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Review: Chevrolet Bolt EV 2018

The award-winning Bolt EV is an allelectric crossover that offers 238 miles of pure electric range on a full charge. Built with the utility of a crossover from the inside out, this vehicle has plenty of head and leg room, and with folding rear seats, it has 56.6 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.  The Energy History screen provides a bar graph format that displays energy efficiency in 5-mile intervals for the previous 50 miles. Michelin® Energy™ Saver All-Season tires with Selfseal® technology offer low rolling resistance and are designed to self-seal in the event of a minor tread puncture such as that made by a nail. The specially engineered 17-inch wheels provide enhanced stiffness to help manage noise and vibration.

Please read our other Chevrolet Electric Cars reviews.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Bolt EV 2018
  • First available: November 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 6.5s
  • Range: 238 miles 384 km
  • Price: $37,500

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • Battery model: Nickel-rich lithium-ion battery
    • Battery capacity: 60 kWh
    • 238 miles of pure electric range on a full charge
    • Electric drive unit: 200 hp (150 kW) of motoring power, 266 lb.-ft. (360 N•m) of motoring torque
    • 12-volt with rundown protection

     

     

  • Charge time

    • Type of charger: Standard 7.2 kW onboard charger from 240V wall box
    • Charge time: DC Fast Charger using SAE Combo connector: up to 90 miles of range in 30 minutes
    • Full charge in 9.3 hours, or 50 miles in under two hours

     

Innovation & Self-driving

Changes for 2018

Connectivity

  • The interactive, standard 10.2-inch diagonal display makes it easy to view and quickly access real-time vehicle information.
  • Split screens and expanded views allow you to simply navigate and retrieve your music, contacts and more.
  • Multipurpose, connected center console with wireless phone charging and a compartment for stowing a tablet
  • Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi.®† Connect up to seven devices to easily access apps, stream music or work on the go, on a signal that’s more powerful than your smartphone.

Driver Assistance Features:

  • Rear camera mirror and Surround Vision
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Forward Pedestrian Alert

Surround Vision 2018

  • This available feature uses four strategically placed cameras to create a virtual bird’s-eye view of the electric car. While manoeuvring at low speed, all camera viewpoints seamlessly merge to transmit a clear side-by-side digital image to the large 10.2-inch diagonal screen, helping you to see both the area behind and around you. Just by looking at one screen, you get twice the view.

 

Please also read our published Electric Car reviews of other makes and models.

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