2019 Chevy Bolt Struts Its Stuff, Impresses In Abu Dhabi

JAN 28 2019 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 19

Tested and proven in the heat of Abu Dhabi.

The efficiency and performance capabilities of the 2019 Chevy Bolt were put to the test this month at the 2019 Electric Vehicle Road Trip.

As The News Wheel reports:

This year’s EVRT kicked off on Jan. 17 in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and wrapped up Jan. 24 in Dubai. Stops along the way included Sheikh Zayed Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque, the Wadi Shab in Oman, and the Muscat eMobility Forum and Festival.

Apparently, the Chevy Bolt encountered no problems and was very well received by the public. Therefore, that’s a win for Chevrolet.

General Motors Comments

Molly Peck, chief marketing officer, General Motors Middle East, stated:

“The Bolt EV’s real-world abilities were proven at last year’s EVRT Middle East; however, this time around it has displayed its capabilities on a road that’s demanding on any vehicle, let alone an EV. And I am proud to say that the Bolt EV finished with flying colors.”

“As Chevrolet, we’re excited to take on any challenge and were delighted for the addition for EVRT for 2019. Breaking down consumer anxiety is key to driving EV adoption, so we are proud to once again support the road trip, which is exerting major effort in the Middle East’s future mobility revolution.”

The route for this year’s event included the ascent up Jebel Jais in Ras Al-Khaimah, which climbs 1.2 miles above sea level. Apparently, in this area of the trip, the Bolt’s 266 lb-ft of torque was required. On the way down, the car’s strong regenerative braking was appreciated too. Therefore, acceleration and braking are equally important.

As The News Wheel states:

Perhaps most impressively, the Bolt’s Regen on Demand recouped around 58 miles’ worth of charge on the descent alone, helping maximize its already impressive range abilities. Regen on Demand converts kinetic energy into storable battery energy by holding a paddle on the steering wheel when decelerating.

The Bolt is relatively new to Dubai, with deliveries beginning there is August 2018. Furthermore, the Bolt is considered the only affordable, long-range electric car available in the region. As a result, it is among the highest rated EVs in the Middle East. Hence, it’s a strong seller there too.

Source: The News Wheel

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19 Comments on "2019 Chevy Bolt Struts Its Stuff, Impresses In Abu Dhabi"

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV’s battery thermal management systems and battery function well in extreme heat.

So how many Bolt EVs were sold in the Middle East?

Probably not too many, but I have seen a few Bolt entries on Plugshare in Dubai – to my surprise – as early as Sep 2018.

I’d leave a comment but I’ve been banned! 😉

An affordable long range EV available in the US since 2017. Who knew?
(sarcasm)

Testing in the heat of Abu Dhabi ???? In the middle of the winter????? Max temperatures for this week between 25 ant 29 degrees celcius

It’s only one degree north of falling within the tropics, so I don’t think they really have “seasons” or “winter” as people further from the equator would understand them.

Actually they do, since it’s in the global desert climate zone. In summer the average high is well over 40c vs. 20-something in winter. In winter the average low is in the mid-teens, vs high 20s in summer.

In short, climate rather similar to Phoenix.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Dhabi#Climate

I was trying to find sales figures for the Bolt in the middle east; I couldn’t find any. Sales numbers are available for the US, Canada, South Korea, and a token number in Mexico. I kind of doubt they are selling many yet in Abu Dhabi.

Total 2018 sales of the Bolt worldwide seem to be around 25,000, i.e. a bit over a month of Model 3 production. It’s also less than half of 2018 worldwide Nissan Leaf sales. If GM wants to be something other than a distant also-ran in EVs, they need to make a lot more of an effort.

There were also around 3k units of Opel Ampera-e sold in Europe, so probably around 28.000 in total for 2018, but yes, it’s still a very low number. It’s a shame because it’s a really good car overall…
I hope GM, for the 2020 version, makes these changes:
1) 100 kW CCS charging capability (50 kW is a bit too low for a 60 kWh battery)
2) higher production and a substantial price cut.

They should be eased in this also because they probably won’t need to produce the Ampera-e variant anymore after this year. Opel will start to sell its own BEVs in Europe, so a GM rebadged car will in all probability be deleted.

GM has all the potential to make the Bolt a real hit on the market globally. They could sell easily 100.000 per year with the right conditions. And a Buick compact SUV, hope they don’t wait too much for it.

To sell 100,000 per year outside of the US is quite possible, but they’d need to make 100,000 per year. I am not sure GM is geared up to do so; from what I remember, they planned to make 25 to 50K Bolts a year, and with GM’s size and decision-making process it would take a while to boost it to 100K units.

Do forget there aren’t a lot of chargers capable of delivering more than 50kWh. And basically there none when the Bolt was released at least in the US.

50 kW if you talk about charging power 😉 However, surely 50 kW was still ok in 2016, but today is becoming just the bare minimum, not the standard. Aside from Tesla and premium cars, almost all new models can charge at least at 70 kW, for example Kona, Niro, Leaf 62 kWh… DS 3 Crossback will charge at 100 kW (probably Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa too, same platform), Volkswagen ID lineup at 125 kW, and so on. Chevrolet Bolt and BMW i3 are the only remained to accept up to 50 kW.

While I agree newer cars are capable of charging faster. But still how many chargers are there capable of delivering 50kW+ and how many vehicles in the list your gave are available in any real quantity in the NA where the Bolt is primarily sold? The Kona and Niro are like UFO sittings and the Leaf 62 kWh doesn’t exist yet.

I agree the Bolt needs to up it’s game, but it’s a chicken and egg problem at this point.

A new car you buy today (including an EV) will have a service life of at least a decade, and probably more. Long before 2030, chargers well over 50kw will be come the norm. Adding higher speeds to cars should future-proof them to an extent.

Not gonna happen. Keep dreaming.

Now bring the Leaf there to test their software update.

You cruel, ruthless person 🙂

Would be interesting to have added the sales figures for the region and the pricing for the region.