Though I found the fitting a little narrow, the thinner seats create more than an inch of rear compartment leg room, the company says. Elon Musk said he expects Tesla deliveries to grow 30% to 40% this year, even amid a global car sales slump. 238 miles worth, officially according to the EPA.
I promised myself I'd treat the Bolt like a normal car: no babying the throttle, no hypermiling, and no lifting and coasting at any opportunity.
That’s almost the range promised by the top-of-the-line Tesla Model S, the one that at $110,000-plus sells for approximately four times more than the Bolt EV is likely to cost. But conditions suggest it needs to be selling much more.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has an official EPA-rated range of 238 miles per charge on the combined test cycle. What does a Chevy Volt do when it runs out of gas and battery charge? A former staff writer for Newsweek, Variety and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, he is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller “High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess,” the New York Times bestseller “My Lobotomy,” and “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles” and its sequel, “Secret Walks: A Walking Guide to the Hidden Trails of Los Angeles.”. But is that 238 test miles, or real miles? The Bolt EV was instantly likable. 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV first drive: 240 miles in an electric car, 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: video review of 238-mile electric car, 2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car: new owner's first impressions, BMW has made 200,000 of its quirky i3 electric cars, 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1: 350-mile electric off-road SUV priced at $112,595, 2023 Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover will be made in Tennessee, GM confirms, 2021 Porsche Panamera plug-in hybrids get more electric range, quicker acceleration. And, when you do, fast DC charging will get you 90 miles more range in just a half-hour. Could your car keep you safe from COVID-19? The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has an official EPA-rated range of 238 miles per charge on the combined test cycle.
But the onboard computer said I could continue driving, perhaps for another 50 miles, bringing my total to over 290 miles. Going fast takes more juice. In other words, it had to be a good car on its own terms. Again, that was without driving conservatively. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Get our free business newsletter for insights and tips for getting by.
That's more range than a Tesla Model S 60, a car that costs over $60,000. My drive started in Monterey, a town that looked remarkably quiet and calm just a few weeks after the furor of the Pebble Beach Concours had passed. Having completed the drive and parked at an EVgo DC fast-charging station, Williams noted that the Bolt EV had just switched to a lower-power operating mode as its battery drained. Charles Fleming test drives one to see if that’s accurate. Sales of new gas-powered cars banned in California by 2035: What you need to know. Headroom is generous, front and rear, as is leg- and shoulder-room. I finished the drive with 240.5 miles on the trip meter, just above the EPA number of 238. Stock photography by. The pack slots in beneath the front seats and runs beneath the rear, where it doubles up beneath the rear cushions. Complete 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV specs, including range, charging times, horsepower, torque, suspension, brakes, platform, dimensions, capacities & more. I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time. A 3,500-pound weight means the Bolt is far heavier than most of its competing subcompacts, but that does make it lighter than many other EVs out there. So in our most recent rendezvous with the Bolt, we performed a real-world range test that mimics a long highway road trip.
Sign up to get the latest green car and environmental news, delivered to your inbox daily! You'll never be short on information on where the Bolt's power is coming from. It's a fun little car to drive. There will also be more-expensive versions. Spoiler alert: I made my flight, and I learned a lot about the Bolt along the way. At the crest, I was down to only 43 miles remaining. On the highway, it settles into a calm purr. Monterey was cool and foggy as I hit Highway 1 and headed south toward Big Sur. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Unlike traditional car seats, the Bolt EV’s get their shape and support from internal springs, not padding. “It really mattered that this car be a normal car, not a zippy-zappy electric vehicle.”. It’s quiet, comfortable and very easy to drive. The pass took a lot out of the Bolt.
So I had a slight flutter of “range anxiety,” that unhappy suspicion that I would run the battery empty before arriving at my destination. Chevy's not saying, except that it'll start below $37,500 -- and that's before the $7,500 federal rebate. Note that this was in near ideal conditions, moderate speeds at moderate temperatures. Nikola founder steps down amid deception claims, probe. California Gov. Sometimes a lot farther, and EVs don't stand a chance of making inroads into the American market until they can take you there. Gavin Newsom’s executive order to ban new combustion cars by 2035 will reshape the California car market. Colder weather will mean less range, as will higher speeds, but in its element you'll be able to get plenty far in the Bolt. Let's see how the Bolt stacks up. I agree to receive emails from Green Car Reports. We’ve already verified that the Bolt will actually cover 238 milesduring a leisurely jaunt up the California coast that left us with an indicated 34 miles of remaining range. The generous use of glass allows extremely good visibility, made better by the inclusion of a back-up camera borrowed from Chevy’s fellow General Motors brand Cadillac. That's a very appealing package -- a package that might finally bring the EV straight into the mainstream. Dashboard read-outs showed me how I was driving, and how I was braking, and the degree to which my driving style was saving or wasting electricity. The Bolt? All Rights Reserved. And the GM subsidiary has already sold more than 100,000 plug-in hybrid Volts. I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time.
Chevrolet has not set an official MSRP, but the company has said since first announcing the Bolt EV that it would retail for around $37,500. Column: The switch to 5G wireless could shut down SOS buttons in millions of cars. But overall I was quite impressed. Tesla, the stock market’s most valuable car company, sold 139,300 cars in the third quarter. Charles Fleming writes about automobiles and motorcycles for the Los Angeles Times’ Business section.
Elon Musk expected to tout ‘million-mile battery.’ Here’s what that means. © 2020 MH Sub I, LLC. MORE: 2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car: new owner's first impressions. Williams said he covered about 100 miles of highway driving, and 200 miles of stop-and-go city driving, all in the Los Angeles area. The switch to 5G wireless technology could leave millions of older vehicles cut off from emergency services unless manufacturers upgrade systems. Following the Chevy route, I left the 101 below Pismo Beach and drove through the farming communities of Guadelupe and Orcutt, where speeds were closer to 55 mph. Testing the Chevy Bolt's real range in the real world by driving it like a real car. That would be Highway One, which scrawls a circuitous course down the California coastline. Chevrolet has announced an EPA-approved range of 238 miles for its all-new, all-electric Bolt EV. Chevy Bolt EV: 800-mile trip in 238-mile electric car shows challenges remain, Chevrolet Bolt EV: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2017, Drive a Chevy Bolt EV electric car 313 miles on a charge: here's how, New Jersey might join California ban of gasoline new-car sales by 2035. That is to say, a car that looks much bigger on the inside than it does on the outside.
At first glance, after about 10 hours’ drive time in a pre-production Bolt EV, I think Chevy may have succeeded. There's plenty of room, basically. But, of course, the direct route is no fun. Granted, getting the maximum out of an electric car—or indeed any car—requires an efficiency-focused driving style. That number meant that if I drove the rest of the route more or less the same way, I’d probably be OK. (We had the same experience during our Bolt EV test drive in September.). Vehicle manufacturers can talk all they want about how the average American on an average day only needs 40 miles of range from an EV to get by. But he underwhelmed with a presentation on the company’s battery development timeline. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is the low-cost electric vehicle we've all been waiting for. But is that 238 test miles, or real miles? The instrument cluster no longer displayed a range estimate, instead just flashing to indicate how little charge was left in the battery pack.
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