Whether on a mission to preserve Earth by not contributing emissions, to save money on purchasing the always fluctuating price of gas, to cash in on tax benefits, or to simply enjoy the use of solely electricity, the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is highly impressive.
On a ride from Atlanta to Asheville, North Carolina, I had ample time to get accustomed to the numerous bells and whistles this new subcompact crossover presented while passing the true test—proving the 208-mile journey could make it on one full charge.
And it did, effortlessly.
Chevrolet’s boast of a 238-mile capacity (255 city and 217 highway) was not only confirmed, but appreciated. The smooth ride was perfectly balanced with an aggressive engine when applicable; it punched a class-leading 200 horsepower at 266 lb.-ft. of torque, resulting in going zero to 60 in about 6.5 seconds. So much for the golf cart comparisons.
Presented in two trims, the LT comes with the Electronic Precision Shift, Michelin self-sealing tires, one-pedal driving, Regen On Demand, and a 10.2-inch diagonal color touch-screen, while the Premier takes it up a notch adding surround vision for a birds-eye view and a rear camera mirror.
Charging the Bolt EV is also very simple. For home, the professionally installed AeroVironment 240-volt/32-amp charging unit with a 25-ft cord will get you 25 miles per hour, while a DC Fast Charging station will give you 90 miles in a half hour. Similar to how a credit card is used to buy gas, every Bolt EV is equipped with a ChargePoint card so that drivers are worry-free with access to thousands of public charging stations. (There are many apps–such as PlugShare–drivers can download to help locate chargers to further ease the mind.)
The Bolt EV’s also gracious with numerous amenities to keep owners in tune with the latest technology including 4G LTE WiFi; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; the myChevrolet mobile app to control automobile functions from remote locations; and the optional, highly recommended OnStar response system.
Ultimately, the plethora of awards the Bolt EV has received from various automobile authorities are not only justified, but well deserved. Add Driver’s Notebook to the list.
Base price: The LT Trim is $37,495; Premium is $41,780 with all options as reviewed.
Gas mileage: 255 city/217 highway/238 combined
For more information, visit Chevrolet.com.