With electric vehicles (EVs), it can be hit-or-miss. Either the vehicle would be better off as a hybrid, or it works well enough to be efficient for fuel economy and not much else. Well, the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV definitely gives other vehicles some competition. Plus, unlike some EVs, the Chevy Bolt EV has plenty of modern technology integrated into the vehicle. With two Bolt EV trims available, many features are standard, but the Bolt EV Premier has some extra features.
Miles of Electric Range
Power + Fuel Economy
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is powered by a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Built with integrated thermal management system, the battery performs at optimal capacity in hot or cold weather conditions. With the battery’s energy capacity of 60 kWh, the motor generates 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. That’s quite impressive, especially considering it has a driving range of over 200 miles. Keep in mind this is an EV, not a hybrid or a PHEV. Pure electricity powers the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV for 238 miles.
An electronic precision gear shift is coupled with the electric motor allowing you to easily and electronically select between Reverse, Park, Neutral and Drive. Because it’s electric, it doesn’t require much movement, shrinking the overall gear shift platform and increasing space in the cabin for the driver and passenger. The driving range was quite impressive, and it’s just as hard to believe that the Bolt EV has an estimated fuel economy of 128/110 city/highway MPGe.
Just like the simplification of the gear shift, the engineering behind the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV makes the driving experience smoother. However, it may take a bit of time to adjust. For one, the Bolt comes with one-pedal driving - when pressure is applied to the pedal, energy is transferred to the battery, and by lifting your foot off the pedal, the power is shut off and the Bolt EV will slow to a stop. However, there is a brake pedal if an immediate stop is required.
In addition, drivers can slow the vehicle down with a paddle lever attached to the steering wheel versus the brake pedal. This will trigger a conversion of energy used to slow down into electricity, thus regenerating the battery pack a little at a time and increasing driving range. This process is commonly referred to “regenerative braking”, and operates similarly across brands/models.
Speaking of regeneration, there are four ways to charge the Chevy Bolt. (1) With the included 120V charge cord, the battery recharges at a rate of 3 miles per hour; (2) an available 240-volt charging unit can be installed at home, and it can charge the battery at an average rate of 25 miles per hour. The DC fast charging system that is available at public charging stations can provide a range of 90 miles in 30 minutes. Additionally, the Bolt EV can be scheduled to charge based on your daily activities, so you can recharge the Bolt EV while you're sleeping or during off-peak electricity rates.
Unique, Surprising Exterior
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV does not look like an electric car. Half the time, a driver will step into a Chevy Bolt EV thinking it’s a normal car until the battery pops up on the touch screen. The body is sculpted for a robust look, whilst the underbody is flat for aerodynamics. All-in-all, the Bolt EV looks like a miniature CUV.
Both trims come with a couple of nice features, such as a solar absorbing windshield to prevent the cabin from heating up and passenger protection, LED stop and tail lamps, auto on-off headlamps, heated power exterior mirrors, and both ride on 17-inch rims with all-season tires and two options available to each. The major differences - the Bolt EV Premier trim is available with automatic high beams, turn signal indicators built into the exterior mirrors, and roof-mounted side rails.
Luxurious, Comfortable Interior
Up to five people can sit comfortably in the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, and with the multipurpose front console, there are storage bins to keep valuable items hidden, along with an available wireless mobile device charging unit behind the shifter. Both trims come with 60/40 split-folding rear seats. This opens up a maximum of 56.6 cubic-feet - that’s nearly as much as most CUVs on the road today.
The inside has convenience available to all passengers. Automatic climate control is actually a standard on all Chevy Bolt trims, plus rear heating ducts, a luxury many will surely love no matter the trim. Heated front and rear seats are standard for the Bolt EV Premier, and are only optional in the front for the Bolt EV LT. There are actually a ton of nifty features in the Bolt EV, like a remote liftgate release, remote vehicle starter system, and more.
Again, Chevrolet is spoiling drivers with the 2017 Chevy Bolt. Standard on both trims is Chevrolet MyLink Radio with a 10.2-inch LCD color touch-screen, a 6-speaker sound system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Some of the more modern features consist of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility. For peace of mind, there are also “Teen Driver” features so parents can slowly dull out the power to their new teen driver. On the 8-inch driver information center, drivers can see the vehicle’s battery power, range estimation, energy history, and more.
Safety features in the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV are a plenty. A rear view camera, surround vision, rear cross traffic alerts, lane departure warning systems, side blind zone alert, and forward collision alert are all available, and that’s just the advanced features. There are also ten standard airbags placed throughout the cabin (front, side, and side-rear), LATCH anchors for LATCH-equipped car seats, OnStar Basic for 5 years, and more.
Price and Warranty
*The starting MSRP for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is $37,495, but with a federal tax credit available, that price drops down to $29,995.
Both models come with a bumper-to-bumper limited warranty for 3-years/36,000-miles, complete care maintenance for 2-years/24,000-miles, a powertrain limited warranty for 5-years/60,000-miles, roadside assistance and courtesy transportation for 5-years/60,000-miles, and an 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranty, practically the best there is.
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