2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Pros: Generous driving range; reasonable price for an electric car; surprisingly peppy acceleration; useful high-tech features

Cons: Expensive compared to conventional subcompacts; so-so interior materials; some desirable safety features are restricted to top-line model

CG Says: For 2017, Chevrolet introduces its first mass-market pure-electric car. The Bolt EV is a subcompact-sized 4-door, 5-passenger hatchback that has an estimated driving range of 238 miles—more than double the range of most electric cars. The only other pure-electric vehicles that currently boast that kind of range are the Tesla Model S (which starts at almost $70,000) and Model X (which starts at more than $85,000). The Bolt EV’s base price is around $30,000 when the maximum federal tax incentive is deducted. (Tesla’s promised Model 3 compact sedan has a claimed starting price of $35K, but it doesn’t appear to be ready for launch anytime soon.) The Bolt EV’s 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides the power for a 200-horsepower electric motor. Charging the battery from empty takes roughly nine hours on a Level 2 charger, and more than 60 hours on a Level 1 charger. Chevrolet says that charging via the Bolt’s optional Level 3 charging port can replenish 90 miles of range in about 30 minutes. Base LT and top-line Premier trim levels are offered. The nicely equipped LT comes standard with Chevrolet’s MyLink touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, rearview camera, keyless access and starting, and GM’s Teen Driver Mode monitoring system. LT options include heated front seats and steering wheel, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear obstacle detection. The Premier comes standard with most of the above and adds automatic high-beam headlights, heated rear seats, wireless device charging, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, forward collision alert with automatic braking, forward pedestrian detection, and a novel rearview-camera mirror.  The Chevrolet Bolt EV’s segment-topping driving range and accessible price point are its headline-grabbing features, but its virtues don’t end there. It’s also surprisingly quick, space-efficient, and available with a fine selection of state-of-the-art technology features. The Bolt EV represents the next big step in electric-vehicle technology, and for some, it may be the first truly practical electric car.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices LT: $36,620
Premier: $40,905

Base Engine
electric motor
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (MPGe)
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2017 Chevrolet Bolt
Road Tests and Additional Info

First Spin: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt