One more glowing review of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt has hit the Internet. This one comes to us via the folks over at Kelley Blue Book who concludes the following:
"The Bolt’s appeal doesn’t come from its status as an electric vehicle. The Bolt’s appeal comes from its status as an excellent car. The electric drivetrain, with a 238-mile range for less than $40,000, is just a cool bonus." — Karl Brauer, Executive Publisher, Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book
So, it's an excellent car, not just excellent because its electric, or excellent for an electric car. It's excellent regardless of any of that.
The Kelley Blue Book review of the Bolt (via Forbes) also features the thoughts of Michael Harley, Director, Kelley Blue Book Automotive Industry Insights. Harley's take on the Bolt is summed up as follows:
"Eerily silent, surprisingly roomy, downright quick, and without compromise — that’s how I’d sum up my driving impressions about the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt after a brief, but informative, 30-minute jaunt in Southern California."
"The pure-EV four-door is fun to drive, which is something that I genuinely didn’t expect as I’m the type of person who prefers old-fashioned, fuel-fed, combustion under the hood. I crave robust acceleration off the line and enough pep to move effortlessly through traffic — the Bolt delivers both. Its electric motor is eager and instantaneous in its response, but more important is its 266 pound-feet of torque that gives it a startling amount of muscle. Mash the accelerator pedal and the front tires spin helplessly until traction control quickly comes to aid. Then, the Bolt it zips forward with a first-across-the-intersection amount of zest — its 0 to 60 mph run is less than 7 seconds."
Go ahead and check out the test drive review in its entirety at the link below. Like most reviews of the Bolt we've seen thus far, there's barely any negative comments. Is the Bolt really that amazing? Only time (and its arrival to the public in December) will tell.