With well-known competitors such as the Mini Cooper SE, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt has had to strengthen its position this year. The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a slight improvement over the 2022 model, which is understandable since the 2022 model received significant updates last year. It continues to be one of the most affordable electric vehicles on the market, offering a modern aesthetic that’s hard not to love. It doesn’t exaggerate sci-fi design cues, choosing instead to display its modernity through bold proportions, sculpted sidewalls and narrow headlights. Let’s take a closer look at what’s new in the latest model.
Examination of 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet knows how to meet the needs of consumers, and the American driver will love the body style of the new Bolt EV. The car takes the regular Bolt EV as a base and adds sheet metal to make it look more like an SUV. The 65.0 kWh battery provides a range of approximately 250 miles. Meanwhile, the 200hp electric motor may not be a bargain for drivers as it limits the car’s off-road capabilities despite decent performance. This is in line with many of the Bolt EV’s competitors, as off-road capabilities don’t seem to be a priority for these vehicles. In terms of technology, the new Bolt EV has outperformed most of its competitors. The Premier version comes with the General Motors Super Cruise hands-free driving feature, which is a big plus.
Electric vehicle engine, performance and power
None of the EVs come with an all-wheel drive option. All models are offered with a 200 horsepower electric motor and a front-wheel drive option. Thanks to the electric motors and their characteristic instantaneous power, acceleration is smooth and efficient. Regenerative braking also makes single-pedal driving easier, while energy regeneration increases the vehicle’s range. In general, handling is efficient and competent, providing sufficient driving comfort, including on uneven pavement.
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV From Interior, cargo and comfort
The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV has a beautifully designed and stylish interior. It’s taller, wider and longer than a regular Chevrolet hatchback, and all that extra space can be enjoyed in the back seat, which has 3 inches more legroom. Despite this extra legroom and length, the EV has relatively less cargo space. However, this should be sufficient for items such as groceries and luggage. The design is chic and modern, with a push-button gear selector and flat-bottomed steering wheel standard on all trims. The geometric pattern on the seat upholstery is fun.
Battery life, range and charging
You can charge your Chevrolet Bolt EV through a standard 120 volt household outlet. However, you can speed up the charging time using a 240 volt connection. You can also use DC fast charging, which Chevrolet says should give you 95 miles of range in just 30 minutes. All trims come with a 65.0 kWh battery, which the EPA estimates should provide a range of 247 miles. But while that figure is remarkable compared to other electric SUVs, the Tesla Model Y’s battery is larger and offers a range of 326 miles.
Infotainment and Communications
The new Bolt UV features a large standard 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen and digital display. The former comes with built-in climate control that complements other in-car connectivity features such as built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, Amazon Alexa, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In addition, the car can communicate remotely with the driver via a smartphone app. You can set it up to connect to nearby charging networks and send charging notifications.
Driving assistance features and safety
The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV includes several standard driver assistance features, including lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking. If you’re looking for more advanced features, you can get the Premier edition and take advantage of technologies such as the Super Cruise hands-free driving system. Meanwhile, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the crash results are satisfactory. The main safety features of this model include:
- Adaptive cruise control comes with hands-free driving mode (available)
- Lane Departure Warning comes with Lane Keeping Assist (Standard).
- Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection (standard)
Maintenance and Warranty of 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV
- The vehicle’s electrical powertrain functions are covered by Chevrolet’s standard coverage, which also includes your first service visit. Coverage offers the following:
- Powertrain warranty covering 60,000 miles or five years
- Electrical component coverage for 100,000 miles or eight years
- Limited warranty covering 36,000 miles or three years.
- The maintenance visit is covered by the free service.
Cost and toppings
The new Bolt EV is offered in two versions: the LT, which costs $28,195, and the Premier version, which has a base price of $32,695. The top-end Premier may be a bit pricey, but it’s the best deal. In addition to costing less than the previous model, it comes with several standard options.
The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV comes with a new Redline Edition package that can be added to the Premier or LT trim. This package replaces the standard chrome exterior with glossy black trim and red wheel stripes. However, according to Motortrend, this year’s main event is a significant price cut, bringing the base price of the Bolt EV down by $6,300, making it one of the most affordable EVs to date.