2017 Chevrolet Bolt Review – Has the Range But Not the Price Tag

Unlike the top EV offerings in the market such as vehicles from Tesla which boast highly technological advances in performance, comfort, luxury, and range, the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is on the other end of the spectrum much like Tesla’s own Model 3, but still more accessible. The new Bolt is to have longer ranges than its contemporaries of the same class but not the high price tag of today’s purely electric vehicles.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Review - Has the Range But Not the Price Tag

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt has a Modest Price Tag but With a Promising Performance

To keep things light, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is designed as a subcompact hatchback in a wedge-shaped side profile reminiscent of the Honda Fit/Jazz as well as maximizing interior space with a forward-oriented cabin extending rear hatch space. Design cues include subtle lightning bolt patterns on the plastic grille as well as futuristic-looking sets of lights front and back; the rear taillights look like they took inspiration from a circuit board judging from the general shape of the lights. The heart of the powertrain is a direct drive 200hp electric motor powering the front wheels.

Development of a true “cheap” electric vehicle is still a distant reality as there has to be compensation from how this type of vehicle does not guzzle fuel at all instead the progress is incremental but at least we are now in the right path. For Chevy to cut costs, sacrifices were made for the 2017 Bolt, like the plasticky grille, we were a bit disappointed with its interior quality, which is more befitting a cheaper car. Chevy designers admitted that priorities for the Bolt dictated more of a focus on innovative tech than it did on interior materials. This is an understandable compromise, even with an abundance of hard plastic trim, some of which is poorly grained. Clear forward visibility, a spacious back seat with plenty of leg- and headroom for two adults, and a deep rear-cargo well help offset the interior’s subjective shortcomings.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is actually quick, but not fast. It can bolt (excuse the pun) from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds rivaling BMW’s own i3 among “accessible” electric vehicles however even though it has 200hp and a whopping amount of torque thanks to the electric motor, top speed is limited to 90mph to put a leash on the energy consumption and not run the battery dry after a few miles.


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