Chevrolet Bolt vs. Hyundai Ioniq in a race around the Bay, part 2
Okay, quick recap.
We're testing to see if the convenience of the more widely available level 2 EV charging outweighs the significant speed advantage of the much more rare and fickle DC fast charging option that's available on newer EVs.
To find out, we're racing around the San Francisco bay in a Chevrolet Volt and a Hyundai Ionic electric.
So far Team Flowbolt is in the lead despite Mark flacking on his navigator duties, but Team whatever Amy and Evan are calling themselves have run into their fair share of troubles as well.
Both teams are rounding the halfway point and are somewhere in the East Bay.
Hi, how's it going?
So do you want me to be honest?
This is the worst day ever.
No, have things not been going right for you?
No, you're right, something did not go right for us.
We have backtracked now at least 20 miles, so we could get to a fast charger, because the other chargers that we went to were not fast charging, and it was gonna take us four and a half hours To get a hundred miles.
And we got kicked out of one place and we almost got kicked out of another place.
Neither one of us have eaten, neither one of us had any water.
Evan had to pee in the bushes.
I totally have to go to the bathroom, and we're still in Richmond!
Okay, well we'll.
I was gonna say we'd wait for you when we arrive at the garage so we can gloat, but I'm not sure I really want to wait well into the evening.
We might just get there and call it a day.
Yeah well this race isn't over yet, Sparky.
Well have fun and maybe we'll see you later.
Men are so smug.
They're so smug.
Think hunches on me this is the greatest day ever.
[LAUGH] I want to know what the problems they've been having are though.>>I wonder.
They know our story.>>I know, we shouldn't have told them.>>We shouldn't have.>>As Team Slowbolt cruises into Napa for lunch in our big slow charge of the day, Team Ioniq has finally reached it's first level three charger and gets back on the road.>>And we spent $4.71 on that charge.
There it is.
Three hour EV charging only.
So, this is a more ideal situation, to what we're looking for for charging.
We've got stuff around us.
We've got a charge point station here.
So here's how this is supposed to work.
You will either use your charge points sort of a key fob or in the case here I'm actually just gonna use my smartphone to tap, card's now authorizing, and we're good to go.
Charge computer says it's charging.
If you wanted a full charged it will be until midnight.
But we don't want a full charge.
We only want three hours of charging.
So, let's get something to eat.
Cool, all right.
So but here's the thing I was looking at Anton's map and the last part from Napa to Road Show HQ, there's a lot of like twisting winding roads which is going to eat up our battery.
Even if they past us, they'll probably have to stop again.
Yes, this should be our one and only stop for the day.
So hopefully we'll be able to overcharge enough to take the not windy road right?
Hopefully there's not too many big hills.
Actually, I hope everything's working out fine really.
I don't want them to just be stuck in the middle over nowhere
In Rio Vista, where we were.
Like waiting seven hours for their car to charge.
Nobody wants that.
They're eating lunch.
Those [BLEEP] are actually sitting down and eating lunch.
Mark's got this really good looking sandwich with French fries and Antoine's shoving that whole burger in his face.
Okay, we're in Napa and we found it, hallelujah.
All right I'll move it.
We're totally parked like jerks, but the thing is if you don't park that way you won't get that.
All right, drive.
Okay we have 118 miles that
We're gonna be cutting it super close.
We're gonna be cutting it super, super close.
So while we were enjoying our delicious lunch, it's come to our attention that we might have been overtaken
So it looks like Amy and Evan are here, are at least were here, in Napa.
We expected to be overtaken here, but they overtook us a long time ago.
We think at least an hour ago.
So because we incorrectly estimated how long it was gonna take us to charge, we thought it was going to be closer to two to three hours.
And it ends up being, grand total we needed closer to four.
We don't know if we're gonna be able to catch him up.
So we need 14 more miles, at least.
We need at least 14 more miles, but I think we'd be more comfortable with like.
That's another hour.
I'd like to apologize for my cockiness.
I don't know if I'm gonna win this anymore.
Okay, so our two missed turns have added enough slow charging time that we've been overtaken, but we can't let on or give up just yet.
So far it's been smooth sailing for team Bolt and nothing but trouble for team Ioniq.
Because they have to recharge more often and are reliant on the more rare DC fast charging, our only hope is that Emmy and Evan keep running into enough issues for us to catch them up.
So at this point we're pretty sure we've lost.
The charge, recharge time was just way too slow.
I want you to know that I forgive you for your miscalculation.
Know that in your heart, I don't hold it against you.
What do you guys want?
Hey, how's it going?
So, now we're on the last leg which Antoine so graciously mapped it through all kinds of crazy hills with lots of turns which means that we're going to burn through a lot of these miles.
That's just great.
We're getting there for sure.
We're definitely getting there.
I know but where are you?
[LAUGH] I need details here.
We will like to keep that a mystery just to keep the tension of the trip high because we don't want you to give up immediately.
We would never give up.
Goonies never say die.
I guess we will see you guys at some point.
All right, bye.
I used to like Mark.
[LAUGH] They are probably calling us as they are crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.
We're still at least an hour behind at this point, but hey, we're not sweaty or tired, and neither of us had to pee in a bush and we're full of burgers.
That's gotta count for something right?
But the race isn't over yet.
Both teams are cutting it close on range as we creep towards the finish.
An emergency recharge or flat battery could still change the game.
I feel like Mark is gonna edit this, and take everything out of context, to make me look like a total idiot.
You know what would be funny, if we were to get there first.
Hide the car behind the vans.
And jump out at them.
I have never been so happy to be coming over the Golden Gate
Bridge in my entire life.
It's been tough.
But I don't think it's because of the car.
I think it's because of us not planning.
And I don't necessarily think it's because of the infrastructure but as a novice, the infrastructure is frustrating.
If you don't know it.
So, okay, we're here and I don't think they're, [CROSSTALK]
Where is their car?
Dude, there is no way
It's around the corner.
It's gotta be around the corner.
There's no way.
What's going on?
No, they're totally punking us.
They are totally punking us.
They want us to call them.
Where are you guys?
Where are you?
Where are you?
I asked first.
No, I asked first because I called you.
Where are you?
You sound like you're in an echoing garage type environment.
I mean we might be.
Well, look if you guys aren't playing a joke on us, we just won.
What can we say?
No, really, where are you?
We are on the road.
We are about another 14 miles away, we're still together around 8 o'clock.
Nothing, our recharge time was way, way longer than we originally thought.
We kicked your ****!
We kicked your ****!
We'll see you soon, bye!
This is the best day ever.
Let's went from being from the worst day to being the best day.
I would have sworn we lost.
Should have taken your navigation duties more seriously.
Well don't blame me.
You did the route and you miscalculated the recharge times.
You said you wanted drama.
You didn't say you wanted a victory.
You said you wanted it to be dramatic and close.
It wasn't close, though.
It would have been close if you'd paid attention to your navigation duties.
You're not gonna turn this round on me.
You messed up the most basic thing with the recharge times.
One time I saw Sean Penn standing on that corner.
[BLEEP] Sean Penn.
How's it going?
How did your day go?
You have a nice drive?
We did, didn't we have a good drive?
Yeah, it was all right.
Yeah, we had a really nice drive.
You guys look tired.
Besides wanting to throw up, I feel fine.
Well, I think this is over.
Wasn't this a great idea?
In your face.
So fast charging winds were outright speed is concerned.
The ability to chug through 90 miles of electricity into 30 minutes makes it a no brainer for drivers who need to get somewhere and get there quickly.
The team fast charge also ran into all sorts of issues just finding those DC combo stations along the way.
And charging the car became the singular most important part of their whole trip.
And while slow charging did take longer, Team Slow was able to better enjoy the journey and never had to go too far out of our way to find a station.
So yeah, more frequent fast charging is faster but I'm not sure I'd say it's better.
At least not until those stations are more common and easier to find.
I think I'd still take getting there just a little bit later and a lot more relaxed rather than relying on fast charging to get me there.
Better yet, [UNKNOWN] the Bolt could be upgraded with optional D/C fast charging, so why not have the best of both worlds?
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