Chevy Bolt News, Reviews and Pricing

The Chevy Bolt EV is the first all-electric car offered by General Motors. Preceded by the much-loved plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt, Chevrolet introduced the Bolt EV in late 2016 as the first affordable long-range electric vehicle release in North America. The model has gone on to sell more than 50,000 units since then, at a time when electric vehicles remain only a small fraction of the North American market. The car is currently sold in the following two trim levels, with various safety and comfort packages available:

  • Chevy Bolt EV LT: MSRP - $36,620
  • Chevy Bolt EV Premier: MSRP - $41,020

In terms of the all-important range, the Chevy Bolt EV is capable of traveling an EPA estimated 238 miles on a single charge, although many owners report getting more than 300 miles in ideal conditions. The Bolt EV is powered by a 60kWh lithium-ion battery pack that produces 200 HP and delivers 266 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to hit a 0-60mph time of 6.5 seconds, which puts this EV’s performance much closer to “hot-hatch” territory than the simple sub-compact cars to which it is often compared.

Despite having a raft of competitors - most notably the Tesla Model 3 - enter the marketplace since its launch in 2016, the Bolt EV continues to sell in steady numbers. The Chevy Bolt EV provides a practical, affordable alternative to other all-electric options available in the United States and Canada.

Small images courtesy of the Mfg. Chart by John Goreham

These EVs Declined In Sales In America After Range Improvements: Leaf, Bolt, Model 3

One would assume that increasing the range of an electric vehicle would boost sales and deliveries. Actually, the opposite has happened. Here’s why the Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt, and Nissan Leaf all saw sales declines after they saw battery improvements resulting in more range.
Chevy Bolt charging image by John Goreham

Prediction: EPA Will Switch to a 3-Number Electric Vehicle Range Figure To Address Cold-Weather Reduction

The EPA’s electric vehicle range estimates seem overly optimistic in winter. Here is why we foresee the EPA making a switch to a three-number EV range format and why it would resolve the debate over real-world EV range for good.
2022 Chevy Bolt EUV Cargo area image courtesy of Chevy

New 2022 Bolt EUV Has Less Cargo Volume Than Smaller Chevy Bolt - No Tow Rating

Shouldn't the larger "Utility" version of Chevy's new Bolt have more cargo space than the smaller hatchback version of the vehicle? According to GM's official specifications, the bigger utility Bolt has less cargo volume. And as far as we can tell, it does not have the ability to tow a trailer.