2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT

After a few attempts, General Motors cracks the code for an entry-level electric vehicle that has a usable range.

 

2017 Chevrolet Bolt LT
  • Likes
  • Fuel economy
  • Range
  • Surprisingly sporty
  • Dislikes
  • Cheap interior feel

By Joel Patel

With its affordable price tag and range of 238 miles on one charge, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt LT is capable of paving the way forward for EVs.

Futuristic, alien-like and outlandish — automakers go big when it comes to electric cars. But Chevy went for a high-end, technology-forward look, giving the Bolt LT an appearance that would make it ideal for a prime role in the Transformersseries. And the tech-heavy approach continues inside with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a do-it-all 10.2-inch LCD touchscreen, and a fully-digital 8.0-inch instrument cluster. All of the tech goodies are intuitive and easy to use, so  there’s no need to dig through the owner’s manual here.

The vehicle itself, despite having a high-tech powertrain that can capture more energy through a small paddle behind the steering wheel and by shifting into “Low” mode, is easy to drive. The tall seating position, which matches Chevy’s claim that the Bolt is a crossover, provides a clear view of the road ahead, while the non-variable electric power steering makes the car nimble at lower speeds and more stable at higher ones. Urbanites will love its compact size and maneuverability.

Thanks to the Bolt’s incredible 238-mile range, EV drivers can finally venture well outside the city and arrive back home without having to stop for electricity. And the 60-kWh battery pack that powers a 200-horsepower electric motor provides impressive performance by being able to thrust the Bolt to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. Even with five passengers in the car, the Bolt accelerates confidently and, when the road gets windy, handles enthusiastically.

With its spacious interior, easy-to-drive qualities, and extensive range, the Bolt LT tramples over what previous generations of EVs are capable of. The only thing holding the Bolt back is the number of fast-charging connectors in the U.S, which, as of late last year, numbered in at 1,061 nationwide. But finding a Combined Charging System (CCS), which pumps out 50 kilowatts, will result in adding 90 miles of range in just 30 minutes. Charging at a CCS, though, isn’t included in the Bolt’s price.

Bolt EV LT is featured on

Specs

Base Price: $37,495

  • 6.3 sec
  • 0-60
  • 200 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 93 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
  • Horsepower: 200 hp
  • 0-60 mph: 6.3 sec
  • Top Speed: 93 mph
  • Combined MPG: 26.5 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5

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