The all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV is so cutting edge that it makes all other affordable electric vehicles seem irrelevant. Its impressive 238-mile EPA-certified driving range makes it usable as a daily driver, and its powerful and responsive electric motor provides plenty of fun along the way. At the same time, the Bolt EV is also a practical hatchback with a roomy rear seat and lots of cargo space. It may not look as cool as a Tesla, but the 10Best-winning Bolt EV is arguably a bigger step forward for autodom—for a fraction of the price.
What’s New for 2017?
The Bolt EV is a completely new model for 2017. Don’t confuse it with the similarly named Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid with both an electric motor and a gasoline engine—and far less electric range.
Trims and Options We’d Choose
The Bolt EV’s affordability is paramount to its appeal, so we’d keep it simple by sticking with the base LT model rather than the ritzier Premier. The LT comes standard with features such as:
• 10.2-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
• Proximity-key entry and push-button start
• Backup camera
• 4G LTE with mobile Wi-Fi
The Bolt EV LT offers two affordable option packages that we’d choose: the $555 Comfort and Convenience package (includes heated front seats and steering wheel) and the $495 Driver Confidence package (blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors). We’d also add DC fast-charging capability for $750. All in, our well-equipped Bolt stickers for $39,295—a number that can be offset by a federal tax credit of $7500 available to electric-vehicle buyers. Some states offer additional rebates, tax credits, high-occupant-lane privileges, or other incentives to EV buyers as well.