Chevy Bolt EV Review: Electric Excellence



This may be the summer of the Tesla Model 3, but GM will always be able to say that it got here first. The Chevy Bolt EV is an all-electric car boasting an EPA-estimated 238-mile range, a zero-to-sixty time of 6.8 seconds, and enough storage and cabin space to qualify as a crossover (in Chevy’s terms, at least). It’s neither the sexiest nor the most luxuriously appointed electric car on the road, but its combination of range and power make those shortcomings easy to forgive … and its $37,500 starting price –before incentives– make it all the more alluring if you’re in the market for a car that doesn’t run on splodey-juice. Find out if “the electric car for everyone” is the best electric car for you – in MrMobile’s Chevy Bolt EV review!

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MrMobile’s Chevy Bolt EV Review was produced following six days with a Chevy Bolt LT and a Chevy Bolt Premier on loan from Chevrolet. DISCLOSURE: The Provincetown test drive mentioned in the video included a hotel stay and meals provided by Chevrolet. No other promotional consideration or compensation was provided for this review.

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“Mapping How The U.S. Generates Its Electricity” [Washington Post]:

“A Simple Guide To DC Fast Charging” [fleetcarma]:

“Federal Tax Credits For All-Electric Vehicles” [fueleconomy.gov]:

“Chevy Bolt EV Is Already Being Discounted” [electrek]:

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49 Replies to “Chevy Bolt EV Review: Electric Excellence”

  1. Caden Churchill

    I love this car! My top choices in electrics are the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt – mostly due to price. My family also owns a 2014 Leaf and I absolutely love driving the thing! The quad camera feature is super useful too when parking.

  2. Leo M. Mara

    If a company's goal is to help save the planet by putting people into an inexpensive electric car they have to make compromises and be smart about them. As to the level two Charging, not everyone needs it. Making it a $750 option will save many people money. If you are the average user and drive 35 miles a day you can plug the car in with the provided 110 charger each night and never run out of energy. Even if you charge only during off-peak hoursb, which are the least expensive this still holds true.
    I love my '18 Bolt LT. It may be the best car I have ever owned and I have owned plenty.
    Give one a test drive if you have the time you will be surprised and delighted. ☺

  3. RuiYi

    Bolt is somewhat a bit of a step back from the surprising Volt and design. This one design deel more a passer design than the present day design of the volt.

  4. James Mb

    Me and the wife Read up looked around And went with the 2018 Chevy Volt premier We added in Factors like Renting a townhouse with parking just over 20 ft away (Plug-in ) And that we do like going on long trips (outside the Bolt range) And in my area you have many chargers However you need one companies card to swipe and be charged for usage and the next station you need another company card and / fi the ports are not already taken. and you will also find Level 1 or 2 or Tesla only areas Ikea has 4 or 5 spots that run free with all levels But mid day onwards its always full even a few gas cars parking there because its very close to the store
    Many people want to be able to travel long distance Also in winter, Cold to very cold your batteries do not take the full charge reducing your range …Don't know about you but I don't want to be out of power in the middle of the road in minus 35C Having to pay for a tow truck to a power station and wait 3 hrs to get home

  5. John Smith

    I am interested in the EV, however they are going to have to work out some of the problems with them. One is the price. They need to get the price in the same range of a comparable gas model which would be at least half the current prices. Second they need to get the driving range up to around 500 miles using heat or air. Third they need to get the charging times down to 10 to 15 minutes empty to full charge. Right now they are not practical. At best they are an over priced toy.

  6. Inquiring Minds

    Chevy could really off load these cars if they would just throw in the high-speed charging ability for free and do some commercials. These cars would fly off the self and further educate the salesmen and familiarize them with the incentives and charge smart. How can anyone make a great car with great range and not move hardly any? Something shady is going on….

  7. tommytomted44

    I leased a Premier Edition of the Chevy Bolt on May 26th. I love this car! I had been reading and looking at YouTube reviews of the Bolt since December 2016. With my trade worth $3,500 and $3,500 cash I was able to lease the Premier Edition Bolt for $250 a month, the LT Edition price. Very happy with $250 a month for the Premier Edition!

    If you are thinking of buying or leasing an EV you really need to take a serious look at the Chevy Bolt. This is NOT a compliance car. It is a full fledged entry into the EV car market. I really like the looks of the car. (Got the dark blue one) The dashboard is just outstanding! This is the most driving fun I have had in 40 years. And man is it fast. Zoom, zoom! Killer pickup in all situations. So many cool features with the Bolt. Got to give this car A+!

  8. Pete N

    I do not understand why people care so much about a EV vehicle? I think they are stupid…. If you want to save money, go buy a ioniq hybrid… 55mpg, 24 dollars fills the tank and you can get 640 miles. You do not have to worry about finding a charging station nor having to wait.

  9. Kiergard

    So many questions on the electric car stuff.
    The most important: Is it in the end really better for the world than a normal car?
    I mean battery disposal or where the energy comes from. If you need 5000 Nuclear plants to charge an all electric world… is that worth it?

  10. AzuMentch36

    Wouldn't the headed seats and steering wheels actually drain the battery? You're using the electricity to warm it up.

    Otherwise, I'm curious how well it survives a big truck or SUV in freeway speeds, but thanks for the usual objective review on this vehicle. Even more important, THANK YOU for letting people know not only how much the electricity costs in one's area but where the electricity comes from! That latter is especially important, as a lot of people who are invested in electric cars forget that very important information.

  11. TrueDamascus

    I always drive in L in my Volt, but I wish it would trigger the brake lights like the Bolt does. I'm always afraid someone is going to rear end me, so I often tap on my brakes to let people know I'm stopping.

  12. Erik Stephens

    Good review. Especially from someone who claims to not be a car guy. Just a note the Bolt EV is always applying regen when slowing regardless of what mode you are in or what pedal or paddle you pull or push. In the Bolt EV the brake pedal also applies up to the maximum regen braking before blending in the friction brakes (which is different from what Tesla does for example). Driving in D or L is a personal preference thing.

  13. Ruben Garcia

    Yes Chevy got first but where? I live in Miami! please try to buy one here! you won't be able to.. this car is just an smoke screen, I guess if you live in CA or another forward thinking State but not here…

  14. cuda426hemi

    Ugly hatch, and with GM's refusal to provide any charge infrastructure let alone fast ones it's a loser. Sorry but there is no comparison between this LG powered hatch and Tesla with 5000 Superchargers all over the world today to be doubled by end of year plus 15,000 destination chargers at Hotels and Malls etc. DId I mention it was ugly, too?

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