Review: Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Bolt EV 2017, which went into production by the end of 2016, offers more than 238 miles (384 km) of range on a full charge. It also features advanced connectivity technologies designed to enhance and personalize the driving experience.
One Pedal Driving helps you transfer energy to the battery instead of losing energy when slowing down.  Electronic Precision Shift allows you to easily and electronically select gears, while providing a smooth and precise response. The great thing about Bolt EV is you can top off your battery as much or as little as you like.
The real-time information such as your battery levels, range estimation, charge settings and climate controls is available on the standard 10.2-inch diagonal color touch-screen and 8-inch diagonal driver cluster.

Please read our other Chevrolet Electric Cars reviews.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Bolt EV
  • First available: October 2016
  • Next Upgrade: September 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

    60 kWh nickel-rich lithium-ion battery

    Motor Power Rating:

    200 hp


    128 City/110 Highway

  • Charge time

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


Innovation & Self-driving

  • 10.2’’ MyLink color touch-screen display
  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Surround Vision
  • EV Navigation Mapping
  • Gamification
  • All-New MyChevrolet Mobile App: Combines important owner and vehicle information and functions, such as:
    • Vehicle charge status
    • OnStar Map service
    • Remote start
    • Cabin pre-conditioning
    • Owner’s manual information
    • Dealer service scheduling

Changes for 2018


  • 10.2” color touch-screen display with “flip-board” operation
  • Multipurpose, connected center console with wireless phone charging and a compartment for stowing a tablet

Driver Assistance Features:

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


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

1 User Review on “Chevrolet Bolt EV”

  1. StephenSD
    Chevrolet Bolt EV: Your First – And Next – Electric Car
    2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT - I test driven this car

    Chevrolet Bolt EV: Your First – And Next – Electric Car
    By Stephen Fogel

    The Chevrolet Bolt EV is now arriving at Chevrolet dealers. Priced from $36,620 (before applicable tax credits) and with a range of 238 miles, this is the first affordable electric vehicle that is practical for everyday use. Range anxiety fears can now be put to rest.

    I recently drove a Bolt EV at my local Chevrolet dealer. The Bolt has a 5-passenger, 5-door compact CUV body style. The seating position is upright with excellent visibility in all directions. The instrumentation panels for the driver and on the dash are electronic screens, with options for showing energy usage, infotainment, of a combination of both.

    Incredible Acceleration
    The Bolt EV’s strong acceleration is amazing to experience, every time you use it. Its 200 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque can chirp the front tires from a standing start, and the Bolt pulls very well at all speeds. Chevrolet’s zero to 60 mph time for the Bolt is 6.5 seconds. Because there is no combustion engine noise, you have to watch your speed carefully. I looked down while driving and was shocked to see that I was way over the limit! All you hear in the Bolt is some tire noise and an occasional whine from the engine when you accelerate. It is very quiet, even at highway speeds.

    Great Handling
    The Bolt EV has an excellent ride and handling combination. The ride is firm but compliant and well-damped. Cornering is flat, helped by the placement of the battery pack under the floor for a low center of gravity. The Bolt is fun to drive.

    Charging Options
    The Bolt EV comes with a 7.2 kW onboard charger standard for its 60 kWh battery. DC fast charging capability is a $750 option. Fast charging can be used away from home and will give you about 160 EV miles in 60 minutes or 90 miles in a half hour.

    Another option is a wall-mounted 240-Volt, 32-Amp home charger. This will allow greatly reduced home charging times compared to using the basic 110-Volt charging cable. Installed price is $699, not including a 40-amp circuit to connect it to.

    The Bolt EV has OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi standard. Also standard is the Chevrolet MyLink® radio with 10.2 ” color touch-screen, Bluetooth® streaming audio for music and select phones, voice-activation technology for radio and phone, and Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM capability.

    What It Doesn’t Have
    The Bolt EV is a pure electric car, so some decisions had to be made in the interests of maximizing range, reducing weight, and cutting extra power consumption. While air conditioning and power windows are standard, power seats and a moonroof are not available.

    Overall An Excellent Vehicle, Electric Or Not
    The Chevrolet Bolt EV has cracked the code. It is a battery electric vehicle that is practical, affordable, fun to drive, and can run for days between charges if necessary. The Bolt (and its German sibling the Opel Ampera-e) will show the world that electrons are a real alternative to petroleum, starting right now!



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