide useful insight for Bolt EV drivers – or potential owners – considering how they’ll use the car. There’s also a reminder that Tesla owners aren’t immune from this issue, as my Model 3-owning in-laws experienced on their way over to Boston from Cleveland, OH this past Christmas!
Let us know about your experiences with cold battery charging in the comments and thanks again for watching.
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Jumpstarting your car has never been so easy! Check out this really cool vehicle accessory to get you out of a dead batter situation in no time. My mother-in-law gave this Halo Bolt to me as a gift for Christmas, and I had an impromptu opportunity to create this video on jumpstarting my minivan with the Halo Bolt. On New Years Eve, I went out for a couple of coffee’s, and my car wouldn’t start in the parking lot. I busted out the Halo Bolt, and wanted to share my experience with it since it has saved me a TON of time not having to mess with jumpstarting a car from another car, wait for a family member, auto club, or neighbor, or even ask a stranger to help jumpstart my vehicle.
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After 70,000 miles, I decided to review the data that I have gathered for nearly two years of driving the Bolt EV. Based on my estimates, my Bolt EV has lost a noticeable amount of battery capacity. To estimate the amount of degradation, I compared kWh used versus the battery percentage displayed at the station, and I was able to create a timeline of total estimated battery capacity.
4:44 Software Update affected capacity?
7:45 What can other EV owners expect?
9:30 Does DC fast charging contribute?
10:35 Does that much degradation actually matter?
13:03 My Recommendations
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I was finally able to log a 150 A session on the ChargePoint Express 250 station at ChargePoint Headquarters. The session went mostly as expected; however, the first step down from 150 A didn’t occur until 54% battery. Also, because this charger is limited to 150 A (the Bolt EV’s maximum charging current), I still wasn’t able to confirm whether the Bolt EV can draw additional power for battery conditioning and climate control when more than 150 A is available from the charger.
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The majority of EV charging occurs at home. In this video we go over the different options available to EV owners, from using your EVSE with standard wall outlet to installing a home charger in your garage.
The Bolt EV is more efficient than many people give it credit for; however, it is still possible to drive with speeds and conditions that exceed a charger’s ability to add range. Essentially, you will spend more time charging than driving. This is a quick tutorial on how to adjust your driving speeds to best match the chargers available in the region where you are traveling.