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2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Where Did We Drive It?
It's been a while since we last checked in with our 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, June to be exact. What has it been up to?

Well, the Bolt is one of our commuting champions, and that is its bread-and-butter task around here. Whether it goes home with an editor who lives 10 miles away or with a staffer who lives 30 or more miles away in the San Fernando Valley or Orange County, the Bolt is a first-call commuter. Carpool-access stickers help, especially for our Orange County crew members who have carpool lanes on nearly all stretches of freeway from office to home. But it's the instant surge of torque and the ability to leapfrog through traffic that makes the Bolt a fun car to commute in.

It also has Apple CarPlay, which is a favorite with our iPhone-enabled crew. And the Bolt is just easy to operate and, for the most part (dying battery aside), reliable and issue-free.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Abigail Bassett, Senior Director, Video & Photo

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

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.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2017 Chevrolet Bolt  EV

Where Did We Drive It?
In contrast to a quiet December, the first month of 2018 brought a lot of action to our long-term 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. With all of our drivers back in the office after some much-needed R&R, our Bolt stayed out of the garage and on the roads — a lot. In fact, nearly all of the 1,393 miles accrued during January were on nothing but Los Angeles' finest traffic-clogged roads.

Thanks to its HOV sticker, the Bolt was an easy choice for drivers needing to get across town in less than two hours. And although it's a compact, the fold-down seats proved invaluable when we needed to haul some gear around or go on a long shopping run.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Monthly Update for December 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Where Did We Drive It?
The end of November through December is typically sporadic for our long-term fleet. Depending on who gets what cars, some will plow through 2,000 miles on cross-country visits. Others, not so much. Our trusty 2017 Chevrolet Bolt fell into the latter category because the few Edmundites (including me) who got the keys to our EV hatchback opted for staycations with family.

In this case, that meant about 540 miles of nothing but stop-and-go city driving, which, incidentally, this little electric car enjoys. While it's beneficial that more drivers are experiencing the Bolt, the true win is that more drivers are able to properly operate the controls and understand what the comprehensive dash is indicating.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Monthly Update for November 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Where Did We Drive It?
We drove our 2017 Chevrolet Bolt all over town last month. The vast majority of time spent in motion was between 15 mph and 50 mph, both on city streets and in rush-hour freeway traffic. It is right in that window that the Bolt seems happiest, we've learned. Drive it long enough under these conditions (maybe even click down to L mode for max brake regeneration) and there is potential for record-breaking battery range. November was our best month yet.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Monthly Update for September 2017

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Where Did We Drive It?
We didn't quite add 1,000 miles to our 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV this month, but we got close. Most of the mileage came from commuting, and because our Bolt EV has HOV lane access stickers, it's a favorite with those of us who have a particularly long drive to the office.

A couple of short weekend excursions were mixed in here and there because our Bolt can use DC fast charging equipment, but no one has thus far embarked on any kind of extended road trip. I'm willing to bet that situation will change fairly soon.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Monthly Update for August 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Where Did We Drive It?
August was another low-mileage month for our 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, but it was not without some drama. We spent the past four weeks using the Chevy to get to and from the office and as a city runabout. Never far from a charging station, the range envelope was not really pushed. Despite the lack of miles, there was still some excitement.

The Bolt spent a portion of the month out of commission with a flat tire. More precisely, flat tires. It went to three different tire shops and rode on the back of a flatbed tow truck. And it sent us on a seemingly wild goose chase in search of a replacement tire. In the end, the experience served as a frustrating reminder of what it's like to own a car without a spare tire.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Where Did We Drive It?
I don't think a lot of us editors knew what to make of the Chevy Bolt EV when it first entered the fleet. Our experiences with compact EVs had been limited to cars such as the BMW i3, Fiat 500e and the Nissan Leaf, all of which have a usable range of around 100 miles or less. When you've got a fleet of "normal" cars, it's understandable the Bolt saw relatively few takers early on.

After a few months, and more than a few 200-plus-mile tanks of electrons, word has spread and more of our staff members are starting to take the plunge into the electrified waters. Yeah, bad choice of words there.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Where Did We Drive It?
After just a few weeks in the fleet, our long-term 2017 Chevrolet Bolt has become a staff favorite. It's an excellent city car with above-average range (as far as compact electric cars go) and the carpool stickers make it extremely useful in traffic-plagued Southern California.

Here's what our editors had to say while driving it during the month of March.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Testing the EV at Its Limits

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Electric cars and test tracks don't typically mix very well. That didn't stop us from bringing our new long-term 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV out to our test facility to see what it could do. Even if it doesn't generate impressive acceleration numbers, pushing it to the limit still provides some useful information.

Take the jump to see how it stacked up against other electric vehicles we've tested.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Where Did We Drive It?
The answer to this question is not self-evident when it comes to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. You can't assume it's simply "to work and back" or "to dinner and a movie" like it might be for other $40,000 electric vehicles. As we've seen with the two Teslas we've owned, 200-plus miles of range is a difference that really makes a difference. You can actually go somewhere in a Bolt.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Introduction

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on February 6, 2017

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Last year at CES, General Motors debuted the production version of its Chevrolet Bolt EV with a large sign that read "200-Mile Range, Around $30,000." Two bold claims at a time when the only way to get an electric vehicle with that much range was to spend more than double that on a Tesla. GM said the Bolt would deliver on a promise of "a long-range electric vehicle attainable by the masses."

Here we are a year later and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is now a reality. Critically for GM, the Bolt arrived about a calendar year before we expect to see the Tesla Model 3, which also promises to be an affordable long-range EV.

Not only did the Bolt arrive on time, it came with an EPA-verified range of 238 miles. That's more than double what most of the EVs on the market currently offer, which makes it far more attractive to average car buyers.

With that in mind, we added our name to a few of the waiting lists at nearby dealers. As soon as one became available, we took the plunge and scored one of the most talked-about EVs of the year for our long-term fleet.

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