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Chevrolet Bolt

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Chevrolet Bolt 2017 4-door hatchback
Trim Shown: LT
The Bolt is a game changer since it’s the first relatively affordable EV to have a robust driving range. This small hatchback is built around a large 60-kWh battery pack that sits under the car’s floor and contributes to the car’s planted feel despite its tall stance. With 200 electrified horses on tap, the Bolt accelerates with gusto. A full charge can take 9 hours on a 240-volt connector but with a 250 mile range according to our measurement, you rarely have to do it. The battery gains about 25 mile of range per hour of charging through a 240V connector. The Bolt is very quiet but the ride can get choppy. Controls take some getting used to including the unintuitive shifter. The driver’s seat is short on lower back support and interior quality is on the cheap side.

Safety Equipment

ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard.

Road Test

It used to be that admirers of electric cars who wanted a 200-miles-plus range had to get in line for a Tesla and spend upward of $70,000. The new Chevrolet Bolt changes all that. Don't let the Bolt's mundane appearance deceive you and mask the car's...


  • Long range for an EV
  • Quick acceleration


  • Slow charging times
  • Spongy brake pedal

Best Version to Get

We'd go for the Premier with the Driver Confidence II package and DC fast charging capability. Thus equipped, you get blind-spot warning, the surround-view camera, and a leather-trimmed interior with a few other options on top of the LT. Once you select the Premier it's a fairly inexpensive to ge...


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 1-speed Direct
Engines Available
  • electric (200 hp)