MotorWeek Declares Chevrolet Bolt Winner Of “Drivers’ Choice Best of the Year” – Video
The Chevrolet Bolt has added another major award to its already packed trophy case. This one comes from the folks over at MotorWeek!
“Each year we roll out the red carpet for our annual Drivers’ Choice Awards. These are the cars and trucks we would like to have parked in our driveway, or at least dream about owning if we won the lottery. We look at the factors mattering most to consumers – price, practicality, performance and fuel efficiency. Then our editorial staff selects the best models in a variety of lifestyle categories ranging from family sedan to luxury car, to large utilities and pickups. From that group, an overall best of the year is chosen. MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Awards have been presented annually since 1983.”
This year, the honor goes to none other than the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. MotorWeek declared:
“The Chevrolet Bolt is the winner of MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Best of the Year award!”
Here’s the MotorWeek write-up on the Bolt’s victory:
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is our 2017 MotorWeek Driver’s Choice best of the year.
A clear standout above all of the vehicles we’ve driven over the past 12 months, it should be no shocker to anyone who has followed the evolution of electric cars, that this highly practical plug-in takes our most coveted prize. Ever since modern EVs first hit our streets, countless critics and consumers have collectively proclaimed that they wouldn’t truly be viable alternatives to internal combustion vehicles until they could travel 200-miles between charges and cost less than $30,000. Well, we’ve finally breached that milestone, and it’s Chevrolet, not Tesla or any other upper crust brand that got there first. And they did it with a good looking, highly practical package that’s not an eco-freakmobile strictly for the greenies.
As for specifics, Government EPA range is estimated at 238-miles, with MPGe ratings of 128-City, 110-Highway, and 119-Combined. The Bolt EV’s 60-kWH battery pack puts out 200-horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque through a permanent magnetic drive motor. A full charge on 240-volts takes 9-hours, but 90 miles of range can be added in as little as 30-minutes with a DC fast charge. There are things that you expect, like EV-specific navigation, high efficiency tech throughout, and a host of active and passive safety features.
But there are also things you might not expect like seating for 5 in the well-equipped cabin, modern crossover-like exterior styling, and hatchback utility with 16.9 cubic-ft. of cargo space behind the seats. It’s even fairly entertaining to drive thanks to near-instantaneous torque delivery, and batteries that are mounted as low as possible in the chassis. You can easily dial in your preferred amount of regenerative braking, less to make the driving experience close to normal, or max to add as much energy as possible back in and pretty much drive the car without using the brake pedal. The Bolt EV removes whatever obstacles and excuses that remain in keeping all-electric cars from going mainstream.
True, base pricing is actually $37,495. But, once the full federal tax credit is applied it squeaks under the $30,000 threshold, and many state incentives take it even lower. Hopefully, those perks will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
Pushing boundaries, setting benchmarks, while keeping it affordable; that’s what made the Chevrolet Bolt EV our staff’s unanimous choice as our 2017 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Best of the Year.