Whether we like it or not, the automotive market is going to be filled with electric cars and hybrids in the future. And if you want to jump on board the technology train, then you might think that your only options are a new Toyota Prius or perhaps, even a Tesla. Fortunately, there are more affordable options in the used car market.
Sure, you can buy an older Nissan Leaf for $10,000, but those cars will only give you around 80 miles of electric range. But if you can spend just a little more, then you can buy a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, which will take you much farther.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt won’t burden you with range anxiety
Let’s get to the meat and potatoes of what the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is capable of providing you. Under the hood of the 2017 Bolt is an AC synchronous electric motor that’s connected to a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This setup provides a whopping 238 miles of range on a single charge and it can be charged in a few different ways.
The first way is via a regular 110-volt household outlet, which could take days to fill up the battery; a 240-volt charger (level 2), which can charge the car in roughly nine hours; or a DC fast charger, which can add around 90 miles of ranges in just 30 minutes.
The Chevy Bolt’s interior feels cheap but is stylish
While the longer range and quick-ish charge times are the Chevy Bolt’s main highlights, there are a couple of drawbacks as well. According to Kelley Blue Book, the interior cabin space is a little short when it comes to leg and headroom and some of the interior plastics are cheap.
But if you can get past the economical cabin materials, then you’ll enjoy the standard 10.2-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility in addition to the Bolt’s stylish two-tone seats and futuristic flare. Also, the Bolt does make up for some lack of space when you fold the rear seats down to reveal 56.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is enough space to accommodate a mountain bike.
The Bolt has plenty of gusto for the daily drive
If you have never driven an electric car, then one surprising thing that you’ll find when test driving a Chevy Bolt is the amount of gusto that it has. Thanks to its electric propulsion, the Bolt is capable of producing 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque from the first tap of the accelerator and has plenty of passing power to boot.
Kelley Blue Book mentions that it goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, which isn’t “Tesla fast,” but it’s quick enough to adequately beat cars off the starting line when you’re trying to merge lanes quickly. And if you want to get the most out of your driving range, then you can always click the Bolt into the “L mode” position on the shifter to get the most regenerative braking upon deceleration and even drive the car by just using the accelerator.
How much does a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt cost?
We did a nationwide search on CarGurus, which revealed that many of them are selling for around $15,000. Considering you’ll get over 200 miles of range, a good amount of cabin space, and plenty of power, we think that’s a pretty good deal.
Even better, buying a 2017 Bolt means that you’ll still most likely have the remainder of the 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty in addition to the 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranty, so you know you’ll be covered should anything go wrong.
And if you need more reassurance, then you’ll be happy to know that Repair Pal gave the Chevy Bolt a four out of five when it comes to reliability and estimates that it should only cost around $471 per year on average to fix.