Test Drive: The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Tesla maybe the poster child when it comes to electric, but few can afford these “toys”
The Chevy Bolt on the other hand doesn’t scream “look at me I’m different ” which just might attract a new customer.
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(The segment originally aired on Motoring TV 2017 Episode #26)

14 Replies to “Test Drive: The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV”

  1. Viviane B

    That's cool but the front looks like a soccer's mom mini van. I can overlook that if it shows that it has a lot of benefits. It sounds like it's a really good car to have.

  2. w23857980

    All EV loose battery when not in use, not environmentally friendly after all. They loose about 30% battery when sitting for 2 weeks. My gas car looses 0% gas when sitting for 2 weeks.

  3. 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.

  4. EVerything

    This is NOT a 2018 Bolt, just fyi. Hardly any changes for this model year, but the giveaway that we're looking at a 2017 is the pocket behind the passenger seat which is removed for the 2018 model. More concerning to me though is the illustration of regenerative braking, which is an amazing feature of the Bolt and EVs in general. This video however makes it appear scary because the footage shown is actually of the disc brakes being engaged and bringing the bolt to a skidding stop (seen at 2:35 & again at 2:45). My concern is this demonstration may dissuade someone from wanting to use regen if the result is such abrupt braking. Rest assured that regen is much more smooth and gradual, and the footage shown here is just a result of the video creator being either too lazy or simply forgetting to capture footage of what regen braking actually looks like.

  5. Trades46

    If buyers can get past its somewhat dorky look, it is a winner. Unlike Tesla who overpromises & underdelivers, Chevy outdid themselves on this one. 380km range & a price tag that never exceeds $60k means it would have a big share of the EV market all to itself until the end of 2018, that is if the Model 3 50kWh can ever leave the factory before Tesla runs out of money to burn.

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