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Chevrolet Bolt

Electric cars have now come to stay with the arrival of the affordable Chevrolet Bolt. The range of the Bolt is sufficient for everyday tasks and even more, having reached a milestone as a hatchback with mass appeal. The base trim comes with many standard features, including Michelin self-sealing tires.

Driving an All-Electric Car can Help the Earth's Survival

The Chevrolet Bolt is designed for drivers making the transition from gasoline-powered vehicles to electrical with minimum fuss. There is the initial surprise for most drivers when they see the one-pedal driving; however, getting used to it is quick. There is a small paddle behind the left steering wheel spoke that increases the amount of regenerative braking when held in either drive or the low mode that can be used to bring the car to a complete stop.

The Bolt hatchback comes with an EPA all-electric range of 383 km, meaning that after a typical day the car will only need to be plugged in overnight to recharge the liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that has the capacity to store 60.0 kilowatt-hours. The digital instrument panel shows three range numbers so that the driver knows how much charge is left in the car. The display shows maximum, minimum, and the best estimate based on driving style and accessory usage (climate control, headlights, and audio) and ambient conditions.

The Features

There are two trims for the Chevrolet Bolt, the base LT, and the top-trim Premier version. Standard features in the LT include a 10" diagonal colour touch-screen, rear-vision camera, Michelin self-sealing tires and Regen on Demand steering wheel paddle. There are the same features on the Premier, as well as leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, a surround camera, and a rear camera mirror.

Due to the underfloor battery pack, the narrow seating position is elevated, giving the impression that the Bolt is much smaller than it really is. Overall, Chevrolet has organized the interior well with a centre console having enough space to accommodate drinks and phones and room for the armrest. A bin on the floor between the driver and passenger is big enough to put in large items. The ride is comfortable even when driving over rough patches of road as the low-mounted battery is well-anchored and is cushioned by well-tuned damping.

Chevrolet Bolt Acclaims

During December 2016, the Bolt received several introductory acclaims. Motor Trend named it 2017 Car of the year and 2017 North American Car of the Year. The Bolt was named 2017 All-Star by Automobile Magazine, and Time Magazine listed the Chevrolet Bolt among the Best 25 Inventions of 2016.