2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Monthly Update for June 2018
by Abigail Bassett, Senior Director, Video & Photo
Where Did We Drive It?
I spent June mostly shuttling our little red electric vehicle back and forth to various video shoots around Southern California and commuting the 40 miles round trip from Torrance to Santa Monica on a daily basis. It was a lot of time to get acquainted with some of the great things the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt does, as well as some of its quirks.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Since we spent a month of doing nothing but sitting in traffic and barely reaching 40 mph on the highway, our 2017 Chevy Bolt only did 682 miles in June. Considering how few miles we drove (but how many hours we spent sitting in dead-stop traffic), the Bolt got exactly the same efficiency as it did last month: 26.5 kWh per 100 miles.
Average lifetime mpg: 26.5 kWh/100 miles
EPA mpg rating: 28 kWh/100 miles combined (26 city/31 highway)
Best fill mpg: 18.3 kWh/100 miles
Best range: 334.3 miles
Current odometer: 18,200 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Driving 40 miles a day round trip means that I got very familiar with the whole one-pedal driving experience. Since the Bolt is one of the few vehicles in our long-term fleet that currently has an HOV sticker, I tend to drive it more than many of the other editors since my commute takes me from Interstate 10 to the incredibly congested I-405 freeway. The best way to circumnavigate all of that is to hop in the carpool lane and one-pedal my way home.
"While the experience does take a little getting used to, once you go one-pedal, you pretty much never want to go back, especially if you do battle with long commutes in heavy traffic. After knocking the drive select into L-mode, you can almost stop worrying about using the brakes. It's a much more pleasant driving experience when you are really slogging it out, and your passengers often will appreciate the much gentler regenerative braking experience.
"That's not to say the Bolt felt like a slouch when I needed to quickly get around yet another texting driver who had utterly tuned out the rest of the world. I love the low-end power and torque of pretty much every electric vehicle in our fleet, but the Bolt is one of my favorites." — Abigail Bassett, senior director, video and photo
"In the time I spent with the Bolt, I did get to experience intense range anxiety firsthand. Back in April, our Bolt stranded Kurt Niebuhr on the side of the road with 60 miles left. I'd heard about the rather harrowing scenario that he'd faced, but decided that leaving home with around 60 miles to spare should be more than enough to get to the office. I breathed a sigh of relief when I rolled up to a ChargePoint station with 39 miles to spare." — Abigail Bassett
"No car should have a light-colored dash top, but our Bolt's is light gray — with white accents, no less. Worse yet, it's broad, and the windshield is laid back considerably. All of these factors add up to a perfect storm of reflected glare. It was so bad on a recent sunny commute home that I opened the flap of my black computer bag and spread it out in front of me. It made a massive difference. It was as if I put sunglasses on. Just look at the nose of the BMW in the next lane!" — Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing
"While the glare is a bit annoying, I found the cupholders and the cubby between the seats to be particularly useful. As it turns out, a farmers market peach fits perfectly into one of the cupholders and it perfectly preserves it from getting mashed at the bottom of your bag." — Abigail Bassett