05 Jan Chevrolet Bolt 2017 on The Road
By Lacey Elliott
ON THE ROAD
Unlike the Volt, this Chevrolet Bolt is a pure electric vehicle, it doesn’t have a gasoline generator to extend the range of the car.
The Bolt has a range of 383km and this is currently what sets it apart, and ahead of the competition. Most Canadians drive an average of 80km round trip a day to work. A full charge could last you two or three days, depending on your personal distances. Of course, most Canadians are home at night and would charge the car while they were sleeping.
Acceleration is instant. The Bolt puts out an impressive 200hp 266lb-ft and can go 0-100km/ hour in under seven seconds. The battery is low under the floor so it helps keep the centre of gravity low and the handling is sure footed.
The electronic shifter selects gears electronically that results in a smoother action than a traditional shifter. The electric steering is surprisingly precise.
I am actually blown away with the smooth ride and quiet the interior. However, is it possible that it is too quiet? Of course, because it is missing a traditional gasoline engine means less noise. Chevrolet has done a fabulous job of insulating the Bolt so that very little wind or road noise gets inside of the cabin either. The peaceful interior is almost eery. I guess it is just another thing to adjust with driving an EV.
SAFTEY & TECHNOLOGY
When connected to a 240volt charger it takes about 9.5 hours to fully charge the battery. As I mentioned earlier, for most people this would mean you just charge it over night. Keep in mind that you will most likely not need a full charge every day.
‘Regen on Demand’ on the steering wheel paddle means you can use the paddles to slow the car down without using the brake pedal. This system converts the lost energy from braking into usable electricity and transfers it back to the battery.
The battery pack and propulsion system come with an 8 year/160,00km warranty so their is not need to worry about problems in the near future.
The Bolt is loaded with safety features. Surround Vision, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning are just a few standard features.
The Hyundai Ioniq EV and the Ford Focus EV both have similar pricing but way less range. The Ioniq gets about 180km and the Focus 125km.
The starting price for the entry level Bolt LT trim is just over $40,000 and of course every province has its incentives to help lower that price. This is a current EV that is going be affordable for a lot of people. With that being said, Tesla Model 3 is soon to hit the road. I can’t wait to see what that car will offer.