We drove the Chevrolet Bolt EV: a 'today' in the future electric cars

By | July 14, 2017
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electric Cars… they Are expensive, yes; there are a few places to load them, also, but if we understand time descubrirermos that are a wonder that is slowly evolving, with the vehicles electrical current that give us a taste of what will be the future —not so distant— of the automotive industry.

Chevrolet brings Mexico a new electric car, the Bolt EV. Unlike the Volt, not just the letter, but because you do not have a combustion engine which assist the recharge of the batteries. Therefore, the range of autonomy of the Bolt is smaller, of only 380 km, more than enough for the day-to-day, and even above the Nissan LEAF, its nearest rival.

Is an electric car, but don’t shout to the four winds

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We have become accustomed to seeing cars hybrid and electric with designs very unique. Let’s say for example the Toyota Prius, the Hyundai Ioniq, or the BMW i3. Few are the alternative vehicles that maintain their designs in the field of traditional, as can be the Tesla Model S. In the case of the Bolt EV, it has some details like the grille and some emblems that betray you, but those who will not pay much attention, will think that it is a hatchback like any other.

interior Design cool, without falling into the cliché of what futuristic. Be grateful for their systems to be easy to understand and operate.

interior, the driving position makes us feel that we are in something more high. The visibility is very good and the controls are easy to operate. In front of the driver is the box instruments digital reflected on a 8″ screen. In the central part, the attention is for the huge touch screen of 10″ with simple commands and full of information that can help us to drive more efficiently, or analyze the aspects that have made us consume. In addition, it is the second car of GM in Mexico, which incorporates the OnStar system with 4G LTE, which provides connection WiFi for up to seven devices at the same time inside the car, provides operator assistance in real time.

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we will Find Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connection, USB ports, AM/FM radio, navigation, and even gallery. Below the screen we find the air conditioning system, simple to control, and that as a good car to us, it cools which refrigerator.

The perception of quality of materials is good to dry, because at first sight it is obvious that all the plastics are hard, however, is appreciated not shine. It is up to the play when you realize the touch stiff. The contrasts with white inserts —they have a texture that is interesting— create an atmosphere more pleasing to the interior. The seats, meanwhile, are lined in fabric and have good lateral support. In the rear, the space is enough to carry up to three adults of 1.80 meters of height.

To what we were, to handle

Today there will be no need to resort to this place. The Chevrolet Bolt EV comes with a range of 380 km and a price of $696,100

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The Bolt EV moves with a electric motor capable of generating 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, whose energy comes from the lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 60 kWh, as the same may be loaded in different ways, from an adapter of 440 volts, up to a common plug, giving us a range of 380 miles with a full load.

According to Chevrolet, there are three ways to recharge:

  • ultra-fast Charging: Allows you to reach up to 140 miles of range in just 30 minutes

  • Load at home: With the special charger that is already installed in the home or office, you will be able to get 40 miles of range in an hour.

  • conventional Cargo: With the appropriate adapter, you can connect to any standard outlet, so yes, it will not charge as fast as with the previous.

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The regenerative braking works very well, recovers enough energy without entorpercer the handling once it is mastered.

Features two ways to recharge the battery when braking the car, the one with the regenerative braking activated from a button in the place where usually they would go to the palettes of change of speed behind the wheel, or with the way Low, which helps to drive the car with only a foot pedal, activating the brake automatically when the accelerator is depressed, and recovering the kinetic energy from this action. Both systems work very well, maybe take you a while to get used to using this, but once done, the battery saving will be greater.

To give an example, in our route, on a stretch down the scope of the battery to only 200 km, and through the use of the so Low, we were able to recover between 45 and 50 km load in less than an hour of driving.

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In case you want to put this off, we will be able to opt for the Sport mode, which helps us to get all the power of the self, and achieve acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than seven seconds. It is curious that the tread depth is perceived a little bit of torque steer, not rough, but noticeable.

curves, suspension and distribution of the weight, make it grip well to the track, you can go a little faster than normal to some curves, and both electronic, such as the factors mentioned before, will be that you follow your course without scares. Although it looks like a minivan, these characteristics give management more akin to that of a car of tints sports, and it is well to remember that in electric cars the torque delivery is instant, so their accelerations are so good.

do we Recommend the Chevrolet Bolt EV?

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Your price is $696,100, available only in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Queretaro, Monterrey and Puebla.

Within the segment of electric vehicles, the Bolt EV is a model very well placed. It is not at all accessible, but, considering the cost of development of these technologies, and the loading of equipment, connectivity and security that it enjoys, we believe that your label is, to some extent, reasonable. If you can afford it and you do not travel more than 150 kilometres by road, go by him.

Their main rivals are the Nissan LEAF and, by some hundreds of thousands of pesos more, the BMW i3. Indirectly, the Chevrolet Volt can overshadow their sales. there are Also hybrid, such as the KIA Niro Plug-in Hybrid, that might make noise at the proposal of Chevrolet.

Is a self very interesting, useful in the day-to-day and friendly with the environment. The range of improvement remains in the amortization of the costs to provide versions more accessible, finishes more attractive to the interior and an improvement in the connectivity to OnStar, which sometimes has problems to load the browser information of the car.


interior Space8

To please

  • Handling up to a certain point fun
  • Options for energy regeneration
  • OnStar System
  • Account with 10 air bags


  • sometimes fails To receive the information of navigation through OnStar
  • Sigue being expensive technology
  • Many hard plastics

Version tested

Bolt EV



front Suspension

McPherson with anti-roll bar


lithium-Ion 60 kWh

rear Suspension

torsion Bar rear

maximum Power (hp @ rpm)

200 hp

load Time in high-speed mode

30 minutes = 140 km

maximum Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

266 lb-foot snapshot

Charging time in the conventional manner

1 hour = 40 km


Auto Electronic Shift

charging Time plug in common

N. D




383 km


four-wheel Disc


478 litres


1625 kg

CO2 Emissions


maximum Speed

N. D



Acceleration 0-100 km/h

7 seconds


4,166 mm

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