Mr. Mobile Drives The Chevrolet Bolt – Video

5 months ago by Steven Loveday 12

Michael Fisher (aka Mr. Mobile) provided us with a Chevrolet Volt review not too long ago. Now, he gets an opportunity to check out the Chevrolet Bolt.

Mr. Mobile calls the Bolt:

“A crossover with enough range, power and features to make you almost forget that it’s 100 percent electric.”

Chevrolet Bolt

What’s under the hood of the Chevrolet Bolt?

That is, when he’s not calling the Chevrolet Bolt a “type-6 shuttlecraft.” He reminds us that Chevy calls it a crossover, while the EPA calls it a small wagon. And, due to it being a “curious little car,” he believes that it’s not a design that will appeal to everyone.

Nonetheless, he has some notable takeaways:

Inside the Chevrolet Bolt

  • Tall ceiling makes for easy entry and exit
  • “Real” center seat (unlike the Volt’s “infant” seat)
  • 56-cubic feet of cargo space (only if the seats are folded down)
  • Additional hidden compartment beneath the cargo floor
  • Lots of space up front
  • Spaceship-like floating center console
  • Practical, traditional cabin where it counts
  • Physical buttons for routine operations
  • Small shifter and “button-studded steering wheel” take some getting used to
  • Intuitive and responsive 10.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Nice heated seats and steering wheel (it’s cold and wet in Boston)
  • Appreciate the blind spot indicator lights in side view mirrors
  • Surround vision is a great feature (it’s like having a drone watching your car with a 360-degree bird’s-eye view)

Driving the Chevrolet Bolt

  • Instant torque
  • Seamless merging
  • Only mere seconds to get up to the speed limit
  • Regen braking feels like you left the parking brake on
  • Decent price (but still pricey compared to most cars, even after tax rebates)

Mr. Mobile promises a longer review, which speaks to real-world range, and an overall value score, at a later date.

Video Description via Mr. Mobile (Michael Fisher) on YouTube:

I’ve wanted to get behind the wheel of a Chevy Bolt EV for a long time. Last year I had the chance to test drive the Volt, Chevrolet’s half-electric Plug-In Hybrid, and before that I spent some time getting to know Tesla’s Model X and Model S to see what the hip and expensive side of electric cars was all about. Today, I finally get to experience American-standard Chevrolet’s take on the fully-electric automobile. Join me as I test-drive the Chevy Bolt 2017, the vehicle that Chevrolet promises will “reinvent” the electric car – and stay tuned for my full Chevy Bolt 2017 review, later in the year!

ABOUT THE CHEVY BOLT 2017 TEST DRIVE

MrMobile’s Chevy Bolt 2017 test drive was produced following five hours with a Chevy Bolt EV loaned by Chevy (Premium trim level). The full Chevy Bolt 2017 review will arrive later in the year; until that time, MrMobile’s conclusions concerning the quality of the vehicle should be considered in-development. There is no buy/don’t buy recommendation at presstime.

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12 responses to "Mr. Mobile Drives The Chevrolet Bolt – Video"

  1. Ambulator says:

    Everyone has to echo Chevy’s claim that the Bolt is a crossover, even though they know it isn’t. I suppose that’s to keep GM happy. I don’t think it’s a small wagon, either, despite what the EPA calls it. It’s a hatchback!

    Now, that’s fine with me. In fact, it is exactly what I am looking for in a car style. Watching people play these name games gets depressing, though.

    1. WadeTyhon says:

      Don’t let it depress you, arguing semantics with such broad definition as “crossover” is pointless. It’s just marketing. 🙂

      Crossover is a popular category, and the Bolt EV is almost the exact same size as the Trax/Encore.

      So if marketing it as a crossover means more people try out an electric car, I’d say that’s a plus.

  2. Bill says:

    A few notes:

    The car as reviewed has quite few options that would probably place it well north of $40,000 plus tax before any government incentives. If you are not leasing, you need to keep in mind that you don’t receive the government incentives until you pay your taxes. You will be paying the full price of the car or signing a loan for the full amount up front. Also keep in mind that the govenment incentives might not reduce your tax liability to less than zero, so you might not receive the full incentive depending on your situation.

    Depending on your situation, you may find that leasing is a better option because GM will apply some portion of the tax credit to your lease (reportedly about $2,000 and they pocket the rest). GM’s web site says the lease price is $329, but is lacking on exact details of what you get for this curiously fixed price.

    Unless you live in a west coast U.S. CARB compliance state, supplies of the Bolt are still almost nonexistent as of May 2017. My assertion is that GM is still treating the Bolt as if it were a compliance car, and sales numbers are currently running at only a little more than half the rate that would put GM on track to meet the originally stated production goal of around 30,000 units this year. Time will tell if any of us like myself in the midwest section of the U.S. will actually have a realistic opportunity to purchase the Bolt.

    The Bolt does not include a 120 volt recharge cord as a standard feature. From GM, the cord is am $535 option. You should probably get a cord, which might be less expensive from a 3rd party. Due to lack of coverage of public chargers in many areas, having a back-up plan for charging is smart.

    If you test drive the Bolt, spend some time with the touch screen. The screen is good, but some sub menus require you to go back to the main screen and then back to a different sub menu, which can be time consuming. GM may or may not update the software, but don’t count on any big changes. Be sure you are comfortable with the way the menus are now.

    1. WadeTyhon says:

      The Bolt does include a standard outlet charging cord.

      The $525 is for a second cord, say for if you wanted to keep one cord plugged in at home and have one cord for keeping in the car.

      “120V Charge Cord, Portable (Additional)
      $535”

      1. jheartney says:

        You can get a third party Level 1 cord for under $200. Though if you are going to that expense you may as well get a Level 2 cord and hire an electrician to put in 220v outlet, then use the included Level 1 cord as the in-car backup.

        1. WadeTyhon says:

          Oh I agree, it is not at all worth the price just to have an extra 120v charger. I was just correcting Bill since he misunderstood and thought one was not included with the vehicle.

          GM also sells a L2 charger when ordering the vehicle for 600-something. Cheaper L2 chargers can be found elsewhere also.

    2. Kdawg says:

      Regarding the rollout, it seems to be following Chevrolet’s original schedule. As of this month, there were to only be 14 states with inventory.

    3. GrokGrok says:

      “If you are not leasing, you need to keep in mind that you don’t receive the government incentives until you pay your taxes.”

      Or you could reduce your withholding to zero for a while, thus getting the money earlier (file a W4 with lots of allowances, then a new one with your normal allowances, once you’ve gotten the $7500).

  3. Arrrrgh – the statement that only L mode has regen is … unfortunate.

    1. Scott Franco says:

      Yea, I noticed that.

      1. Bill says:

        Thanks much on the clarification that a 120 volt cord is included. I was walking through the configuration process, and it was offered as an option; I just presumed since it was offered as an option, that it was not standard.

        Thsnks again, much appreciated.

    2. Raymond Ramirez says:

      It isn’t “unfortunate” because the “D” setting imitates a regular gas engine car such that it can coast, which many drivers (including myself) like to do. But under “D” you can get regen with the paddles on the steering wheel or depressing the brake pedal softly.

      If all Bolt EV buyers want to drive differently from a gas car, the first item to be removed is the shifter because there is no gear changes of shifting at all in the Bolt EV.

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