The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a long-range all-electric compact crossover.  Powered by a 150kW (200 horsepower) electric motor that turns out 266 lb-ft of instant torque, the Chevy Bolt EV accelerates to 60 miles per hour in just 6.3 seconds.  The Bolt’s 60kWh lithium-ion battery gives the car an impressive 238-mile EPA-certified electric range, and can be recharged in approximately nine hours using Level Two 240-volt/32 amp charging. With the $750 DC Fast Charging plug option, the Bolt can utilize CSS Fast Chargers to recharge 90 miles of range in under 30 minutes, making long-distance road trips in the all-electric Bolt practical.  Chevrolet offers an 8-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty that includes the Bolt’s battery pack.  The Bolt seats up to five passengers and features 56.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down (17 cubic feet with seats up).  The Bolt features a 10.2-inch touch-screen display and an 8-inch diagonal drive cluster. Options include a heated steering wheel, heated seats, leather seats, and lane departure warning.

The Bolt EV is available in two trims: LT (starting at $37,495) and Premier (starting at $41,780)

Packages include:

Infotainment Package ($485): Wireless device charging, Dual USB port for rear passengers, and Bose premium 7-speaker sound system with subwoofer

Driver Confidence Package ($495): IntelliBeam headlamps, Forward Collision Alert, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Front Pedestrian Braking


8 comments on “Chevrolet Bolt EV”
  1. David Southworth says:

    I’ve had my Bolt LT about 1 year now, usually charge at home unless going on trips over 100 miles, when I usually stop at a fast charger (usually at Dunkin Donuts) for the trip home. Home charger cost me $279 on E-bay (Blink) and then another $200 to have an extra dryer outlet installed in the garage by electrician (“Mr Electric”). Its a lot better than my Leaf was due to the range where I can now travel 150-190 miles before thinking of a fast charge to make it home. So far its been no problem here in Central Florida to find a fast charger (usually EVgo charge station)

  2. Doug B says:

    CCS or just Jplug.
    Great car, zippy, roomy and easy to exceed the EPA range.

  3. Thomas Cochran says:

    I am very interested in this EV! I first saw it at 2018 Virginia Beach Auto Show. I’m holding on to see when Virginia will offer the state tax credit for EV

    1. John Reilly says:

      I’ve had my Bolt for about 5 months. A great car, lots of room in both front and back seats-back seats has more room than most cars I’ve been in or had. One odd aspect–the driver’s seat seems not centered in front of the steering wheel-off by a inch or two–I then tend to sit of one edge of the seat, and that can get uncomfortable–I have to consciously center myself in the seat, not with the steering wheel. Car has lots of power and smooth powerful acceleration over entire speed range. I drive my wife’s relatively new Subaru outback (20k miles) and it feels like a clunker–once you drive the Bolt going back to gas is like going from HD TV to regular–you didn’t know what you were missing until you had the good stuff. I’m in condo–no place to charge there but my work parking lot has Charge point chargers for 50 cents per hour. I have a vacation home and drive ~400 miles each weekend roundtrip. I installed a level 2 charger in my vacation home garage, so can recharge over night on arrival. Cold weather knocks the range down-as low as 155 miles–cold battery and need for heater on–I sometimes try to keep the heater off but the-10F temps in Maine we had this winter were too much. Need to stop at DC fast charge stations along the way–1/2 hour does it and I pick up groceries while charging. If temps are around 40 F and up you can easily get by with the heated steering wheel and seats with not much penalty on the range–so should not be as big an issue in Virginia as my drive to Maine. Realize the trickle charge cord that plugs into 120 volt circuit will give you about 40 miles overnight–so if you have long drives every couple of days, you will want to get a Level 2 charger or have access to one e.g. at work. If daily driving is less than 40 or 50 miles then you can plug in 120 volts every night and keep charged so you can get away without r Level 2 in your garage. And, if trips get longer some days, you can look for a level 2 charge station or even a DC fast charger to catch up. My first weekend with the car, I hadn’t paid attention to how fast it would charge and didn’t have the level 2–plugged in on Friday night and read-out told me it would charged by 4:00 pm–didn’t tell me that was 4:00pm on Monday. Fortunately I found a community level 2 charger (for free) and used that until I had my Level 2 installed. The level 2 charger cost me about $500 (from Home Depot) and about $1100 to run a dedicated 240 volt line to my garage. Fortunately that is new house, so I had plenty of service to my house–older homes could face need to upgrade service the house. I then installed a PV array on my vacation home with enough to cover all my electric needs in the house and 10,000 miles of driving. I estimated pay back is about 10 years, after that its free and guaranteed for at least 20 years. Hopefully my quirky experience helps–plugging in takes a different routine then gassing up, so takes little bit time to rethink how that works–if can plug in your garage, then its a time saver–never have to stop at a gas station–other than you use the toilet. And, the hidden savings: virtually no maintenance-no oil changes, no tune ups, no 20,000 mile $500 maintenance checks. You easily save the cost of installing a charger. Its all cool. Go for it.

  4. KEN BUKOWSKI says:

    I’m an uber driver, and it seems to me this car will pay for itself. I’m about the ;ease a vehicle from Xchange Leasing, but don’t really think it’s a good deal. Is there someone I can talk to get all the specific information. what is the availability of the vehicle?

  5. David Kunhardt says:

    Charge connector type??

  6. Mark Hughes says:

    The Bolt is easily the best car I’ve owned. I had a Leaf before this and it was nice, but the Bolt is a quantum step up in terms of technology, power, and – of course – range. It’s also comfortable, part of that ease being the one-pedal driving. Who knew that switching between the accelerator and brake was kind of a hassle? I also like the rear view mirror in camera mode, with its expansive view and well-tuned night dimming. All in all, not just a fine EV, a fine automobile.

  7. Monte Ikemire says:

    Leased new 2017 EV Bolt. Great car. Fun to Drive. “one pedal” driving uses robust regeneration feature upon letting off accelerator to allow driving and full breaking with accelerator pedal use only (brake pedal can be used anytime, of course). $2,500 state rebate and $600 local utility rebate for lease in Sacramento and additional $7,500 federal tax credit for purchase. Nice styling and roomy interior for 5. Utility offers time of use (TOU) lower electric rates at night to reduce night charging costs (about 8cents/kwh, so about $5.00 to “fill up” 60 kwh battery pack and 230 mi range)

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