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Quick Spin: My Test of the Chevy Bolt


Cmicasa the Great

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Had an opportunity to take a spin the Bolt  yesterday.. this model stickers at $41K and was pretty loaded. 

The car is very nice. First thing that struck me was the space. Outside I saw what looked like a compact car.. or more appropriately an alternative design to my ex's Encore. Inside I was greeted with a very clean sheet design.. still Chevy/GM, but with Silicon Valley influence. 

The ride was another strong, positive point. While not "Tesla quick" this was ever bit as quick as my Impala. Compare that the Tesla Model S 60 pulls the sprint to 60 mph in 5 secs. This Bolt does it in 6.3. If this were a race.. a drag race...  with pinks or pride on the line.. yeah.. it would be a lifetime, but in everyday life.. who gives a fuck.. especially when U saved about $30K. I won't even mention that the Bold is rated at 253 Miles on a charge while the Tesla is at 210.. and yes 234 if U pay an additional $9,000.  Yeah the difference in looks is the exact difference in choosing a Malibu (yes.. I don't see the Tesla as any better looking than the Chevy midsizer) over a Trax, but it really depends on your mission. My mission in this situation would be to buy something better looking than a price-point competitor.. and this Bolt wins hands down versus the Leaf, Prius, i3, and Cmax. So quiet that they have to fake the noise. So smooth I had to relearn to drive. The only thing I had to deal with was getting used to the CAMERA mirror like I had to in the CT6 and XT5s I have driven. Great feature. And love the surround camera on the headset.  I want one. This would be a great Daily Driver. 253 Miles and a 240-Volt/32-Amp Charging Unit cold charge it in 9 hrs (checked price at Home Depot.. $399.99) not to mention I have 3 charging stations ,that work 160 miles per hour, 2 miles from my house. 

Verdict. Hey GM... what the fuck is your problem? With this driveline.. and a simple directive.. U could put Tesla out of business. A Pick-up for GMC. A Sports car for Caddy. A Malibu all EV. A luxo coupe (Riviera) for Buick.. U would have this shit on LOCK. Add in the Volt, CT6 PHEV, and Malibu Hybrid.. and the skies the limit 

 

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For a 40 000 dollar Chevrolet that is principally a high tech machine...Id say the Bolt is pretty great in how GM did the interior. Material wise, tolerance wise...

Id say even better than how Tesla did theirs in relation to the Tesla's 70 000 dollar price tag.

In short, I think the Bolt does a better job representing its 40 000 dollar price tag on the interior than Tesla does (on the interior) representing the Model S' 70 000 dollar price tag.

That is just my humble opinion.

And yes I have experience with a Tesla Model S. P85D to be exact. No...not the fully full-on luxury optioned one...but the more or less basic interior options...

My business partner owns one. I see it daily. I drive it on occasion for shytes and giggles. I LOVE IT!!!

I would purchase and Im considering heavily on getting myself a Model 3... maybe...we have a long ways to go before I trade in my current car and by that time...maybe other 100% EVs from other manufacturers might be available by then...but to reassure you folk, as of now, Id rather a Model 3 that aint even out yet to the Bolt...

But...when I discuss...I at least want to be as truthful as I can...

 

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2 hours ago, FAPTurbo said:

the interior is garbage and the seats are harder than a gm accountant on bailout day... 

as so often is the case your dumbass is wrong

2 hours ago, Blake Noble said:

This review is comparing a $40,000 quasi-crossover with an interior crafted out of recycled Cavalier parts bin pieces to a $70,000 luxury fastback sedan.

I SHIGGY. THIS IS QUALITY JOURNALISM. GET THIS MAN A JOB WITH DOUG DEMURO ON AUTOTRADER DOT COM SLASH OVERSTEER.

No bitch.. sorry... I wasn't the first person to compare the two and I damn sure won't be the last. The interior was actually decent considering the tech.. and if U really think a Tesla has an interior worthy of a $70K car, then U really are one of the dumbest muthafuckas I've yet to see in this forum. To make it even worse.. I wasn't comparing the Tesla so much as referencing it since they are similar in their implementation of EV tech.

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Materials are all price-appropriate and look pulled straight from the cool pages of the Ikea catalog. The ultra-thin front seats are nonetheless comfortable and supportive. The driver gets a reconfigurable high-res 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster, which does a good job at giving the driver only the information needed, such as speed, battery state of charge, range, and power usage, without overwhelming with extraneous information—like what exactly the powertrain is doing at any given moment.

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1 hour ago, balthazar said:

^ And that's a very valid point; is the Model S interior worth $30K more than the Bolt?

No. I have said it on several occasions the Model S' is not even remotely worth the $70K price tag. It really isn't even unique in its styling if compared to any other large car from Chevy.. Mazda.. Honda.. If the Bolt is $45K max.. the the Tesla S should be no more than $55K

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1 hour ago, balthazar said:

The Bolt and Model S are not remotely in the same price range.
That said- they are widely compared by both the press & consumers because the main purchase factor for both is being a high range EV. Different buyers have different criteria.

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Balthy I think that is a Volt interior, not a Bolt.  And yes, the Model S is showing a gratifying drop in sales year over year.

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The interior was very nice for what it is.. the car is not supposed to be a luxury vehicle.. in fact.. it may be against the ideals of many of its intended buyers. Personally.. I think Chevy got this one right.. as they got this gen Volt right as well. In other words.. they did their damn research and came up with a winner. My biggest gripe continues to be that this and Voltec is not available in every division in various configs. In truth, it TRULY is the way of the future. It is inescapable . Fossil fuel vehicles as a primary source of transportation will leave this country in a very inferior position in the next two decades. 

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I like the Bolt and I don't see anything wrong with it except for its impracticality, same as every other electric.  But if I'm going to limit myself to putzing around close to home, I'd rather spend $37k to do it than $70k.  Plus it has the power of the Chevrolet brand behind it.  That is a longterm advantage.

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The Bolt's interior is intentionally lightweight in order to preserve range. It's just like when GM did the ATS where every ounce counted.  Is it a $40k interior? no... it's a $40k drive-train.  It makes the next generation of drive-train accessible to a new crop of buyers.

OCN, you're not stuck putzing around close to home.  You can make it all the way to my house on a single charge, and 30 minutes on a DC fast charger will get you another 90 miles of range in a pinch. 

 

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On 9/23/2017 at 2:46 PM, FAPTurbo said:

the interior is garbage and the seats are harder than a gm accountant on bailout day... 

Disagree, they are very comfortable and as pointed out as a daily driver and commuter car, quiet and relaxing to drive in or ride in even if you are a big guy like me.

@Cmicasa the Great Did you use the Sport mode button on the dash? I did and you truly get a nice boost of power making that 0-60 even faster.

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On 9/23/2017 at 5:11 PM, frogger said:

GM couldn't even figure out his to put the Malibu hybrid batteries under the back seat like just about everyone else has by now...so you are left with a joke of a trunk for a "family" car.

 

Or, GM was thinking of comfort over a harder seat. Plenty of unknown reasons as to why GM did that.

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1 hour ago, dfelt said:

Or, GM was thinking of comfort over a harder seat. Plenty of unknown reasons as to why GM did that.

I think GM invests the bare minimum in hybrid aside from the Volt, maybe they are waiting until pure-EV's is the way to go.  Only Toyota and luxury makers seem to be doing much in the way of hybrids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, ccap41 said:

How does putting batteries under a seat make a car less comfortable? 

I wonder if the batteries under the seat restricts seat travel or necessitated thinner/less padded seats? 

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Maybe the newer modular platforms the class leaders have developed safely allow for that location.  The new 2018 Camry and Accord hybrids have little or no storage compromise, Sonata and Optima do a much better job in that area than the Malibu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

How does putting batteries under a seat make a car less comfortable? 

If you ever get to sit in some of the early Hybrids, the last seat was used by many to store the batteries and as such, you had minimal travel room for the sprints, less ability for padding, etc. Sit in the first generation Hybrids on the back seat is much like sitting on a brick bench for a road trip. 10-15 min one can survive, but longer and your butt hurts.

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8 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

The Bolt's interior is intentionally lightweight in order to preserve range. It's just like when GM did the ATS where every ounce counted.  Is it a $40k interior? no... it's a $40k drive-train.  It makes the next generation of drive-train accessible to a new crop of buyers.

OCN, you're not stuck putzing around close to home.  You can make it all the way to my house on a single charge, and 30 minutes on a DC fast charger will get you another 90 miles of range in a pinch. 

 

Yeahbut... if there is an accident on the highway and I'm stuck in traffic for an hour or two, or if there is construction and a detour is in effect, plus depending on the weather, etc. etc.  Those questions remain open.  The world is not perfect, and right now, electrics make sense only in a perfect world.

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6 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

Yeahbut... if there is an accident on the highway and I'm stuck in traffic for an hour or two, or if there is construction and a detour is in effect, plus depending on the weather, etc. etc.  Those questions remain open.  The world is not perfect, and right now, electrics make sense only in a perfect world.

 Yeah...and you might get hit by lightning too!

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8 hours ago, dfelt said:

@Cmicasa the Great Did you use the Sport mode button on the dash? I did and you truly get a nice boost of power making that 0-60 even faster.

No I didn't.. even still I was very pleased with the acceleration as I had to come off the line to get in front of an Altima that was being driven slow.

3 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Yeahbut... if there is an accident on the highway and I'm stuck in traffic for an hour or two, or if there is construction and a detour is in effect, plus depending on the weather, etc. etc.  Those questions remain open.  The world is not perfect, and right now, electrics make sense only in a perfect world.

With respect.. the same thing could happen if U had only a few gallons of gas. Yes.. U could walk to the nearest gas station if U were close or call road side.. but U can kinda do the same thing with EVs by just calling AAA.

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13 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Yeahbut... if there is an accident on the highway and I'm stuck in traffic for an hour or two, or if there is construction and a detour is in effect, plus depending on the weather, etc. etc.  Those questions remain open.  The world is not perfect, and right now, electrics make sense only in a perfect world.

My friend, now your just trying to find excuses. best part of being stuck in traffic is unlike a gas engine that you would need to turn off if you are behind an accident and not moving at all, an Electric just uses no power, detours and contruction are not really an issue either as Electric even if your going slower you use less electricity, cannot say that with an ICE especially if your in a performance auto. My Trailblazer SS AWD that I love does worse in slow traffic and stop n go traffic than if it could just cruise along. The BOLT would be even more efficient. 

From AAA to to major credit card companies, insurance companies and surprise is that most Cell phone providers offer road side assistance programs either for free or for minimal cost that is cheaper than AAA. Best part is in looking into these they all offer mobile charging for EV's if stranded.

We are in a Great time as we have some if not the most powerful ICE options ever and we are moving to a new performance standard in EV's and one that will make the cities, roads the world a better place to live in helping to clean up the world.

3 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Not a member.

Do not have to be a member as for a nominal fee they will still come to you and charge you right up, no different than paying someone else to bring you gas.

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