GM loaned me an all electric Chevy Bolt for a long weekend test drive. My first reaction? Good looking four door sedan.
Then I drove it. The Bolt is fast!
That is not unique among among electric vehicles. I test drove an all electric Tesla S. Its acceleration pushed me back into my seat. But that was $100,000 car.
A Chevy Bolt is fast and affordable. You can buy a Bolt for less than $30,000, after tax credits.
But that is not why you should test drive a Bolt. Imagine being at the January 9, 2007 Macworld Expo where Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone. Test driving a Bolt is a similar opportunity. Driving a Bolt is like experiencing the future and really liking it!
No range anxiety frees the Bolt for fast driving
I have test driven the electric vehicles in the Bolt’s price category. Every time I punched their accelerators, the energy gauges would scream, “Range Anxiety!”
Not so with the Bolt.
A fully charged Bolt has a 238 mile driving range. That size driving range is intoxicating. As someone so strongly identified with sustainability, I should have driven the Bolt prudently to save resources. But I just couldn’t. I drove the Bolt like a teenager having fun with Dad’s sports car. It was a blast driving the Bolt on a twisty, two lane mountain rode. A trailing two-passenger Lexus sports car struggled to keep up!
To my delight, it turns out that the Bolt is America’s first affordable all electric sports car.
Bolt’s 10 inch digital display is awesome
When will car manufacturers begin sizing their dashboard digital screens like they promote horsepower?
GM’s Bolt answered that frustration for me. It comes with a 10 inch digital screen as standard equipment. It is as sweet as the Bolt’s ability to accelerate at the speed of electrons.
This screen made looking at my mapped routes fast and comfortable. Unlike on most car screens, I didn’t have to divert my eyes to squint at map details or the written directions. The companion verbal instructions, via Apple Play, were accurate and timely.
I also did my first verbal text message using the Bolt’s massive screen and Apple Play. I would never have tried this on those smaller screens. With the Bolt’s screen, I had a successful experience without distracting me from driving.
The car’s sound system is as enjoyable as the big digital screen. The only problem I had was from letting my wife listen to my iPhone’s playlists. She dunned me the entire weekend of test driving to put my music on her iPhone.
So much to like about the Bolt
One article cannot do justice to all the things I liked about the Bolt. So this will be the first of many that will review this car’s technology and compare it to a Prius, the Chevy Volt and a Tesla S.
But here’s the bottom line. The Bolt is comfortable, practical, clean running, attractive and affordable. None of that will be the reason you will consider buying a Bolt.
You will start talking to a dealer after you freely punch the accelerator knowing you have no range anxiety.
Why hasn’t America discovered the Bolt
Tesla just achieved a stock valuation greater than GM’s. I can only believe this is because America has not shown up for a Bolt test drive.
If Americans would test drive a Bolt, they would experience a vehicle as revolutionary as a Tesla. Plus GM has beaten Tesla to the starting line with an all electric car that can cost less than $30,000 after tax credits.
Back in 2007, don’t you wish you had been one of the first to get an iPhone and then bought a 1,000 shares of Apple stock?
You get a second chance. Go test drive an American made, all electric Bolt.
If you are like me, after a test drive you will start pestering your spouse about buying one!