The Chevy Bolt EV was all new in 2017, so it is highly unlikely that it will be changed much for 2018. There really isn't any need for changes. The 2017 Bolt is doing extremely well, setting new sales records each month during the first half of 2017. Its previous monthly sales records were exceeded in August with the sale of 2,107 new bolts. This is an incredibly energy-efficient car that is actually fun to drive.
How fuel efficient is the Chevy Bolt EV really?
The Chevy Bolt EV is incredibly fuel efficient. It will go 238 miles on a fully charged battery. For a little more perspective on how efficient this electric car is, it will go 25 miles per each hour of charging time. The Bolt EV won Green Car Journal's 2017 Green Car of the Year award.
Do you have to go to a charging station to charge the Bolt?
No, you can charge the Bolt EV at home with a 240-Volt/32-AMP charging unit. The charging unit has to be professionally installed, but it is the fastest most convenient way to charge the car. Charging at home will also save you money. You can plug the Bolt in at night when electricity rates are at their lowest.
Are there lots of conveniently-located charging stations?
DC fast charging stations are everywhere. If you are out and about and you need a bit more fuel to finish your errands and get home, you can get enough juice in 30 minutes to drive another 90 miles. Check to see if there are charging stations in your area by doing a search for "DC fast charging stations near me."
Chevrolet makes it even easier to fuel up while you are away from home. Everyone who buys a Bolt is given a ChargePoint card. All you have to do is activate the card and use it at the charging station just like you would use a credit or debit card to get gasoline.
How many passengers can the Bolt EV transport?
There is room for five people in the Bolt EV, including the driver.
Are there multiple Bolt EV models?
Chevrolet offers the Bolt EV in two models or trim levels. The Bolt EV LT is the base trim. The Bolt EV Premier trim has all the features of the LT and some nice additional features.
Is the Bolt EV a sedan?
The Bolt EV is actually a roomy little hatchback. There is a whopping 56.6 cubic feet of cargo space in the back when you fold down the back seats. With the seats up, there is 16.9 cubic feet of space. If you need more room, you can get the Bolt EV Premium with its false cargo floor. A false cargo floor is also an available option with the LT.
Does the Bolt EV come with an infotainment system?
The Bolt comes with a 10.2" tablet-type screen that does double duty, giving you information on the vehicle and making it easy for you to run your infotainment system. MyLink radio, a six-speaker system, a dual USB port, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a shark-fin antenna and OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi all come standard in the LT and Premier. Wireless device charging capability is an available option in the Premier trim.
Are there any hi-tech safety features on the Bolt?
The Bolt EV comes with a StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, and a long list of OnStar features, including roadside assistance and automatic crash response. The LT trim comes with a rearview camera, a Passenger Sensing System and an OnStar Guidance Plan for three months.
Rear cross-traffic alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Parking Assist come standard on the Premier and are available options on the LT trim. SurroundVision comes standard in the Premier trim.
Lane Keep Assist, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking are available options on the Bolt Premier.
How expensive is the Bolt EV?
The base MSRP for the Bolt EV LT is $37,495. The Bolt EV Premier starts out at $41,780. You get a Federal tax write-off of up to $7,500 when you buy a Bolt, and you might even be able to get a state tax write-off.
Is the Bolt EV a safe vehicle?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 2017 Bolt EV the Top Safety Pick rating when it is equipped with the Confidence II package. It hasn't been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).