2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Monthly Update for July 2017
by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
I guess this was one of those months for our 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. No, nothing bad happened to our little red runabout, but it didn't really rack up that many miles. When it wasn't parked, it stayed local and low-key. It's still a congested city/snarled freeway traffic favorite, and instead of complaints, the logbook filled up with ways Chevrolet could make the Bolt even better now that the Model 3 is in production.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The Bolt only covered 800 miles in July, and most of the plug-ins were done with well over 150 miles range still left to go. This is me expressing disappointment. Our Bolt has currently covered just over 7,900 miles.
That said, our maximum range is still 248.6 miles, which absolutely shames our $144K Tesla Model X and its best range of 212.6 miles. I'm betting the Bolt could beat the Model X to San Francisco and back. #smugrun2017
Maintenance and Upkeep
"What the Bolt needs, other than better seats, is a really good audio system. This car excels in traffic, but it lacks halfway decent sound to help pass the hours you spend stuck in traffic every week. Even if it was a $3K option — if it was good enough — Chevy would sell every one of them." — Kurt Niebuhr, photo editor
"The cameras on this car aren't bad, but it only takes putting a Mercedes or BMW into reverse, just once, to realize that Chevy needs to up its camera game. They're a bit 2007 (never thought I'd say that) and a good, crisp camera set would go a long way toward making this EV feel much more upmarket." — Kurt Niebuhr
"The Model 3 is going to need to be better than the Bolt if it wants to really impress people beyond the Tesla Owners Club. The Bolt has been a wonderful little surprise, especially coming from a company whose previous full-electric effort was a Spark EV! I bet Tesla never saw Chevrolet as being able to produce some solid competition, but I have a feeling that Elon Musk likes having another contender in the fray." — Kurt Niebuhr