My 2017 Chevy Bolt now has my old custom plates that were on my 2014 Nissan LEAF for three and a half years. I turned in my leased LEAF for a Bolt (which I also leased) at the end of September 2017. Also found a good spot for a new “SolarChargedDriving.Com” bumper sticker 🙂 [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich

My 2014 Nissan LEAF parked under 600 kW solar carport at Kaiser Permanente’s Centennial, Colo. location.

In late September, I leased a 2017 Chevy Bolt to replace my 2014 Nissan LEAF, which I had leased for three and a half years. That was seven weeks ago. It took me until early November to get my old LEAF plates — and a SolarChargedDriving.Com bumper sticker — onto my red Bolt.

It feels good to have these back on my current all-electric Bolt, which I love!

The vanity plates read “SOLPWRD”, short for “solar powered.” Technically, my Bolt is not really solar-powered — because divorce forced me to sell my house with solar panels two years ago.

However, I do pay extra money — about .02 cents more per kilowatt hour — for Xcel Energy’s Windsource, so my Bolt is still indirectly fueled by renewable energy. And I am hoping that eventually I will be able to get solar to fuel my Bolt in the HOA cohousing community that I moved into three months ago.

It’s great to have my “SOLPWRD” plates back, even if, technically, for now, the plates should really read: “WINPWRD” 😉

I also figured out a good place to put my “SolarChargedDriving.Com” bumper sticker on my Bolt. Safety sensors on the Bolt’s rear bumper made it a bit challenging to find a good spot for the sticker. But I found a nice, visible, symetrical  place for it, as you can see in the picture above.

Happy Sun Miles® everyone!


2 Responses

  1. Ken Clifton

    That is REALLY great news on the Bolt Christof !

    I enjoyed reading of your trip to do the hiking too. I hope you get the charging situation worked out.

    My wife and I are both still driving the Volts. They have been great so far. Mine has provided four years of flawless service. I am sitting at 48K with 91.1% of that all-electric. Here is a link to my vehicle on Voltstats:

    I would love to have a Bolt at some point. The college where I teach covers two counties. My commute is about 60 miles per day, just outside the range of the Volt unless I charge at lunch somewhere. Because of that, the three days that I do that drive I have been running up the miles on an older Prius.

    Keep sharing those stories about the Bolt.

    Best Regards,


    • Christof Demont-Heinrich

      Hi Ken,
      Great to hear from you 🙂 91% of miles being electric — very impressive. I do love the Bolt. I will be driving it tomorrow from Littleton, Colo. to Estes Park, Colo., which is about 85 miles one way, most of it climbing into the mountains. Would never have tried that trip in my 84-mile LEAF, but I can make it, no problem in the Bolt!

      Hoping one day to get solar again, but it won’t happen easily or quickly since I now live in a cohousing HOA where all decisions — and roofs — are collective.


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