Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV

model. 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV
price. $41,020
as tested. $43,735
seating/style 5-passenger/compact hatchback
powertrain. single motor electric powertrain, 200 hp
driveline. FWD
fuel economy. 127/108/118 city/highway/comb (MPGe)
available. now
words. Nicole Wakelin
visuals. courtesy Chevrolet, R. Lindland

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Once upon a time, electric vehicles were an oddity. Today, there are a growing number of competitors for the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV. This year the Bolt EV gets a range increase up to 259 miles per charge to help hold off that competition.

The 200-horsepower electric motor has no trouble getting up to speed and when it’s time to slow down, the regenerative braking is some of the smoothest we’ve experienced. Recharging takes 10 hours at a 240-volt charger or get up to 100 miles of range in 30 minutes at a DC fast charger.

This is a cute compact hatchback with an impressive 16.9 cubic feet for cargo behind the rear seats. Fold those seats and cargo capacity expands to 56.6 cubic feet. It’s not as small as it looks. Seats are comfortable, but not so much for longer trips. Plan to stop and stretch to work out the kinks and be ready for the next leg.

The Bolt EV’s biggest challenge is a lackluster interior. Finishes feel cheap, especially when you compare it to competitors at the same price point. Range, cargo room, and a responsive ride are there, but at the sacrifice of an attractive interior.

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