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Here's Why the Chevy Bolt is the Uncool Electric Car

May 30, 2021
this is a brand new

chevy

bolt

that has a b like a boy band and not a volt i clarify this because some people even some car enthusiasts have no idea this even exists on paper its awesome its a car new

electric

that will do 238 miles between charges which is twice the range of its main

electric

rivals like the nissan leaf and ford focus electric and that mitsubishi that looks like an egg shaped golf cart more importantly the

bolt

It's not really that expensive compared to the rivals w

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it starts at just thirty-seven thousand five hundred dollars or just thirty thousand dollars after federal tax incentive thirty-seven and five to go 238 miles those numbers are unrivaled in the auto industry, except for the new tesla model 3 which will reportedly get 220 miles for 35,000 those are pretty similar numbers and yet the tesla model 3 has been sold out for years people are obsessed with it tesla fans are retweeting every time elon musk sneezes while bolt is not selling most people haven't heard of it and it's just not cool today i'm going to find out why that is before start

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is some data to back up my dead bolt theory chevrolet recently announced they are idle the plant that manufactures the bolt because inventories are too high how high exactly right now listing on auto dealer there is 3599 volts a selling nationwide 35.99 you know how many tesla model three there are for sale at auto dealer zero it's true the model three isn't quite out yet but the point remains that the bolt has gigantic inventories whereas for the In the model, three people lined up for weeks ahead of time to give Tesla a $1,000 interest-free loan so they could have a chance. have a model 3 sometime in the next two years so today I'm going to try to figure out what the screw is missing.
here s why the chevy bolt is the uncool electric car
I borrowed this bolt from a viewer here in New Jersey and will show it off. all its cool quirks and cool features and then i'll take it on the road and see how it drives and at the end i'll give it a dig score and for more of my thoughts on the bolt and the bolt experience click the link below for go to autotrader.com oversteer now to the quirks now this car has a lot of cool quirks and features so be prepared i'll start with the first thing you notice the second you get in and that's the gear stick for some reason cars electric and hybrid just have to have a weird shifter and the bolt is no different now when you first start the car it's parked and that makes sense ok but when you want to put it in reverse you have to push a little bit button on the side of the shifter and then push it up and to the left to put it in reverse when you want to put it into gear, press same button then pull it down and then it's in gear and when you put it into drive a low end never seen before l appears on the gear stick gives you kind of a futuristic look when you want to go back to park you don't push it nowhere to park but you just hit the little button on top of the gear stick that says p and that puts you in park next up i want to talk about the center bolt display.
here s why the chevy bolt is the uncool electric car

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Now this is a giant center screen by modern car standards, although it's not tesla level, but it does contain an enormous amount of stuff, but now I want to show you some of the weird stuff. things i found while going through this screen the coolest quirk is that there is a setting on this screen for literally every feature on this car for example it can alert you to tell you if your charging cable is stolen your charging cable is stolen and sends you a note. Hey, by the way, someone just stole your charging cable, but that's not my favorite weird setup.
here s why the chevy bolt is the uncool electric car
My favorite weird setting is the ringer volume. You can turn the ringer volume up and down on most. cars is like low or high in this car is arranged with a two digit number and the lowest setting is 24 and the highest setting is 38. So there's a range of 14 numbers there. I don't know why it's not just 1 to 14. I don't know why they chose 14 numbers, but you can go from 24 to 38 with your ringer volume. Personally, I like my ringer volume at 32 30 if I'm trying to create a kind of low-key night in the city vibe. Next the giant screen shows all your energy usage which is common in most electric and hybrid cars but this one really gets to the point where I don't even want to get into all this stuff the only good thing is it lets you give a score of how you are doing compared to how you could be or how you have been in the past my score is not very high and then here is a feature that every car should have there is a setting for maximum start volume which is for the radio so when you get to the last person who drove it was blasting the music there is a max level the radio will start at so even if the last person had it at 87 you can control it not to start higher than 25, so that when you get in the car Monday morning at 7 a.m. from those darn kids and speaking of those darn kids this car even has a teen driver feature so when you hand your car over to your teen driver you can limit things like stereo volume and speed requires input from a pin so your computer can't go in there and change it.
here s why the chevy bolt is the uncool electric car
Another cool thing. This car has a back seat reminder function. you get out without opening the back door it reminds you that you might want to look back so you don't forget your child in the back of the car that's a very good idea a little less executed is the option to change the language it says language so you can change from ge language then in brackets it also says language so you can change your language or your language general motors now one of my favorite corks is the brake lights now first just the appearance of the brake lights when on is pretty cool as Futuristic looking, but the most interesting thing about the brake lights is that they are mounted on the rear hatchback now in the United States, brake lights and headlights cannot legally be mounted on a moving body part, in other words a hatchback or a hood, you can.
Don't put your brake lights there because if your hood is up or your hatchback is up no one can see them, but Chevy figured out an interesting way to prevent a couple other cars from using it too, namely when you open the hatchback clock here down, open it. the brake lights change instantly all of a sudden they are no longer on the hatchback they are on the bumper which is a fixed piece of bodywork when you close the hatch one more time the brake lights change back to where they were before , that's an interesting solution to a weird type of problem due to federal regulations, now interestingly turn signals fall under the same federal regulation, they also can't be on a moving body part, Chevy could have done the same with The turn signals put one set in the tailgate and then another redundant second set in the bumper in case the tailgate ever opened, but they just figured they didn't screw it up, so there's just one set of signals. turning on the bumper on a fixed piece of bodywork where you don't have to worry about that adjustment, another cool quirk of this car, look at the situation back here with the reversing camera now like most cars the backup camera and this one is mounted on the tailgate just above the license plate and there are two of them one is a wide angle camera just for the normal reverse camera and the other is for the 360 ​​camera the third thing back there would be the washer jet for the cameras at cas If they get dirty or dirty there is a separate washer that sprays liquid on them so they can stay clean.
I've reviewed a lot of cars including a lot of really expensive cars and I've never seen that feature before but I have to admit it's cool since I'm in the back another cool feature on this car it has a two stage cargo area it has the normal cargo area , which is what most people see, but then if you lift this up there's a second cargo area under the floor so you can hide things from anyone who hasn't seen this video another cool feature on this car check out these seats You notice something strange. How about the fact that the outside of the seats is white and the inside is gray? the seats are color asymmetric not exactly sure why they did it but it gives it a cool look it looks like the entire interior is bordered in white while the center is gray to match the bits and pieces of the center console in the car another cool quirk of the infotainment system is a feature called hilltop reserve now hilltop reserve sounds like the kind of place where i would try to shoot one of these videos and get kicked out by a guy who drives a

chevy

silverado who doesn't know you can film on hilltop reserve but it's actually kind of a cool feature on this car if you set hilltop reserve on it only charges the car to 90 percent and that way if you live on the top for example off a hill you can use regenerative braking to get the last 100 of charge when you drive to work or drive wherever you're going the theory is that that way you don't have than to waste any of the energy created by regenerative braking, they really thought of everything now, one of the main reasons I suspect many tesla owners will claim they didn't buy a bolt because it doesn't have all the technology you'll find in a tesla, but you'd actually be surprised how much tech is in this car, for example, in addition to the regular backup camera there's a 360-degree camera a There's also a lane keeping assist feature that will steer you back into your lane and a lane departure warning to let you know if you are starting to drift out of your lane.
There's a function that measures your following distance on the car in front of you and gives you're a little green yellow red depending on how far you are I've never seen that before and it's great of course the car will beep at you like crazy if you get too close to a car in front of you, so you have it has forward collision warning and forward collision automatic braking it has a blind spot monitoring system to let you know if someone is in your blind spot it has automatic high beams so you don't have to adjusting them when you're on a dark road will turn them on and off when cars pull in in the back it has heated rear seats and in the front it has a heated steering wheel which is nice and one of my favorite stud party tricks it's the fact that it has a remote on so you can turn it on before you get in the mor The weird thing is I don't know how you know it's started it's a car Electric so it doesn't make any noise but the benefit is you can run the heater before you get in so the car is nice and warm when you want to get in?
I was so curious about that when I had to figure out how it worked. How do you start an electric car remotely? Well it turns out you press the lock button and then hold the remote start button until the lights come on. on as they only have the car itself it doesn't remote start but the climate control comes on right now the a/c is running so it's nice and cool on this hot day when i get in my car , I just hit the start button and I'm good to go so this car has a lot of high tech features and some cool little quirks that make it a bit interesting but like all cars there are a few drawbacks one of them being the seats which are surprisingly narrow.
The owner warned me about this but they are narrower than I expected I can barely get all of myself in them and I'm not exactly a big person also when it comes to seating how about the fact that this is bolt on ultra-high end with all the features and options and no power seats that can do a hill? reserve mode but they can't put power seats in the thing it seems a little weird and probably my least favorite thing on this car something most people would probably never notice but i spend a lot of time in cars and i figured Things like this when you roll down the driver side passenger side window you can see the door panel expand to allow the window in is something most bolt on owners will probably never notice and probably won't. will.
Don't notice it if you have one, but I think it makes the car feel a little cheaper inside than it should, so the boltIt's got some great stuff and it's got some unusual stuff, but how does time lead to getting it out on the road? and I find out I'm actually kind of excited about it, I was excited when this car was announced and they said they could get 240 miles for 35 grand and I was like I didn't know and then they went out with it and got 240 miles for 35 grand pretty good the first one What I noticed with this car is quiet obviously all these electric cars between the fact that there is no engine noise the road noise is pretty low and there is not much gust of wind and I go around 40.
I love the center gauge cluster uh, it's so funny because General Motors, when I grew up, General Motors made the worst gauge clusters, they were all terrible, well, the worst fonts and they were so ugly compared to the European ones and you could look at them and i mean ok this is one of the many reasons GM can't make good cars but this one now is like ultra modern high tech it looks amazing there's some white switches there's some plastic but that it's also true on the test list all good i'm going to flu r here trip on the tires whoa that's really really fast i can't believe thatyes i say this on the road and say oh it's just a little electric car in the shape of a egg like blade it does there's 16-11 seconds ok no this to 060 in 6.5 seconds which is like what a wrx was a few years ago no i'll grant you it's not like the model x but this one isn't It's a slow car ok here we go I guess I got some space oh man it holds it it actually really moves though of course it's more of a novelty thing. because at the end of the day this car has a higher center of gravity and it won't it just won't handle or hold the road like you know some of these like a tesla but also other cars that do 0 to 60 and 6.5 i like in the range meter that shows me my potential max range and potential min range thats a really good idea it also gives me what its estimate is which is 215 but it says i could go up to 253 if i behave or keep going Doing those things with your foot on the floor, it will be 176.
Visibility in this car is really good. I think one of the problems that people have with this car is that it has sort of a minivan behavior in that the front just goes and goes and goes, like a honda odyssey or whatever, and that's how it feels. like a mini man especially the driving position and I get that but the benefit of that is the visibility is great in all directions and you can really see everything the owner of this car has he is married with a kid and this is a family car for him so it can be used in that sense as well I mean I don't think he can swallow three kids and you know parents and strollers and all that but as a small family it works the handling is ok huh it's especially good for kind of a tall hatchback like kia soul doesn't handle this well in the end this car is really very very competent and i'm not just saying i really think this is like a well put together car i think it has a great interior, has a lot of tea Technology it's fast It's fun I like the cool screens it's comfortable inside good visibility I mean that's a lot of effort in an electric car and I can go 238 miles according to the EPA based on the car more like 270 miles if really i keep my foot out of it so that's the chevy bolt it's a spotless car with some amazing numbers it's range is amazing especially considering its price it has a lot of cool features and new tech it drives reasonably well and it's pretty fast , which brings us back to our main point Why isn't this car great?
What's stopping the deadbolt from achieving the celebrity status that the Tesla Model 3 has? It could be argued that style plays a role. looks more futuristic, fans of the model 3 would probably point to the performance too but get this the bolt does 0-60 in 6.5 seconds that's seriously impressive and it's just 0.9 seconds off the model 3 0-60 of 5.6 seconds for the context that the egg shaped mitsubishi electric car does 0-60 in 13 seconds and a normal car like say a honda civic does it in just under eight so this isn't really that slow but not However, while I haven't driven a model three I will admit that the bolt is a bit slower and probably doesn't corner as well.
I'll give the Model 3 that's fine too, but what else does the Chevy bolt have a longer range than the entry-level Tesla Model 3? with dealer discounts It's definitely cheaper, it has a lot of great technology and new features, and most importantly, it's available today. You could buy one of these today instead of shelling out over a thousand dollars just so you can tell your friends that yes you drive a Dodge Neon now but in two years you're really going to have that cool Tesla you've been hearing about it's true that i think the model 3 is great too i really do and i cant wait to drive one but i think the truth is we all know why the model 3 has been so hyped and the bolt has fallen flat and th here is the simple truth it's just that chevy just isn't as cool as tesla and while many tesla owners claim they are doing it for the environment and want the electric car to save the planet the truth is i think a lot of them just want the new car and cool new car company appeal which is nice but if you want an electric car with great numbers and a reasonable price that is available right now and you don't want to wait for your car to be delivered á in tesla standard time this is your alternative now it's time for doug's score starting with the weekend categories and the style where the bolt is ok has some great details but isn't exactly exciting so you get a 5 out of 10. speeds up the bolt is 0-60 in 6.5 seconds strong for an electric car but not doug's score where he gets a 3 out of 10. the handling of the bolt is ok but not exceptional especially in the car company I've tested so it gets a 4 out of 10.
The cool factor is debatable as always but r Right now this is still a cool new car at least I think so so it gets a 6 out of 10. Finally, the Importance is clearly a significant car for General Motors, an important vehicle in its lineup and for its future, as electric cars begin to convert. more common, it gets a 7 out of 10. That brings the total score for the weekend to just 25 out of 50, which makes sense. This is not a car you want to drive on weekends daily score wise. a bit different starting with the features the deadbolt works well well equipped with a lot of desirable modern tech but also missing a few things which is why it gets a 7 out of 10 the luxury measures comfort and the deadbolt is ok not It's excellent but it's not horrible. average, so it gets a 5 out of 10. quality measures materials and reliability materials are decent, maybe a little above average, but reliability is unknown and there is always a fear of buying a car, especially a car like this one with a new powertrain this early in its running model so I get a 5 out of 10.
For practicality the bolt's 56.6 cubic feet of cargo volume would give it an 8 but this category also factors in gas mileage and that easily brings the bolt up to a 9 out of 10. Note that I've also checked a few other cars practicality scores to keep the score consistent dug out finally for the value the price of the bolt is strong especially since chevy dealers are probably offering some great deals due to excess inventory gets an 8 out of 10 bringing the total daily score to 34 out of 50 right near the top which makes sense as this is more of an everyday car than most things i test add it all up and the bolt dug score is 59 out of 100 its a good solid car an excellent effort may not be as cool as a tesla , but if you want an electric car, this should be at the top of your shopping list

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