Chevy Bolt EV needs basically zero maintenance for first 150K miles

And even after that you won't need to do much to keep this $30,000 EV running like a top.

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Electric cars have a lot of advantages. They're incredibly quiet, have a lot of torque and run on electricity that's so cheap compared to gasoline that it might as well be free. But EVs have other advantages too, and something that's often overlooked is how little maintenance they require.

Chevy's Bolt EV is coming to market right now, the company's low-cost, battery-electric hatchback that'll do well over 200 miles on a charge. In a test earlier this year along the California coast, I covered more than 240 miles without topping up, in a car that could cost you less than $30,000.


Just rotate those tires and you're in good shape for the first 150,000 miles.


As these cars are now starting to arrive into the waiting hands of consumers, we thought you might be curious to know what kind of maintenance schedule you're getting yourself into. But as the graphic above shows, you don't have much to worry about.

Tires will need rotating every 7,500 miles, the cabin air filter replaced every 22,500 miles (you can buy these online for less than $15) and the vehicle coolant flushed every 150,000 miles. And...yeah, that's it.

Chevrolet does recommend replacing the brake fluid every five years, and that you take it through the car wash every six months or so, but that's all. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

Chevy Bolt brings big EV convenience in a small package

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