Chevrolet Bolt 2017 on The Road

Chevrolet Bolt

05 Jan Chevrolet Bolt 2017 on The Road

By Lacey Elliott

First Thoughts

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.

Charging the Bolt.

It is super easy to plug it in and charge it over night.

 

 

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.

8 Comments
  • Driving Television
    Driving Television
    Posted at 16:35h, 12 January Reply

    Great little Car, I wonder if people will be more inclined to buy this versus a tesla III ? Are they the same customer base? So interesting to be living in times where we are literally seeing a transition happening right in front of our eyes.

    • John Wells
      John Wells
      Posted at 16:44h, 12 January Reply

      I have personally driven this little car for quite an extended period of time.
      People would be surprised at just how roomy and comfortable this vehicle is. Very capable, worth having a 2nd look at.

  • Driving Television
    Driving Television
    Posted at 16:46h, 12 January Reply

    Do you have any pictures?

    • John Wells
      John Wells
      Posted at 15:20h, 15 January Reply

      No! unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures. It was a very pale blue in color. The instant torque of electric drive was awesome. The cabin is eerily silent, with just a smallest of electric wine from the engine.

  • Doug Pollock
    Doug Pollock
    Posted at 16:49h, 12 January Reply

    A couple of electric car sites have people saying that they were put off by lack of availability and poor sales people, and it is too small. Tesla III? I have never seen it written that way, Tesla 3.

    • Driving Television
      Driving Television
      Posted at 16:51h, 12 January Reply

      Which vehicle was too small? The Tesla or the Chevrolet Bolt?

    • Doug Pollock
      Doug Pollock
      Posted at 16:55h, 12 January Reply

      Driving Television Bolt.

    • David Dayan
      David Dayan
      Posted at 18:51h, 12 January Reply

      It all depends what you are looking for in your day to day. For some yes that will ring true for many others it will fit their daily needs. What’s really interesting is what’s about to become available as an all electric option in the coming future. Do you have plans to buy an electric vehicle anytime soon?

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