Bolt does dirt mountain road – Bakersfield to Black Rock, California

225 miles / 360 km
Trip Date:
Starting Place:
Bakersfield, California
Black Rock Trailhead, Sierras, California

A very cool trip report of Bolt going from Bakersfield, California to Black Rock, California

From Paul Gipe

And, unlike the earlier adventure, this trip required us to leave the paved road. The Jackass Peak trailhead was some nine miles from the Blackrock Fire Station and a good three miles of that was down a Forest Service dirt road. The groups were all driving their own vehicles because of Covid-19. Everyone used 4×4 SUVs. It was a drive-through graded forest road. The road was dusty and rutted in places.  At the destination, the other groups in SUV looked a bit surprised at how easy the Bolt made the trip appear

Our Take:

This is one of the rare reports of driving an EV on non-paved / dirt roads.  Bolt has a low center of gravity (due to heavy battery pack at the floor), so it navigates curves and grades well.
And as usual, Paul provides very detailed driving and charging stats.


Checkout the trip report + route map + ‘Better Route Planner’ map below.

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