Frequently Asked Questions about EVs

My friends here in Bakersfield and elsewhere have asked me many questions about driving electric. There are many web sites that explain what EVs are, how to use them, how to evaluate them, and how to get the most out of them. Nevertheless, I’ve chosen to include some of the questions I’ve been asked. There are many more. I’ve also written extensively about our use of EVs and our adventures driving electric. I’ve pulled those articles out and put them under one title: EV Articles by Paul Gipe. Also see EV Trip Reports for more information about trip planning and execution.

Why We Drive Electric: They’re More Efficient

Why We Drive Electric: No Tail-Pipe Emissions

Why We Drive Electric: Much Fewer Overall Emissions

Why We Drive Electric: They’re More Fun

Why We Drive Electric: They’re Quieter

Go Electric Now: There’s Never Been a Better Time to Drive an Electric Car

EV Charging Apps 2023

Are EVs More Expensive–Average New Car Prices November 2020

EVSEs or Home EV Charging Stations–What I Recommend

What does it Cost per Mile to Drive an Electric Vehicle?

California’s Clean Fuel Rebate for EVs–What a Deal

Plug in America’s Electric Vehicle State & Federal Incentive Guide

Leasing an EV–What You Need to Know

Our Lease of a Chevy Bolt and What it Cost Us

Net Cost of a Lease for a 2018-2019 Chevy Bolt EV in the San Joaquin Valley

Do I need Heated Seats in an EV?

What are the different levels of charging?

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations or EVSEs

Jesla High-Power Mobile Charge Cable (EVSE) for EVs

Home Charge Station–What We Use

How Do I Find Charge Stations?

What are the DCFC Standards in North America?

PlugShare–Where to Charge When You’re on the Road

Are Tesla Charging Stations Only for Tesla?

What’s that Number on PlugShare Mean?

Is “A Better Route Planner” Better? A Review for the Bolt

Electric Vehicle Forums–Fonts of Knowledge

EV Trip Planners and Trip Summaries with Chevy Bolt

Charging at Electrify America

The Cost of EVgo and ChargePoint Fast Chargers are Different, which is Better?

How Much Electricity Can I Get from a Fast Charger?

Ok, So What Does It Cost to Charge at a Fast Charger?

At Home, Does it Cost the Same to Charge at 120 V and 240 V?

When Plugged In On-the-Road, Can Someone Unplug Me without Permission?

What do Volt, Amp, and Watt Mean Relative to EVs?

Do You have to have a Smart Phone to Drive an EV?

Driving Modes, What are they?

“DC” and “AC” Charging, What’s This about?

What are miles/kWh or How do Miles/kWh translate to Miles per Gallon?

Mud, Rocks, EV Capacity, and Flexibility

Tracking Chevy Bolt EV Battery Capacity

Replacing Rear Wiper Blade on the Chevy Bolt EV

Tips for San Diego to Bakersfield Trip for a First Time Bolt Driver

Mountains to the Sea: EV Road Trip Made Possible by a 60 kWh Battery

Driving the Chevy Bolt EV–Our Impressions

Off Road in a Chevy Bolt

Peeking Inside the Bolt’s Brain Reveals Valuable Secrets

How to Read the Chevy Bolt’s Dash Display

Cost of Charging an EV on a Road Trip: One Example

Remote Unlock Using the Chevy App–Know How to Use It

Thule Bike Rack for Chevy Bolt EV

Chevy Bolt Self-Sealing Tires Work But More Difficult to Repair

First Year EV Electricity Consumption in an All EV Household

Setting a Charging Schedule for the Chevy Bolt EV

EVs Cause Cancer Meme

Why Charge to 80 Percent?

Links to Articles on Charging EVs

Tire Pressure Monitoring System: What is it and What EV Drivers Need to Know

What is the Chevy Bolt Trend Indicator?

Dribbling Solar into an EV or How Much Solar Needed to Charge an EV

Do electric vehicles produce more tyre and brake pollution than their petrol and diesel equivalents?

How do You Charge an EV at an RV Park? And Why Would You?

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Are EVs More Expensive–Average New Car Prices November 2020


Paul Gipe

We drive electric and have for several years now. We encourage our friends to do so as well. However, some have balked, arguing that electric vehicles are too expensive. The question is, are they more expensive?

2020 Oasis Blue Chevy Bolt Lt At Little Cottonwood Creek Trailhead In The Inyo National Forest.

Buying or Leasing a 2020 Chevy Bolt EV–What I learned


Paul Gipe

Oy vey! I just concluded a three month search for what I consider a reasonably priced Chevy Bolt EV. What an experience.

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Leasing an EV–What You Need to Know


Paul Gipe

Leasing a car is like renting one–you’re paying for the use of a vehicle that’s owned by someone else.

Links to Articles on Charging EVs


Paul Gipe

These are articles I or others have written about charging EVs. Of course, there’s a lot more on line. Each EV model has its own user forum on line with a section on charging: charging etiquette, how to charge, the pros and cons of when and how much to charge, and so on.

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Everything You Need To Know About Your Chevy Bolt But Were Afraid To Ask


Paul Gipe

Welcome to my information dump / roundup on all things Chevy Bolt related. I have been toying between making this …

Our Clippercreek Hsc 40 Evse. It's Worked Flawlessly For The Past Six Years.

EVSEs or Home EV Charge Stations–What I Recommend


Paul Gipe

One of the big advantages of driving electric is charging your car–“filling up”–at home instead of going to a gas …

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EV Charging 101: How Long Does It Take? What Do You Need To Know?


Steven Loveday

An excellent 21-minute video explaining the how and why of charging an electric vehicle.

Point Reyes National Seashore Ev Charging At The Visitor's Center.

Why We Drive Electric: They’re Quieter


Paul Gipe

One of the first things you notice about driving an electric vehicle is the absence of engine noise. The cabin is quiet until you’re going fast enough to hear road noise or the whoosh of the wind around the windows.

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