Roomy interior; 200-plus mile range on a single charge; affordable price after tax credit; cost of the 240 charging station (around $750) can be financed with the car; available in all 50 states
Charging times still too long compared to the time it takes to fill a gas tank; no backup motor/generator option; drab interior colors; lacking some driver safety features such as adaptive cruise control and high-speed autonomous braking
The Bolt EV receives three new colors for 2019. Tire Fill Alert is made standard, and the Driver Confidence II package is now optional on the LT trim.
If you only need the basics, the LT's low price makes it the better deal. Toss in the two Driver Confidence Packages and you have a nicely equipped electric at a good price.
The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV is offered in two trims: LT and Premier. Both cars qualify for a $7,500 tax credit from the federal government. There may also be further savings offered at the state level, so be sure to check with your local motor vehicle department before you buy.
The Bolt LT ($34,495) includes 17-inch alloy wheels with self-sealing tires, auto HID headlights, power adjustable heated outside mirrors, keyless entry with push-button start, Teen Driver, automatic climate control, 10 airbags including side-curtain and driver and passenger front-knee airbags, 8-in driver information center, 6-speaker audio with 10.2-in color touchscreen and Chevrolet MyLink, dual USB ports, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, power door locks, power windows, rear vision camera, remote start, cruise control, Bluetooth and a tilt-telescopic steering column.
Options for the LT are bundled into three packages. The Comfort and Convenience Package adds heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel. The Driver Confidence Package brings blind spot monitoring and lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. The Driver Confidence II Package adds collision avoidance with low-speed automatic braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, pedestrian detection braking and automatic high beams.
The Bolt Premier ($41,780) adds contents from the LT's Comfort and Convenience and Driver Confidence packages plus leather seating, upgraded 17-in wheels, roof rails, heated outboard rear seats, Surround Vision 360-degree camera, ambient lighting and a rear seat armrest. Optional packages for the Premier include the Infotainment Package that adds a 7-speaker Bose audio upgrade, wireless charging pad and rear-seat dual USB ports. Also optional is the Driver Confidence II Package.
The Bolt comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain and an 8-year/100,000-mile battery, a thermal-management system, a charging system and electric drive component warranty.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||1 Year/1 Visit|
2019 BMW i3 -- The BMW i3 isn't as roomy inside as the Bolt, and its styling is rather radical both inside and out. The i3's cruising range isn't as long as what the Bolt can do, but it does offer an optional onboard gasoline motor generator that extends its range to about 180 miles.
2019 Nissan Leaf -- The Leaf now offers a new 60 kWh battery and nearly the same range as the Bolt. The base Leaf S costs nearly $7,000 less than the Bolt LT, but it is not as well-equipped nor can it go as far.
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf -- Volkswagen's e-Golf looks just like the gasoline-powered Golf, which some people may prefer to the Bolt's futuristic styling. The e-Golf's range is limited to 125 miles. Enticing lease deals may make the e-Golf a tempting alternative.
2019 Chevrolet Volt -- The Volt is not a pure electric, but it can run solely on battery power for up to 53 miles, after which a gasoline engine kicks on to act as a generator for charging the battery pack. The Volt is a bit more stylish than the Bolt, but it also costs more.
Used Ford C-MAX Energi -- A 2014–2018 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid that can run short distances in pure EV mode. It features similar quasi-SUV styling to the Bolt, and has a total cruising range of about 620 miles.