by Tomsbolt from Cassadaga on May 9, 2018
Bolt review As the owner of a new 2018 Chevy Bolt EV , I would like to give my impression of my first 1,000 miles of driving. I absolutely love this car. I am a Tesla model 3 reservation holder and I?m very much into electric vehicles. After doing extensive research I decided to purchase a new Bolt EV. I contacted Shults Chevy Cadillac on Fluvanna ave in Jamestown NY and arranged for a test drive. Their salesperson Andrew McCartney , showed me all of the features of this new electric car. I put a few miles on the tester and got to experience all of its unique features. My two favorite things about this car are the ride comfort and the regenerative braking feature. As a side note the regenerative braking on the Chevy Bolt is far better than on the Tesla model 3 . I ended up purchasing my new Bolt at an out of state dealership due to the fact that I wanted an Orange Burst Metallic Bolt LT with DC fast charging capabilities. Being a new vehicle, this option and color was not available in my area. And a dealer swap could not be completed, it makes sense too. What dealer wants to spend money to send their new car to another dealership so that other dealership can make a sale. I found my exact car in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I worked out the deal and made my purchase. I flew to Washington DC where the salesman Aris Kyriakopoulos picked me up at the airport and brought me to Criswell Chevrolet. I had previously plotted my route back to Cassadaga , NY by following one of the many phone apps that show charging stations all over the country. I focused on DC fast charging stations because they recharge 4 times faster than a level 2 charging station. The idea of driving an electric vehicle at first gave me the range anxiety that is normal driving a battery. My first stop at a mall complex that had two EVgo DC fast chargers available turned out to be a bust since both chargers were out of order. I had been driving at 55 mph and used regenerative braking and remarkably I had used very little battery power that was not regenerated back into the battery. I decided to press on and go all the way to Pittsburgh PA for my next stop. I had only gotten 3 hours of sleep the night before so I changed my plans and decided to get a room at a holiday inn near Pittsburgh. According to my phone app, they had a free electric vehicle charging station at the hotel. I got a room and plugged in my Bolt . The next morning my car was fully charged and waiting for me. I drove for some time taking a wrong exit off the expressway which added 25 miles to my journey. I checked my phone app and found that in Western Pennsylvania, the Dunkin? Donuts franchises have EVgo DC fast chargers. ( EVgo has an app and you register your car and connect your bank card to the account. EVgo will send you a credit card that you swipe at the charging station and you pay for your charging at reduced rates and the cost is taken right out of your bank source. There are many other charging locations that offer free charging also.). So I stopped at a Dunkin? Donuts and plugged my Bolt in even though I didn?t have too. I enjoyed a coffee and multi grain bagel toasted with butter. I purchased a second cup of coffee for the road. I went to my car and it had already completed charging to a full charge. I was on my way again. Since this was my first trip in a Bolt , I continued to drive at 55 mph even though the speed limit is 70 mph in PA. I figured it would use a lot less energy to drive at the safer speed. I completed my trip back home and still had 150 miles of range left in my battery. I was amazed and my range anxiety has disappeared completely. I don?t know whoever decided to advertise the range of a new Bolt as being 238 miles per charge. In real world traveling conditions I have consistently gotten 300 - 325 miles per charge by utilizing that wonderful regenerative braking on the Bolt EV. I knew I would need a home charger for my car so I researched the many chargers available and decided on the juicebox Pro 40 amp charger which I purchased from amazon. I know a bit about electric panels so with the help of some YouTube videos I educated myself on conduit bending and purchased a bender and supplies from Home Depot. I installed the juicebox Pro 40 in my garage and with the help of my wife , we pulled the wires to my basement . I now use my bolt as my primary vehicle. The bolt is no Toyota Prius nor like any other hybrid vehicle. It has 266 lb feet of torque available instantly. It will go 0 - 60 in just about 6 seconds. Very impressive to feel it take off like a missile. With the battery being so low in the car chassis the bolt is very nimble on its feet . Quite fun to drive like a sports car. Plenty of interior room and some people don?t like plastics in a car. They think it makes them look cheap. I happen to like the appearance of the bolt interior plastics and the fact that they are resilient and easy to clean. The heated seats are fantastic and once you understand how the heating and AC system works this car is amazing. The only thing I wish the Bolt came standard with is adaptive cruise control and front collision avoidance.. Like I previously mentioned, I am into electric vehicles. Two years ago I installed solar panels to provide my home with solar power. My system over generated by 6 million watts this past year so by installing my home EV charger I will be driving for free. I simply pug in my Bolt when I?m at home and it automatically charges and is always ready with a full charge every day. I have no fear of taking it anywhere. I have noted that my range drops in below freezing weather, primarily due to increased need for heating the interior to a very comfortable condition. And the physics involved in batteries becoming colder. On very cold days , I limit my trips to 100 miles one way allowing plenty of juice to get back home. I love the fact that my new Bolt EV eliminates many of the headaches involved in owning a gas or diesel vehicle. There is no gas required, no oil & filter changes, no timing belts or fan belts to break , no transmission to need service, no exhaust system to rust out and need repair, no radiator hoses or leaks, no carburetor or catalytic converters to worry about. After putting 1,000 miles on my new Bolt I see that purchasing this car was the best decision I?ve made in a long time as far as new vehicles go. I would highly recommend the Chevy Bolt to anyone looking to ride the leading edge of the future of automobiles. When General Motors partnered with South Korea to build the Chevy Bolt from the ground up as an electric vehicle, they did a wonderful job designing this car. It is a well made well built quality vehicle. Having purchased this new Bolt EV , I?m contemplating canceling my Tesla reservation and purchasing a second Chevy Bolt instead. I will see if they add front collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control as standard equipment. Then my decision will get very easy. If anyone is interested in a new Bolt and would like some real world questions answered , something that you may feel will be slanted by a dealership salesperson, feel free to email me because I?m not connected with any dealership and get nothing from a new sale. I?m a normal customer just like you . The only difference is I?ve been racking up the miles and loving every one of them .
Purchased a New car
Uses car for Transporting family
Does recommend this car!!
8 out of 8 people found this review helpful. Did you?