2017 Chevrolet Bolt Electric Car – Test Drive and Quick Review

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car just adds to the already brewing competition scenario in the EV segment.

The newly launched car has some great features, looks and most importantly it can cover an impressive range of 238 miles on a single charge.

Not many models can boast of such mile range in this segment as Chevrolet aims to set a new benchmark for other competitors. The four door hatchback can conveniently seat five persons and its impressive record for winning the Car of the Year award from multiple sources is just reiterated by the test drive experience. There is a 60 kWh battery housed in the car that delivers 200 horsepower combined with 266 lb feet of torque. While it is a front wheel drive system, the results are very impressive as the car can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds.

Passengers inside the car could experience a greenhouse effect made possible by the large raked front window and it even supports roof racks. If you like to mount a surfboard and hit the beach, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt would actually support is making things easier for the trip. The car features a fully customizable driving style which you can set according to your individual taste. While there is a mode that makes the EV function just like any petrol powered car, you should probably choose one pedal driving which is the best way to make efficient use of an electric battery powered car.

Choose between regular and one pedal driving mode, a convenient feature that we should say Chevrolet got right from the beginning. The car has heated seats and steering wheel, an essential feature that makes driving easier in cold climate. The toaster style heater is possibly the highest setting that makes the car really warm and comfortable to drive early in the morning or late night when the temperature goes down.

A surprising element of the Bolt is that it is fast enough to cope up with highway traffic and has enough acceleration. The infotainment system and dashboard has all the essential features with a large 8-inch configurable display. It shows charge remaining, distance and electrical consumption while another 10.2-inch display works with your phone using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In terms of connectivity, there’s everything you could ask for and more.

The seats offer great comfort and cargo capacity is much higher at 94.4 cubic feet. Features like rearview camera and Bose 7 Speaker System add a touch of luxury combined with productivity. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt uses LED daytime running lights, taillights and have all expected features for a comfortable ride. A practical EV from Chevy that should appeal to most buyers!

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Expected to be Priced at $37,495

The big electric car is set to make a change in the market and it’s pricing is on par with its competitors.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is priced at $37,495 which doesn’t include tax credits.

General Motors, as promised has managed to keep the pricing of the car in the $30k price bracket. Once the federal credits are applied, the pricing of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt goes to $29,995 making it one of the cheapest EV that you could own in the market next year.

While the pricing is on the lower side, the features are plenty. The next gen Bolt is equipped with a large 10.2-inch touchscreen displayand even has a Regen on Demand steering wheel paddle. The equipment allows drivers to experience the best regenerative braking and if you are going to go above the base LT trim, Chevrolet provides leather seats with heating capability, rear view camera and a surround view camera for maximum situational awareness.

The previous Bolt may not sound as expensive but the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is a competitive electrical hatchback about to hit the stores. The new edition promises a cool 200 miles of range without the premium pricing that a Tesla car might demand. However, Tesla has their own Model 3 scheduled to be out in the year 2018. It promises similar range and is packed to the brim with features but the Bolt might be the first to reach stores convincing buyers to go for it before their competitors could showcase their cars.

According to a statement by General Motors, the new Bolt should deliver about 238 miles on a single charge. Model 3 from Tesla is close to the numbers and so does Nissan, Ford cars that are yet to be out. All of them are aiming to offer 200 miles on an electric motor without exceeding the price tag of $40,000.

Charging the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will take about nine hours and in a recent test, it did deliver nearly 240 miles. If you are going to use a DC power charger, the car can get up to 80 percent of its power in just an hour. The electric motor can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7 seconds.

The electric car future seems promising for the entire automobile industry and Chevrolet’s new Bolt is just the beginning. It will pave way for a slew of cars with equally competitive performance.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Set To Offer 238 Miles On Single Charge

General motors had announced the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle which will set a new benchmark in the segment by offering 238 miles on a single charge.

Ever since the brand announced the concept Bolt, GM proudly declared that they are aiming to achieve 200 miles with an electric motor. The car with its powerful battery will not only offer great coverage but will also be quite inexpensive, an attempt to compete directly with the Tesla’s Model 3 car. Tesla is about to launch their car in the year 2018 and has already started taking pre-orders for the vehicle. Chevrolet, Nissan are some of the potential competitors who have EVs of their own with great mileage.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is powered by a 60 kWh lithium ion battery. The electric motor is mounted in the front which can render up to 200 horsepower coupled with 266 lb feet of torque. According to the numbers revealed by GM, the Bolt should be able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7 seconds. The petrol cars can usually go much faster but for an electric vehicle, the acceleration is quite promising.

The battery mounted in the car can be charged on the go and it will take about 9 hours if hooked to a level 2 power source. Users can also connect it to a DC charger which will charge the battery from zero to eighty percent of its capacity in just 60 minutes. The time is usually more than sufficient to charge the car while travelling long distances, whenever you take a break.General Motors has confirmed that the new Bolt will arrive in showrooms before the end of this year.

With quite an impressive mile range, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is expected to beat the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric and Volkswagen e-Golf. All top manufacturers are working hard to create large batteries of their own to combine them with electric motors for performance. Tesla is slightly ahead of competition at the moment in terms of pricing and features.

GM confirmed that the new Bolt EV will be priced approximately at $37,500. Model 3 from Tesla is priced at $35,000 and it promises up to 215 miles of range. We are yet to witness the one model that is about to rule the electric segment in the next two years. It could be the Bolt or some other car that is not announced yet.

Ford Confirms 200 Miles EV in the Works to Compete Model 3 and Bolt

Ford officially confirmed that the company is working on an electric car of its own and it will deliver a total of 200 miles on a full charge, making it the next big competitor to the upcoming Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt.

Mark Fields, CEO of Ford confirmed the news to the press today during an investors’ call. While details related to the car is sparse at the moment, Fields talked in length about what they have planned for the future of Ford. Even though, they didn’t reveal a model name or the year in which we can expect such an electric car to roll out, he said that the team is excited to be developing a vehicle with increased mile range.

During the meet, the CEO expressed his interest in making Ford the best company in the world in every category and not just one. It obviously includes the electric segment and in order to succeed in this highly competitive area, they are supposed to have a model with high mile range which is what they are working on at the moment.

At the moment, the Ford Focus electric is the compact EV available from the brand. Fields said that they have planned to increase the capacity of the battery so that it could achieve 100 miles on a single charge. By pricing it competitively, the brand is going to make it one of the best price to performance ratio electric car in its segment.

General Motors is already ready with the Chevrolet Bolt which has a total range of 200 miles. The benchmark point has already been achieved by Tesla with its Model 3. The company has priced their car at $35,000 while the Bolt will sell for $37,500. Tesla car however is not going to get launched in 2017 which gives Bolt the much needed edge in the field.

GM will bring its model much earlier so that buyers who like EVs go for it rather than waiting for the Model 3. Despite their late launch, Tesla is not far behind as they have made business worth more than $7 billion with pre-orders made for the budget EV. The segment is further expanding with models including Ioniq hybrid, electric car from Hyundai, Nissan Leaf and the BMW i3. They are not just working on battery powered cars but are looking forward to make them autonomous as well.