Chevrolet Bolt EV Owner Review

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Chevrolet Bolt EV

Premier 2017

9.3/10not logged19 votes

Convenient, Practical, and Fun

14 Jun 2021

Chevrolet Bolt EV Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Ingress/Egress 

  • Visibility

  • Price

  • Upright seating position

  • Safety Systems

  • Stereo

  • Comfort

  • Efficiency

  • Utility - storage, options, etc.

  • Regeneration / Drive Mode options

  • Acceleration

  • Handling

  • Styling

Cons:
  • Rapid charging speed

  • Heating System Efficiency

Owner Review

Convenient, Practical, and Fun

This is my 3rd electric vehicle. I do everything with my Bolt - tow a utility trailer, load it up with camping gear, take my mountain bike to the trail head, and go on long road trips. Everything about how it works makes sense, and whenever I go for a drive, it always puts a smile on my face. It has plenty of power, a good usable range, great visibility, tons of interior space (and more importantly cargo storage), excellent handling, and nice safety features. The Bolt definitely has a 'sleeper' vibe to it as very few people expect it to be a quick accelerating machine, but it definitely goes when you want it to :)

There are lots of comments from people who find the front seats to be uncomfortable. I have done several one day and multi-day trips in the car and find no issue with the comfort on the front seats. At 5'10" I also find the rear seating area to be a very nice place to be. As with anything you have to try it for yourself.

If I could improve the car, my ask would be to put a faster charger on it. I have the ability to charge at my primary residence so this isn't a normal inconvenience, it is only when I go on longer road trips that I wish the rapid charger was faster. Cold weather range performance is also an area that could be improved. Every EV should have some kind of heat pump system, as the cold sucks tons of range out of the car. Not having to spend so much energy to heat the cabin is a win/win situation.

There is no 'one' car for everyone, but I would encourage you to check out the Chevrolet Bolt if you are in the market. It's a fun, capable, efficient machine that may surprise you as much as it has me. 

Chevrolet Bolt EV Photos

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Discussion

  • 2021-06-22 16:19:35 UTC

    EVs

    Thanks for the awesome review of your Bolt. What other electric cars have you had? What has been your experience with them?

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