Chevy Bolt EV - 238 miles range and $37k

Discussion in 'Gearhead Garage' started by tweakmonkey, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

    Messages:
    7,825
    Trophy Points:
    78
    Their EPA range is now officially at 238 miles. These should be in dealers by the end of the year. With all the tax breaks I imagine you'll be able to get one of these for about $27k? in California, maybe cheaper.But you'd never need to spend a cent on gas, oil changes, and many other maintenance items. This could be a very significant car that may change things... There are 1000s of Teslas here that people paid $100k for that do about the same range!
    http://www.chevrolet.com/bolt-ev-electric-vehicle.html
  2. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh Giant Meteor 2016 #MakeAmericanBrannigan Staff Member

    Messages:
    9,800
    Trophy Points:
    98
    Location:
    Nuevo Amsterdam
    CO is offering 7k on EVs too when the fed credit runs out.
  3. Jackalope

    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

    Messages:
    6,504
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Clute, Tx
    Looks interesting. I wonder how quick that range shrinks in the Texas summer with the ac blasting, though. That's the thing that really kills electric for me.

    If I drive to houston, it's 120 miles minimum, probably closer to 200. Driving to San Antonio is 240 one way. I mean I guess it's fine around d town, but then again, if I'm only driving 5 miles a day already who cares what my gas mileage is?
  4. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

    Messages:
    7,825
    Trophy Points:
    78
    If I crank the ac it takes about 10% hit to my range. So instead of 70 my car goes 63. But my battery is 1/4 the size of the Bolt. Until you've driven an EV for some period of time you probably wouldn't appreciate its benefits. Torque at 0 rpm. Uses 0 gas at a stop. You can start it and run your stereo in a garage for hours with no risk of carbon monoxide. You don't have to warm it up before going WOT. They're super quiet and comfortable for around town driving. Great cruisers and in traffic. Almost no moving parts to maintain or replace. Lots of benefits. They feel like you're driving something from the future.

    But maybe Texas or your lifestyle isn't the best demographic for it. Maybe things are too far apart. I'd rarely need to drive it over 50 miles in a day. 200 would be outrageous. But I live in a pretty dense city area and they're wonderful here - absolutely better than even the best gas cars.

    I still have my camper van if I need it, for long long drives and my girlfriend has a Honda Fit. But we use the ev for everything.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2016
  5. -=Lurker=-

    -=Lurker=- **BANNED**

    Messages:
    10,112
    Trophy Points:
    78
    Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oh god I can see my Filipino brethren at the Chevy Dealer already...

    Customer: Hi I would like to get my car serbiced.

    Service Advisor: OK, what kind of car do you have?

    Customer: Che?y ?olt.

    SA: Volt?

    Customer: ?olt

    SA: Bolt?

    Customer: ?olt.

    SA: ..... Chevy Volt?

    Customer: Che?y ?olt.

    SA: *walks away*
  6. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

    Messages:
    29,865
    Trophy Points:
    98
    Location:
    Rogue Valley Oregon
    Hows that VeeDub doing there Dan? I've been seeing a lot of cherry vintage Bugs and Vanagons lately.
  7. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

    Messages:
    7,825
    Trophy Points:
    78
    Terrible choice for a name
  8. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

    Messages:
    7,825
    Trophy Points:
    78
    coming along! Still working on the interior. Found another fuel leak this week. Lol

    I'll post some pics soon.
  9. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

    Messages:
    29,865
    Trophy Points:
    98
    Location:
    Rogue Valley Oregon
    Please do (pics). In some ways, I miss wrenching on vee dubyas, in other ways....I don't. I do like turning a wrench on the Samurai. It's about the simplest vehicle I ever worked on.
    I do have the standard flooding issues with the Weber 32/36 that I'm trying to balance out before hunting season October 1st. I'm getting that gas smell and it's not from the fuel lines of fuel pump and
    rough/bumpy steep roads give me greif. I'm pulling the float and adjusting it this week end. If I weren't building up the tax-to-pay account right now, I'd see about doing a 'my-side' 40mm Harley conversion on the stock 1.3. Other than that it runs like a bat out of hell.