2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Test Drive Review: I Was Shocked

JAN 18 2019 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 267

According to this test driver’s perspective, the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV is incredible.

When the Chevrolet Bolt EV first came along, it was big news. At the time, it was the only reasonably priced, long-range EV available in the U.S. nationwide. However, its unique and interesting facade, as well as its seat comfort seemed to turn many people off. Since then, it has sold reasonably well, as far as EVs go. But, interest hasn’t risen to respectable levels.

For the above reasons, we don’t get a lot of Bolt-related content or reviews. Moreover, while the reviews we have read are primarily positive, it’s rare to find one that’s head over heels about the electric car.

Fast forward to the present. YouTube channel TopHatPlus recently enjoyed a test drive in a 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Needless to say, the driver was more than surprised by the experience … in a good way. He’s enamored by the car’s peppy acceleration, outstanding maneuverability, roomy interior, up-to-date cabin technology, and plethora of creature comforts. The publication shares:

Words do not explain how good this thing was…

Have you driven a Chevrolet Bolt EV? What did you think? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.

Video Description via TopHatPlus on YouTube:

2019 Chevrolet Bolt Review Test Drive I WAS SHOCKED

Words do not explain how good this thing was…

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I’ve had my Bolt for over a year – best car I’ve ever owned.

Same here. Hands down, overall the best car I’ve ever owned. The only car that was more fun was a Honda S2000 roadster.

Also a very capable travel car if you are willing to do some planning. This weekend I’m heading to the mountains for some skiing in VT. It’s about 250 miles, and the temps will be in the single digits. But I’m taking the Bolt anyway!

For sure! I live in Ontario and have driven trips over 1000km easy. You just need to make sure there are enough DCFC on your route 😉

Who did you buy from? I almost bought a Bolt myself but changed my mind because the lies the GM salesman started in trying to sell me a Volt instead. Where did you find a good dealer? I may still be interested.

Some (or many or even vast majority) may be scummy, but here’s a list where you can find some deals. About $32K in MD.

https://electrek.co/best-electric-vehicle-prices/

My husband is on ski patrol at our local mountain and we have always used our 4-wheel drive, Toyota truck or our AWD, Subaru wagon as our “mountain car.” 5 weeks ago, the truck was in the shop, and the kid had the Subaru on a trip. Because of my winter commute conditions, we had studded snow tires put on our Bolt, so we decided to take a risk and see how it would handle true mountain driving. It was a bit of a tight fit getting our long skis, and all of our back country gear in the back, but because of the deep well in the hatchback, they did fit. AND… Best mountain car ever! Clearance is a bit of an issue, but there is so much power, and with our studded tires, we drive out of the accumulated snow drifts at the end of the day, while our friends in big trucks are still shoveling. We were worried that in really cold weather (and with our reduced range due to the studded tires), range would be an issue (it’s about 90 miles round trip), but the regeneration coming down the mountain is so good, we get home… Read more »

I mountain drive my Bolt here in SoCal, not like VT mountain snow ( grew up in Maine, have a hundred thousand winter miles under my belt) but with studs this car will kick ass. I got a special set of ultra low profile chains for mine (against the manual’s recommendation) and I bet it’ll be fine. The traction control also seems great, I’ve also never driven a car that had anything more than ABS, so while it’s disconcerting to a guy who likes to drift through snowy corners with a handbrake, it’s still probably much safer and the better choice. On the bare roads though, forget about it. Completely kicks ass all the way up to the top. Love it.

My wife has had a Bolt for about a year and a half. She is not a car person – in fact her previous car she didn’t even care what she got; she told me to pick it out. She couldn’t even tell the different between a Camry and an Accord. But she loves her Bolt. She talks about it all the time; she is completely converted over to electric drive and thinks the Bolt is the perfect car. As far as the best car she has ever owned – it’s not even close. The Bolt is miles ahead of any other car.

“She couldn’t even tell the different between a Camry and an Accord”
Can anyone?

Yes as soon as they drive them.

I’ve had mine for over a year and a half and it’s be a great car. I think what InsideEV misses is in the end it’s going to cars like the Bolt that are going to move the needle for EV addoption. This reviewer was spot on. When Bolt like cars make it to the low to mid $20k’s EV adoption is going to explode. Tesla’s are great and I know the average selling price of a new car is near $35k, but the median is a lot closer to $22k. That’s how there are so many Civics, Corolla’s, Trax, Cruze’s, Accords, Malibu’s, Camry’s, RAV4, CRV, etc… sold each year.

Bolt is a subcomoact thst sells for $44,000 US. $53,000 CAN

Wake me up, when I can get it for $25,000. I can’t see spending a crazy amount of money for a car, even if it’s electric, no more than I would spend a $1000 on the latest greatest cell phones.

True, but it was cheaper before where some were going for $30K-$7.5K (fed)-$2.5K (CA)-$1K (local)= $19K. Now the cheapest seem to run $32K – … = $21K.

Just paid $26.4k for a 2018 with 4k miles. Which is a new car as far as I’m concerned. Still had screen protector on display. If you want that price range, they are there, just buy one. Absolutely best car I’ve ever owned. Everybody who I put behind the wheel falls in love.

That’s a great price, I’m guessing they had a good price to get rid of it, to put the 2019’s on the lot. Plus $7500 from the federal government, and I’m guessing you live in a state like Cali, which removes an additional $2500 off of the sticker price.
I looked a few months back at my local Chevy dealership, and they had the Premier one for 44k (before rebate)…no F’in thanks. I’ll stick to my 15′ Leaf for a couple more years, and hope EV prices fall a lot.

I think the $7500 federal tax incentive is only if you are the first owner.

Buying used makes more sense.

Still, you deal with some oddball things like the radio not turning off when you shut diwn the car, and underdeveloped touchscreen controls plus that crazy annoying loud intro when entering/exiting,

No ACC or lane keep is a bummer. Optional fast charging a ??? Plastic interior and cheap seats. Leasing a LEAF is a good option.

Things I like: 230-260 mile range over all else for the money. Regen on demand is probably best in the business. Easy to park. Video mirror on Premium is cool. EV zip.

Buying used works for an individual, does nothing to move manufacturers forward to build more and less expensive models. For this reason, GM/LG deserves no praise for building Bolt as a ZEV credit, compliance car and phasing out Volt early. Neither does Hyundai/KIA or anyone else who drizzles out small batches of EVs.

I can get one now in CA for under $25K….it really depends where you are complaining from.

If you count rebates, I am sure you could be under $25k in colorado. With $7500 from fed and $5000 from colorado, you are there without any discounts and I have heard of $2-$5k off sticker. Easily under $25k at the end of the day.

And some are still silly enough to believe GM makes a profit off of these…

They do get ZEV credits…

um, the electric will save on gas and maintenance (oil, brakes,…..) over the life of the vehicle, so it is not necessary to be on par with a gas vehicle if you were factoring in all costs.

Should have woken up a while ago then. You can get the LT for 32k to 34k and with state and federal incentives between 10k and 11k you are right at your price point.

The way to spend your money is towards a company that actually is trying to be profitable selling massive numbers of EVs so prices drop and we all can drive electric.

These conversations about how to play government incentives only supports GM, Toyota and others’ comments that all but a tiny niche of consumers really don’t want them.

If nobody can profit from selling them but for government/taxpayer handouts, it supports their bogus claims. Model 3 shows 100,000s of people
are happily paying $40,000+ to own a more competant, sensible car. Long term maintenance and operation costs are part of the appeal.

Do most of us even realize over half of those Crossiver SUVs crowding our streets cost $50,000 and up?

In my mind, that makes the Model 3 seem a total bargain.

Bolt EVs and Hyundais seeking to mop up taxpayer credits seems to be a backdoor, backas*wards way to attain EV adoption in world-changing, climate changing numbers.

I don’t see that as sustainable at all. If possible, support the one company that is attempting to get these prices down to a level where incentives paid for by the public are not necessary.

At around Mid Range Model 3 money, especially if Tesla begjns selling a 2WD version (which is a definate possibility), a 264 mile high performance RWD automobile with high practicality becomes a better play than a $40-50,000 ICE crossover. Inching towards the point where mass market penetration is feasible WITHOUT PLAYING PUBLIC MONEY GAMES. Thats +/- $43,000 for a car that makes others costing more look old fashioned and stupid.

Car comoppanues must make good profit margins or EVs are never going to rule our roads. Simple as that. They have to make business sense.

MSRP is $36,620 and that’s only if you don’t care to look around and pay less.

You can find it for $32k fully loaded, before incentives. After incentives that’s mid $20k’s.

Sure if your in California you can find those prices, Colorado on the other hand, not so much.

For a car like the Bolt to be successful it needs to be priced at around 25k, topping out at 30k. It’s a car with great engineering, but it’s currently priced too close to the Model 3 for most parts of the country.

That may change sooner than later. Yesterday Colorado’s new Governor signed an executive order with the intent of speeding up ZEV rules that the last governor established.

“The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shall develop a rule to establish a Colorado Zero Emission vehicle program, and shall propose that rule to the Air Quality Control Commission no later than May 2019.”

https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/gov-polis-signs-executive-order-supporting-colorado%E2%80%99s-transition-zero-emission-vehicles

I saw that, I hope the program has that sort of impact.

You got to be joking. I paid 35k for a new Bolt. Average price of a model 3 is around 50k.

On the outside. On the inside, like the i3, it has some good space.

Odd, mine was like $32k before $10k worth of incentives 😀

I paid $35k new with DCFC option.

How many if those 31 negs actually bought one?

No tax credit makes a $44,000 Bolt pretty unpopular.

James- nobody has ever paid $44k for a bolt. Why must you exaggerate? I paid $35k, nicely equipped, minus $7500 federal tax credit, minus approx $1000/year in fuel, maintenance, and repair costs over comparable ICE vehicle. 5 year total cost of ownership is similar to a $25k car. For a silent, ultra smooth, blast-to-drive car.

I agree in principle. It’s important to point out though that for them to become cheaper — and most likely even better in the process — we need more serious efforts to produce mass-market EVs: such as VWs MEB platform coming next year, or GM’s own BEV3 platform coming a year or two after that…

From your computer to God’s ears….

Agreed! We have had ours almost 16 months, and we hit 30,003 miles on the 1st anniversary. Even if it wasn’t electric, it would be the best car we have ever owned. But it is electric, which is awesome.

I also own a bolt. Its an awesome car. Sure it has some flaws, but all cars do. And as for evs I believe its the best one on the market. I continue to be amazed at the love tesla gets while this car gets ignored. Just look at this site, they have a dedicate navbar drop-down for tesla news and this article as if it’s some kind of shocking news that the bolt is great.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Seats. No ACC. DCFC.
The first two are just sad.

I have heard that Chevy made a simple change of padding in the front seats and that they are acceptable now, rather than irritating. I never liked ACC so I don’t feel your pain there but the charge rate is still lame and the early taper points make it even worse.

yeah but it is not ugly like the model 3 (in real life that frt end is really bad)

Tesla model 3 ugly? What are you nuts? Look the Bolt is great and at 15k, people should seriously consider them. But let’s not be rediculous. The Tesla is a superior vehicle. However like all cars, it is an affordability comparison.

when you get near one it looks like Monty Python foot squashed the frt end. When you see one driving or in a picture, you really dont notice it. when you get next to it, it is really obvious. The S is cool looking, the 3 not so much.

I have had a Bolt for about 4 months and I have to say I like it a lot more than I even initially did. It’s got its issues like any car but for the price and my needs there wasn’t a better alternative. With the EV Kona, Niro, and the new Soul and Leaf coming that may not be the case as much but you can get a Bolt right now and for a lot less 🙂

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Every new car should be the best car you’ve owned.

Agree absolutely. Way more fun than my old Model S P85D.

50K? ARE YOU SERIOUS? COULD BE OK FOR 25K, BETTER AROUND 18K!! it’s better GM works more and streamlineS production untill push to a much, much lower level the price of this car. More than 50k means money enough YOU CAN BUY A HOUSE IN MOST OF THE STATES. You can buy a reasonable good used car for 8K and spend remaining 42k for the dirtiest and most expensive fuel you can imagine for the rest of your life. LET’S BE CLEAR, MAKING GOOD ACCOUNT, does it make sense? ANSWER IS NO.

Where are you getting 50k? MSRP only goes to about $44k. I paid $33k for a fully loaded Bolt (even a premium paint color) after tax incentives and dealer discounts.

Agree^. I bet the average net cost is in the 20s.

33k sounds about right for a fully loaded premier after incentives. Still waiting for a $2500 rebate from TX.

He is Italian, which means that for him 44k$ + 22% VAT = 53k$. US Americans don’t realize that they are still living the dream. At least, as long as debts don’t catch up on them!

In the US taxes are not advertised in selling price, so most people pay 5 to 10% more than they say they do. Not nearly as much as 22% VAT, but it is worth noting if you see a price with $ you probably need to add at least sales tax to that.

Washington state’s ev incentive is essentially no tax.

Italy and most of Europe is way more indebted than the US is. It’s even starker if you consider that the US has a far younger population (young people take on mortgage and student loan debt and pay it off when older.) than pretty much anywhere in Europe and for the most part, they are much harder working, with a much more open attitude towards newcomers who are willing to put in a good day’s work. The level of debt here is quite trivial given the income levels and the demographics.

You must get your information from Trump/Fox news. US public debt is 125% of GDP, and likely to explode after the beautiful tax cut, against Italy’s 131% of GDP. Household debt is 87% for Italy, and 109% for US as % of net disposable income. So, the US is as full of debts as Italy, and Americans are more in debt than Italians. The main difference being that the lenders believe (correctly I guess) the US is more capable of paying them back (or more realistically, paying the interests back).
much harder working? That’s one the many myths of US society

> much harder working? That’s one the many myths of US society

No, but much more productive.

The GDP (PPP) per hour worked is a measure of the productivity of a country when not taking into account unemployment or hours worked per week. GDP (PPP) stands for gross domestic product normalised to purchasing power parity.

3rd place: United States 67.32
20th place: Italy 45.04

Like they say, Don’t work hard, work smart.

And everyone thinks the Japanese are so productive, because they see a company like Toyota, but I’ve been to Japan, and they have 5 guys on the street around construction sites (even tiny ones) to “guide” pedestrians around those areas. Of course those are make work jobs paid by tax dollars, and one of the reasons, why Japan has the hightest debt percentage to GDP of any country.

And their GDP (PPP) per hour worked ranking is 21st in the world! Even worst than Italy!

Never slag the Americans about work! And I’m not even American.

“Public debt” includes home.

What is Italy’s credit rating? If I’m not mistaken, its BBB rating is the same as Kazakhstan’s. The US is between AA+ and AAA depending on the agency. Are we even talking about a fair comparison here? When you don’t have an argument to make, don’t just throw up trump/fox. The reason why the US has more debts is because it had a baby boom that peaked in 1990 and those Millennials are just finishing school and starting families. Look at the housing crunch and the spike in student loans. These are good debts that help our children establish themselves for the future. Most of Central Europe has falling populations and legacy debts like pensions and entitlements. That is not going to help growth tomorrow. That is taking care of the past (something that also has to be done but is not about to create a dynamo of any sort.)

This difference is significantly because Italy’s debt is in euros and can’t print euros, and the ECB is run from the bankers in Germany.

The US debt is in dollars which can be made by the US Treasury or Fed for free.

Germany’s credit rating is higher than the USA.

household debt (87% vs 109%) what does that mean. What is the percentage based off of? If I make 50 grand a year, and have 50 grand of debt to my name, does that mean I’m 100%? not sarcastic, serious question.

OECD data

Mexico – 2255 hours per year
US – 1783
Italy – 1730
Switzerland – 1590

The Swiss are really lazy, must be the reason why they can’t make ends meet! LOL

Ignorance might be bliss, but you should keep your ignorance to yourself

http://usdebtclock.org

Just for information. Could probably look at other countries too, and it can estimate the debt a certain number of years in the future. . And look up how it was x-number of years ago.

Huge sums of money for sure. With a monetary system build around debt. . debt is what you get.

In Switzerland we have 7.7% VAT yet it costs close to 50k now because GM ripped off Opel.

Don’t forget, this $50K is in Canadian $, at about 1.30 to the USD.

Tax incentives are gone now for the Bolt, so if you bought today, you would pay $40k. Too much for a shoebox.

False. If you are in the US, the full $7500 tax credit is available to anyone who purchases by march 31st.

And nobody who has driven the Bolt would refer to it as a “shoebox”.

It’s very roomy inside just small on the outside. It’s about $35K if you shop around and California still has 2.5K incentives plus the 3.75K federal still available. You don’t have to like it but at least be fair.

No, ya still have over 2 months to get a Bolt with the full 7,500 rebate.

The Bolt is not a shoebox. I would guess that you drive a truck/SUV but have no kids and do not work in construction.

GM lost the full tax incentive, just as Tesla did. A Bolt and a Model 3 cost the same now, or within 1k or 2k, for the same range car. Any one of you choosing between the Bolt and the Model 3 ain’t gonna pick the Bolt…..

False. GM is a quarter behind Tesla. That means the Bolt still gets the full credit until 3/31/19.

You don’t pay MSRP for GM products…

… unless you really like your Chevy dealer, and you want your generosity to extend to their most appreciative sales staff.

Where does this misinformation that Bolt lost full tax incentive come from? Worse, where does this nonsense that Bolt costs remotely as expensive as Tesla 3? I suspect this kind of nonsense is keeping Bolt sales down.

At $32K ($21K in CA after all incentives), today’s Bolt is probably the best bargain ever.

Some of the big tesla YouTube Channels bash the bolt and give out deceiving info.
Plus no leases on model 3 and it is close to 50. For the mid range.

Would you like to see dealer ads for new Bolts for under $32k? That’s before the FULL tax credit still available to Bolt buyers and that makes the Bolt AFTER tax credits $16k+ less expensive than a Tesla, even less if you want a color other than black. Leases on Bolts are cheap, non-existent for Model 3 and if they were available they would probably be twice the lease payment. Saying they are comparable in price is pure ignorance.

I agree 100% but that doesn’t mean the the Bolt isn’t a great car. It simply cannot be with 10k of a Tesla. The Bolt lost its incentives here in Ontario thanks to a short sighted Government decision, but the Bolt was on my purchase list before that.

Canada

Canadian dollar.

What’s your problem?

He’s probably just upset that he lives on the 2nd floor.

That one was spelled Luka, though 😉

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Maybe he was beaten as a child and he’s redirecting his anger into trolling.

I think he’s not getting enough lithium… and I don’t mean in his EV batteries, either. 🙄

(■_■¬) Nolltronymous

Total MSRP shown on sticker is $53,320, which does seem high, but that’s Canadian. Prices in the US are significantly lower.

Is it not $44,300, as listed on Chevrolet’s Canadian website?

What happened to your name? Dyslexic?

And that price in Canadian dollars is with just about every single box ticked in the order.

50k no way paid 33k for ours

Ron Swanson's Mustache

Where are you finding houses for $50k?

Detroit?

Baltimore?

Hey, you can probably get them for less than that in Mongolia!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yurt

Do Not Read Between The Lines

You just got voted down by a hipster.

Luca, it has already been demonstrated that there is a great unmet demand for real EVs. The Bolt IS A REAL EV. No one wants to spend their extra money on dirty poison fuels, so your entire argument only holds water if you made said argument 10 years ago or more. You have already been left behind. I can only see you in the rear view – and you are soooo small……

Then how did it get outsold by the Model 3 by 10 to 1. It is a compliance car it sold about exactly as many as Elon said it would.

A different market.

Mine was $43K, I got a $3K tax rebate from the state, and expect a $7K federal credit, so my real cost is $33K. Admittedly pricey, but hardly crazy. And there are free chargers in my area so I’m rarely paying to charge.

Have you looked at the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar?

Mine was $24K after all the rebates. Think again.

Luca Bartolozzi – You do realize the price he quoted qs in Canadian Dollars. So the $53K Canadian is roughly $40K USD before discounts and any Tax credits.

2000 per year fuel savings with home solar that pays for itself. No pollution. Bolt plus solar Eliminates car and home energy cost. Sharpen your pencil. Save the world too.

I have tested a Chevy Bolt and a Model 3. Will buy or lease one of them when my current lease ends in September. May go for the Bolt by March 31st to take advantage of the full Federal credit however. Both are wonderful vehicles. The automotive future certainly looks bright, as I assume these two vehicles are simply the tip of the upcoming iceberg!

I would say Bolt has the practicality, the TM3 has the looks.

You don’t have to “assume”, its very clear now. Autoshows are increasingly getting filled with new EV’s coming out. Great times!

I’ve owned one for a month now and it’s a great vehicle. It’s practical for everyday City commute. I’ve got a car seat behind the driver’s seat. I typically run the battery halfway before charging and I charge twice a week on average.

The Bolt is a a good EV ,too bad the Seats are thinly padded ,car is FUGLY,and charge points are not countrywide,as GM has no vision of funding it. With all their Dealers country wide they could have had 4-6 spots allocated and the cars would sell like hotcakes,But its just a compliance car and GM does not see selling it in big numbers,why would they ,they lose $7000 per Bolt, maybe now its $5000 per car, but can they sell it at $37000 without the Federal Tax incentive?(after the reach toe 200,000 limit)

I used to think dealerships were a logical place for chargers, now I think otherwise.

Rather, I wish GM would partner with a third party network, like Nissan, BMW, and EVGo did. Thanks to Nissan and BMW’s foresight and leadership, I am actually able to drive my Bolt anywhere that I travel (with a little planning).

How do you plan for the single CCS plug not working as expected when you arrive? Honest question, as I own a CCS car and have experienced this first hand. That network is not only sparse, but unreliable. Planning doesn’t fix the latter unless your time is infinite.

I’ve been driving a Bolt since November 2017. It is a competent, solid car. If anything makes a Bolt remarkable is that it is unremarkable. The Bolt is reasonably fun to drive. Handling is OK or better and it feels quick despite its weight due to the 200 HP motor and immediate torque. The tires are efficient / puncture resistant Michelin and it is the tires that are the most obvious limitation on handling – however meatier tires would tend to reduce driving range. The driver controls are pretty well thought out and the layout is sensible. Important functions have knobs or good size buttons that are easy to use without taking eyes off the road. The simple, but useful controls are a pleasant departure from the stupidly complex video game interiors or a lot of current cars, gas and electric alike. It is easy to forget that the Bolt is an electric car because it is just a normal smallish CUV style car that does what’s needed. I just plug in the 120 volt charger cord when I get home from whatever I am doing and don’t give it any more thought. There has always been enough charge available… Read more »

I think you made a excellent point – “If anything makes a Bolt remarkable is that it is unremarkable.” Basically the Bolt just works. It’s basically the polar opposite of Tesla that yells – look at me.

What we need, if EVs are to appeal to the non-enthusiast masses, is EVs that are really good, affordable, convenient cars that just happen to be powered by electrons. We’re not all the way there yet, but we’re gettin’ close.

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With normal seats.

Not sure what you mean. The Model S exterior design is rather conservative I’d say. (In fact it’s pretty similar to certain Audi models…) It has a unique quality that makes it easy to spot when you are familiar with it, but otherwise it doesn’t really stand out.

Haven’t seen a Model 3 live yet — but going by pictures, I think it will be much the same…

antrik, do you really believe that? The Model S was patterned after the Jaguar F series, if I’m not mistaken. Do you see a Jag and not differentiate it from an Audi?

Jaguar? I am seeing Ford Fusion all day long!
LOL!

Frankly, I don’t remember the last time I saw a Jaguar around here… In that price class, Germans almost exclusively buy German cars.

Note that I didn’t say they can’t be differentiated — just that they do not stand out very much…

I bought one just about 3 weeks ago.

The only thing wrong with the bolt is the Chevrolet experience

Some dealers are awful and others have been really good. We have 3 Chevy dealers in town, two will work on Bolt/Volt. We went to one as they were the one we ordered a Volt, service department was atrocious, no real scheduling or feedback on progress. Won’t go back. The other has had great service with timely contact of progress and delays in repairs. Work happened at scheduled times as expected. Overall a good experience.

We have had our Bolt for 18 months, and almost 19K trouble-free miles. Have owned foreign cars since the 1960’s. This is the best, most fun car we have ever owned, including some amazing sports cars.

GM has said they don’t make money on our $36K Bolt, so they are moving to more expensive Cadillac EVs to hide the cost of batteries. Musk just said basically the same thing, coming from the other direction.

Wall Street won’t wait for the miracle next gen battery, Our current government won’t help. And most Americans who buy $40+ trucks and SUVs aren’t going to add 50% to the cost of their rolling whorehouses to save the planet.

I am not as hopeful as some. I don’t see a smooth transition to an EV world.

No, I think it will be rough for some companies. The new comers (Tesla, Bollinger, Rivian, Solo, Workhorse, IPace, Taycan and others) will make sales. Companies that do not have good BEVs or longer range PHEVs will find a hard market indeed.

Yet VW is convinced they can sell entry-level EVs with decent range for ~$25,000 next year while making a (slim) profit…

Maybe VW can make a profit selling fully highway-capable, street-legal, 4-wheel 25k plug-in EVs in the Chinese market. Surely not in the European or American market. Not as soon as 2020, anyway. They may be able to sell a 3-wheeler at that price, since those have lower safety requirements.

And if they prove me wrong… well then, more power to VW!

The VW e-up is $21.278 NOW, and the MEB will offer economy of scale. . So I think they will offer a cheap high value EV. They talk about a profit in the 5-6% range. . So to offer high value is important for them, to sell the volume they want.

Okay, but I see it has only ~80 miles of range. Still, that does fit within the parameters I listed, so it’s a fair cop.

Do the maths: the cheapest diesel Golf is 6,000 Euros more expensive than the cheapest gasoline Golf. (I.e. 5,000 before VAT.) Even assuming that a good chunk of this is margin, it still means there are several thousand Euros of cost to be saved *on top* of the cost savings from replacing a gasoline engine by an electric drive train. By a rough guess, that should give some $6,000 or $7,000 of room for the battery cost, before affecting profits. I don’t think they should be far off for a 48 kWh battery in 2020.

The primary reason EVs are still so much more expensive is *not* the battery cost any more. It’s the cost of low-volume production, along with the fact that most models don’t provide high-margin upgrade options for the power train. As VW intends to do both with the MEB platform, I don’t see any reason why their price targets wouldn’t be achievable.

All comes down to the cost of the batteries. Currently it is still too much. But once they’re down to $100/kWh then you’re paying $6000 for the battery in a Bolt. Not sure how much the rest of the car costs to make, but surely no more than a similar cheap compact. No reason why they can’t then sell it for $25k or so. Then sales take off.

Once EVs are mass-produced and segmented the same way as combustion cars, the production costs sans battery should get *lower* than for comparable combustion cars. With the battery, it’ll still be a few thousand dollars more for the next few years — but $25,000 price should be achievable very soon.

The EV revolution is a disruptive tech revolution. The transition is going to be very rough indeed for legacy auto makers such as GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, et al.

Almost certainly some of the current leaders in the market will fail to make the transition. That is pretty much a given for every disruptive tech revolution.

The Bolt EV is not going away. It will continue to be produced likely with updates. The new BEV3 platform is simply going to start with Cadillac and then trick down to Chevrolet.

I’ll believe it when I see it, GM has in their own words prioritized China over NA. And on top of that how many years will we have to wait for the affordable (Non Cadillac) BEV3 cars, 2025, 2030? We already know the Cadillac will be 2021-2022, is GM actually going to move the platform downstream quickly, where are those announcements. At Cadillac prices I would rather have the Tesla.

Of course China is a priority for both regulatory and for market reasons. That is where the market is hot. But that doesn’t mean that GM will simply ignore North America. And for announcements all you have to do is open your eye’s GM has very clearly stated multiple times that BEV3 will trickle down to Chevrolet.

Going by what they said in the past, they intend to roll out their new platform to a whole bunch of models very quickly.

Once they have the new platform, they won’t want to sell the less profitable Bolt any more. They *might* continue the Bolt name while switching the platform it’s based on; or they might introduce new models under different names to replace it. Either way, they will be quite different from the existing Bolt.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

This is Gen 2.
There isn’t the scale in battery manufacturing right now that there needs to be. Manufacturers are bigging up 50k per year. No scale means higher prices. Many new factories will be online in 2 to 3 years.
GM is EVing Cadillac, because premium is electrifying, they desperately need something for it (to improve US sales and get Chinese credits) and it can be done now.

I’ve been driving ours since Dec. 2016 and I have to say … I agree wholeheartedly! Fun to drive and the best car I’ve ever owned!

I bought a Bolt when they first came out, January 2017. I loved it and still do. Last month we bought a Tesla Model 3. Tesla is in a class by itself, like riding in a dream. But then I get back in the Bolt and it is still a very positive experience. It is also smooth, solid and plenty of pep. Actually I like it better for run around errands: short trips to the store or to the office and back. It’s smaller, easier to maneuver without fear of bumping into something. But then I am 66 years old. I think the cabin simplicity, comfort and of course the stereo in the Tesla are unmatched. In the long run, that is my car.

I have owned a Chevy Bolt EV since August 2017. My battery pack reported a fault and was recalled. I took the car to the Henrick Chevy dealership in Cary, NC. They kept the car for ~ one week and, according to them, replaced the battery pack.

The claim that GM has never replaced a battery pack in a Volt or a Bolt EV is quite clearly not true. But it may be a rush to judgement to call Ms. Barra a liar; she may have been misquoted, or perhaps her quote was taken out of context.

I think they chalk early failures up to “manufacturing defect” and the company is basically saying that no battery has needed to be replaced due to long-term wear.

My problem with the Bolt is the range is not as great as advertised. I experienced a sharp decline in range. Dealer said battery was fine and my driving habits we’re blamed. Otherwise, I am happy with the Bolt.

My experience with the Bolt is that its range is fairly accurate if you don’t drive fast. Like other EVs, it seems to reflect a 55-60 MPH flat road experience.

In good weather I generally exceed EPA estimates in our Bolt EV. In cooler weather I do worse than EPA estimates. On an annual average I’m pretty close to EPA. Which is about what I expected.

Me too – I live in PA. In summer, I get 360 miles; but now I only get 200ish. These are local driving ranges. If on highway speed, with heater on, I only get 120 miles.

Was that “sharp decline in range” something that happened when the weather turned cold?

That happens a lot with BEV drivers who are experiencing their first winter, in areas outside the balmy climates of California and Florida.

I bought a Prius Prime then leased a Bolt 2017 premier. The Bolt has been in the shop numerous times, had a full battery replacement. Whereas the Prime just went in to get a software update. Seems GM service is terrible, take it in and they break something else, they absolutely don’t know much about EVs. I said, you need to update your paperwork, there’s no oil in the Bolt, because it said oil change. The guy at the counter said sure there’s oil. I just left, no point arguing. Anyway, couldn’t wait for the lease to end, bought a Tesla Model 3. I’m not a Tesla fan boy but I have to say, I love this car. If you are going to test drive a Bolt, I suggest you test drive the Model 3 and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear. And yes, the Bolt seats are terrible. When you get in and out of the car the cheap plastic frame digs into your legs.

Whenever you send me the extra ten grand, I will be there!

Oh, wait! Better make that $17, 500 now. 🙂

Only $13,750, Tesla still gets half the tax credit 😉

Tesla just lowered the 3’s price $2,000. Got to factor that in too…

Chevy dealers around here have dropped the Bolt price by $5K with no press releases.

“The Bolt has been in the shop numerous times, had a full battery replacement. ”

Not according to Mary Barra…

yeah, well the Volt sites had tales of a few early battery replacements.

Like most large human orgs the boss only gets told what they want to hear. After all that’s what they reward.

Actual the Bolt does have oil and a permanent oil filter. You just wouldn’t change it unless something else is going wrong. You have to give the service people a break. The person that checks you in is just looking at general recommended maintenance. They see all kinds of cars on a daily basis. Just because you know everything thing about a specific car doesn’t negative their overall knowledge they have. Also, the Tesla Model 3 has a spin on oil filter like an ICE vehicle. You just don’t replace it anywhere near as often.

Where on earth are you getting this?

I suppose you could argue the transmission fluid is an oil.

I do agree that the 2017 seats are very bad, but I thought they improved the seats starting with the 2018 model.

I haven’t driven a 2018 or 2019 model so I don’t know if the seats are any better.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

If your service sucks, change your dealer. (With a Tesla, you can try a different service center if you’re lucky.)

We bought one in late Nov. And so far it’s been a great car. We have not had it long enough to see how it will perform in a Wisconsin winter but so far no problems. It is rather peppy as my wife puts it and handles fine and just under 1000 miles and not a drop of gas.

Before you review a vehicle or anything for that matter it helps if you have a clue what ut is and how it operates, this guy doesn’t and his review is basically worthless.

Well then, why don’t you do a review and show us how to do it “right”. 🙄

It’s a layperson’s review. Calm down.

Your right as he commented about the steering wheel not having radio volume up/down. It is just behind the righthand side of steering wheel. Didn’t even make a Youtube edited comment on the video to correct himself for error.

Bolt is a fantastic car but my experience with the local dealer soured the effort to get one, basically they told me they didn’t have any and I ended up going about 150 miles to test drive in the Los Angeles area where they had dozens in stock. Decided to wait for the Model 3 SR and when MR was announced decided to pull the trigger. The whole dealership thing needs to be fixed with Chevy/GM and they need to have the dealers push these cars more.

Same happened to me in Ontario.

Martin Chevrolet in Torrance has them in good stock and seems to be pushing them but the sales people have no clue. I asked them about DC fast charging and they basically told me “What is DC fast charging?”. The guy said, I have to get a dryer outlet if I want to charge this. Chevy really needs to wake up. Also 50KW DC fast charging is a no go and patchy CCS Combo charging in California makes it hard to use this for road tripping. I am glad I got the Model 3.

Agreed. When I was car shopping in 3/2018, the two Chevy dealers I talked to about Bolts were like a very bad parody of what’s wrong with car dealerships. Two places, about 60 miles apart, both told me, totally unprompted, that the Bolt didn’t have electric seat adjustments because it wouldn’t make sense to burn electricity on that when you could use it to propel the car. [insert stunned look here]

We need a new saying: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t do that… can work at an auto dealership.” 😉

I am certain the Bolt is a nice car, and far better than any ICE. But a Tesla Model 3 will make any Bolt owner dream of being a Tesla owner. All that is fine, but when a Bolt and a mid range Model 3 have the same price, Bolt sales aren’t going up. More likely they go down. Chevy did what legacy car makers are most likely to do when building an EV for the first time – they took an ICE design and changed it to make an EV. The result will NEVER be an elegant design, and will not compete with a pure EV design. To compete, you need to make a product that differentiates either with a compelling price, or a design that makes people fall in love at first sight. The Bolt accomplishes neither. I’m not an EV naysayer, just a Tesla owner. I want people to buy the Bolt. But the price is too high for tye narket Chevy shoukd be targeting here – the Bolt can only compete with Tesla at a price 10k or more lower. We need more EVs on the road. I sure wish the Bolt would sell 150k units… Read more »

The Bolt is an incredibly roomy hatchback which feels like a car (and not a computer, e.g. not missing critical information like speed from in front of you, basic controls not buried underneath menus in a touch screen, etc.) and still costs thousands less when fully loaded than the cheapest Tesla available.

No, the only thing this Bolt owner dreams of is having access to the supercharging network. And that is starting to change very quickly between Electrify America and New York State’s various programs (google “NYPA Evolve NY” to see what they have planned for 2019).

You would not believe how awesome Model 3 is until you drive it for a few months and try driving anything else afterwards. Everything else feels like horse and buggy and Tesla is another level of driving experience. I’ve driven the Bolt and 2018 Leaf and the power/responsiveness is no where near Model 3. EAP brings it up several notches.

The Bolt EV is a unique EV design. It is a BEV only platform, not from an ICE. However, it is made at an ICE factory so it is likely they designed it to be easily made on much of the same equipment. The upcoming BEV3 platform is likely to be even more BEV specific.

It’s kinda unique, but it was created by modifying a combustion car platform, rather than starting from a clean sheet. Just like the e-Tron or EQC, that comes with serious compromises.

No, it wasn’t, it is a unique platform. No gas car shares it.

Bolt was ground up designed as EV. There’s no GM gasser hatch that sits as high as Bolt to accommodate the battery underneath.

Do you have problems comprehending the word “modified”? I didn’t say it uses an actual Spark chassis — I said (or in fact cited various other people saying) they took a Spark chassis as the *starting point*, and modified it to fit the battery. They did *not* start from a clean sheet. I’m sorry if it doesn’t fit your beliefs, but it’s fact.

In the contrar, why would you make something from clean sheet of paper when it is suppose to be cheape, sales are less than 25k units a year and you will have loss on each sale. Its just not wise economic dicision.

Why? So you won’t have a loss on each sale, that’s why. Designing a completely new car does cost more in R&D costs, but if the car stays in production for a few years, the auto maker should more than make up for that in unit costs.

But GM’s goal for the Bolt EV wasn’t to make the car at the lowest cost they could manage; GM’s goal was to get a BEV into production ASAP.

“From an engineering point of view… the Bolt did a good thing. GM doesn’t have a lot of money to throw at all the different cars that they’re developing. They took a Spark, ripped out the bottom, told somebody else to come in here, put in batteries and motors and whatnot, saved a tremendous amount of engineering costs and whatnot and NRE [Non-Reoccurring Engineering, or R&D costs] and boomp! wound up with a car, and got it into the marketplace quick.” — Sandy Munro, during the Autoline After Hours interview

It’s not just about speed. The engineering effort to create a dedicated platform would simply not be worthwhile for the low volumes they were planning.

I totally agree that it was the right decision for what GM wanted to accomplish with it. It’s just a fact though that it results in compromises.

Sandy Munro of Munro Associates claims the Bolt is built on a modified Spark platform. I believe him. GM can call tbat proprietory or not – but experts like Sandy who tear down autos and reverse engineer them know what they are lookng at.

Yes, but Sandy may not have meant that to be taken as literally true. He was speaking rather casually at the time. He may merely have meant that the Bolt EV is a further development following the Spark… not that it was actually built on a Spark platform.

“But a Tesla Model 3 will make any Bolt owner dream of being a Tesla owner”

Not really. Tesla is 20 inches longer than Bolt and as someone who parallel parks on outings, I’d rather have Bolt. For long distance, I prefer my van since I can carry more stuff (too bad Tesla 3 can’t tow a trailer). But I’d like to have Tesla badge some day to show off.

The Bolt and the mid-range Model 3 will never have the same price.

Tesla owner? So you still have to push the brake pedal anytime you need to slow down? LOL!

Tesla bashers have gotten rather desperate and feeble these days. 🙄

I think Tim was engaged in sarcasm.

In any event, Tesla M3 and Bolt EV are quite different cars, for different purposes and different markets. Personally, I like Bolt for its maneuverability and its roominess — particularly in the back, where the M3 is cramped — and for the access to a nationwide network of dealers. I like the M3 for its supercharger access, for its humongous sunroof, and for its frequent software updates.

Both cars seem to be powered by smugness as much as electricity. That is OK.

But I find it quite tiresome to so often encounter ignorant M3 owners jeering at Bolt owners. There’s no call for that — both cars are all kinds of cool, and owners of either one should feel happy to be part of the EV revolution.

I’ve owned my Bolt Premier for a year and a half. I have more than 40,000 miles on it and it still drives like the day I drove it from the showroom. It’s the best car I’ve ever owned. The performance is still amazing to me.

I absolutely love driving my Bolt. The screen needs a lot of work. It needs a back button badly. It needs to quit announcing loudly when I get in the car. It needs to turn off the radio when I turn the power off of the car. I keep getting confused as to whether or not I have hit the power button when I get in as well as when I get out. Other than that I loved everything about it, and I am proud to drive it.

Almost all cars these days (BEV and ICE) keep the radio on when you shut the car off. It only shuts off when you open the door. It’s not specific to your Bolt. Seems to be a feature most people wanted or they wouldn’t have included it.

Funny, your radio complaint applies to the Model 3 as well, even though it has no power button.

I ordered a Bolt before it was released. When it was delivered, I went for my first test drive. I was impressed by the acceleration and the strong regenerative brakes. I was somewhat put off by the styling, but I was willing to put up with that because I knew what I was getting into. (I really don’t like the CUV type of look.)

But what ruined it for me was the interior. I didn’t mind seat comfort, but I was unwilling to put forward the $34,000 (after fed and state credits and rebates) for a plastic interior that looked like it belonged in a $21,000 economy car. After all, I was going to have to look at, touch and sit in that interior for many years.

I thanked the dealer for his time, and let him know that I would wait for the Model 3. The dealer told me that he had quite a few cancellations of the Bolt by people who had also ordered the car sight unseen.

In SoCal, some can get Bolt for $21K after all the incentives.

Yes the dealers will deal now. At the time of introduction, most dealers wanted a premium over the MSRP. This particular dealer, Connell Chevrolet in Costa Mesa, NEVER charges a premium over MSRP, even on the usual stream of special edition Corvettes. I respect the dealer, and I worked with the owner on this order.

Some of you critics who put down the Volt and Bolt interiors as being too plasticky and only worthy of a sub-20k car, need to actually go sit in/drive these sub-20k cars. And not just GMs, but Toyotas, Hondas, Fords and VWs. When you get into the most basic of vehicles, they are all plasticky and cheap feeling. Then get back into a Volt or Bolt and you wouldn’t dare dream of making that comparison again.

Have you been inside a $24K Honda CR-V or a Mazda CX 3 at $20K? I’m a bit confused as to not daring to make the comparison when the Bolt has no soft plastics on the doors or dash. Isn’t a hard plastic a hard plastic no matter what? Are you suggesting that the Bolt has better hard plastics than the other economy cars?

Your Model 3’s $50K interior plastic quality isn’t better than the $38K Toyota Avalon’s interior quality.

So, there is that too. You love the Model 3 because it drove way better. And Bolt drives way better than just about all $25K ICE cars out there.

Mazda CX-3 is a cramped POS that pretends to be a CUV. I had to sit in that POS when my co-worker’s new Miata was in the shop for a week and he had that CX-3 free rental. And I agree that interior is better than average for its class in terms of “touch and feel”, but the design and roominess was cramp and so are noise and ride.

The new CR-V top trims are much nicer than the past generation CR-V, but NVH isn’t even close to Bolt.

I own a 2018 Bolt, and am very satisfied with it. I do have some quibbles, but nothing serious. I don’t get the comments saying the seats are uncomfortable; the seats are much more comfortable than my old Toyota, and more comfortable than my wife’s Camry seats.

Improper grounding will cause that.

We bought our first Bolt about 18 months ago and our second about four months ago — sooner than we wanted but had to if we wanted to get the full incentives. We love this car. We drove our first Bolt from southern California to northern Washington (literally a mile from Canada) and back last summer. That trip included side trips to Crater Lake, Burney Falls, and the Oregon coast. The car performed flawlessly and is always a blast to drive. And there was enough charging infrastructure that it wasn’t a huge hassle. It’s a trip we’d like to do again.

Our first Bolt ended up costing us a little over USD 22K net after rebates and incentives. The second one is a premier and we expect to be out about USD 30K net cost after we get all the rebates and credits. We have almost no maintenance costs and fuel them for free most of the time because we have solar. So our TCO should be very low.

Meh! 👎

Great review. Nice to see it in the snow. Do you use studded tires there or just winter tires?

Over 30k miles on our Bolt, not a car to take on a road trip but other than that, awesome and very affordable.

Leased ours, thinking of buying one before the tax credits drop at the end of Q1, they are so heavily discounted that they are in the low 20’s after tax credits.

Well here’s another opinion, I test drove it and was not impressed at all. It’s just an econobox fitted with an electric drive.

GM labored mightily and brought forth, a mouse.

Had a unique experience in my 2017 leased Bolt. It died while driving. No one knows why. It is in the dealership now and after two days still no status on what is wrong. Thank God it is a lease.

The lack of a center console is EXCELLENT! Because it gives us taller folks more room.

If it is peppy in the snow, imagine what it will be in the dry?

Yes, we test drove a Bolt. Loved the performance. Disappointed with the amount of road noise. Absolutely hated the seats! After 15 minutes my back was aching. After 20 I couldn’t wait to get out and sit in our C-Max Energi, which has the most comfortable seats of any car we have ever owned.
Would like a lower price. Hate the “after tax credit” discussions, since we would only get about $1000 of that.
Waiting for the 2019 Niro and Soul EVs.

Good luck on finding an available Niro or Soul EV. Production is limited and they sell out early in production and then nothing is available for the remainder of the year. I know, I looked at a Honda Clarity EV and there were none available.

We bought a Bolt Premier in Oct 2018, and have about 4K miles on the ODO as of now (mid Jan 2019). We live in Colorado. I am truly impressed with the Bolt, which is our second EV , so we have some experience now. The Bolt, is very well engineered, with great use of interior space, super greenhouse, very peppy, logical and straightforward controls, very stable, with no pitch and roll. Front lamps are very bright, and excellent overall. That’s in addition to the pure EV characteristics of great torque and lack of noise and vibration. My point is, it’s not just a good EV, it’s a good car. We get 2.8 miles per KWh, so the range when fully charged is 168 miles (and not the 234 published value). I assume here, the range computer is factoring in our driving history, and predicting the range accordingly, and with our efficiency b/c of driving styles and ambient temps , that’s what we are seeing. That said, this range is more than adequate for our use case (city car, most drives are < 20 miles RT). I have no range anxiety. We bought ours in Calif and had it trucked… Read more »

Bought mine last year at end of year prices. I couldn’t wait for the Tesla. For 34K, I got a smaller car with more room inside that’s easier to get in and out of. It’s quick, quiet, roomy and trouble free and I think it looks pretty sharp in red. It’s not as comfy or as sporty as a Tesla but I’ve been enjoying the heck out of it for over a year.

The Bolt EV really should get more credit than it does for being a good BEV. In fact, automotive teardown professional Sandy Munro said he thought it was a pretty good (very good?) car, until he started examining the Tesla Model 3 closely.

Now that may sound like it’s dissing the Bolt EV, but that’s not my intent. If the Bolt EV is a pretty good car in comparison to the market in general, then it’s a pretty good car, period. There were some serious problems with MY 2017 Bolt EVs, but MY 2019 Bolt EVs are supposed to have improved front seats and suspension.

For those who don’t want (or can’t afford) a Tesla car, or feel the need (or want) for a hatchback instead of a sedan like the Model 3, the Bolt EV is a good alternative. And unlike the Model 3, you can actually get one for ~$35k or even less; TrueCar.com estimates the average selling price at $34,392.

This guy says, “shock” and “shocked” a lot!

Fruedian slip? Not the best descriptors when reviewing electric anything…

I have a 2018 Bolt EV and it works very well in general. Issues, center console is a weak piece of junk that squeaks and groans with you arm on it. Can’t lock out A/C in winter/Heat in Summer causes AC to run if car sits in sun in winter and just happens to be nice and warm. Infotainment system, Indexes a limited number of tracks on USB port. doesn’t support flac files. SirusXM favourites only shows channel number not name. Seat bolsters too narrow. Carpet very cheap. That said, I recommend the car and would buy another.

You list a lot of cons.

Isn’t it odd there’s no videoTubers out there posting vids and artcles on this stuff?

Model 3 is so scrutinized over every small detail.

Here is a real Bolt owner with some very revealing Bolt flaws and nobody cares!

Is this just indicating that the Model 3 is changing the world while GM is succeedung to use Bolt ZEV credits and common taxpayers to pay for incentives to sell a scant amount if compliance vehicles ?

“it was the only reasonably priced, long-range EV available in the U.S. nationwide.“

It’s still the only long range, reasonably priced EV available nationwide in the US.

I have a 2017 Chevy Bolt, it’s the first GM car I have ever owned and I have to say it’s the best car I have ever owned. I love my Bolt.

I test-drove a new Bolt last year and was deeply impressed. I love my ’13 Volt, but if I had to replace it I’d get a Bolt. Folks complain about the seats, but I found them quite comfortable. They are a bit snug (I’m 6′ 3″ and about 200 pounds), but I prefer supportive seats. Lots of legroom. It’s a blast to drive, lots of interior space for such a small vehicle. Just drive one, they sell themselves. And if you get a sales person who talks down the car, ask for somebody else.

I’d tell you about ours, if I could get my wife out from behind the wheel!

I have 56,000 miles on my 2017 Bolt.

Best. Car. I’ve. Ever. Owned.

Here’s my write up about my experience after the first year: https://www.facebook.com/BYE2CO2/photos/a.1510563998966156/1873916092630943/?type=3

“shocked”?

Everyone is enamoured by the Bolt, by the comments below. Maybe it’s because it’s there first interaction with electric cars. Now try the Model 3 and give me your opinions. Would be interesting I think, price difference aside.

What other EVs have they tested?

Had one for 18 months and very glad to be rid of it. Worst seats ever. 43k car with flimsy manual seats and no lumbar supoort, small sun visors that don’t extend, no homelink, hard touch plastics throughout, etc. etc. Thankfully I negotiated hard when I got it and got the full tax credit. The resale was abysmal. I haven’t been surprised to hear sales have tanked. Got a model 3 and it is night and day. My model 3 was $53k which is $10k more but I got AWD, substantially more range, a true luxury interior with soft touch everywhere, power adjustable seats that feel like lazy boys, full glass roof, etc., etc.

My wife and I purchased a 2017 Bolt and it’s an amazing car, it doesn’t get the praise that it deserves. The size is perfect for us, not too big and not too small. I’ve gotten up to 250 miles on a full charge. I’ve driven it twice from San Francisco to Santa Monica and back and it’s great on the freeway. As with all electric vehicles, the acceleration is excellent and the high-tech safety features and compatibility with smart phones and Android Auto is very nice.

The Bolt is great! I bought a Tesla M 3 but my friend has 2 Teslas but he perfers to drive his Bolt. He let me drive his and I was very impressed. Still like my M 3 but it cost quite a bit more… I would say if you are using it for road trips get the Tesla, if not save the money and get the Bolt.

$53,000 EV before tax and Preparation in Premiere Trim yet no lighted mirrors behind the sunvisors. Tsk Tsk.

Couldn’t get my hands on one here in Lansing, MI. Called multiple dealerships looking for a test drive and out-the-door cost; kept getting directed to the Volt. Lots of GM plants and personnel around here, and I didn’t see any Bolts around either.
I think sales reflect lack of GM’s interest, not lack of market interest.