My name is Piper. I am the co-pilot on this low impact road trip.With my family, Buddy Boyd and Barbara Hetherington, we are travelling across Canada in our new Chevy Bolt EV.

 

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August 8, 2017

After driving about 13,500 km in the Chevy Bolt from Victoria  to Quidi Vidi to Wawa and beyond, on our coast to coast to coast cross country road trip, we thought we would write a report card for those interested in performance.

The Chevy Bolt

The drive: Very responsive and has the power when needed. The car handles well.

Regen: Amazing difference regen makes for driving.

Brakes: Hardly use brakes as lifting foot off accelerator...

August 8, 2017

Bolting Across New Brunswick

Great driving in New Brunswick. We were able to do a power drive day of approximately 650 km on the way through New Brunswick thanks to a level 3 charger near Wasis.

The level 3 charger is a new addition at the Lincoln Irwin Big Stop was unveiled on July 6 and is the first of 7 fast chargers being installed at 65 km increments along the TransCanada highway.

Although cashiers in the store had no idea t...

August 7, 2017

Bolting across Nova Scotia

We thought it would be helpful to others if we did a report on our experiences driving in the various provinces in a Chevy Bolt. To maximize the experience we are starting with the provinces we have travelled there and back.

We were surprised at the hills and the amount of climbing in Nova Scotia; perhaps we were not attentive for that high school geography lesson. It is very beautiful.

The roads are in...

July 22, 2017

Today we dipped the wheel of the Chevy Bolt into the waters of the East Coast at Quidi Vidi Newfoundland.

The fish heads from the daily catch floated in the shore waters, the amazing rainbow of local buildings where a back drop, as we made the symbolic gesture of connecting west coast to east coast with a simple road trip of a couple and their dog, Piper across Canada in an all-electric vehicle.

It is possible. It is another way...

July 20, 2017

New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are both incredibly beautiful provinces with long hills and windswept country-side. Long hills to climb and head winds may require adjusting driving techniques for electric vehicles especially when charging stations are few and far between.

This was our first time in the Maritime Provinces so we were unfamiliar the roads and the local towns. We had mapped out our route using the PlugShare app, goog...

May 15, 2017

Bolt Across Canada drives the Coquilhalla

May 3, 2017

Monday Buddy and I made a quickie trip to Squamish for lunch and to meet up with Chevrolet promotion team doing a media event.

It was a rainy day so we didn’t stop to take pictures at the look-outs with the amazing views of Howe Sound and mountains .The winding section of Highway 99 is called “Sea to Sky Highway” because of the dramatic change from a coastal highway at sea level to quickly being a full-on mountain highway with...

April 25, 2017

We had another trip to Victoria this last week for the largest electric vehicle show on Vancouver Island that was part of the Creatively United for the Planet Earth Day festival at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria.

This trip we travelled via Nanaimo, first taking a ferry from the Sunshine Coast to Horseshoe Bay and then a ferry to Nanaimo. From Nanaimo we drove to our destination in Victoria.

On the way back we caught the Swartz...

March 31, 2017

With the new car smell still there, we decided to take a "pre- across – Canada"road trip to Victoria.  For non- BC residents or folks not familiar with BC’s geography, this means two ferry rides and as well as driving to from our home in Gibsons to Victoria.

The purpose of the trip was to test out some of the features of our new Chevy Bolt as we familiarize ourselves with travelling in a Bolt.

The Bolt handled very well in the r...

March 23, 2017

Our Bolt has arrived.

On Tuesday, we got the news that our Bolt had arrived at Carter GM North Shore. Buddy was in Vancouver to attend the VEVA (Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association) monthly meeting where he was making a presentation about our Bolt Across Canada low impact road trip, needless to say he parked our other vehicle and picked up the new Chevy Bolt.

So what were Buddy’s first impressions behind the wheel of the all-...

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