Motor Trend Gives Positive Long-Term Verdict On Chevrolet Bolt EV

MAY 24 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 96

After 13 months of living with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Motor Trend calls GM’s all-electric car worthy of its award.

The Chevy Bolt took home Motor Trend’s 2017 Car of the Year award way back in November of 2016. It was chosen for a wealth of reasons, but MT points out that, most of all, it’s not only the first affordable long-range EV, but also just a really good car.

Related: Chevrolet Bolt Captures Motor Trend Car Of The Year Award

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MT racked up some 17,000 miles on its long-term Chevy Bolt over the course of the last year or so. This means the team had plenty of time to really get to know the car, address any concerns, and come to a consensus on whether or not the Bolt EV was truly deserving of such a coveted honor. The short of it is … the Bolt is worthy to a high degree and mostly free of flaws.

Let’s take a brief look at what Motor Trend has to share. MT’s Scott Evans writes:

Everyone who drove Chevy’s EV came to a familiar conclusion: The Bolt is a solid hatchback which happens to be battery powered. Whether providing ample room to take my in-laws out to dinner, hauling four half-barrel planters and four bags of potting soil home from the store in one trip, taking me on an 800-mile road trip, or saving me from setting foot in a gas station for the past year, the Bolt made few demands and never let me down.

He admits that it had its issues, however. The first problem was the infotainment screen freezing, and the only other issue of note was the power steering failing to boot. Each was fixed with a software update. The car’s shifter was also replaced as part of a recall. All-in-all, MT spent $0 on maintenance for the car.

Counterpoint – Edmunds Says Long-Term Tesla Model 3 Has Tons Of Issues

Charging costs – with a grand total of 154 charges at various locations – added up to $630.58, for a whopping 16,730 miles. This sits almost precisely on par with EPA estimates. Evans says his commute was less than 20 miles roundtrip and he found himself plugging in about every five days (while always keeping the battery above a 50 percent charge).

Other takeaways:

  • Steering-wheel paddles for regen “seriously reduce braking distance” compared to L mode
  • One-pedal driving is the way to go
  • Summer performance tires help immensely with handling and braking
  • Summer performance tires mean 30 miles of range loss, road noise, and inferior ride quality
  • Front seats are narrow and uncomfortable
  • Back-up camera is low resolution
  • Electronic shifter is frustrating
  • Nav with public charger locater would be helpful
  • Roof rails don’t allow you to secure cargo without purchasing $549 cross bars

Overall, Motor Trend says the Bolt is:

. . .  nearly as good as our tested $60,000 Tesla Model 3, while costing $15,000 less. And you can buy a Bolt on Chevy dealer lots, right now. Great deals. No lines.

 

. . .  the Bolt proved itself the everyday replacement for a gasoline-powered compact car we predicted it would be. If you’re ready to make the switch to electric, it’s the best EV for the money you can buy today.

For the full story, along with all of MT’s charts, specs, and photos, follow the link below.

Source: Motor Trend

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96 Comments on "Motor Trend Gives Positive Long-Term Verdict On Chevrolet Bolt EV"

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G2

Great long term review from MT.
Now would GM just produce much more of them?

Scott

Yes, there is a year long wait in Canada for the bolt. GM is not very motivated to sell the bolt.

Prsnep

Wait time alone does not indicate a manufacturer’s motivation to sell a car. You’d think Tesla is dragging its foot too if you considered the wait time for TM3.

Assaf

Bullocks. Tesla’s manufacturing woes are not exactly a secret.
OTOH, GM could have made more Bolts (and Volts) had it wanted, and there are eagerly awaiting markets across the border, even more across the ocean.

Prsnep

And Tesla’s woes get way more attention than those of any other car company. Most people would have no idea if GM was struggling to increase production.

Any suggestion that GM doesn’t want to sell the Bolt is BS though. You’d have to be a dummy not to want to be one of the pioneers in the new development even if it was not as profitable in the short term. And no, I don’t think most auto execs are dummies.

Pushmi-Pullyu

The facts rather strongly indicate that GM has no plans to build the Bolt EV in high volume. Tesla has spent billions of dollars to build Gigafactory One, and has strong-armed its battery partner, Panasonic, to also pony up billions of dollars, to ensure they would have an adequate supply of batteries for up to, eventually, 400,000 Model 3’s per year plus another 100,000 Model S/X per year.

GM has made no such commitment to building BEVs in any serious volume, and no money at all spent on building battery factories. Those are two of several reasons why they are building only 30,000 Bolt EVs in the first year of production, and they’re apparently not going to build many more than that in the second year.

As I have said many times, we will know that legacy auto makers are getting serious about building compelling long-range BEVs in large numbers only if and when they commit to building out capacity for making battery cells in high volume. Reportedly VW has now made that commitment (I hope that isn’t just more of VW’s vaporware, altho I’m skeptical), but GM certainly has not, and isn’t yet talking about any future plans to do so.

Dave

At the GF1 opening ceremony Musk stated Tesla would build 500K cars in 2018, Thats going to be a long shot, I think…

Dan

That’s 10k/week average so not this year but maybe next, but even that will be a stretch as they would have to build about 8k/week model 3 on top of the 2k/week of s and x combined. But it is still impressive what they have done.

I only wish that they would put more conventional controls/displays (like in the S and X) in the 3 (at least as an option). I think it would broaden the appeal of the car; maybe that’s just my old brain which likes to take one step to do things that can be done in one step rather eyes off the road and two, three or four steps.

Derek

Yeah, I like my button & knobs. Touchscreens mixed with bumpy roads, are not a good combo. I’ve never sat in a model 3, but I’d be willing to give it the college try.

theflew

GM will not be building a battery factory. If you want to know their build out just watch what LG Chem is doing.

ModernMarvelFan

Why would GM want to sell more Bolt in Canada when it is selling it at ~9% discounted price against US price?

Bolt in Canada $44.4K in Canadian dollar.
Bolt in US $37K in US dollar.

Exchange rate: 1 US = 1.2965 Canadian dollar.

So, $44.4K Canadian is $34.24K in US dollar. GM has about $3K less incentives to sell the Bolt in Canada.

Neromanceres

I live in Canada. We waited 6 months for ours. I don’t know a single person waiting a year. Dealers now quoting 2-3 months for 2019 Bolt EV.

bro1999

Slow and steady wins the race.

Harald Olav

No, it’s not going to win the race. It’s going to lose really badly.

I could not even consider buying this car, based on the wait (here in Canada), and the absurd price they want for it. Makes much more sense to wait for the Model 3.

bro1999

Rushed and corner’s cut doesn’t seem to be doing Tesla any favors. 😉

menorman

GM doesn’t care, they’re not interested in dominating the individual sales market.

ClarksonCote

It’s kinda hilarious to read you won’t buy the Bolt because of the wait, and go into say the solution for you is to “wait” for the Model 3. Hmmmmmm

nuclearboy

They are sitting on the lots around me. GM is not holding the public back by not building more of them faster. They are readily available for anyone who wants one. (our Canadian neighbors excluded of course). If I wanted a second one, I could be driving it by the end of the day.

We love our ’17 Bolt even though the infotainment screen has locked up twice in 6 months requiring a restart.

After software update, no issues so far.

Otherwise, perfect car.

Pushmi-Pullyu
“They are readily available for anyone who wants one. (our Canadian neighbors excluded of course).” It seems everyone who doesn’t live in a CARB compliant State of the U.S. is “excluded”. That includes not only Canadians, but S. Koreans — the allotment assigned there sold out very rapidly indeed — and also Europeans, who were sent a token few Ampera-e’s, which Opel apparently isn’t interested at all in selling. Now to a certain extent, this is understandable. If GM can’t make a profit selling the car at the indicated price anywhere except in CARB compliant States, then it’s obvious that’s the main reason why they are not making any more. But they could certainly sell more if they were willing to put a higher price on it in Canada and S. Korea. The Bolt EV would probably sell even better in Europe than it does here in the USA if GM was interested in having the car built in a European assembly plant, to avoid the high import fees and VAT fees. But of course, GM isn’t at all interested in that, as one of their strongest motives for selling the car is to generate CARB credits. Units sold outside… Read more »
Leptoquark

And start blanketing the airwaves with commercials for them?

Viking79

Tesla would be lambasted for this:
“He admits that it had its issues, however. The first problem was the infotainment screen freezing, and the only other issue of note was the power steering failing to boot.”

Maybe it wasn’t as frequent as with Edmund’s Model 3.

mustang_sallad

Given that the Bolt has manual controls for most of the essentials and a dedicated instrument cluster, infotainment freezing isn’t nearly as big a deal as it would be for Model 3. Tesla took a big risk in relying so heavily on that screen, so it better be as reliable as, say, a traditional speedometer.

Viking79

This is a fair point, and same thing I have thought about my Clarity, the infotainment is a bit sluggish or flaky, but at least the main controls always work.

The Model 3 needs a separate video feed for the critical portions of the screen so it can keep those operating even if the entertainment portion crashes.

Bill Howland
I test drove your Honda Clarity, and – unless you know the work around – the REGEN, besides being extremely week at best – apparently needs to be reset with every single stop in TOTAL EV MODE. Supposedly ‘sport’ locks it but then you’re not in ev only mode. If I’m mistaken about that detail please correct me, but if the REGEN in the ELR OR BOLT ev worked like the Clarity, owners would be immediately back to the dealer saying the REGEN suddenly got very weak. To my AMAZEMENT, the biggest EV supporter in the Canadian Car EV club I belong to in Hamilton, Ontario admitted his 3 year old Tesla “S” has been more unreliable than ALL PREVIOUS CARS HE HAS OWNED COMBINED! And he is retirement age, having been a Vice-President of one of the local power distribution companies there. I asked specifically what was the problem and he stated: 1). Door handles/locks replaced SEVERAL times on each door. 2). To date (3 year old car) FIVE 12 volt batteries have been replaced. 3). Various other troubles he didn’t want to get into since he realized I’m no longer a Tesla Owner. In fairness, the car would… Read more »
David Cary

And 1 have a 3 yo S with all original handles and I just replaced the 12V battery for the first time. Less service trips than any car I have ever owned.

Bill Howland

You must live in a moderate weather climate.

Viking79

The Clarity drives like a normal car. Regen is there and is blended with braking (observe the power meter on the dash when braking). The paddles are weak, and it is not at all tuned for someone wanting one pedal driving. It is very efficient on both gas and EV.

Will

Cant wait for the Accord infortainmeny to be put in the Clarity

bro1999

And the TSLA apologists would be all up in here going “#fakenews! I’ve owned my Model 3 for 1.5 hours and I’ve never experienced screen lockups! The media lies!”

Strangely, I don’t see Mary Barra on Twitter blasting MT for calling out the few imperfections they found with the Bolt. What gives?

Chris Stork

Mary Barra’s just not that passionate about her little compliance EV; she’s got SUVs to move. If they really cared, and I wish they would, they’d do what it takes to meet the obvious demand, and contribute to charging infrastructure. And advertise. The only TV ad I’ve seen so far (edit: for an electric car) was for the new Leaf, and it wasn’t until the second time I saw it that it hit me what a significant milestone that is. It wasn’t just advertising that an EV was for sale, it was touting the merits of driving electric.

A Bolt is a good car, but The Bolt is a lackluster car program.

Bill Howland

The only thing I fault GM about the Bolt ev is that they are basically giving the car away in Canada for some unexplained reason. It also comes standard with many optional features here – such as the $750 fast charger and the $400 seat heaters, for much LESS money than my Plain Jane Bolt ev after considering the exchange Rate. So 600 BOlts in Canada for 2017 and 5000 for 2018? If they sold the car for the equivalent price that they do in the states, then they’d WANT to sell them in Canada.

Harald Olav

Giving it away in Canada?!?!?!

It’s a crazy expensive tiny little car with a year long wait.

Net price of $46,195 CAD!!!

You would have to be nuts to pay that over waiting for a base model Model 3.

The Bolt is sitting on dealer’s lots in the US, because people don’t want them at the price they are asking.

I think that’s a shame. Drop the price by $10K, and the car would be worth it.

bro1999

You’re forgetting the HUGE incentives offered in some of the provinces.

And you made a mistake in your last sentence. I fixed it for you. 🙂
“You would have to be nuts to wait for a base model Model 3.”

HVACman
You don’t have a clue about what Mary Barra is about. If you read the Wired article on the development of the Bolt EV or listened to her investors’ presentations lately, you’d see where her passions and vision for GM lie: 1. Prepare GM to thrive in the 21st century by having a world-class line of BEVs that have global appeal. 2. Not only maintain, but grow GM’s profitability and take care of its employees with good wages, benefits, and work conditions AND honor its commitments to its many, many retired lifer-GM employees on GM pensions. To achieve item 2 means keeping your most-profitable lines going. To make progress on item 1 means going slow-and-steady and not betting the farm on EVs in the short-term. Mary Barra’s first major task as CEO was a trial-by-fire and about the most brutal, thankless task a CEO could have to face. Sorting out what the hell happened with the Cruze ignition switch failure and coverup, how to make right to the families of those killed, how to change the corporate culture to ensure such a moral failure never happens again, and how to explain this to Congress. She showed her strength of character… Read more »
Chris Stork

Yeah, I probably should have gone with “GM” or “GM business culture” rather than singling her out; I’m sure she’s lovely at dinner parties. But the rest of my points stand. Particularly: A Bolt is a good car, but The Bolt is a lackluster car program.

Kdawg

She’s also an electrical engineer, w/a BSEE from Kettering (GM Tech/GMI) 🙂

Djoni

As far as I remember, it was Saturn, Cobalt and maybe some other model ignition cover up, but the Cruze wasn’t one of them.

Pushmi-Pullyu

HVACman said:

“…listened to her investors’ presentations lately, you’d see where her passions and vision for GM lie:

“1. Prepare GM to thrive in the 21st century by having a world-class line of BEVs that have global appeal.”

Mary Barra is talking the talk, but GM ain’t walking the walk.

If and when GM shows a commitment to building out high volume production of battery cells, as VW recently did (I hope that was real and not just more of VW’s EV vaporware), then I’ll take Mary’s words seriously. Until then, I view them as just more of the EV lip service we see from so many legacy auto makers.

Actions speak louder than words.

Will

You havent seen the new BMW i ads and Honda clarity commercial

Chris Stork

No, I haven’t. Links?

Edit: wait, I have seen the Clarity ad. But that’s a hybrid. “there’s always gas to fall back on.”

Viking79

I have put about 7000 EV miles on my clarity since Dec. Also 3500 gas miles, but that is 7000 miles less on gas than my van would have been.

menorman

Honda had billboards for the EV around SoCal.

Pushmi-Pullyu

I am quite impressed with the fact that Honda is spending money advertising the Clarity PHEV on TV! That’s a nice ad they have for the Clarity PHEV. And judging by what’s posted in the InsideEVs forum (yes, I know that’s a non-random small sample size), Clarity PHEV owners are mostly pleased with their new cars.

GM, on the other hand… I’ve seen it reported that Chevrolet doesn’t even include the Bolt EV in group pictures of their cars! I don’t agree with those who call the Bolt EV a “compliance car”, but GM is treating it as if it’s not much more than that. 🙁

Go Honda!

menorman

Perhaps you recall that GM will be partnering with EVgo to build charging infrastructure for Maven? That should provide a clue as to why GM isn’t rushing to fill consumer demand for the Bolt: it’s mainly intended to be a shared mobility/robotaxi unit and that is supposed to eviscerate demand for regular cars.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-evgo-gm/evgo-to-build-fast-charging-network-for-gms-maven-unit-idUSKBN1HJ21Q

Dave

Lets wait to see the Buick coming on the Bolt platform, I think it will be much more desirable then the Bolt.

Pushmi-Pullyu

“And the TSLA apologists would be all up in here going ‘#fakenews!’ ”

Funny how you claim to be a GM & Bolt EV fanboy, and here the Bolt EV got a positive review, yet all you want to post in response is yet more of your usual Tesla hater FUD.

You must regard GM as inferior to Tesla, or you wouldn’t get so very defensive about it all the time.

Contrariwise, I’m one of the most frequently posting Tesla fans among the Usual Suspects here, yet it’s you — not me! — who keeps dragging the discussion off-topic to Tesla even in discussion of an article like this, which is only about the Bolt EV!

Personally, I’m quite glad to see that the Bolt EV got a positive review, and my only real complaint about the Bolt EV is that GM doesn’t make more of them.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Viking79 said:

“Tesla would be lambasted for this…

“Maybe it wasn’t as frequent as with Edmund’s Model 3.”

I think a more significant difference is that auto magazines like Motor Trend tend to run positive, or at least non-negative “milk-and-water” reviews of cars, because they don’t want to upset the auto makers who pay for ads in their magazines.

Edmunds.com is much more likely to “tell it like it is”, which is why it’s really the only car review site that I consider trustworthy.

Their long-term driving review of the Bolt EV isn’t nearly as positive as this Motor Trend review. The Bolt EV bought by Edmunds.com had a failure of the main battery pack; it had to be replaced.

https://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/bolt-ev/2017/long-term-road-test/2017-chevrolet-bolt-monthly-update-for-february-2018.html

bro1999

No surprises here. The Bolt is a solidly built, practical, and reliable car with great value. 20k problem free miles in my Bolt.
No beefs with the few issues annotated either. In particular, the Bolt’s standard backup camera resolution plain SUCKS. Made worse by being blown up on its 10.2″ center display. I mean it’s good enough to do what it’s supposed to do, but GM could certainly pony up another $20 or so for a better backup camera.

Dave

I doubt the Camera upgrade would even cost $20 for GM, They buy all of those electronics so cheap. Sometimes the designers and accountants just do not understand what customers want, and they skimp in the wrong places.

Chris Stork

Or maybe they could do like Tesla did with the Model 3 lo-res backup camera issue and fix it with an OTA update.

wavelet

Change the physical resolution of a camera sensor via SW? Are you joking or clueless?

nuclearboy

The camera is great for what it does. I think it is perfect. No need for a 4K monitor to see where the wall or other car is when I am backing up.

The cams are way more than adequate.

Pushmi-Pullyu

I agree 100%. I can’t for the life of me understand why people complain about low-res images in the backup camera. Just what are people trying to use it for? It’s for looking to see if there is anybody or anything behind the car before backing up, not to view the brilliant colors and awesome beauty of scenic vistas!

If you want to see what something really looks like, turn your head and look out the #@*%! window!

Ziv

Dave, what you said about the back up camera could be said for the front seats of the Bolt as well.
Penny wise, pound foolish.
The sad part is that several people have mentioned that they added a simple little 18″ by 15″ piece of foam and the seats were noticeably more comfortable.

Dave

Absolutely true, The Bolt is a great car, GM just cheaped out in a few areas and the Bolt lost what could have been special… Hopefully the upcoming Buick spends a couple thousand dollars in the right areas, and fixes these shortcomings

menorman

Preferably while keeping the same pricing as the Bolt currently has so that GM can lower the prices of the Bolt.

Dave

That would be nice… but I think the Buick will be 40 to 50K and may have an AWD option.

Ziv

I think Dave is right. GM will overprice the Buick in a bid to make the price of the Bolt seem reasonable, while discouraging any actual plug in sales. GM never misses a chance to miss an opportunity when it comes to electric vehicles.

bro1999

And Ziv never misses a chance to slam GM no matter what they do. :rolleyes:
And please explain: how would a $40k Buick Bolt be “overpriced”? You expect a 200 mile, borderline luxury SUV to be priced at what, $20k? So the Bolt at, what, $15k? Unlike Tesla, GM actually cares about making profits.

BoltUp

I don’t get this backup issue. It may not be a 4k resolution, but it works better than it needs to for the job it does.

Dave

The Bolt is a great car, if GM had spent just a bit more time on the styling, and interior materials they would have had a serious winner… Hopefully the upcoming Buick on the same platform will fix where the Bolt fell short, and not send customers to the poorhouse.

Mark.ca

They have cars with better styling and better materials so my question still stands: Why did they decided to piss on this one?

Dave

I cannot answer that with anything rational… Maybe a stamping die toolmaker charges by the beauty of the metal stamped.?? haha! GM did not pay much for the dies to stamp the Bolt… haha!

tester

“Nav with public charger locator would be helpful”

LOL, ya think!?

I maintain that stupid paddle is the worst addition to a car I can remember. Adding a THIRD input method for accel/decel doesn’t solve any problems and forces users drive this car differently for no good reason. There’s a reason no one else has done this, well, ever.

bro1999

The regen paddle is great. Using the paddle, I rarely ever touch the brake in my Bolt. True 1 pedal driving. L provides plenty of regen, but when I need that little bit more, the paddle provides it.
Sounds like you’ve never even driven a Bolt and used the regen paddle.

Chris Stork

one pedal, or one paddle?

bro1999

Both!
1 pedal driving with assists from the paddle. 😀

David

I thought the same thing about the regen paddle until I actually drove it – now I really like it. I liked it so much that I was afraid that the regen in my Model 3 would be disappointing but now I have my TM3 and the regen is perfect even without an extra paddle.

hpver

Almost 15K miles on our Bolt and I like the regen paddle. It does what it’s supposed to very well, and increases efficiency. I hardly ever need the brakes. If you don’t like it, you can always just not use it.

I’m not so sure in-car nav with charging stations would be all that great unless it’s on par with Plugshare, which seems unlikely.

Bolt driver

The paddle is a great addition. It gives you two levels of max regen and then you can adjust it further with the accelerator. Gm really needs to move the same programming over to the Volt. It doesn’t work nearly as well as the Bolt.
Now you can get ota updates for the center screen. Yes, there are some random electic/computer issues. Black screen, steering wheel buttons not working. Personally I have not had the updates, so I am not sure if they will fix the problems.
Not a perfect car, but I have been driving it for a year and have 22k on it. Couldn’t do that with a tm3. So when it’s at 100k in 3-4 years I hope there are more choices on the market.

Chris Stork

Admittedly, I’ve only driven one brand of EV so I don’t have first-hand experience, but it just seems like it adds another bit of complexity and relearning to start braking with your hands. The simplest thing, IMHO, is to have high regen set all the time, then how much it brakes is dictated by how much you lift off the “gas.” I seriously thought when I got mine that I’d turn off regen and coast as much as possible to hypermile, but I quickly realized one-pedal driving is so much better and more intuitive.

I think we can all agree that one-gear regen driving beats the crap out of old manual or even automatic transmissions 😀

Dave

I have heard many reviewers that really like the paddle… Not sure for me…

Mark.ca

This is encouraging. We need good press for evs so more people will notice them. Well, if that won’t do it, gas prices will.

Assaf

So… is hype in the title reserved only for Tesla?
Why isn’t the title something like: “Motortrend 1-year review finds Bolt worthy of its Car of the Year award?”

This site’s editorial line has deteriorated since commercial interests have taken over.

MikeM

In my case it was the absence of hype that made me eager to read the article – as in “Interesting – What gives? – Must read!”

bro1999

I like the grounded titles compared to the sensational, completely overhyped EVANNEX crap article titles.

Assaf

Yes, but still this is anti-hype rather than accurate reporting. It would have been 100% accurate to say in the title that one year later, Motortrend stands by its praise of the Bolt. The title is downplaying it.

Chris Stork

I agree; I usually skip the EvAnnex contributions.

Harald Olav

I refuse to click on those advertisements masquerading as an article by EVANNEX.

wavelet

I’ve complained about them multiple times, both during Jay’s tenure as well as currently, with no response. There has been a single article by them worth the time it takes to read, ever, and even that was an amusing filler article. I also on longer click on anything attributed to them. At least with the new format you can see the author name on the list of articles.

Someone out there

So what they are saying is that it didn’t break in the first week of ownership and then spent 6 months in the shop waiting for parts? Imagine that!
And a software update? I though that’s only possible on a Tesla! Imagine that, again!

Get Real

More unoriginal trolling comments by Some troll way out there.

Here is an article that shows how stupid you are regarding Tesla:
https://insideevs.com/tesla-model-3-outsold-bmw-3-series-mercedes-c-class-in-california/

Will

Theres 4 Bolts EV here at Sunnyside dealer here in Elyria Ohio

Harald Olav

And no one wants them, and Tesla can’t produce enough Model 3’s.

Mark.ca

I have 423 new ones within 50 miles from my location. They are not moving well in SoCal.

Djoni

Send them in Canada.
Ho wait, they don’t have fast charging port and heated seats and steering.

Probably rated in mph an MPGe also.( I know the first one is software fixed)

Mark.ca

Well, GM is keeping them here because ,in part, they don’t sell. They need to sell under 30k per year.

bro1999

330 within 50 miles of the heart of LA (and EV country) according to cars.com
https://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action/?mdId=36274172&mkId=20053&rd=50&searchSource=QUICK_FORM&stkTypId=28880&zc=90001

330 is not many at all considering the number of Chevy dealers in the LA area. 58 in stock at Rydell Chevy alone in Northridge (one of, if not the largest volume Bolt dealer in the country).
Dealers in SoCal on this forum have consistently reported the Bolt is in short supply, hence the rather crappy lease pricing currently. GM is moving as many Bolts as they want to at the moment.
https://forum.leasehackr.com/

Mark.ca

Ops, that was for 100 miles on cars.com
91709 is my zip.
424 only new and 426 all.
Stop apologizing for them, i told you from the beginning that car won’t sell in big numbers, ever! I hate its looks but i do wish more people would buy it just to advance evs.

Dignon

My Bolt is almost a year old. No issues, though I did take it in for a few free software updates. It’s a quick car (not a sportcar), handles well, a joy to drive. I use Low and occasionally the regen paddle for one peddle driving. No issue with the seats or camera. The shifter takes a little getting used to, but not all that hard. Bonus: it also makes a great theft deterrent device, lol. My fully loaded Bolt came in at $34,500 after tax credit and $3k GM coupon. My gripes are more mundane: the front all weather floor mats are too small, they don’t go up the firewall. There are no cargo tie-down D-tings in the cargo area. That’s my list of complaints.

bro1999

“Bonus: it also makes a great theft deterrent device”
Us Bolt owners should get insurance discounts due to the increased difficulty of stealing it. 😀

https://www.statesman.com/news/local/police-man-tried-hijack-electric-car-but-couldn-drive/RsQh2c2uEbCc5u8wOhXJTO/

Lamata

I finally realized why this Bolt Looks so Dinky .. It’s almost half the width of a normal Car !…Must be a GM exclusive.

Brian

Yeah, it is really narrow. It makes for funky styling, but it also makes it very agile in city driving / parking. That’s when I really appreciate the small footprint.

Brave Lil' Toaster

“And you can buy a Bolt on Chevy dealer lots, right now.”

If you’re not Canadian, anyway!

ModernMarvelFan

Still will get it earlier than Model 3 in Canada if you order one today.

Neromanceres

Awesome Car! We have taken a few good road tips in our 2018 Bolt EV. The more we drive it the more we love it!