One of the first electric vehicles to have a range of over 200 miles on a single charge, the Chevrolet Bolt is a practical hatchback, like the less expensive and lower-range NissanLeaf but unlike the Tesla Model 3.
First introduced as a concept at the 2015 Detroit auto show, a near-production-spec Bolt was unveiled at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Powering the EV is an electric motor with 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque backed by a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery. With an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles on a single charge, the Bolt currently has the longest range among mainstream EVs. Owners can charge the Bolt using a standard home plug, a level 2 240V charger than can add 50 miles of range in under two hours, or an SAE combo fast charger that can give the car 90 miles in 30 minutes.
The Bolt’s version of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system also features unique features such as a Bluetooth system designed specifically for EVs with less energy consumption, a customizable 10.2-inch touchscreen, and a unique navigation system that creates routes that allow the driver to maximize the car’s range.
Why You’d Consider One
With its range of over 200 miles and starting price of under $40,000, the Chevrolet Bolt makes transitioning to an EV easier and minimizes range anxiety.
Why You’d Look Elsewhere
Compared to conventional cars with gas or diesel engines and hybrids, EVs like the Bolt are still short on range, making them less viable on long drives. Also, not everyone will want to pay around $40,000 with options (before a potential, sizable federal tax credit) for a car that looks like a practical, inexpensive hatchback.