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.
Chevrolet's far-roaming Bolt EV hit the ground running when it debuted in 2016 with a class-leading 238 miles of EPA estimated range. In a world where its biggest competitors included the 150-mile Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Ioniq on one side and the much more expensive Tesla Model S on the other, the Bolt shone brightly and uniquely in the sweet spot of high-tech and low-priced.
Two years later, the Bolt still shines, only now, it faces stiff competition from all directions as the rest of the electric car industry catches up. Kia, Hyundai and, of course, Tesla have all either debuted or announced affordable 200-mile electric cars with more on the radar. How does the Chevy stack up in the face of this new opposition? Let's revisit the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV to find out.
The heart of a traditional car is the engine, but it's all about the battery when you're talking EVs. The Bolt's battery is a 960-pound, 60-kWh lithium-ion pack located in the floor beneath the seats. This configuration gives the Bolt its elevated seating position; the hatchback's passengers sit about a head taller than they would in, say, a Chevy Spark. Because of this, Chevy feels it's okay to call the Bolt a crossover. Not sure I agree.
The Good The 2019 Bolt is good for 238 miles of EV cruising range. Its e-motor boasts solid around-town torque and performance. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard. Plus, the Bolt does it all with an affordable price tag.
The Bad Lack of onboard navigation means there's no way to search for charging stations from the Bolt's dashboard. Many advanced driver-aid technology features are still missing.
The Bottom Line The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt is still one of the best EVs on the road, with range that nearly eliminates anxiety, but it faces strong opposition from more fully equipped competitors.
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