Chevrolet’s highly anticipated game changer, the Bolt, was named Motor Trend’s 2017 Car of the Year, and Green Car Journal named it the 2017 GREEN CAR of the Year. Bolt EV was named 2018 Green Vehicle of the Year during the 2018 Auto123.com Awards. It beat out the two other finalists in the category, the Hyundai IONIQ and the Kia Niro. Writer Benjamin Hunting of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says: "In the kingdom of the electric car, driving range is king. No other affordable battery-powered vehicle can match the range supplied by the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV, making it the easy choice for our Best Plug-in Hybrid/Electric Vehicle award."
This head-turning EV has a beautifully sculpted exterior, a spacious, futuristic interior, and uses a broad variety of advanced technologies. It gets an EPA-estimated 238 miles of pure electric range per full charge, and shows you exactly how much energy you’re using with real-time info such as your battery levels, range estimation and charge settings, which are displayed on a standard 10.2 inch diagonal color touch screen and Bolt’s 8 inch diagonal driver cluster. Chevrolet provides major peace of mind with a 100,000-mile/8 yr warranty for its nickel-rich lithium battery. Every Bolt comes with a ChargePoint card in the glove box, which allows access to thousands of public charging stations. The car can be charged with 120V, 240V or DC Fast Charge.
Bolt offers support for Apple CarPlay, which makes it possible to use your iPhone for Apple Music, to get directions with Apple Maps and call friends. Android Auto Compatibility allows your compatible smart phone to access select apps, view your calendar and play lists and navigate with Google Maps. Bolt’s ingenious radar and camera-based protection systems prevent collisions. If one happens, 10 Air Bags and an Advanced High-Strength Steel Frame protect you from injury. With 17 cubic feet of cargo space, this crossover EV offers far more room for transporting your stuff than many other EVs.
Bolt comes in 2 trims; the LT (MSRP $36,620) and the Premier (MSRP $40,905) – prices are dramatically reduced by a $2500 State of California Rebate and a Federal Tax Credit of $7500 – which means you can knock $10,000 off both prices. Both trims share the same mechanical running gear. LT comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera, and keyless ignition and entry. Inside, you'll find height-adjustable cloth seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a configurable gauge cluster display, automatic climate control, a 10.2-inch touchscreen, OnStar, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a six-speaker sound system with two USB ports. Premier offerst everything previously described plus cargo roof rails, leather seats, ambient interior lighting, heated rear seats, a center rear armrest, a top-down parking camera system and an upgraded, camera-based rearview mirror.
Edmunds reviewers give 5 stars to the car's ease of use, getting in and out, roominess and driver visibility, saying: "The controls are thoughtfully arranged and separated by function, with a handy volume knob and tune buttons just below the touchscreen. Climate controls are also prominent and self-explanatory. The instrument panel can be configured three ways; we like the Enhanced setting's range-coaching features. All four of the Bolt's doors open wide, and the roofline is tall all the way to the rear hatch. And the seats themselves are in the Goldilocks zone for height; they're neither too high nor too low. The Bolt feels much bigger inside than you'd suspect after looking at it from outside. There's plenty of head- and legroom, and that extends to the rear seats. Our 6-foot-2-inch tester was able to adjust the front seat to his liking and then move to the rear seat with no trouble."
Edmunds reviewers say: "The Chevrolet Bolt EV is the low-cost electric vehicle we've all been waiting for. You can drive a Bolt more than 200 miles on a charge, which is double the range of most rivals. Plus, it's functional, more spacious inside than it looks, and fun to drive. The Bolt EV has no need for a gasoline engine because it gets around range anxiety another way: It has a humongous battery. In technical terms, its capacity is 60 kilowatt-hours (kWh), but all you really need to know is the Bolt EV will go more than 200 miles on a full charge. The EPA's official estimate is 238 miles. That's Tesla territory. But the Bolt's price certainly isn't Tesla territory. Its as-new purchase price is less than $40,000 before you figure in the tax credits that are available. The best part is the Bolt EV is functional, fun to drive and remarkably spacious. And it promises to be more reliable than either of the two Teslas we've tested for a year. Who needs to wait around for the Tesla Model 3 when you can buy this right now?"
With its space age styling, roomy interior, responsive driving dynamics, high end pure electric range and an affordable sticker price, Bolt is the best argument yet for the mass-market pure electric vehicle. The EV is eligible for a Federal Tax Credit of $7500, a California State Rebate of $2500 and HOV stickers.
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