This week’s spotlight vehicle is the Chevy Bolt! At around $37,500, this vehicle has 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The car gets approximately 238 miles on a single charge, making it one of the longest range fully electric vehicles.
Like many new EVs, the Bolt has all sorts of innovative technology. The car features regenerative breaking and utilizes one pedal driving, which leads the car to a complete stop when the driver removes his or her foot from the accelerator without the need of the braking system. Far less energy is wasted in these systems, allowing the car to travel further on a single charge.
Other technological features include a single-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a digital shifter, a rearview camera, and the Teen Driver safety system.
The car also comes with an “infotainment system” including the Chevrolet MyLink interface, a 10.2-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition, OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, Bluetooth, two front USB inputs, and six speakers.
Designed with Passengers in Mind
Another notable characteristic of the Chevy Bolt that make it more appealing than other electric cars is the amount of space
within the vehicle. The hatchback design offers an open and spacious feel with exceptional leg room, head room, and shoulder room for the back seat passengers. Five people can sit comfortably with 17 cubic feet of cargo space behind them, or alternatively there is 56.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats down.
Charging the Bolt’s battery is easy, especially because it can hold a charge for so long. The car can be charged using Level 1, Level 2, or DC Fast charging stations. Using a Level 2 charger, the battery will get about 25 miles of range per hour. This may not seem like a whole lot, but it’s as simple as plugging in your car whenever you get home. Charging the car throughout the night can produce about 200 miles of range depending on how much time is spent charging. Most people do not travel this far in a single day, so this is more than enough range to get them until the next charge. If you do need to travel further than this regularly, then DC Fast Charging can still get you the battery life you need. This type of infrastructure can give the battery 90 miles of range in only a half an hour, which would fully charge it in around 1.5 hours.
The Chevy Bolt has been growing in popularity. Evolving from the earlier released Chevy Volt, which was a hybrid, the all-electric nature of the Bolt made many EV enthusiasts happy. Offering one of the longest ranges of electric vehicles at a fair price, without compromising on space, the Chevy Bolt is certainly a bang for your buck!