2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV 1LT 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV 2LT 4dr Hatchback (0cyl electric 1DD)
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV 2LT 4dr Hatchback (0cyl electric DD)
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV 1LT 4dr Hatchback (0cyl electric 1DD)
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Edmunds has 81 New Chevrolet Bolt EVs for sale near you, including a 2023 Bolt EV 1LT Hatchback and a 2023 Bolt EV 2LT Hatchback ranging in price from $27,495 to $32,750.
How much is a new 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV in Indio, CA?
A new 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV starts at $27,495 (including destination charge) in Indio, CA. Prices will go up based on the trim level you choose and any options you add. Keep in mind that prices can also vary from one state to another and even from one dealership to the next. Learn more
How much does a 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV Hatchback cost in Indio, CA?
A new 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV Hatchback starts at $27,495 in Indio, CA. Prices will vary depending on what trim level you choose. Each state may have different pricing, so make sure you enter your correct ZIP code on Edmunds. Learn more
How much is a brand-new Chevrolet Bolt EV in Indio, CA?
A brand-new Chevrolet Bolt EV starts at $27,495 in Indio, CA. The price can change based on a number of factors such as location, model year, trim level and options. Learn more
How much does a 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV cost in Indio, CA?
A 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV costs from $27,495 to about $32,750 in Indio, CA. The prices will vary based on trim level, installed options and dealership discounts. Learn more