2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review


This future-is-now electric car leaves rivals in the dirt with its impressive driving range, price, and also functionality.

The all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV is such a reducing edge that it makes all various other affordable electric lorries seem unimportant. It's excellent 238-mile EPA-certified driving array makes it usable as a day-to-day chauffeur, and also its powerful and receptive electric motor offers plenty of enjoyable along the road. At the same time, the Bolt EV is additionally a useful hatchback with a roomy rear seat and also great deals of freight area. It might not look as cool as a Tesla, yet the 10Best-winning Bolt EV is probably a larger progression for the auto dim-- for a fraction of the rate.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

What's New for 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV?

The Bolt EV is an entirely New Design for 2017. Don't perplex it with the similarly called Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in crossbreed with both an electric motor and also a fuel engine-- and also much less electronic variety.

Trims as well as Options We would certainly Choose

The Bolt EV's affordability is critical to its appeal, so we would certainly maintain it straightforward by sticking with the base LT model as opposed to the ritzier Premier. The LT comes criterion with attributes such as:

- 10.2-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and also Android Auto

- Proximity-key access and push-button begin

- Backup camera

- 4G LTE with mobile Wi-Fi

The Bolt EV LT supplies two inexpensive alternative packages that we would indeed select: the $555 Comfort and also Convenience Bundle (includes warmed pole positions and steering wheel) and the $495 Driver Confidence Package (blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, back parking sensors). We 'd also add DC fast-charging capability for $750. Done in, our well-appointed Bolt sticker labels for $39,295-- a number that can be offset by a federal tax debt of $7500 offered to electric vehicle purchasers. Some states use added rebates, tax credit reports, high-occupant-lane advantages, or various other rewards to EV buyers too

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Exterior

The Bolt looks even more like a standard little hatchback than a crossover, and also it will not turn heads like a Tesla Model S or a BMW i3. Its little impact makes it simple to steer in the parking area.

The Bolt's proportions resemble those of the Kia Soul. It's brief and also stubby, however, features lots of height, which makes for the practical interior room.

In base LT type, the Bolt resembles the essential, economy-minded traveler car it is; selecting the Premier trim gowns points up with fancier-looking wheels as well as chrome trim.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Inside


Although it's roomy as well as sensible, the Bolt EV's interior quality and look do not befit its $30,000-plus rate point. It looks and feels extra as if it belongs in an economy car. It's clear where General Motors spent its money: on the Bolt's big battery.

Generous headroom as well as legroom in both the front and back seats make the Bolt extremely comfortable for 4 and even halfway decent spacious for 5. The front seats are rather thinly cushioned, however, given the car's minimal owning array, cross-country assistance is not a vital worry.

Hard plastics are plentiful inside the Bolt, although Chevy included some interestingly textured products to enliven the dashboard. At the very least the electronic screens in the tool collection and also central touchscreen appearance crisp as well as contemporary.

Chevrolet classifies the Bolt as a crossover, which case is partially supported by a seating position that's some inches more than some other competitive hatchbacks. To precisely measure seating elevation-- the distance from the roadway to the driver's hip-- we make use of an H-Point Machine (HPM), a correctly engineered device marketed by SAE International. This versatile appliance, combined with a laser gadget, exposes the width and also an area of roof-pillar exposure blockages (dark areas). Our HPM and laser measurement tools establish the size of roadway obscured by the hood along with the road covered by the trunk or hatch (as translucent the rearview mirror).

Combine the commanding seating placement with big home windows, and the Bolt EV ends up being very easy to see out of, both to the front and to the back.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Engine and also Transmission

The Bolt EV's electric motor offers power efficiently as well as silently. Unlike a number of its rivals, however, this Chevy is receptive and remarkably fast in our experiment.

The 200-horsepower Bolt EV is a near scorcher at the drag strip connected with various other inexpensive, environmentally friendly EVs and plug-in hybrids, turning in a zero-to-60-mph time that borders on the hot-hatchback territory. Accelerator reaction is good and also comes to be even more delicate in the selectable Sports setting.

There are numerous ways to charge the Bolt EV. On a basic 240-volt Level 2 electric lorry battery charger, it takes about 9 hrs to take the battery pack from vacant to complete. Bolt EVs with the $750 fast-charging choice could link into a DC fast-charging link to include roughly 90 miles of the array every 30 minutes, supplied you can find one of the 1000-plus Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors spread throughout the United States. In a pinch, you can likewise bill using a primary 110-volt electrical outlet, but that choice is so slow that Chevrolet doesn't also offer an approximated charging time.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Safety as well as Driver Assistance

We can not talk about the Bolt's safety scores because it has actually not yet been accident examined. It does provide a collection of active safety and security attributes, yet only on the more expensive Premier trim.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA ) involving that not-for-profit, independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) review cars for crashworthiness in the United States. NHTSA designates cars a total score out of five stars. IIHS uses a different set of examinations, grades cars on a scale of Good to Poor, and also grants the lorries that carry out best throughout its studies with Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ honors, the latter which calls for that the subject's automated forward-collision-braking system carries out well.

To obtain noteworthy energetic safety and security modern technologies, you not just have to bet for the Bolt Premier, you additionally should add the Driver Confidence bundle, that includes a forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, and also a lane-departure warning. The base Bolt LT just provides blind-spot caution as well as back cross-traffic alert, both of which are also optional.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Guarantee


Similar to most hybrids and EVs, Chevrolet gives additional protection for a few of the Bolt's electric-powertrain elements. Chevy also includes the reward of 2 years of free set up upkeep, yet total coverage does not get close to that of the Kia Soul EV.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Fuel Economy


The Bolt EV's celebration piece is its 60-kWh battery pack, which makes it possible for an EPA-rated range of 238 miles at a single fee-- greater than twice the range of other in a similar way priced EVs. Inning accordance with the EPA, that's only 11 miles less than the variety of a Tesla Model S 75-- which has a base price of $69,500. The Bolt is likewise relatively efficient, with EPA scores of as much as 128 MPGe (miles per gallon matching). We fell summary of those numbers in our freeway screening, yet, just like many electric automobiles, the Bolt EV's regenerative braking system indicates it does best in stop-and-go city driving.

The Bolt EV's observed MPGe number outmatches the just another all-electric model in our screening, the Kia Soul EV, and also is in an entirely different league from the plug-in crossbreeds we've checked, which fire up their gas engines when their minimal electric range has been depleted.

We've developed our very own fuel-economy examination in an attempt to reproduce exactly how lots of people own on the freeway. Our procedure entails a 200-mile out-and-back loop on Michigan's I-94 freeway. We maintain a GPS-verified 75 mph and also utilize the cruise ship control as long as feasible to imitate the method many chauffeurs behave throughout long trips.

In our 75-mph real-world freeway test, the Bolt EV managed to go 190 miles before lacking juice. That's well except the EPA-estimated variety of 238 miles, yet our test includes only highway driving, so expect substantially more range if you adhere to lower rates around town. The Bolt's range-estimator scale, which updates continuously as you drive, is exceptionally accurate. In other tests of Bolts we've discovered that, in mixed driving, it was no problem accomplishing the EPA's estimated range in real life. As a matter of fact, we drove a pre-production Bolt 238 miles during a California examination journey-- as well as parked it with 34 miles still revealing on the range estimator. So the Bolt's variety capability is genuine.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Efficiency and Driving Impressions

With a robust framework and plenty of power, the Bolt will test your unfavorable preconceived notions of electric cars. It's quick, receptive, as well as comfortable, measuring up well against a few of our preferred conventional fuel hatchbacks regarding owning dynamics.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Acceleration

The Bolt's electric motor offers rapid action to accelerator inputs as well as ample low-end torque that lets you run ahead when the light turns green. Picking Sports setting makes the accelerator pedal even more sensitive to driver inputs, although it doesn't improve real flat-out velocity. Feedbacks are less instant at highway speeds. However, the Bolt still makes passing and also combining a cinch.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Flight, Handling, and also Steering


The Bolt trips firmly without introducing rough influences into the cabin. Steering is quick and exact, but we 'd like more comments from the roadway. Since the battery pack is placed on the floor, the Bolt has a reduced center of mass that produces protected handling with minimal body roll. This is one EV that's enjoyable to drive.

The Bolt's brake pedal is firm and supplies above-average stopping power, but the regenerative braking system that charges the pounding when you lift off the accelerator suggests you can drive in a lot of circumstances without ever touching the left pedal. In drive, there's just a percentage of slowdown when you take off the accelerator; L enhances the result of regenerative braking to the point that the car will almost slow down to a stop by itself. A pole on the left side of that guiding wheel permits enhanced on-demand regenerative stopping and could quit the car entirely. The even more regenerative stopping you use, a lot more recaptured power gets sent back to the battery, making this system's reconfigurability a benefit for hypermilers. It's very easy to obtain accustomed to owning the Bolt in this way, as well as it enhances the feeling that this is a highly various sort of car.


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