2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Fuel type

Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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259 mi.
EPA-est. range EPA-est. range

EPA-estimated range is the distance, or predicted distance, a new plug-in vehicle will travel on electric power before its battery charge is exhausted. Actual range will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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10 hrs.
Level 2 charging Level 2 charging

Charge time estimates are based on using a 240-volt charging circuit charging from empty to 100% battery capacity. Level 2 is the fastest way to charge at home, though charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as the capabilities of the charging circuit, charging equipment and the vehicle’s onboard charger. Level 2 charging time provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

66 kWh
Battery capacity Battery capacity

Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours, which is a measure of how much energy is used over time. A 70-kWh battery has more energy capacity than a 50-kWh battery and would result in a longer driving range if all other factors were equal. But more battery capacity doesn’t always mean longer range because of differences in energy consumption from vehicle to vehicle. Battery capacity provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.


Seating capacity

164” x 62.8”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Excellent range for the price
  • Spacious cabin
  • Quick acceleration
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard

The bad:

  • Uncomfortable front seats
  • Busier ride than competitors
  • Modest cargo room
  • Gimmicky regenerative hand-braking

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Five-seat compact electric car
  • EPA-estimated range of 259 miles
  • 10.2-inch touchscreen standard
  • DC fast charging available
  • Automatic emergency braking available

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV?

Chevrolet’s all-electric Bolt EV hatchback delivers impressive range and is relatively affordable — though a little less so now with the expiration of the federal tax credits it qualified for previously. Unlike the now-discontinued Chevrolet Volt, which had a small range-extending gas engine, the five-seat Bolt EV is a battery-electric car that offers optional DC fast charging in addition to 120- and 240-volt charging. The front-wheel-drive Bolt EV’s competitors include the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3

What’s New on the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV?

DC fast charging is now included on the Premier trim level. 

What Features in the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 10.2-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required after trial)
  • 60/40-split, folding backseat
  • Automatic air conditioning

Available features include:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Wireless device charging
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot warning 
  • Lane-keeping assist

Should I Buy the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV?

The Bolt EV is a good step forward in the development of electric vehicles that are affordable for average car shoppers. The car offers plenty of driving range on a full charge, plus hatchback utility with 56.6 cubic feet of maximum cargo room. Ride quality is less comfortable than some direct competitors, but the Bolt EV accelerates quickly.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Trouble Free

25K trouble free miles so far. Everybody picks on the 55 kW maximum charge speed, but the car is so efficient that it still adds 100 mi in ½ an hour at a DC station. Imagine a 200 HP Fit, and you've got the idea. Zero dollars on maintenance/repair.


Big EV in a small package

This is my first venture into EV ownership and the Bolt has exceeded expectations. Please know that I am 6'-10" tall and weigh 335 lbs. Studying specifications, I noted the quite large legroom and headroom dimensions for this car and ventured to the dealership to see if this was the case. My salesman looked skeptical as I approached the vehicle, and was even more surprised than I was at how well I fit! The Premier trim level is pretty amazing from a technology perspective, but some features of the interior finish seem rather odd to me. The driving range that I am experiencing is better than the specifications and I cannot fault the performance. I am looking forward to a long-term relationship with this peppy little car!



We have a 2018 Chevy bolt with 30K miles on it. It will not charge past 79 miles. It has been at the Roseville, John Sullivan Chevy Delwrship for three weeks now. Corporate cannot figure out the problem. They replaced the main battery pack recently. THIS CAR IS A PIECE OF JUNK. RUSS GRASS VALLEY, CA.

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Based on the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
Combined side rating rear seat
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
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Risk of rollover
Rollover rating
Side barrier rating
Side barrier rating driver
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
Side pole rating driver front seat


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/60,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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