The Chevrolet Bolt EV Overview Updated April 3, 2020

The Chevrolet Bolt EV

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Chevy Bolt Range

The Chevy Bolt EV is GM’s first long-range all-electric vehicle. It’s a “compact crossover” utility vehicle with 238 miles of range and a starting price of $37,500 before incentives.

GM started producing the Bolt in October 2016, and the vehicle made it to dealerships not long after in markets with ZEV mandates first, like California. The full US rollout was finished by the middle of 2017.

As of 2020, the Bolt has a range of 259 miles. This range is up from up from 238 miles for the 2017–2019 years. This equates to an EPA fuel economy rating of 119 miles per gallon gasoline-equivalent.

Chevy Bolt Price

Currently, Chevy is offering some great purchase incentives.

A recent Chevy bulletin sent to its dealers makes the all-electric Bolt model eligible for about $10,000 in lease incentives. Bolt buyers in San Francisco could get another $1,400 bonus, resulting in a three-year lease for the 2020 Chevy Bolt LT for $169 a month, with $2,219 due at signing.

Find the lowest purchase and lease price here on Electrek.

Chevy Bolt review

Despite its low purchase price, the Chevy Bolt has been struggling with sales. Recent reports show a 29.5% decrease from two years ago. Despite generally positive reviews, it’s clear that EV purchasers are looking for overall value versus just rock-bottom price.

Read our Chevy Bolt EV review here.

Chevy Bolt 2021 release date

In March 2020, GM announced a new Chevy Bolt that is set to be released in 2021. Seth Weintraub was on hand at a recent GM event where it was announced. It’s set to begin rolling out of the factory in late 2020, with most people taking delivery in 2021.

So at first glance, the 2021 Chevy Bolt looks a lot like the current Bolt. Bolt owners will notice significantly updated front fascia and rear lights. There’s also a bigger suite of cameras on the front windshield that will allow for adaptive cruise control (but not Supercruise, which the EUV will offer). Overall, I’m neutral on the new look. It’s certainly sportier, but it still looks like a Bolt. It reminds me of this Cruise Bolt we saw in this PowerPoint a while ago, but not exactly.

2021 Chevy Bolt

As Seth noted, the biggest change with the Bolt will be in the interior.

The seats are so much better. They feature much softer materials, lumbar support, more premium stitching, and electronic controls, at least for the driver. The dashboard is also more high-end, with nicer faux leather-type materials. There’s less neon blue lighting.

The steering wheel is now sportier, with a leveled-off bottom. It feels great. The HVAC buttons are all a lot more premium, and as far as I can tell, less redundant. The screens all got a UI refreshment, but they will be familiar to current Bolt owners.

Chevy now has USB-C ports that I’m told are more powerful than the 5W USB-A ports that it also still features. I was told they can also power laptops and tablets.

The shifter is gone, and there are now RND buttons where the shifter was. In addition, there is a one-pedal driving switch that you can leave on, which I suspect most Bolt owners will do. Currently you have to double tap to put it into “L” mode which is one-pedal driving. The regen paddle is staying as well, behind the steering wheel.

Infotainment gets a big upgrade, with more OTA update functionality.

Read his entire first look for more news. As we learn more information about the car, we will update this guide.

Chevy Bolt EV Stories April 3

Chevrolet increased Q1 2020 sales of the Bolt EV by 36.1% compared to a year ago. The rise in purchases of the all-electric Bolt defied the gravity of a dismal quarter for overall Chevrolet sales. With help from attractive discounts and incentives, Chevy sold 5,873 Bolts — an amount that could make it the second most popular EV in the US.

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Chevy Bolt EV Stories March 31

General Motors was planning this year to refresh the Chevrolet Bolt with design and technology enhancements, including more comfortable seats and offering adaptive cruise control for the first time. However, the company told Electrek today that it’s delaying the launch of the new and improved version from this year to 2021 – due to business impacts from the pandemic. The updates will now come with the 2022 model-year Bolt.

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Chevy Bolt EV Stories March 25

GM is going all out to push the Chevy Bolt EV electric car at the end of the quarter with a discount of up to $10,000, leases for just $199 a month, and more. expand full story

Chevy Bolt EV Stories March 4

GM is releasing a lot of electric vehicle news today and we have a lot to cover. You can keep track of all the announcements in this news hub. expand full story

Fresh off our GM electrification media and analyst tour, where we weren’t allowed to take pictures or video, I had some time to sit in the redesigned 2021 Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV. Below, I’ll discuss changes to the Bolt and will post a second article to cover the new, longer Chevy Bolt EUV.

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General Motors held an EV-unveiling event today that was unprecedented in the volume and range of zero-emission vehicles intended for production. Instead of showing a single new model, or one aspect of electric-propulsion technology, the company fanned out its entire upcoming portfolio using all four of GM’s existing brands: Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, and Buick.

Mark Reuss, GM’s president, said, “Everything you see here is real.”

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Chevy Bolt EV Stories March 3

General Motors announced today that it will add 3,500 EV chargers to its facilities in the US and Canada. This represents a tripling of workplace charging at GM plants and offices. Daniel Flores, manager of communications at GM, said, “Charging is free for GM employees and will continue to be free.”

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Chevy Bolt EV Stories February 20

The myChevrolet mobile app allows drivers to do things like remote starts, unlock doors, and gain access to vehicle data. The app’s Energy Assist feature for Bolt EV drivers has been available since 2017. But GM over the past few months has been enhancing its features, including the presentation of dynamic information about a public charger’s status.

The company wants the myChevrolet app to become the only app a Bolt driver uses, but that might be a hard sell.

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Chevy Bolt EV Stories January 14

A recent Chevy bulletin sent to its dealers makes the all-electric Bolt model eligible for about $10,000 in lease incentives. Bolt buyers in San Francisco could get another $1,400 bonus, resulting in a three-year lease for the 2020 Chevy Bolt LT for $169 a month, with $2,219 due at signing.

GM is trying to reverse the two-year downward trend in Bolt sales, especially before the last $1,875 in federal credits ends on April 1.

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Chevy Bolt EV Stories January 3

It’s been a banner year for the Tesla Model 3. But US sales of every other EV stagnated or declined in 2019. New purchases of the Chevrolet Bolt, the nation’s second most popular electric vehicle, slid to 16,418 in 2019, a drop of 8.8% compared to last year. The 2019 figures represent a 29.5% decrease from two years ago. This winner-take-all paradigm, if it continues, spells trouble for GM, Volkswagen, Ford, and every other automaker trying to sell EVs.

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