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BEST ELECTRICAL VEHICLE VALUE

Ryan, 06/23/2022
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV 1LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
56 of 56 people found this review helpful

On May 21st, I purchased my first electric vehicle, a red Chevy Bolt and have driven about 400 miles thus far. After doing considerable research I narrowed all the options down to two choices. The Kia EV6 was my first choice and the Chevy Bolt was my second more practical choice. After consulting various dealerships, the difference in cost is what persuaded me. Out the door, the EV6 would cost over $60K and the Bolt costed approximately $40K. BUYING EXPERIENCE My experience was all EVs were selling fast and getting more expensive. In fact, the day that I arrived at the dealer, five new Bolts had just arrived and 3 of them were sold that same day. I wanted the Red Color in the 1LT trim and bought one even if it did not have all the bells and whistles. It still comes with lots of great standard features. I have been making use of the lane keep assist functionality. I read that Chevy lowered the price $6,000 for the 2023 model, which is AMAZING! I highly recommend reading the manual in order to familiarize oneself with all the instrument cluster icons, `infotainment features, and safety guidelines of this vehicle. There is a lot of information to digest. APPEARANCE I LOVE my car! There are few electric vehicles or hybrids that I find easy on the eyes and I need to like the way that my vehicle looks. AMBIENCE The visibility in all four quadrants (front, sides, back) is excellent. The buttons to control radio volume, air-conditioning, and other accessories are generally where you would expect them as opposed to a central screen that forces you to take your eyes off the road. It has plenty of room for trinkets and four cupholders (two front, two back). It has a USB A and USB C charging port for one’s devices. It seats 4 adults comfortably, 5 may be a bit of a squeeze. Rear legroom and headroom are good. Unfortunately, there are no rear passenger air vents so it may take a little longer for temperatures in the rear seats to become comfortable in the summer and winters. The seats are very comfortable. There is much more room inside than one would anticipate at first glance. One also sits higher off the ground than they might expect. It does not feel cheap. When one closes the car doors, they feel substantial. CARGO SPACE I do not have measurements in cubic feet but I find it be adequate but on the small side. There also is no frunk. Like most EVs, there is no spare tire. CHARGING It takes about 7 hours with a Level 2 (240 V) charger to charge the battery from empty to full. At a glance there is a light on the upper dashboard that will blink green when the car is charging or turn solid green when the car is fully charged. The frequency of the blinking light provides an indication of the battery charge level. DRIVING It is so quiet at startup, sometimes I'm not quite sure if it is on. I am happy with the audio system and love the wide backup camera view. It accelerates very nicely. The ride is very smooth. The Bolt can recover energy either via a paddle shifter on the steering column, depressing the brake pedal, or selecting One Pedal Driving Mode. As the name implies, depressing the accelerator pedal will cause the vehicle to accelerate while relaxing the pressure on the pedal will cause the car to decelerate as if one were pressing on the brake. One Pedal driving Mode takes a little getting use to but it feels very natural now and is what I typically use. The paddle shifters is a bit more aggressive in slowing the car down than One Pedal Driving. There also is Sport Mode which makes the car even more responsive at the expense of battery endurance. Thus far, I’ve found Normal mode to be quite sufficient. FREEWAY DRIVING Merging onto the freeway is not a problem at all. With the instantaneous torque, there is little need to push the pedal to the floor besides the fun factor. At this point in time, EVs are lacking in range compared to their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts. It has an advertised range of about 260 miles but this can vary up or down based on a number of factors. On the freeway, it is best to drive the Bolt close to the speed limit in order to maximize efficiency and range. The Bolt is most efficient at 55 mph and tends to become less efficient starting around 70 mph. I read that the max speed is 93 mph but driving at these higher speeds for a prolonged period of time will quickly drain the battery. The fastest that I have driven is 80 mph and the car accelerated smoothly and felt solid at this speed. This was not an attempt to ‘max it out’ but rather I was late for an appointment and it is common for the flow of traffic on the freeway to be around 75-85 mph. GENERAL EV ADVICE 1) Have a game plan for how you will charge your vehicle. The ideal solution would be for your home to have solar panels and your own Level 2 charger. 2) Projected EV range is sensitive and is affected by your climate control settings within the car, external temperature (cold is worse than hot) and winds, terrain type (hills vs. level ground), and speed driven.

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5 out of 5 stars

It is a Bolt in the Arm!

1st a Colt, 2s Volts & Bolt, 02/06/2021
2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
28 of 28 people found this review helpful

Having leased and liked a Gen 1 and Gen 2 Volts, I traded one in because of the incredible incentives and value on the 2020s but got a sweet deal on a fresh from the factory 2021s. The Bolt Premier has exceeded my epectations and make the 2019 Volt seem like 1980s! The Bolt handles better, feels more planted, it's Michelin tires have so much better grip than the Michelin OEMs on the Volt. The Volt is quick but the Bolt is a rocket ship. It is wolf in sheep's clothing! Apparently they improved the seats and dash for '21 and the seats are an improvement over the Volt but still are not like my Buick's! The car is exceptionally well made no visual flaws. The AC works well. The safety systems and infotainment systems are so extensive I've watched tutorials. Visibility is great because of the rare greenhouse styling. You sit up higher like in a SUV which is also better than the Volt. I wish the seats had lumbar support and that there was an adaptive cruise control option. My guess is that they will rectify that with the "22s. Why a $43K car doesn't have HomeLink either is a question. The salesperson and finance director were unusally knowledgble. It was my best experience out of 35 cars I've owned! The salesperson told me to drive it in L gear (actually there are not any gears) and the engine acts as a brake when you let your foot off the pedal. Apparently this is what Telsa owners do. Anyway it works great in stop and go traffic and urban driving. I am getting a charger installed in my garage as this Bolt charges about the same as the Volt, 50 miles at night. I need more than that. The interior feels spacious and if you stand next to a Volt it is actually bigger than it looks. There's more interior space than a Telsa S! It's well planted because of its width.

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You'll like it more than you thought you would

Daddy Fix IT, 05/06/2021
2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
26 of 26 people found this review helpful

The Chevy Bolt is my second EV in 7 years. In car one, I went 126,000 miles all electric miles and I swore I would never go back to a gas car. Having nothing to do with my so called "Carbon Footprint," an all Electric car is simply just to drive and maintenace costs are counted in pennies. So last month it came time to trade in old "Sparky" for my next EV. I was beyond surprised by Bolt. I had actually gone to the dealer to look at a used EV by another manufacturer. While waiting for the paperwork, I came across the Bolt in the showroom. The more I looked at it, the more I liked it. Fit and finish are well above what I would expected, 250+ miles on a single charge, and most critically, the interior space fit all of the work related stuff I have to carry to do my job. (Small car with gobs of room... Who knew?) Then came the test drive. I was hooked. Plenty of power, great handling, and the creacher comforts of the Premier package, make the Bolt irresistible. That coming from a seasoned EV driver (7years & 100+K EV miles) I knew what to expect and Bolt exceeded all of those expectations. Quite simply, you will like the Bolt more than you think. :)

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5 out of 5 stars

A Bolt from the Blue

Bob Brown, 07/20/2021
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV 1LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
29 of 30 people found this review helpful

The new Bolt EV lives up to its billing. It is comfortable, nimble, and beautiful. Mine is a new color for the year, Ice Blue metallic. The 2022 Bolt retains all the good features of previous years while fixing or updating previous years' features or problems. The cockpit, especially the dashboard, has a cleaner, unified look built around a larger central screen. The confusing "shifter" has been replaced by simple paddle buttons recessed into the center console. Audio volume controls are surprisingly banished to the back side of the steering wheel where the fingers easily find and use them while never seeing them! The steering wheel is flattened at the bottom, which makes entering and leaving the vehicle easier. All the comfort and auxiliary functions are collected in a modest row of paddle switches below the screen. Charging routinely yields an indicated 268 potential miles. Gratifyingly, at non-interstate speeds and around town, the indicated miles turn out to be real, although obviously interstate driving can gobble up those potential miles. In all, the 2022 Bolt is a big car on the inside and a small car on the outside. It's really fun to drive, especially in S mode, which replaces the previous Low mode, allowing One-Pedal driving; in hilly terrain, it's a joy to see the miles expended going uphill being returned numerically to the potential miles!

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5 out of 5 stars

Who knew it would be so good?

Zaaustin, 03/23/2021
2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
20 of 21 people found this review helpful

Went, somewhat reluctantly, for a test drive to help get this particular EV “out of my system”. The pictures had made it look small and so, at 6’3” I had not expected much. Boy was I wrong. This feels spacious inside and it drives like a rocket! All electric sweet! With the current sales prior to the 2022 release year models, this was way more affordable too.

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