What Makes Chevy Bolt Grow in Popularity
Before I share Bolt owners' opinions about Bolt's popularity I would like to tell you how I came to this question. Few days ago when August 2017 sales numbers came out there was a little surprise. In August 2017 plug-in EV sales Chevy Bolt leads. "In August, Chevy delivered 2,107 Bolt EVs, the first time the car had sold more than 2,000 units in a month after entering the market in mid-December last year," reads the article leaving behind Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf.
The Advantages That Make Chevy Bolt Popular
"I think it is because it is entirely average for a car. Every other pure EV up until now has been like "it gets 200 miles, but it will cost you $85,000" or "it only costs $30,000, but you only get 80 miles" or "it has bad handling" or some other compromise. The Bolt is just an average car except for the whole long-range EV instead of gas/diesel part," commented Ian Ray under my question in GM Electric Vehicle Owners Group on Facebook.
Another group member, named Michale Kirven attributed Bolt's popularity to it's being available now and available in all 50 states. But he also spoke about the challenge of the the Chevrolet Bolt writing "the challenge for the Bolt is a proper charging infrastructure. If you want a Bolt and live in an apartment, you could be SOL."
"The range on the Bolt EV is great but, I love its power. At 200 hp it is the most powerful electric car not called Tesla. The fact that it's available now is definitely a plus. And it's a hoot to drive. Although I think a lot of people were waiting to see what the new LEAF and Model 3 were going to look like before doubling down on the Bolt," wrote Uri Bassilian.
It's true that Nissan has sold more Leafs than Chevy has sold Bolts. Plus, Leaf is cheaper than Bolt. Chevy still has a lot of work to do to increase its competitiveness. But Bolt is making great headlines these days. One Bolt owner in the group, named Jorge Lee, wrote "I own Chevy Volt 2014 since brand new. I will buy this Bolt when I able to."