About Those Maven Chevy Bolt EVs? They’ve Now Driven 2.2 Million Miles

NOV 26 2017 BY MARK KANE 43


Maven – Chevrolet Bolt EV

GM’s Maven car sharing service fleet of some 240 Chevrolet Bolt EVs is a pretty busy one, with millions of miles now covered.

Maven – Chevrolet Bolt EV

The service kicked off in February 2017 with 25 Bolts in California (now 75), followed by similar numbers in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Since then, the fleet has driven:

  • 2.2 million miles (3.5 million km)
  • given 230,000 rides (9.6 mile on average)
  • 200,000 passengers (not counting the driver)
  • the average daily trip is 135 miles (217 km), with 10% driven more than 240 miles (386 km), requiring an interim fast charging

The average mileage per Bolt EV in the fleet stands at some 9,000 miles, but remembering that most of the cars just entered service, there is some cars that have driven much more than the number would indicate. Not bad for an EV rated for 238 miles (383 km) miles of range.

More Bolt EVs are yet to be ordered by Maven:

“EVs may become the favored vehicle for car- and ride-sharing because they are expected to pave the way for driverless cars. They also are environmentally friendly in smoggy cities because they emit no carbon dioxide and, obviously, aren’t subject to the whims of gasoline pricing.”

source: WardsAuto

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43 Comments on "About Those Maven Chevy Bolt EVs? They’ve Now Driven 2.2 Million Miles"

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Cool. Pretty good marketing tool for the Bolt.

Actually, in the city, carbon-dioxide isn’t the problem. It’s the stink of hydrocarbons that a normal car emits all day long. This is the pollution source.

Also, don’t forget there should be much lower maintenance cost, and better ride characteristics of quietness and smooth acceleration.

But, imagine if Chevy didn’t cheap out on the rear suspension and interior materials, this car would have been an all time classic.

In other words they should also look at the BMW i3.

The claim that BMW has better interiors than Chevy is a non-argument. I bet Mercedes has better interiors too.

It wouldn’t come up if the Bolt interior was totally plastic, for a $45,000 car.

Yeah, just like every Tesla is over $100k. Oh, wait… They’re not?

Manufactures know where and how cars sell (DUH) and GM has good data from years of selling PHEV’s and BEV’s. So, they know this car is shopped at a sub-$30k price point in its main market of California/CARB states where it’s only $25k after credits (or even less).

Although higher grade materials would have been nice, I’m not disappointed that it doesn’t have “real looking” faux wood treatments or better carpeting. IMO, it’s the lack of ACC in an otherwise “high tech” design that’s the real gut punch for a car sold heavily in large urban markets where traffic is a BIG issue.

Last I checked Bolt EV starts at $37500 before federal tax credit. The fully loaded price you quote includes heated leather seats for front and rear, heated steering wheel, blind zone alert, active forward collision braking, lane keep assist, etc. etc.

And as for the dash interior? Subjective. I’ve spoken to many that like it a lot.

As for looks, which are also subjective, I would personally take the Bolt EV over the i3, hands down, any day.

Even if the i3 were offered for lower price and actually had range to come anywhere near competitive with the Bolt’s superior range, I would pass.

I have to agree on all points. As bad as I think a Leaf is( I lease one and still think its fugly) the i3 is just as bad. It is really ugly.

And I am in the small minority that thinks the i3 is the best looking EV on the market….Tesla included. No accounting for bad taste right?

Yes. You are likely the only one.

I also think it’s a great looking car.

Bryan, the new Gen II Leaf is actually kind of nice looking. Not great, but it isn’t nearly as ugly as the Gen I Leaf or the i3.
The Bolt isn’t ugly, per se, it is just kind of dorky looking with a relatively cheap looking interior. But when you have a 60 kWh pack with excellent thermal management, there isn’t a lot of money left on the table for refined looks at $37,500.

-“But, imagine if Chevy didn’t cheap out on the rear suspension and interior materials, this car would have been an all time classic.

In other words they should also look at the BMW i3.”-

Typical serial GM bashing FUDster shorter talk. Who give’s a rat’s butt about the rear suspension? You take the i3 with it’s fancy IRS and super amazing interior materials and I’ll take 240 miles of range and superior performance.

The i3 has half the range of the Bolt so of course they can afford better interior materials.

Agree on the rear independent suspension. GM for some reason believe their torsion beam rear end is Just Great. And they’re right, for a $18k Chevy Sonic.

I don’t believe it saves all that much money, but the independent rear suspension does intrude more on the cargo space. The solution is of course to make the car wider, but since GM were dead set on adapting the Sonic platform to EV usage, they seem to have been constrained on width. Thus the unusually narrow front seats in the Bolt.

Note that in the Sonic, the seats are normal width but there is no center console. I guess they figured narrow seats would be more acceptable than no center console in a 40K car. Not a big deal to me and I suspect most people who care enough to buy an EV aren’t fat slobs.

The gig rates are so cheap, it would easily be the cheapest way to take a road trip from LA to San Francisco. Just rent a Bolt for a week.

Given the limited time and mixed age of the fleet, need more time to judge, but the raw numbers are nothing about which to be excited, being well below taxi and rental mile averages.

You need to compare it to a similar service, like Zipcar, not a taxi service.

All the maven eco cars in SF are volts not bolts. Unsure where their numbers arecoming from unless it’s considering only Cruise employees.

Don’t see any in LA either. Is there another eay to book these besides the Maven app?

That is a nice quite a bit of gasoline not burnt. More of that please!

Our daughter, and her friend, rode in one in SF. But it may have been Uber, or Lyft.

The worst car in ridecharing business, you can’t use the heat on cold weather to save energy,you can only use heating seat,you spend 1h and 15 minutes the morning at the charging station and 1 h 15 the afternoon at the charging station
It’s 3 hours a day,if I have to put $20 gas a day in a regular car and work 3 hours I will make more $$$ for my shift, IT’S NOT WORTH IT perio

Why cant you just charge it overnight?

Because if you charge overnight, you actually have to pay for electricity. But if you waste 1.5 hours at DCFC, you get it for “free”. Indeed, I always see Maven Bolts at DCFC wasting their time to get “free charge” and have everyone else who need to use DCFC also wait.

Free charging SUCKS!!!

LOL, so he will rather spend $20 on gas than a few dollars of charging at home…

If he has to fully charge 60 kWh at home, 85% charging efficiency, and $0.21/kWh (San Diego EV rate), that works out to $15. As mentioned below, “free” makes people do wacky things to themselves, like wishing to spend more money for worse experience (ie, must waste time visiting gas station instead of charging while sleeping). I’ll say it again:

Free charging SUCKS!!!

You’re doing something wrong if you’re spending any time waiting for a car to charge on a regular basis.

Free charging makes people do wacky things, like wasting 1.5 hours at DCFC on regular basis or twice a day for 3 hours a day wasted like Majd mentioned. When it comes to free charging, some people become so irrational as to treat their life as worthless.

Free charging SUCKS!!!

Majd…I do not believe that’s entirely true regarding using heat… My experience is that it doesn’t have that much of an effect on battery drain as the power to run the heat comes from a separate 12V battery in the car… Yes, it will consume some energy from the battery to recharge the 12-volt battery but I haven’t seen that much of an effect

My biggest complaint is the change in battery capacity from Summer to Winter. I went from an average of 249 miles on a full charge this summer to 169 miles Just A Week Ago here in Rhode Island… Can’t believe the cold weather affects it that much

The heater in the Bolt EV is powered by the high voltage battery and can draw about 8 kw. So if the battery is 60 kwh usable, that is only enough to run the heater for 7.5 hours. It has a huge impact on range. At 40 mph, it takes 4 hours to drive 160 miles.

So 169 mile range with heater use is likely normal. Cold batteries will also reduce range. My 2012 Volt gets about 24 mile range in winter when using heat (from 35 to 40 in nice weather)

You should do a test with four 2kW fan heaters inside any car for a7,5 hours. But be sure those heaters have overheating protection cause if not you will soon be able to boil eggs on your front window.

If you want some real world experience I have been stuck in traffic jam in the mountains with my 5 year old Leaf in snowy weather. That car has 4,5kW electric heater but only used about 2kWh to maintain comfortable temperature during those 3 hours we were stuck. And that also included power to control system of car and 2 DVD players for the kids.

The 8 kW is the initial power used to get the temperature up quickly. Once comfortable temperature is reached power consumption drops. My 5 year old Leaf is still great in winter cause it heats up so quickly, much better than my diesel station wagon that doesnt get warm before i am already at work.

“The heater in the Bolt EV is powered by the high voltage battery and can draw about 8 kw. So if the battery is 60 kwh usable, that is only enough to run the heater for 7.5 hours.”

Do you think anyone would need to run Bolt at 8kW max heat for more than 1 hour?

I mean once the car is warmed up, do you think it needs to sustain at 8kW rate for the rest of the day? Are you baking a turkey? What is it? an oven?

8 kw sounds much. A regular kitchen oven is 3-4 kW. A 3rd party cabin heater is usually around 800 watts. Why would there be an 8 kW heater in the Bolt?

Way to spread FUD.

The Bolt’s heater can draw a MAX of ~8kW…especially when first turned on. But once the fluids are warmed up and circulating (less than 5 minutes in my experiences) the heater draw reduces to 2-3 kW. So unless you are some nutcase driving around for hours at a time with the HVAC set to max heat, max fan, no one is actually drawing 8 kW due to heat use for more than a few minutes.

I’ve logged all this data with my OBDII adapter and TorquePro, not making up stuff like the above poster.

Chevy Bolt – the perfect hot-yoga car.

I don’t think I believe this article. Whenever I check Maven there are never more one or two Bolt EVs available in the whole country. I can’t imagine Maven Bolt EVs being able to rack up over 2 million miles if there are never any to rent.

There are a few Bolt EVs to rent through Turo. If you want to rent a Bolt EV I think you will have a much better chance through Turo than through Maven. And Turo has much fewer term restrictions than Maven.

Might be maven gig? So people renting bolts for all day to drive via uber?

Maybe there are none available because they are already rented?

There are a lot of Bolt EV (not just Volt) from Maven used in San Francisco for Uber and Lyft.

“the average daily trip is 135 miles (217 km), with 10% driven more than 240 miles (386 km), requiring an interim fast charging”

Great stats! That confirms that why we need 200 miles+ EV for range and 300 miles is probably more than enough. 135 miles is easily done with a 240 miles range car and lots of heat usage.

This could mean that without free charging almost 90% of DCFC use by Maven Bolts could be eliminated. I suspect the stat is similar for other EV that get free charging. What I found in my informal “survey” of over 75% isn’t far off.

The Bolt’s utility and practical-ness (is that a word?) on display.

OK… so GM delivered its first Bolt on 13 December 2016. About two months later they introduced 25 into ride-sharing service, with cars driven by a huge variety of non-owners, exposing the capabilties/faults of the car as seen by any driver, to anyone who wanted to know.

Well, so what? Tesla is teaching GM how it’s REALLY done! Tesla’s Model 3 in use in the Tesla Mobility ride-share service… ooops they don’t have one. Well, no matter! Only two months after the Model 3 was delivered, why, you could see… well, actually not very much since anyne who actually registered onbe was bounf by a Non-Disclosure Agreement. But, yeah, anyway the review feedback from ride-share drivers… actually, Tesla didn’t ofer the car for reviews at all that weren’t accompanied by a Tesla representative and a camera recording everything the “tester” did. Still hasn’t.

But still… GM is afraid of EVs!