Delivering Good Value with an Affordable Price Tag — Intercontinental Time

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: General Motors (GM) Bolt electric vehicle technology is being replaced by the Ultium electric drive system across all model lines. But even outdated technology can make for an attractive package, especially given Chevy’s price reduction for 2023, which reduces the base price of our tested Premier Bolt EUV (Electronic Utility Vehicle) by $5,000 to $32,695.

The cost of the test vehicle increased by $6,000 due to additions such as shipping costs and a panoramic sunroof. The Bolt EUV LT starts at $28,195, which will appeal to customers on a budget.

Chevrolet Bolt EUV

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On a 65-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, the car’s estimated stunning 247-mile electric driving range is made possible by its efficient engine and enhanced aerodynamics.

Analysis of the car estimates that it can travel more than 280 miles on a fully charged battery due to the recent moderate weather, with the potential to cover a distance of up to 330 miles if driven gently.

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Bolt’s upgraded 11.5 kW built-in charger allows it to charge at about 37 miles per hour on a Level 2 AC charging station at home in just seven hours. Automotive charging ports are famous for having weather protection in the closing doors.

As a result, drivers don’t have to bother opening the cover to access the L2 AC charging port for routine charging at home or at work. Despite having its own enclosure, the SAE CCS Combo port for DC fast charging is rarely used; therefore, this is not a problem.

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While it wouldn’t be confused for a sports car, the Bolt EUV has a good driving experience. According to various sources, Unlike the BMW iX which tends to drift aimlessly in its tracks, the steering feels a little numb but accurate and keeps the car in its proper place.

With a 200 horsepower electric motor, the acceleration is decent. It “Sport” the mode dial, which remapps the reaction to the accelerator pedal thereby increasing power more quickly when the driver steps on the pedal, seems to make this clearer.

The Shifter for Bolt consists of a row of switches, each of which changes the state of the vehicle’s drive system. Realizing how people actually drive, this technology is shifting from ‘Back to Drive’ when the vehicle is still slightly moving, eliminating the need for the driver to use the brake pedal or the vehicle to come to a complete stop.

This is profitable; however, the lift switch for applying the parking brake is right next to the drive actuation switch.

Unlike the classic PRNDL shifter, which slides between different positions that the driver can feel without looking, this push-button shifter has the disadvantage of requiring the driver to take his eyes off the road to make changes.

An excellent technique for accidentally activating the parking brake is to slide into the drive without checking the inside of the Bolt.

The GM Super Cruise system is noted for its use of cameras in the steering column to ensure that the driver’s eye remains on the road and for the company’s reasonable use restrictions only to properly map restricted-access highways.

The Bolt EUV is probably the most affordable vehicle on the road offering SAE (Society of Automobile Engineers) Level 2 hands-free driving assistance.

The price of the Bolt will drop to an attractive base price (plus destination fees) if the option package that adds Super Cruise and a sunroof is skipped, making this vehicle a good bargain.

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