The Chevrolet Bolt EV is an impressive class-leading vehicle that sets the benchmark in the UAE for mainstream electric vehicles (EVs). It delivers a spectacular range of 520 Km for a relatively low price when compared with other electric cars such as the Tesla Model 3. The Chevrolet Bolt EV sticks to its basic settings within the vehicle but provides a subpar cutting-edge technology.
The car uses a single high-capacity electric motor for propulsion, which provides immediate acceleration as you step on the pedal. Furthermore, with the vehicle accelerating, the experience is so smooth it feels as though you are gliding on the roads. The vehicle drives exceptionally well and can be a fun car to drive. The motor can generate 204 hp and up to 360 Nm of torque which helps propel the Bolt EV from 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds
With a composed ride and plenty of power, the Bolt will challenge any negative preconceptions you might have of electric cars. It rides firmly without introducing harsh impacts into the cabin. Steering is quick and responsive to any surprising obstacles on the road. The brake pedal is firm and provides good stopping power. Additionally, the regenerative braking system that recharges the battery when you lift off the accelerator means you can drive in most scenarios without ever touching the brake pedal.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV received a few minor updates as compared to the previous model. The vehicle has a charge-termination feature, where you can set a limit to your charge, and the power will disconnect as per the setting. This feature makes the charging flexible and reduces the cost since you don’t have to charge the vehicle completely. 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack features five sections, ten modules, and 96 cell groups (three cells per group). It takes about nine hours to charge the Bolt’s battery completely using a 240-volt outlet, the fast-charging option of 145 km of range can be completed in 30 minutes.
Power delivery is controlled by the Electronic Precision Shift system – a shift and park-by-wire system that sends electronic signals to Bolt EV’s drive. The system is well interconnected that if you open your car door while you’re at a stoplight, the vehicle’s gear will immediately shift to the park.
Driving range EPA – estimated 520 Km NEDC
Maximum speed in km/h – 150
Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h in seconds – 7.3
Energy consumption in kWh/100 Km combined – 14.5
Power – 204 hp
Torque – 360 Nm
Type Rechargeable energy storage system comprising multiple linked modules
Mass (kg): 435
Battery Chemistry: Lithium-ion
Energy: 60 kWh
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is small and has an upright hatchback with LED headlamps and taillamps. This compact vehicle makes it easy to park in tight spots.
The electrical port for charging the vehicle is located just beside the driver’s door.
Chevrolet Bolt is nearly as practical as your average small crossover, with enough cargo space to hold five carry-on bags behind the rear seat. There’s a useful compartment directly behind the electronic shifter that’s perfectly sized for a smartphone, and the center console is generously proportioned.
Chevrolet Bolt is spacious and practical, and it has ample of legroom. The generous front and rear space for passengers make it very comfortable for four or even five passengers. Power-adjustable seats are not available in this model, perhaps will be introduced in the future.
The Bolt’s interior quality is not appealing, but it did add some interestingly textured material to the dashboard to spice up the look. The layout of the panel is completely covered with hard plastic. But, the digital displays in the instrument cluster and central touchscreen look crisp and modern.
The large central 10.2-inch color touchscreen display is well organized, responsive, and easy to operate to the user inputs. Built-in navigation isn’t available in the Bolt. You’ll have to rely on your smartphone for directions; luckily, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standards. Several useful EV-specific menus allow you to delve deeply into information such as battery-energy usage and the remaining range.
The Chevrolet Bolt does have large windows that leave no room for blind spots.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
- Rear Parking Assist
- Standard Remote Keyless Entry
- Six standard airbags
- Rear-vision camera and parking sensors standard
Chevrolet Bolt EV is Priced at AED 178,000
Chevrolet Bolt EV Review Rating
Performance - 7.5/10
Driving Pleasure - 7.8/10
Look and Style - 7.8/10
Fuel Economy - 9.7/10
Value for Money - 9.6/10
Its a decent enough car to begin your Electrical Vehicle journey, its affordable, practical, and long driving range.
- Excellent range for the price
- Spacious cabin
- Quick acceleration
- Adds 25 miles of range per hour (240-volt charging)
- Packed with multimedia technology
- Busier ride quality than competitors
- Modest cargo room
- Low-resolution backup and 360-degree cameras
- Fewer standard features than competitors