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2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Overview
The Chevrolet Bolt EV was the first mass-market electric vehicle (EV) to cross the 200-miles-per-charge threshold when it debuted in 2017. It has since come to compete with other all-electric models like the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona EV. For 2020, it goes even further with a significant range increase.
The Bolt EV is a subcompact 5-door hatchback that seats 5 people. Acres of glass and a tall roof contribute to a car that feels much bigger than it is. It offers 16.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row, which expands to a generous 56.6 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.
All Bolt EVs come with a single electric motor and a 60-kilowatt-hour battery, which combine to provide 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Like most EVs, the Bolt EV fully supports one-pedal driving, which lets you use the accelerator pedal for both going and stopping.
Fuel economy for the Bolt EV stands at 127 MPGe city, 108 highway, and 118 combined. Chevrolet massaged the existing battery to produce another 21 miles of range, which adds up to 259, versus last year’s 238. To help you use that range wisely, the Bolt EV comes with an exclusive Energy Assist app, which finds charging stops, and monitors and plans routes around the car’s charge state then sends alerts when a destination becomes unreachable due to range. When you finally do need to recharge, it’ll take roughly 9 hours using the standard 7.2-kilowatt on-board charger and a 240-volt wall charger. A public Level 2 charger adds 25 miles of range per hour, and the extra-cost DC fast-charging capability lets you add up to 100 miles of range within 30 minutes.
The Bolt EV comes with an impressive number of standard goodies. The base LT trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, LED daytime-running lights (DRLs), an 8-inch LCD instrument cluster, keyless access and start, a 10.2-inch color infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 6-speaker audio system, 4G LTE hotspot capability, and self-sealing tires. The Premier trim tacks on premium 17-inch wheels, roof rails, mirror-mounted indicators, perforated leather upholstery, front and rear outboard heated seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, chrome exterior accents, and a rear armrest. Chevrolet then offers standalone options like a Bose 7-speaker audio system and wireless Qi charging.
The Bolt EV’s suite of driving aids is almost as high-tech as its powertrain. A reversing camera, a tire-fill alert, and Teen Driver alert are standard fare. Standard on the Premier grade and optional on the LT are a 360-degree camera, lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and reversing sensors. The Bolt EV received mostly good evaluations in its recent round of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, though it was found to be lacking in the passenger-side small front overlap category.
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