2018 Chevy Bolt EV
The 2018 Chevy Bolt EV is the vehicle for people that want a vehicle that has the most important vehicle features, like fuel economy, tech, comfort and space, in spades. Introduced in 2017, the Chevy Bolt EV sailed into the 2018 model year with few changes and it remains a five-passenger, tech-savvy all-electric vehicle. Unlike a majority of the all-electric vehicles on the market today, the Bolt EV has an all-electric range of 238 miles and its priced less then $38,000 (not including the $7,500 federal tax credit).
All-Electric Range (AER)
Avail. Federal Tax Credit
The Chevy Bolt EV is a fully electric car with an incredible driving range, so it is equipped with a large battery and a smart and efficient powertrain. The Bolt EV has a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric drive unit that produces 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the amount of torque and horsepower provided by the electric drive unit, the Bolt EV accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 6.5 seconds.
The Chevy Bolt EV has an all-electric driving range of 238 miles, that means drivers can go up to 238 miles with a fully charged battery and without releasing a single tailpipe emission! The Bolt EV has an estimated fuel economy of 128 MPGe in the city, 110 MPGe on the highway, and a combined city/highway fuel economy of 119 MPGe. According to FuelEconomy.gov, the average driver will spend about $550 in fuel costs per year driving the Bolt EV, and in comparison to the average vehicle on the road, in five years the average driver can expect to save about $4,250 in fuel costs driving the Chevy Bolt EV. That’s a lot of savings.
Aside from having a large battery and an efficient electric drive unit, the Bolt EV also has an excellent driving range thanks to the vehicle’s innovative charging systems. The Bolt EV is equipped with regenerative braking and not only does that make it possible for the vehicle to recycle the energy used by the brakes to stop the vehicle into energy to charge the vehicle’s battery, but it also makes the vehicle’s one-pedal driving system and regen on demand system possible. The one-pedal driving system Drive or Low modes capture energy as the vehicle coasts and decelerates with regenerative braking, without using the brake pedal, sending reclaimed energy to the battery pack.
In addition to the driving systems Chevy has implemented to help the vehicle stay charged, the vehicle can also be charged by being plugged in. The Bolt EV comes standard with an onboard 7.2 kW charger that can be used for regular overnight charging and it makes it possible for the Bolt EV to be recharged with enough juice to power the vehicle for 50 miles.
The Chevy Bolt EV is available in two trims, the LT and Premier, and both trims are equipped with modern features that keep drivers up-to-date with the vehicle’s performance as well as connected to mobile devices. Both Bolt EV trims are equipped with a 10.2-inch LCD color touchscreen that provides energy information as well as access to the radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and voice-activated technology for the phone and radio. The vehicle is also equipped with a few different USB ports and an available wireless charging option, so multiple wireless devices can be charged at once.
The Bolt EV comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, and buyers have the option of upgrading the Bolt EV Premier with a 7-speaker Bose audio system. To ensure the cabin stays clean, the Bolt EV comes standard with a built-in floor console that provides a covered storage area and there is a special built-in storage area for the charging cord in the vehicle’s cargo area.
The exterior design of the Bolt EV is just as advanced as the vehicle’s interior design. The vehicle has an efficient aerodynamic body that helps the vehicle achieve it’s award-winning fuel economy. Both Bolt EV trims are equipped with LED daytime running lamps and LED taillights. The Bolt EV rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels and 17-inch all-season tires. Housed in the vehicle’s wheels is the regenerative braking system, and while the braking system helps charge the vehicle’s battery, it reduces wear and tear on the brakes and increases their lifespan.
Safety, Price + Warranty
Built for excellence, the Chevy Bolt EV is a safe vehicle. The Bolt EV comes standard with 10 airbags, LATCH system, and a rearview camera, as well as Chevy’s Teen Driver program, which provides parents and teen drivers with helpful driving insights and reminders. The Chevy Bolt EV Premier is available with the Driver Confidence Package II and it includes driver assistance features like Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking and IntelliBeam® headlamps. The Chevy Bolt EV Premier comes standard with the Driver Confidence Package, which is an available option on the Bolt EV Lt, and the package includes Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist.
Price + Warranty
The 2018 Chevy Bolt EV LT has a starting MSRP of $37,495 (plus destination fee) and the vehicle qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, which in theory reduces the vehicle’s cost to $29,995 if consumers are eligible for the tax credit. The 2018 Chevy Bolt EV is backed by a 36,000-mile or 3-year limited basic warranty, and the battery is protected by an 8-year o0r 100,000-mile warranty. Additionally, Chevy offers two complimentary car maintenance visits during the first two years or 24,000 miles of ownership.