Chevrolet Bolt Highway Range / Efficiency In The Rain – Video
Our new Chevrolet Bolt friend, News Coulomb, is at it again.
This time, our favorite Bolt owner drives a similar trip to one in the past, give or take a few miles, but now it is cold and rainy. He has the climate control engaged, but not on full blast. A viewer requested in the comments section after the last video, that he run the test with the climate settings on. He makes an attempt to maintain the same highways speeds from the previous video, however, he is driving more cautiously due to the weather conditions.
As expected, the heat sucks up some extra battery juice, and range is down.
- On the first trip he went 89.3 miles and used 22.2 kWh.
- This second trip totaled 91.1 miles and he used 29.9 kWh.
With the two trips considered, his total range will still exceed 220 miles. However, if you were driving freeway speeds in the cold and rain at all times, you could hypothetically see a 190-mile range.
It seems we can expect that News Coulomb will be keeping us up to date with his findings on a regular basis.
Video Description via YouTube channel host and new Chevrolet Bolt owner News Coulomb:
This is the same A to B to C to A trip made the previous day in this video.
The Bolt EV handles the wet pavement well, and the climate draw is very predictable. The 15-20% efficiency loss matches what most cars can expect to lose in rainy conditions, and the climate control used about 5-6 kWh over a 1.5 hour span.