2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV
- Starting at $36,000-$40,000
- Late 2020
What to expect
- We anticipate new front seats and a refreshed dashboard design
- Part of the first Bolt generation introduced for 2017
What is it?
When Chevrolet announced it would start winding down production of cars in favor of SUVs, fans of the Bolt electric vehicle were understandably worried. Would the company that pioneered the groundbreaking EV1 really abandon the all-electric market again? Fear not, as there's a refreshed 2021 Chevrolet Bolt on the way, though details are scarce at the moment.
While GM's Ultium battery manufacturing is coming online now, the first application might not be in the 2021 Bolt, which is due later this year. Instead, the Bolt is likely to be mildly refreshed. On our wish list are redesigned front seats and upgraded interior plastics.
Why does it matter?
As Chevrolet's only electric vehicle at the moment, it's critical that the Bolt remains fresh and competitive. It's currently ranked third among EVs in Edmunds' rankings and it's worthy of consideration. The refreshed Bolt will hopefully retain the strong showing.
What does it compete with?
Among EVs, we rank the Kia Niro EV and the Hyundai Kona Electric above the Bolt. If you're looking for an electric car that doesn't look like a crossover, we like the Bolt a little better than the Volkswagen e-Golf and Nissan Leaf. The Tesla Model 3 is also an excellent choice, though it costs a few thousand dollars more than the Bolt.
Keep checking back for more information on the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt. We expect it to surpass the already strong model that's on sale, so it could be an even more compelling contender in the rapidly growing EV class.