The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt is an all-electric hatchback with a decent driving range. In the EV world, it is priced decently at between $40K-$45K depending where you buy it. The little hatch goes a long way, like 565km on a full charge (up 45km over previous model years), which is great for a 66kWh battery.
As with all EVs, you get instant acceleration, however 7.3 seconds later you’ll hit the 100km/h mark – which is 1 second slower than the hot-hatch Ford Focus ST.
The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt is a decent car to own, and at the price offered, with 8-year warranty, it is a good car to enter the EV world with.
Motor and Performance
The 200HP and 266lb-ft torque front mounted engine is zippy off the line, though it isn’t so much at highway speeds. Like many, it has a regenerative braking system – regen on demand is controlled, and with just a simple pull of the paddle on your steering wheel, you’re able to slow down without using the actual brake pedal3. This helps convert energy into more electricity and then transfers it back to the battery. Similar to Nissan’s e-Pedal, the Bolt allows for One Pedal Driving. When driving in Low mode at any speed, you can slow down – or even come to a complete stop – by simply lifting your foot off the accelerator.
Battery and Charging
You can charge the Chevrolet Bolt by plugging it in a normal socket (like at home) which will take you 9 hours. If there are Level 3 fast charging stations in your country, then you can add approximately 145km ever 30 minutes. On a full charge, Chevrolet claim you can get 565km – which not bad and compares well to other cars in its price range. Other cars may have more range, but you need to pay more for that.
Interior and Space
From what we have seen only, the interior could be a lot better in the Bolt – especially for the price tag. The downside is on the mass area of hard plastics. The car has a nice and modern look with the digital displays in the driver’s information center, and the central 10.2 inch-infotainment touchscreen. Front seats are adjusted manually, it seats 5 people comfortably on cloth covered seats.
Not much to boast about, there is HD rear vision, rear park assist, and air bags. Personally, these are not so much features, these are considered as standard like wheels, tires, steering wheel, etc, in my opinion.
2020 Chevrolet Bolt Availability
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