Tech Report Test Drive: Chevy Bolt EV

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Mover over Tesla! Chevy is delivering an affordable all-electric car before the end of the year.

Recently I got to get behind the wheel of the all-electric Chevy Bolt EV. It’s confusing, I know - this is not the Chevy Volt. That car combines gas and electricity. The Bolt is a fully electric car.

It gets up to 238 miles on a charge, which might alleviate range anxiety for a lot of people hesitant to buy an electric car.

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My first impression of the Bolt - it's bigger than I expected. It also looks nicer than I expected. Sort of like a sedan but bigger - the roof kind of bubbles up so it doesn’t feel small inside.

The Bolt has a bunch of technology inside - there is a digital dashboard, plus a giant 10 inch touch screen front and center. This handles all of your entertainment, navigation and system settings. Chevy is doing a fantastic job with their in-car screens - they’re snappy, responsive and have just about everything you need including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

This one uses a totally new software program, which looks and feels fresh and light. It would be embarrassing if such a high-tech car didn’t have an equally tech forward in dash system.

Driving the Bolt is fun. It’s fast, accelerates quickly and overall doesn’t leave much to be desired. It doesn’t feel like yesterday’s EV.

The Bolt makes great use of cameras. There are cameras on all sides of the car which give you a 360 degree view around you. Plus with the flip of a switch you can turn your rear view mirror into a digital one. It uses the rear cameras to give you a full look behind you with no pillars or windows blocking things.

I’m sure a lot of people will be comparing the Bolt against the Tesla 3 - but that car doesn’t launch for an entire year - a lot can change.

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