A cool electric car without the hipster tax.

The Chevy Bolt tends to have a bad rap because of the bow-tie emblem; it’s quirky DNA mashup between MPV and hatchback, and the fact that it’s not a Tesla. But, we managed to spend some one-on-one time with the Chevy Bolt and, well, let’s just say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Despite the general consensus surrounding GM’s compact EV, and all the hype generated by Tesla, the Bolt has found a place in our hearts. Here’s our story of a simple yet enjoyable getaway with none other than the 2019 Chevy Bolt.

Exterior

The Chevrolet Bolt Premium trim shows off its good looks: attractive, modern, hatchback design, fun colors, premium wheels, aluminum roof rails, and premium looking head/tail lights. Remove the badge stigma, and it is pretty cool.

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Front bumper cover shows a glossy pattern, fun.
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And it is a Chevrolet
Fancy headlights maintain the premium feel.
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Nicely shaped mirrors, gloss black with under lens for the 360-degree backup camera and the sensor for blind spot assist.
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Two Rear hatch cameras. The wide-angle points downward for backup, while the medium-angle aims straight for rear view mirror lcd assist.
Geek factor, the rear view mirror secret LCD screen in action
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Coolest hatchback taillights currently on sale in the U.S.A.
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A real hatchback with 200HP EV Motor
The Bolt rocks the must have 2018-era 'C-pilar faux glass'.

2018 Chevrolet Bolt exterior dimensions

Wheelbase (in. / mm): 102.4 / 2,601
Overall Length (in. / mm): 164 / 4,166
Overall Width (in. / mm): 69.5 / 1,765
Overall Height (in. / mm): 62.8 / 1,595
Track (in. mm): 59.1 / 1,501 (front)
59.1 / 1,501 (rear)

Interior

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Fun tech as it should
The interior offers above-average visibility thanks to its low body waistline and a tall roof.
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Asymetric seat covers
Note the asymmetrical seat covers pattern.
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Funky materials keep the interior fun and geeky.
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Regenerative brake booster paddle on the left of the steering wheel is a unique Chevrolet EV feature. A great way for a new EV driver to get used to regenerative brake control.

Just press the button when you don’t want to waste your deceleration energy on brake pad wear. The electric motor will turn into an alternator and recharge your EV batteries instead. It’s gimmicky, sure, but feels good to save the planet one stop sign at a time.

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A 'LOW' drive mode for “one pedal” driving is also available for experienced EV drivers. Abuse it, and you may experience sea sickness symptoms as your head rocks back and forth following your right foot movements.
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3 Range estiates : high - average - low
LCD cluster is complete yet simple with a homegrown solution for range anxiety: 3 range estimations: min, average, max.
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Don't remove traction control or you will be spinning and torque steering, like grandpa's muscle car... Well, if it was FWD, anyway
Center console quirk, you can’t open it unless it is all the way back.
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The phone cubby fit my iPhone X and charged it wirelessly, but it is tight. iPhone XL move along.
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A-Pilar windows add to an already great greenhouse experience. Seating position offers above average visibility thanks to very tall windows all around.
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Rear space is pretty good, and the rear bench is heated. The seatback offers a ¾ fold, and there is plenty of headroom too.
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The trunk offers two levels - great to store emergency stuff below and separate them for the daily carry on.

Splilled something in the trunk? The carpet just pulls out...cheap? I call it practical. Classic GM stuff.

2018 Chevrolet Bolt interior dimensions

Headroom (in / mm): 39.7 / 1,008 (front)
37.9 / 963 (rear)
Legroom (in. / mm): 41.6 / 1,057 (front)
36.5 / 927 (rear)
Shoulder Room (in. / mm): 54.6 / 1387 (front)
52.8 / 1341 (rear)
Hip Room (in. / mm): 51.6 / 1,311 (front)
50.8 / 1,290 (rear)
EPA Passenger Volume (cu. ft. / L): 94.4 / 2,673
Cargo Volume Behind Second Row Seat (cu. ft. / L): 16.9 / 478.6
Max Cargo volume (cu. ft. / L): 56.6 / 1,603

EV Stuff

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The charger survived 4 days of heavy rain plugged in outdoors with no problem.

While charging, a cowl light tells you if you are charging (green blink) or fully charged (green steady). It’s, suffice it to say, simple and effective. Hipsters move along - There’s no fancy glowing light around the EV plug :(.

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I Tried to unplug/steal my own charging cord without unlocking the car first... The alarm will blow your socks off. Just ask me how I know.
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On a basic, common 110-volt outlet, you can choose 8-Amp or 12-Amp charging if you dare the scary warning on the dash.
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Bolt charging speed

Charging via a 110-volt outlet will get you a mere 5 miles per hour of charging but, with a 238 miles range, I think it works for most people. Charging via a 240-volt outlet will give you 25 miles per hour of charging and fast DC charging will give you 90 miles in 30 minutes. Not bad.

Electric Vehicle tax credit stuff

You can still claim the full EV tax credit of $7,500 on new models until March 31st 2019, after that it will be cut in half six months later, than down to zero six month after that. So, if you’re considering an EV, there’s no time like the present to dive in.

2018 Chevrolet Bolt drivetrain specifications

Driving Range: EPA-estimated 238 miles on a full charge
BATTERY SYSTEM
Type: Rechargeable energy storage system comprising multiple linked modules
Mass (lb / kg): 947 / 429.5
Battery chemistry: Lithium-ion
Cells: 288
Energy: 60 kWh
ELECTRIC DRIVE
Type: Single motor and gearset
Motor: Permanent magnetic drive motor
Power: 200 hp / 150 kW
Torque: (lb-ft / Nm): 266 / 360
Final drive ratio (:1): 7.05:1
CHARGING TIMES3
120 V: 5 miles range per hour
240 V: Full charge in 9.5 hours
DC Fast Charge: Up to 90 miles in 30 minutes

Driving the Bolt

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Just keep in mind that this is a 200-horsepower front-wheel-drive vehicle riding on thin ECO/Low resistance tires.

If you floor it from a stand still you will get wheel spin and torque steer. Very controllable and, at the very least, it’s sure to entertain your passengers.

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The good news is that it drives well. No good or bad surprises.

The Bolt just drives as expected. It is pleasant, and you get your usual, one-gear EV feel. There’s plenty of torque, all the time, in absolute silence. The suspension offers a good balance of firm and comfort. The steering is enjoyable, and tossing the car around is tons of fun, as it should be.

CONCLUSION

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The Chevy Bolt EV is the premium alternative to the luxurious Tesla Model 3

You get all the cool EV perks like instant torque, quiet cabin, geekiness, and fuel economy, but you also get a good deal! (see more below)

I am a big Tesla fanboy, but I was happily surprised with the Bolt. I got all the EV goodness I was craving without the hipster tax!

... Actually, there is one thing you don’t get in the Bolt, and that’s the “Hooning.” Punching the accelerator on the Tesla Model 3 is super fun, and, with its all-wheel-drive system, it is the coolest thing everyone is talking about.

... But let’s be honest, after a few days of ownership, I am not sure that ‘feature’ is worth a $10-30k premium over the Bolt.

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EV tech
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Not a flux capacitor, but close enough!

! CHEVY BOLT DEALS !

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What makes the Chevrolet Bolt a real winner is how cheap you can buy one right now (2019) at GM dealerships.

Check out your Chevrolet local dealer because, while our tester car is listed at $37,000, I looked on cars.com and found brand new 2019 cars with a $10,000 discount! Add to that the $7,500 tax credit and this is too cheap to pass up!

Once you put these $10,000 in your pocket, I think you can look at the Tesla Model 3 owner and smile everyday to the bank.

The arch nemesis

2018 Tesla Model 3

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Hypester Alert!

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