It would be easy to assume the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV is part of a new generation of Chevy’s subcompact hatchback, but it was a mild refresh just last year. The powertrain and architecture may be relatively unchanged, but it’s impossible to confuse the look of this model with the pre-refresh version. The Bolt EV was already a great-looking little car, but Chevrolet’s designers gave it an entirely new look last year with fewer changes than might have been imagined. The Bolt EV looks stunningly contemporary, but it’s not futuristic enough to become polarizing and put anyone off. It also avoids screaming from the rooftops that it’s electric and not powered by internal combustion.
Deciding to move away from gas and drive an electric car is still a big decision right now, so it doesn’t need further complication with a raft of confusing options such as different battery sizes and a load of different versions. The only area where you might get confronted with a hard decision is what colour of the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV you want, as there’s only one trim level to worry about: the very well-equipped LT.
Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, auto high beams, ten airbags, automatic climate control, an automatic heated steering wheel, an 8-way power driver’s seat, an HD rear vision camera, keyless open and start, and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system with a 10.2-inch diagonal HD colour touch-screen. The only real options are interior protection items like mats and a cargo net and the option to upgrade to a different alloy wheel design.
When you talk to someone about all-electric vehicles, the conversation will inevitably gravitate very quickly to the powertrain, performance, and recharging times. The 2023 Chevy Bolt EV utilizes an electric motor system with the power provided by a 65-kWh battery pack, which gives the little Bolt EV an impressive 200 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque to play with. The front-wheel-drive Bolt EV has a modest 150 kph top speed, but acceleration is where electric vehicles come into their own, and the Bolt boasts a zero to 100 kph time of just 6.7 seconds.
The whole experience of driving the Bolt EV is very different from that of a similar model with a traditional internal combustion engine because you only have a brake pedal, an accelerator, and a steering wheel. You have Normal and Sport driving modes to choose between, but there isn’t a conventional transmission, so the Bolt EV is perfect for navigating the streets of Vaughan, Brampton, and Kleinburg.
Of course, the most significant area of discussion with EVs is still how far they can go on a full charge of their battery before it needs recharging. EV ranges continue to improve, and the 2023 Bolt EV offers a more than respectable 417 km, considerably more than the vast majority of drivers need for the day. The Bolt EV’s 11-kilowatt onboard charger takes around seven hours to fully charge the battery when connected to a 48-amp wall box on a 60-amp circuit, and a fast charger can deliver a hundred miles of range in just 30 minutes. The average driver only does around 64 km per day, so the range offered by the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV is perfectly practical for the majority of potential buyers.
When you take the time to investigate what the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV offers, we’re confident you’ll see that this is the perfect car for the town and the city. However, we’re even more confident you’ll love how it drives when you get behind the wheel for a test drive here at Roy Foss Chevrolet Buick GMC at 2 Auto Park Circle, Woodbridge, ON. To find out more about prices, incentives, and availability and to schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (905) 850-1000.