Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is part of a new generation of electric and hybrid cars that are becoming more and more commonplace in the U.S. The Bolt boasts futuristic lines and modest exterior dimensions, however it makes excellent use of interior space with seating for 5 plus luggage. The base Bolt EV comes well equipped with features like keyless entry, HID headlamps, a Programmable Charge Control System, Chevy Mylink Radio, and Android Auto/Apple Carplay, dual USB ports, even GM's Teen driver assist mode, and 10 air bags.

Propulsion comes from an advanced electric drivetrain that pairs wonderfully with the AC synchronous motor with a huge 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that carries an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty. It produces 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque that can advance the Bolt EV from 0-60 mph in under 7 seconds. In addition to its standard 110V charging system, Bolt EV owners can opt for a 240V home-charging setup that cuts battery replenishment time to about nine hours or available DC Fast Charging capability that can add 90 miles of range in 30 minutes.

When upgrading to the Premier package standard features include unique 17 inch Ultra Bright Machined aluminum wheels, outside side mirror indicators, roof rails, Silver center stack trim, leather seats, front and rear heated seats, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, and rear Camera Mirror, ambient light pipes, and surround vision. A 4-camera system that creates a bird's-eye view of the vehicle and its immediate surroundings.

Standard Safety features include 10 including multiple side/curtain airbags, Stabilitrak electronic stability control system, LED daytime running lights and OnStar.

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Electric vehicles are the ideal personal transportation solution. In theory, at least.

Just think about it from a parts-count standpoint: By running a car or truck like this Chevrolet Bolt EV on electrons rather than hydrocarbons, you eliminate scores of components. There are no valves to contend with or any of their associated parts like guides, seals, seats and retainers. Camshafts get the heave-ho. Bearing inserts are unnecessary, as are pistons, rings and connecting rods. Fuel delivery, exhaust, pollution-control and ignition systems are not required, nor is a crankcase full of lubricant.

EVs are also nearly silent in their operation, have lower maintenance requirements, individually produce no emissions and provide instant torque for speedy off-the-line acceleration. There are more upsides to electric cars than you can shake a proverbial tree branch at, it's just too bad they still aren't necessarily ready for prime time. There's always a caveat, isn't there?

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