Chevrolet Bolt EV Test Drives At 2016 CES – Videos

JAN 6 2016 BY MARK KANE 56

Chevrolet Bolt EV is the Future Car for Everyone | Mashable CES 2016

Chevrolet Bolt EV is the Future Car for Everyone | Mashable CES 2016

Mashable was one of the first new outlets to test the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV on the small demonstration track at 2016 CES.

First of all, the Bolt EV, with range of some 200 miles and a price of around $30,000 after incentives, could certainly be a game changer, because there are no other affordable, long-range EVs on the market.

Around half of the range can be replenished in 30 minutes using 50 kW Combo DC fast chargers (we don’t know yet whether Bolt EV will accept more power if 100+ kW CCS chargers become available).

There is 10.2-inch touchscreen in the middle and an interesting rear view mirror with option to be a display for the rear view camera.

Mashable notes also advanced Bluetooth implementation:

“Chevy has also fitted the Bolt with low-energy Bluetooth. That means its Bluetooth is always on and always searching for your smartphone. Get within 100 feet of the car and it’ll pair with your car. As if to show you it knows your coming, as soon as the Bluetooth connection is made, the car’s lights will come on. This, as you might imagine, will be helpful finding your Bolt in a dark parking lot.

Moreover, it aides in switching to your car’s Bluetooth in the middle of a call. Although it taps into your phone, the Bolt won’t takeover the call until you tell it to on the MyLink screen. The low-energy Bluetooth also allows owners to pair as many as 10 devices and the onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot supports up to seven devices at once.”

Below you’ll find CNET’s video of the Chevy Bolt:

And yes, neither of these videos were supposed to be released before CEO Barra’s keynote speech and reveal today at 1PM(PT)4PM(ET)…big media FTW!

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I sure hope it will accept faster than 100kw charging. Charging it with 50kw, just gives you a higher starting range. For longer distance driving, it also needs higher power chargers.


It also provides a longer period before taper begins, even at 50 kW.

For example, a Nissan LEAF starting charge at 25% SOC will pull approximately 48 kW from a 50 kW charging station, but after 15 minutes it drops to 26 kW. Average power 37 kW, approximately 9 kWh delivered = 30 miles in 15 minutes, 2 miles per minute.

After 30 minutes, charge will be around 12 kW – still twice as fast as 30A J1772 AC. Average power will be around 27 kW, approximately 13.5 kWh delivered = 45 miles in 30 minutes, 1.5 miles per minute.

A Bolt starting charge at the same 25% SOC should be able to pull the full 50 kW for the first 30 minutes, delivering 25 kWh = 83 miles in 30 minutes, 2.8 miles per minute.

This is not much slower than a Tesla Supercharger for a Model S 60 – starting at 25% SOC, it will take an S 60 approximately 26 minutes to recharge 83 rated miles. (Model S 90D is 17 minutes and change for the same distance).


SparkEV pulls 45kW (or 48kW) using 50kW CCS to 80% battery capacity. If Bolt is anything like SparkEV but with 60kWh battery, it’ll pull 48kW for about 50 minutes.

Tesla with its steep charge taper, even with 90kW supercharger pulls at least 60kW on average, 120kW supercharger pullling 80kW on average, to 80% battery. If Bolt is more efficient in mi/kWh, it would make up some for lower average power, but it won’t exceed Tesla.

I find that SparkEV at 96% charger utilization (48 kW to 80%) to come to about 80% of Tesla Supercharger in terms of mi added per unit time. Since most (all?) CCS are only 50kW, Bolt won’t do any better. Data in my blog in case link disappears.

Alan Campbell

YES….it will. That’s what the Combo Charging initiative that Ford, VW, GM and others are working on in Europe. Backwards compatibility for future charging up to 250 kW.


For years Tesla was alone in the EV space, but I think GM is showing a very serious contender.

This car looks great. From the video’s the battery looks well hidden leaving plenty of trunk and passenger space.


No, Tesla was never alone in this field. Maybe in your hometown or something, but there have been EV’s for years before Tesla (Mitsubishi, Renault, Peugeot etc. etc.). They just created the “disruption” hype.

Dave K.

ggpa is right, Tesla has been alone in making a pure EV that could reasonably be your only car, road trips and all. This is definitely a contender, Nissan, Kia Ford etc. better up their game quick. And the Model 3 better be good! The only piece of the puzzle not in place is a reliable 24/7 network of CCS charging stations, hopefully 100kw. Having so many different DCQC standards is about to bite us.

Scott Franco

Also remember that “flat to the floor” battery thing is a Tesla innovation, as well as the active thermal management, which I assume the Bolt has (even my Spark has this). Nothing will erase the contributions Tesla has made.


Nooooo… The spy shots had blacked out grills, why did they go back to these shiny fake chrome grills? Also that wrap looks hideous. The car looks much better in the spy shots from a couple weeks ago. This also looks to be a bit bigger than the Volts in the background, maybe slightly smaller than a Trax? It has me interested at least, though if I get one those grills are going to be blacked out first thing.


Just Plasti-Dip the front grill, that’s what I did with all the chrome on my Volt and it looks really good. Just a thought..


Oh yes indeed, Plasti-Dip to the rescue!

MTN Ranger

Hard to tell yet. These are preproduction models with unfinished interior parts and even the headlights are not done yet. Who knows if the grill is finalized. If the grill is light, vinyl wrap or plastidip to the rescue.


All this car needs is the big honkin’ hood ornament from the ’91 Caprice to be perfect! I can cancel my Model X reservation, get 2 of these and still have money left over.


“This also looks to be a bit bigger than the Volts in the background”

No, it’s a wide angle lens causing perspective distortion. I’ve been in that parking lot.


Before I had a leaf I had a Toyota yaris, people obsess about a cars looks but really I have never understood why they pay so much for looks. This car is IMO ugly, would I buy it? Hell yeah!

200 miles ev for less than $30k! What were you guys expecting? A model S.


You’re a Leaf owner and you call the Bolt ugly? Once again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Despite all my efforts to the contrary, I ended up a Leaf owner two years ago, for practical reasons only and definitely not for its looks. The only affordable and attractive BEV I’ve ever found is the Ford Focus which I almost bought, but fortunately not, due to practical reasons.

GM has a real winner with the Bolt given its mainstream looks, 200 mile range and LG electronics. In the end I trusted Nissan much more than Ford, but LG on board adds huge cred to the Bolt. I would gladly trade in my Leaf for a Bolt, with only one hesitation, there’s only CHADEMO DC faster chargers in my neighborhood.

Robb Stark

No, an electric Cadillac ATS.

“On par with other economy cars”

“pretty neat little car”

Faint praise.

Not for $37,500 even with available Federal Tax Credit.

This would be a huge step forward if not for Model 3 over the horizon.


The Model 3 is a good couple of years out. The Model 3 will require a major change to the Tesla factory to build on a different platform with steel components, potential different battery tech, etc… Tesla builds nice cars but their timelines are in years not months.

Scott Franco

So the question would be: if Tesla fields a car that is near the Bolt price, but has face melting looks, would people buy that instead?????

Hell ya, no contest.


If the front seat wasn’t pushed all the way forward when he sat in the back seat, I may trade in my Volt for a Bolt. I am tired of putting people in the back of my car and knowing they are jamming their knees into the seat in front of them.
The Bolt is looking better all the time.

Scott Franco

Judging from my Spark, I have sat back there, and they compress your knees less than say a Fiat 500E.


I sure hope it will be available in Europe as well. And that the trunk space is reasonable. We have only one car, so it’ll have to be able to carry around 2 adults and 2 children plus luggage.

And as for the looks: who cares! The important is that it’s electric, long-range and affordable!


Quoting the test driver in the video:

“The car will do zero to sixty in under seven seconds…”

Aha! Under seven seconds, just as I predicted. Not that it was exactly rocket science to extrapolate from its presumed approximate battery pack size to that acceleration ability, but there was some argument over that point in a recent comment thread here.

Scott Franco

Its a 40KWH.

How do I know? I just know.


No, 40Kwh doesn’t add up to 200 miles of range.

Unless the Bolt is more efficient than the MPGe leading BMW i3, 40Kwh only adds up to around 147 miles (EPA), or less. I seriously doubt the Bolt will be more efficient than the 2,600 pound i3. I suspect the battery size will be in the area of 55Kwh.

Someone out there

Oh yes! That is a winner right there! At least in Europe where small nimble cars are preferred in the narrow streets of the old cities. Great job, GM!
Now Nissan really needs to step up it’s game.


Well it depends how far south you are in Europe since preferred car size tend to increase according to latitude. But indeed down south it will likely sell.


Alas, we won’t be seeing this here in the UK, will just have to wait a little longer for the Nissan 60 kWh batteries.

I won’t even mention the VW 101kWh battery vehicles as we won’t see these until the end of the decade !


I would imagine if they are only going to build 30k of these a year, you’d better reserve one sharpish !


I think you can be more hopeful. GM’s Bolt strategy will be like the Volt, world wide sales, especially in Europe where it will be a big hit. Just compare the Bolt’s specs to the i3 for example. And only 30k per year? The only limiting factor, like Tesla’s, will be battery supply, so read this:

I’m guessing the Bolt will be come in 50 kWh battery packs. LG’s Michigan plant will be producing 3 GWh/yr, which is enough for far more than 30k…


This one could give Tesla fits years ahead of the Model 3.


Supercharging will continue to be Tesla’s key differentiator. This makes it the only true highway capable BEV. As well, they have consistently over delivered on performance/features. Tesla will still beat GM in BEV sales 10 fold by 2020. So in the end I’ll still save my money for the Model 3.


Supercharging is great, but it only matters to those making long distance trips that also don’t have a second car in the house.

The Model 3 will also likely cost far more as we’ve learned that Teslas always come out later than scheduled and ASP is always much higher than the base.

I think the Model 3 will be a better overall car for sure but I think there will be a fair amount of people that are willing to settle for less when they see the eventual price differences.


Not really. Demand for DCFC will push the establishment of a robust CCS charging network. Remember it only took a couple years to establish a supercharging network, but it was NOT built out before the Model S was readily available. The Model 3 is not going to be produced for at least two years. By that time, GM could have 30k+ Chevy Bolts on the road, BMW will have something in the neighborhood of 30k+ I3s, etc. So the demand for the network will be there.

The advantage of a supercharging network is fading away.

Scott Franco

“Supercharging will continue to be Tesla‚Äôs key differentiator”

If the Bolt hits 90 or even 100KW according to rumor, then you could see Tesla taking a stock price hit.


Supercharging is great except when the new Model X and S folks are in front of you at the station. This past holiday there was a 2+ hour wait at the Tejon Range station to charge – and that’s without any Model X’s yet – yikes.


I cannot wait to get behind the wheel of one of these cars! GM has a huge hit on its hands, now let’s hope their marketing department / dealerships don’t blow it!

Mister G

Ok GM you got my attention and possibly my money don’t screw this up

Scott Franco

Yes, it really sucks that I might have to say nice things about GM.

Hey, before you yell at me, my first Car was a Vega…..


That is good.


Trunk and everything under the hood reminds me strongly at Renault Zoe. 5 seats are great!


Hard to be sure from pics/videos, but this looks significantly roomier than the Zoe.


Looks promising. Hope GM doesn’t somehow screw it up.

Wonder what the rollout will be like, if they’ll just start with California and CARB states before rolling out nationwide years later if ever.

Lindsay Patten

Is 0-60 in under 7 seconds really just “on par with other econo cars” ?


No, it’s significantly better. Quicker than the new Volt or Spark EV. Almost BMW i3 territory. Great news IMHO.

Was thinking of trading my 2013 Volt for a 2017, but now the Bolt is the clear winner for me.


Most econo cars are in the 10 second range 0-60.

Anyone heard GM mention when the Bolt might be available in Canada? I’m guessing early next year.


I like it.

Integrated roof rails, regen buttons, more room than my Volt, sign me up!


I wonder what will be left for the BMW I3 except the badge when this car is on sale.

GM did apparently do a lot of wrong things to you guys as per the comments I often read on this site but now is probably time for forgiveness.


There will remain a place for smaller battery electrics.

Some people’s needs are well-served by the existing crop of EVs @ 80-100 miles of range. Even assuming continued battery advances – say $100/kWh and 300 Wh/kg installed, doubling battery size from 25 to 50 kWh adds several thousands of dollars in cost and adds 100 kg or more to the vehicle weight.

Most people would make that trade, but for others they truly need only a city car (or have other vehicles for other needs). But, that market is surely much smaller than people that will pay more for the additional range.


Is that market large enough to warrant the continued investment in building cars? Even if a model were to be offered with a smaller battery option, there is a lot of engineering that must go into it. They have to verify that the smaller battery will last the life of the car (smaller battery means more stress for the same power). They also have to crash-test the lighter car to make sure it is safe.

I think what is more likely to happen is that the market for shorter range EVs will be served by purchasing used. Once the battery degrades too much to serve the original owner, it can be sold to a second owner who has a second car and only needs a commuter. Or someone who really just needs a city car. I think new cars with range under 200 miles will be non-existent within a decade from now.

Bill Howland

Hey Brian….

Looks like there’s going to be a 32 amp big brother EVSE in addition to the 15 amp voltec.

Looks like you’ll get some use out of that 200 amp service after all.

I’m wondering how much bigger it is than a volt…. If its bigger, and has more cargo area, I might trade in my 2011 for this 2017. But since everyone now wants one (its the only $30k EV remotely like it since apparently some people will get 250 miles range out of it), I might have to wait a LONG TIME before they are selling ’em in Buffalo.


I completely disagree. The current crop of 80-100 mile EVs will be obsolete as soon as 200 mile models become available. A very small percentage may choose cheaper NEVs and short range EVs, but they don’t work for the lifestyles of the average American driver. Most people want more range and are willing to pay for it. That’s why the 80 mile LEAFs aren’t moving.

Scott Franco

One word:


Scott Franco

To quote Hill Street Blues: That kind of action turns me all the way on…

Scott Franco

So I did some quick math on the Lyft tie in.

Hours of drive time vs. average speed:

30 mph – 6.6 hours
40 mph – 5 hours
50 mph – 4 hours

I think that what that says, is yes, the car makes sense as a lyft/uber platform, in terms of the driver is not spending most of the day running back to the charger.

Alan Campbell

The futuristic concept looked great, the production version looks like just another smallish/tallish econobox with no edge.

Seriously, if they know the price point will be $37k, then it needs to look like a vehicle worth $37k. Not a like a Honda Fit that sells for $15k but trying to sell it for $37k.

At $37k, 200 mile range on a sedan the size of a 3-Series/C-Class/ATS, with an elegant, more upscale design is what I am looking for.

Whether they call it a luxury/premium vehicle or not, if they are asking $37k as a base price….it’s premium, and the design should represent that.

It looks like the same group that approved the ELR mistake had their hand in the design of this vehicle also.

Choice between the $37k Bolt and a $37K Model 3 mini Model S sedan…….Tesla Wins!

I really hope Ford’s new 200 mile EV is based on the larger, next gen Focus Sedan this time for MY2018. With a 300+ mile EV version of the next gen Fusion/Mondeo.