New Car Check Drive named the Chevrolet Bolt EV because the Best Commuter Car for 2017, the primary all-electric vehicle to obtain the title.
Bolt prices about $30,000 after federal tax credit, based on Chevrolet. But it boasts an EPA range of 238 miles between expenses, and we’ve seen drivers go 265 miles.
Bolt is a tall compact wagon, a 5-door hatch. Although small from the surface, its passenger area is corresponding to that of a midsize car. Bolt was engineered from the bottom up as an electric car.
We discovered it delivers brisk efficiency and agile dealing with.
An electric motor drives the entrance wheels. Rated at one hundred fifty kilowatts, the motor generates 266 pound-ft of torque. The Bolt actually bolts from a standstill, and may speed up from zero to 60 mph in lower than 7 seconds, based on Chevrolet and revealed reports. That’s fairly fast, greater than three seconds faster than a Toyota Yaris.
There are two distinct drive modes. Within the regular Drive mode, the car behaves prefer it has an automated transmission. Within the Low mode, regenerative braking is extra aggressive, and can truly cease the car with out the brakes being utilized. It extends the range, nevertheless it’s very totally different from a standard car and takes some getting used to.
Bolt’s fuel is a 60-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack that rides beneath the car. A one hundred twenty-volt charging cord is saved underneath the rear cargo area, however the scorching setup is to put in a 240-volt outlet within the storage that may provide 50 miles of range in lower than two hours. In a single day delivers a full cost of 239 miles. A 50-watt DC quick-charging port will present ninety miles of range in half-hour.
The Bolt is rated by the EPA at 119 MPGe. Miles Per Gallon Equal, or MPGe, which measures the space a car can journey electrically on the quantity of power in a gallon of gasoline. That rating is bested solely by one mannequin of the BMW i3.
The roomy cabin seats 4 comfortably, with loads of legroom. The drivers is afforded wonderful visibility and with its small exterior dimensions Bolt is straightforward to park.