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  • Rearview camera

    One other unusual feature on the BoltEV is the fact that the rearview mirror can be either a mirror or a video monitor for a rear facing camera.

    A photo is worth a lot of my words.

    You can see how it can also be a mirror, you just flip the lever under the middle to toggle modes. I don’t get any glare at night, so just leave it in camera mode. Why? Because it’s much wider and there are no rear headrests or other blind spots in the video mode.
    Yes, you have to focus on the video, not at infinity, but my eyes are used to that now and I don’t even notice it.

    Love it.

  • Auto High Beam

    Found another interesting feature on the car……
    It has automatic high beam.

    Hit the little ‘A’ button on the stalk and it will look for oncoming cars (if it’s dark enough to require headlights – which it automatically turns on if need be), if there is on, it will dip the lights, if there is nothing for a few seconds, then it turns on the high beam.
    Soon as a car shows up, and I do mean as soon as, it dips.
    My one and only complaint is that I wish it would flip back on as soon as the car goes past, but it takes about 5 seconds to see if there is another car behind it first.
    It gets a little confused in towns, so I just turn it off then, but in all other driving that I have done with it so far (about 2 hours) its been fantastic.

    It is really surprising just how less ‘stress’ there is when driving at night in the country when you don’t have to be flicking the high beam stalk back and forth all the time.
    You can just keep your hands on the wheel and focus on the road…. Keep in mind this is a guy that loves driving and loves driving at night. I would have thought that having less to do would be annoying or somehow taking pleasure away from me, but its not, its just the opposite, I found I was enjoying and more involved in the road without having to keep flipping the stalk. Surprising. In a nice way.

  • Cruise Control

    Sorry. Not sorry to be going on about the car… I just keep finding interesting things that I want to share…..

    Freddy and I did a backroads trip to Borrego Springs and back over the weekend.
    It was our first solid trip with little traffic on a road that we both know pretty well. Once we got out of the canyon it becomes an open winding road in pretty good condition with lots of rolling hills. I could then engage the cruise control and watch it work for the first time.

    Just blown away with the dead nuts on accuracy of it holding the speed. I mean it was dead nuts on. Not a single mile per hour (1.6ish kph) variation up and down hills or anything else that the countryside threw at us.
    All the cars I have driven that have cruise have never (ever) been that accurate.
    It was just creepy really because the sound does not vary, the car is holding the same speed at all times and so the road and wind noise never changes.
    The car never feels like its braking to hold speed going downhill, the regen just keeps the speed dead on.
    It never feels like it’s accelerating as it has more than enough silent power to hold the speed going uphill.

    Best way to describe it is in Freddy’s words ‘It’s like flying in a hovercraft’….. It really is an odd experience after a little while.
    At first it’s just like, eh, cruise control works, but then you stear and steer and steer and then it starts to sink in, the car has not varied one little bit in any way. Just steer, that’s all there to do.

  • Warm up

    I have always tried to be nice to my car engines. Mostly by warming them up each and every time before relaxing how I drive (ie, keep the rpm down till they are warm).
    The thing is, with a 6 mile (9.5km) commute, there is not a lot of relaxing that you can do.

    BB changes that with a motor rather than an engine. Now, I have 4 wheel bearings and I suppose two bearings in the electric motor (one each side?).
    It is direct drive, so there is no gearbox……

    I didn’t really expect this aspect of my daily commute. It’s nice and welcome, I don’t drive any different really, but have noticed that the car drives exactly the same from the moment I pull out of the garage to the moment I pull into work, the performance is exactly consistent.

    The one thing that does need warming up (or cooling down) is me!
    There is an electric heater for the cab, my computer data from my Android has shown at times some 2500 watts of heat being used to warm me.
    I have a steering wheel and seat heater, so these cool mornings I might try those.
    The real question I have (just out of interest) is what pulls the most power, the ac or the heat? (And does it really make that much difference to the range?)

  • One Pedal Mode

    One of the things I really (really) love about BB is one pedal mode.

    In short, it means that the regen (charging the battery by using the motor as a generator when slowing down) is so strong it will bring the car to a stop after a nice smooth ramp down in speed.
    There are two ways this works.
    In ‘D’ (on the gear stick) the regen is very soft and easy going, you put your foot on the brake and regen is applied, at some point of pushing the brake, it will actually engage the 4 disks and bring you to a pretty solid stop…. But, if you just brake gently, it is not actually using friction, its using the regen. You can tell because it feels different between the two stopping ‘forces’.

    The second way you can use regen is to leave the gear stick in D and use the ‘regen on demand’ paddle behind the steering wheel.
    This is like a gear shift flappy paddle if you have ever used them. It is easy to reach and hit with your fingers and just applies regen like usual. There is no modulating, on is on and is just a set amount and its pretty strong.

    The third way (I can’t count) is the one I love and use the most…..
    Put the gear stick in L. Its not low, remember, there is no gear box, it’s just the label they use….
    What happens now is really cool. As you push on the accelerator, you go faster, but as you let up, you adjust the amount of regen, so pull it back fast and you brake fast, gently let up and you slow to a gentel stop.
    In effect, you modulate your speed from the one pedal.
    It feels amazing from a driving perspective and does take some getting used to, but if you love driving, you will soon get the hang of it and never look back.
    As I said, it’s the main mode I drive the car in now. I am still getting smooth with it, but want to put the effort in to learn as it just seems so much more efficient and smooth (when I get it right – I am getting there, just need to get my consistency dialed in).
    It’s a great feeling to pull up at a stop light/sign and stop on the mark without using any brake at all.

    To answer your question, yes, the rear brake light comes on in any and all modes as you would expect. When your slowing down, its off, when you are stopping its on. Smart software guys are smart.