2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier: Taking the Anxiety Out of All-Electric Driving

Published: Friday, November 2, 2018 | 8:42 PM

2018chevybolt475The Chevrolet Bolt boast over 200 miles of range on a full charge, let me say that again: 200 miles! I have suffered from range anxiety, it’s not fun. At least when you run out of gas someone can bring a gas can full to get you going again. Run out of electric charge and you are a brick. Some of the older model electric cars offered a pretty small amount of range, that’s why I’ve stayed away from them. But when I was told the Bolt went over 200 miles, I said “bring it over!”

Once I got it through my head that I wouldn’t be short on power anytime soon and saw the way the regenerative breaking added noticeably to the charge, I started to relax and enjoy the absolute smoothness and quiet that a drive in an all-electric car can give.

The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt comes in two trim levels: LT and Premier. This review will focus on the Premier trim level.

With leather seats, heated rear seats, ambient interior lighting, top-down parking camera system, cargo roof rails, and camera-based rearview mirror, the Premier trim is fully-loaded. It also has all the extra trims the LT offers like heated front seats, an automatic heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors.

The Premier trim offers trim options as well; the Infotainment package which includes a seven-speaker Bose audio system, wireless smartphone charging and two charge-only USB ports for rear passengers; and the Driver Confidence II package which adds a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection and low-speed automatic emergency braking, a lane departure warning and intervention system, and automatic high-beam headlamp dimming. Both of these options were included in my test vehicle.

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EVThe Bolt is powered by a 200-horsepower electric motor. The under the floor 60-kWh battery is good for about 238 miles on a full charge. Of course that all depends on the driving terrain, what electronics you are running and if the air conditioner is on. On a 240 volt charge Chevrolet estimates full charge time to be 9.3 hours.

Functional is the best way to describe the interior of the Bolt. From the easy to use controls, to the abundant use of hard plastic, the Bolt is built for ease of use. Seats are comfortable and offer a lot of adjustment room and there is plenty of room front and back.

With 16.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity, the Bolt has a plenty of space. Fold the 60/40 split back seats for even more.

I have to say that driving the Bolt was surprising fun. With instant acceleration and no engine noise or feel, it’s like gliding down the road. Steering is smooth and the car is sure-footed when cornering. It really is enjoyable.

Looking to buy and EV with a good range and style? Give the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier a test drive.