2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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Prevent, Protect, Respond

Bolt EV offers an array of safety technologies to help you prevent dangerous situations on the road.

  • 10 Air Bags1
  • Utilizes Advanced High-Strength Steel Frame
  • Available OnStar® Automatic Crash Response2

Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings, and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important feature limitations and information.

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It’s Okay to Be a Know-It-All

Want to know how much energy you’re using? There are screens for that. Valuable, real-time information such as your battery levels, range estimation, charge settings and climate controls is available on the standard 10.2-inch diagonal color touch-screen and 8-inch diagonal driver cluster.

Interior Seating

Seats Five Comfortably

  • The creative design offers an open and spacious feel for exceptional shoulder room, head room and leg room.
  • Battery positioning allows for increased spaciousness and easy entrance and exit for you and your passengers.
  • The multipurpose front console delivers a functional, usable space with sliding armrest and massive storage bins.
  • Also enjoy generously sized cup holders and available wireless charging3 behind the shifter.
A Bolt EV in a garage charging

Charging Is as Easy as Plugging in Your Cell Phone

The great thing about Bolt EV is you can top off your battery as much or as little as you like. With the available 240-volt/32-amp charging unit you can simply plug in at night and by the morning, it’s charged up and ready to go. Without thinking, plugging in could become a part of your daily routine. Plus, with Location-Based Charging, you can delay charging to take advantage of off-peak electricity rates when you’re at home and begin charging immediately when you’re away.

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Up to 238 Miles of Electric Range on A Full Charge*

*EPA-estimated 238-mile EV range. Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and conditions.
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10.2-Inch Diagonal Color Touch-Screen

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25 Miles per Hour of Charge* with 240-Volt/32-Amp Charging Unit

*Charging rate varies based on output of the charge unit, vehicle settings and outside temperature.
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2019 NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score

*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.nhtsa.gov).

Most Asked EV Questions

A: Variety among electric vehicles is still limited, and EVs command a price premium. In addition, several pure electrics may not meet people’s needs if they drive more than 70 miles per day and do not have access to workplace or public charging. Plug-in hybrids solve the range problem, but they still need a place to plug in to take full advantage of how they operate.

Electric vehicle owners generally need to have ready access to an outlet (or 240-volt battery charger) and a parking spot for overnight charging, unless they are relying entirely on workplace charging. In most areas of the country, this means convenient charging is limited to single-family houses and townhomes rather than apartments or condos. Some initiatives have begun to foster charging and parking solutions for multi-family housing, but this will be a challenge for most situations.

While statistics show that 78 percent of American drivers travel less than 40 miles a day, and 90 percent drive less than 50 miles a day, people in single-vehicle households who need to make long trips even occasionally are probably not the best match for most current pure EV offerings. But if charging access is available, a plug-in hybrid can go the distance. Of course, nothing says an EV has to be somebody’s only car. A conventional gas-powered car can fill in where an pure EV falls short—and vice versa—in a multi-car household.

The main questions to ask yourself:

  • How many miles do I drive each day?
  • Do I have regular access to charging at home or at work?
  • How much would would the electricity costs be?
  • Do I need a faster charging option, or can I charge overnight with a regular outlet?
  • How often do I travel beyond the electric range?
  • Are there charging stations in my local area or travel corridors? (Check out PlugShare.com and the Energy Deptartment’s Alternative Fuels Data Center and related apps.)

A: Base prices range from $21,750 for the Smart Electric Drive to more than $125,000 for a high-performance Tesla Model S. In some cases, that’s thousands more than similarly-sized gas-powered cars. But electric cars (excluding low-speed neighborhood vehicles) are eligible for up to a $7,500 federal tax credit to offset the extra cost. Additional city and state tax credits, rebates, or vouchers are available in California, Colorado, Texas, Maryland, and elsewhere that can make the costs of electric cars more compelling. Plus, consumers with a home solar system can really lower or even eliminate their “fuel” costs.

Some popular electric and plug-in cars are sticker priced at $26,000 to $32,000 before the tax credit. Leases are available for as little as $120 a month (after you sign the tax credit over to the leasing company).

The two most common plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are sticker priced between $30,000 and $40,000, but lease prices can make them very affordable.

Bottom line: It pays to do your homework and look beyond the sticker price to find out how much you’d actually be paying after state, federal, and local incentives, as well as local lease offers.

A: Electric cars require no oil changes and minimal maintenance. Our Annual Auto Survey shows that the low operating costs should offset the cost of buying in just the first year for a Nissan Leaf, for example.

You can compare how much you’d save in your state using the DOE’s eGallon tool (https://energy.gov/articles/egallon-how-much-cheaper-it-drive-electricity). And be sure to check out your local utilities off-peak or EV charging rates—many utilities offer steep discounts for night-time charging, and programming a simple timer can help EV owners take advantage of these great rates. Check out the DOE’s cost calculator (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/calc/) for comparisons.

A: We’ve found most electric cars deliver instant power from a stop, and they are both smooth and quiet when underway. The driving experience is quite different from a traditional gasoline-fueled car, as EVs feel like they glide effortlessly.

Most electric vehicles we’ve tested ride comfortably. Despite their heavy batteries, they typically handle well due to the low placement of the heavy battery and lack of a heavy engine above the front axle. These dynamic characteristics are among the reasons that the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet BoltEV, and Tesla Model S top Consumer Reports’ charts for owner satisfaction, based on our latest annual survey.

Some EVs have complicated, fussy controls and compromised space inside. Others are simple and straightforward. Like all cars, EV driving experience varies, making it important to look beyond merely the appeal of running on electric power to read our full road tests and conduct your own test drive before buying.

A: Most pure EVs have a 75- to 100-mile range, but the next-generation EVs emerging now and luxury models can go a lot farther—more than 200 miles. Count on range being about 25 percent less than manufacturer claims in the real world. In particular, driving in cold weather will shorten the range noticeably, due to cabin heat. Hilly terrain can also exact a toll.

Gasoline-fueled cars will typically go 350 to 400 miles between fill-ups and take just five minutes to fill up. Driving an EV requires planning. But plug-in hybrids have a combined gasoline and electric range of 400 to 550 miles, and if you plan it right, you may never have to go to a gas station, except for long trips.

Below are a few examples with the EPA-rated range. For plug-in hybrids, a total range combining electric and gasoline power are shown in parentheses:

Vehicle Make/Model: EPA-Rated Driving Range on Single Charge (Miles)

  • 2017 BMW i3 BEV (94 Amp-hour battery): 114
  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt: 238
  • 2017 Chevy Volt: 53 miles electric (420 total)
  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in: 33 miles electric (570 total)
  • 2017 Ford C-Max Energi: 20 miles electric (570 total)
  • 2017 Ford Focus Electric: 115
  • 2017 Ford Fusion Energi: 22 miles electric (610 total)
  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric: 124
  • 2017 Nissan Leaf: 107
  • 2017 Tesla Model S 90D: 294
  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime: 25 miles electric (640 total)
  • 2017 VW E-Golf: 125

A: Charge times vary greatly, depending on the size of the battery, how fast the car is able to take the charge, and the amperage of the circuit. For most EV owners, charging overnight is the cheapest and most convenient option (much like charging a smartphone), so comparing hours when shopping isn’t necessary for most applications. Unless you are pushing the range limit on a daily basis, you won’t have to fill it up from empty to full very often.

On a typical 240-volt (Level 2) charger, it can take between 4.5 and 6 hours to fully charge an EV. Plug-in hybrids can take significantly less time to recharge, ranging from two hours for the Toyota Prius Prime to about 4.5 hours for the Chevrolet Volt.

Expect a little more than double those times when charging from a standard 110-volt (Level 1) household outlet. Put another way, on a standard household outlet, expect to get about four miles of driving for every hour of charging.
A wider variety of 240-volt chargers are coming on the market that charge at different speeds, with charge times that vary depending on the car and charger. Some systems, such as Tesla’s High Power Wall Connector home charger, replenish the battery much quicker.

DC fast chargers, which can power up to 80 percent of the battery’s range range in about 20 to 30 minutes, are expanding around the country, but they’re still few and far between. There are only about 300 DC fast chargers publically available. In addition, Tesla’s supercharger network boasts over 500 stations around the country, and those powerful chargers can restore 100 miles of range in as little as 20 minutes for the Tesla Model S.

A: Electric cars achieve the biggest benefits and cost savings when they’re charged overnight at home when electric rates may be lowest. As another benefit, most electric-car drivers say they find it much more convenient to just plug in at home than to have to stop at gas stations.

It’s possible to charge a plug-in hybrid overnight, even on a standard 110-volt household outlet. Practically speaking, owning a pure EV probably means installing a 240-volt, Level 2 home charger. These chargers sell for $400 to $700, depending mainly on amperage and the length of the cable. Installation can run an additional $300 to $500, or more, depending the distance to the fuse box. These Level 2 units will allow you to charge in less than half the time of a standard wall outlet or as little as four hours for some electrics. The latest models will charge four times as fast as a home outlet. Again, check your utility and state incentives for discounts and tax rebates on charging equipment, some of which can cut the total cost in half.

Public chargers are being installed in many cities and highway corridors throughout the United States, but their distribution varies widely. Convenience and pricing also vary. Check out PlugShare.com and DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/) and related apps to locate public charging in your local area or even to plan a road trip.

A: Theoretically, yes, if enough of them were charged during peak times in one local area. We’re a long way from that in terms of electric-car penetration, and smart grid technology is improving management of the grid. Plus, the risk is mitigated by the fact that most people will prefer to do most of their charging at night, when demand on the power grid is much lower.

According to studies by Idaho and Pacific Northwest National Labs, the United States has enough power to charge at least 1 million electric cars at off-peak times, without building a single additional power plant.

Many utilities are committed to building more charging infrastructure to meet the demand from electric cars, which they see as expanding their market and possibly providing grid storage through the electric vehicle batteries.

A: The biggest motivators driving the production of electric cars are reduction of greenhouse emissions and cutting dependence on foreign oil.

Electricity is not a fuel; it is energy produced from a wide array of domestic sources. An increasing percentage of those sources are cleaner than coal or oil, ranging from natural-gas power plants and increasingly augmented by renewable sources such as wind and solar generation. The power grid in the United States is currently underutilized, having been built for the hottest day of the year. Transportation, particularly charging at night, can utilize that surplus.

A: About 30 percent of America’s electricity still comes from coal, and even in regions with the dirtiest electricity, EV emissions are equivalent to a 35 mpg gasoline vehicle. On a lifecycle basis, electric vehicles still produce much less pollution than vehicles powered by an internal combustion engine. As the electric grid continues to become cleaner, electric vehicle emissions will decrease over time.

A: Growing consumer demand, and zero-emission vehicle targets in California and other states (as well as global targets), will push automakers to produce increasing numbers of electric cars during the next decade. While battery costs still command a price premium for plug-ins, larger-scale adoption is bringing down costs. Breakthroughs in battery technology could drive even lower prices and wider adoption. Also, more public charging options are planned to make charging more accessible.
EVs will slowly expand from being novel second cars in a household to serving as primary-use cars, and a wider variety of types of EVs (including SUVs and sports cars) are likely to broaden their appeal.

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Bolt EV Features

Every last inch of space was meticulously planned in designing the Bolt EV. Room for five with extra head and leg room gives you all the personal space you need to travel comfortably. The split-folding rear seats provide 56.6 cubic feet of cargo space, allowing for comfortable storage for all of your gear, so you never have to worry about leaving anything behind.

The Chevy Bolt EV achieves heightened efficiency thanks to smart technology that tells you things like your battery levels, how many miles you can expect on a charge, and the amount of energy used on a trip. All of this information is accessible on a 10.2-inch center display screen and 8-inch driver cluster. Connect your iPhone® or Android device to the Bolt’s tablet-like display for instant access to your contacts, music, apps, and more.

Chevy Bolt EV Specs

  • 238 Miles per Full Charge
  • 17″ Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • HID Headlamps
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Electronic Precision Shift
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Keyless Open and Start
  • Single-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • 6-Way Manual Adjustable Front Seat
  • 8″ Diagonal Driver Information Center
  • 10.2″ Diagonal Color Touch-Screen
  • Two Front USB Ports
  • 60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seats
  • Michelin Self-Sealing Tires
  • 10 Air Bags
  • Available 240 volt charging unit

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