Chevrolet Bolt Customers Flock To Toyota For A Solution
I once owned a 1984 Subaru GL. The car had more problems than I care to count, and it was a nightmare to try and get anyone to work on it. Even though I am a car guy, and I know that Subaru has a decent reputation, it caused me to leave the brand permanently.
Ever since the Subaru, I have primarily owned Toyota products. Every one of them is an easy to fix and mostly stellar vehicles. In fact, I have rarely deviated from the brand because I have seldom had an issue with it.
I am a car guy through and can usually get past the strange issues with manufacturing. I still enjoy owning a Toyota Prius even though the third generation in the early years became very problematic. But just because I can get over issues does not mean that everyone can.
Chevrolet Bolt owners are thoroughly disappointed in the recent recall to turn in their cars, and I do not blame them. I have driven the Chevrolet Bolt and found it to be a true delight of an experience. The car is peppy and affordable. It has plenty of amenities that give the owner a pleasurable experience.
So, where are all the Bolt owners going to get the same joy from owning an electric car? Well, I have a theory.
Why Bolt Owners Are Choosing Toyota "Prime" vehicles
In a neighboring article about Toyota Rav4 Prime, the data presented show a massive increase in delivered Rav4 Prime models; in fact, Toyota delivered nearly 20,000 this year alone.
This is excellent news considering the Elektrik called the Rav4 Prime "laughable." My instinct tells me that if you have upset Bolt owners who loved the feeling of pure electric, they will probably be searching for something comparable.
The Rav4 Prime and other Prime models that Toyota currently offers to give all those Chevrolet owners a welcome refuge to the inferiority of their previous vehicle. Toyota, for many years already has a proven track record of their hybrids (despite the early third generation).
I literally have no data to back this up, other than there is a significant increase in Rav4 Prime sales since the Bolt recall earlier this year.
Rav4 Prime offers a fantastic dual-purpose drivetrain that is ultra-efficient on gasoline and gives a decent electric range.
I think that any Toyota hybrid or "prime" product is undoubtedly a win on any front. That is all for today. Remember, today's adventure is tomorrow's story.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporter.