2017 Chevrolet Bolt
Not surprisingly, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt was named “Green Car of the Year” at the recent LA Auto Show. Since Chevy first showed the production Bolt EV at last January’s Consumer Electronics Show, it’s created a lot of buzz, mostly for its EPA-certified 238-mile range, and with federal and state incentives, under 30-grand starting price. But, now that we’ve had additional time with the Bolt, we’re here to say that driving it is not just practical, but also fun…
GREG CARLOSS: “So how does it live up to that? Well, mashing on the throttle is definitely fun. You get that instant torque. It throws you into the back of your seat, so a lot of fun there. As far as the handling goes, the low center of gravity definitely helps. Now you have some skinny tires up front and in the back so you can’t push it too hard before you start to hear those tires talk back to you, but surprisingly enough it is fairly agile.”
JOHN DAVIS: Plugged into 240-volts, a full charge takes 9 ½ hours. But, 2-hours yields a 50-mile range, and 30 minutes at a DC Fast Charging station is good for 90 miles. Inside the roomy 5-passenger cabin, this EV boasts plenty of connectivity and convenience…like a 10-point-2-inch MyLink touch screen in the center stack… an 8-inch digital gauge cluster, and a rear camera mirror. As for looks, its 5-door shape resembles a small crossover. Indeed, a full-width lift gate makes it easy to load up with cargo.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt goes on sale in California and Oregon at year’s end, followed by a nationwide rollout in 20-17.