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Reviews 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV vs. 2019 Chevrolet Volt PHEV

21:35  04 october  2018
21:35  04 october  2018 Source:   automobilemag.com

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  GM likely next to hit EV tax credit cap Better scoop up that Bolt EV if you think you qualify for the full $7,500.General Motors should reach 200,000 electrified vehicle sales this year, triggering a phase-out of its federal tax credit, The Detroit News reports. It has sold approximately 187,000 plug-in hybrids and EVs to date, split between the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric hatch and Volt extended-range electric, as well as the Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid. GM believes it will hit the cap this year, but The Detroit News talked to Edmunds, which believes it won't trigger the phase-out until the first quarter of 2019.

I went to Vermont to drive the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt and Volt and to see if where the Bow Tie’s electric offerings lie on the spectrum of boring to All-Star. I started my test by securing the keys to a Bolt EV wearing sporty Slate Gray Metallic paint. The color is reminiscent of Audi's Nardo Gray color and not

Chevrolet Complete Care is included with all 2019 Chevrolet vehicles and includes Model year 2018 and newer Chevrolet Bolt and Chevrolet Volt vehicles receive 5 years of Remote. 2019 - Chevrolet - Volt -and- Bolt - EV -12.jpg. 2/18 SLIDES © Automobile Magazine Staff.

BURLINGTON, Vermont — As Automobile's social media editor, I listen to what our audience has to say about our stories. Sometimes, folks seem to knock some of the more mundane electric cars for not being the best fit for our #noboringcars mantra. Most of our editors agree, however, that electric cars are intrinsically fun to drive thanks to the instant and plentiful torque. With this in mind, I joined Chevrolet in Vermont to drive the updated 2019 Bolt EV and Volt and to see if where the Bow Tie's electric offerings lie on the spectrum of boring to All-Star.

2019 Chevrolet Volt

  2019 Chevrolet Volt The Chevrolet Volt remains one of the best plug-in hybrids on the market, with impressive all-electric range and everyday practicality. Its understated styling doesn't draw attention the way some electrified alternatives (such as the Toyota Prius or the Toyota Prius Prime) do, but instead assimilates with mainstream cars. Unlike many plug-in hybrids that have about 20 miles or less of electric-only range, the Volt can travel up to 53 miles before its gasoline engine fires up. The Chevy also boasts a satisfying driving experience, with prompt acceleration and solid handling.

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I started my test by securing the keys to a Bolt EV wearing sporty Slate Gray Metallic paint. The color is reminiscent of Audi's Nardo Gray color and not quite metallic. It's one of three new colors joining the palette for the 2019 model year. There's also the vibrant Shock Yellow and a more subdued Green Mist added to the mix.

I set out from my hotel near the coast of the Burlington Bay for The Alchemist brewery in the neighboring town of Stowe. The roads on my journey featured a mixture of curving stretches of highway and winding country roads. My tester handled the route with hot hatch-baiting poise.

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The Bolt EV leaps off the line and torches its front tires if the operator isn't wary of the substantial 266 lb-ft of torque available from a standstill. The motor's 200-hp output was good for competent passing on the highway which came in handy on repeated occasions on the region's plentiful two-lane roads.

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Can the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt hold off the surprising 2019 Kia Niro EV and maintain its dominance in the small EV hatchback class? Use a 120- volt or 240- volt charger and you’re looking at charge times of around 60 hours or 9.5 hours, respectively. With an EPA-combined rating of 112 MPGe, the Niro

Much like the Bolt EV , the Kona Electric uses a 201-hp motor to power its front wheels, although Hyundai's unit makes an extra 24 pound-feet A fast charger showed available when we plugged its coordinates into the nav system but was already claimed once we arrived. A 240- volt charger didn't

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I made ample use of the regen paddle on the steering wheel during the drive. This, combined with the Chevy's "Low" mode, indicated by an L on the gearshift, resulted in minimal falloff of range. I was impressed with the Bolt EV's ability to tour the region while offering a comfortable and engaging driving experience. I didn't even worry about getting stranded while roaming thanks to the 238 miles of range.

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The following day, the Volt left me less impressed as far as its performance is concerned. With a stated 0-60 mph time of 8.5 seconds, the Volt slouched forward with less enthusiasm than its all-electric stablemate. I expected a bit more from a car with a cited 294 lb-ft of torque. As much as I wished it was, however, life is not an autocross, and there's more than enough oomph to go around for daily driving.

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The all-electric 2019 Bolt EV offers up to 238 miles† of pure electric range on a full charge. And the 2019 Volt is an electric vehicle that seamlessly You can find the available 240- volt charging unit at Bolt EV or Volt -certified dealers and online at GM Accessories. Chevrolet has partnered with Qmerit

When I drove a current-generation but pre-facelifted Volt loaner home from our office back in El Segundo, I thought the steering was too light and offered little feedback. On my most recent drive, it appeared Chevy had since recaliberated this facet. Winding through the Burlington hills, I felt confident in fairly aggressive driving, leaving me to remain wary of the limitations of the low rolling resistance tires. The bottom line? The Volt is not a total bore and offers some excitement when asked.

The Volt's energy management systems were worked over with this latest iteration, and Chevy managed to drop its recharge time by half via a new 7.2 kW charging system. The "Low" driving profile was also refined to require the driver to use the brake pedal less. The 53 miles of all-electric range blew by as I soused out driving dynamics, and the updated "Impacts" information screen let me know over twenty miles of range were lost in the process. Fortunately, the total range is 420 miles thanks to the 1.5-liter gasoline extender.

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The Volt's interior, although improved by the newly added Porcelain Blue trim, which is available on the Premier trim level, has some shortcomings. For example, spotted a mismatch between the materials on the doorsills and the dashboard. Although the plastics in the cabin are sculpted well, it's hard to miss the misalignment of the line that runs from the door to the dash. Material quality, however, is quite high overall and the displays are easily legible and feature high quality graphics.

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Both updated cars are fine places to spend a commute, and the size of their respective greenhouses is quite generous. The Bolt, with its slim yet supportive seats, even impressed me as a back-seat passenger with its generous leg room. In both cars, noise, vibration, and harshness are also fairly subdued, even without the sound of a powertrain to drown out the sound from the road. It's only when the gas powerplant in the Volt kicks in that there's a drone from the four-banger, which is coupled to a CVT, that enters the cabin.

Both testers featured Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and although the Bolt EV features a bigger 10.2-inch display, the Volt received an updated 8.0-inch unit. Both units coped with my swiping and tapping with no issue. There's also standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots in both cars.

Although both choices offer differing philosophies for how EVs can be executed, I found a favorite after my two days of driving. The Bolt EV's purity of purpose as an all-electric car played a major role in helping the five-door feel like a more cohesive proposition than the Volt.

As far as my #noboringcars assessment went, this dynamic duo had enough driving chops and techie gadgets to pass the test.

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2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Specifications
ON SALEFall 2018
PRICE$37,085/N/A (base/as tested)
MOTORPermanent Magnetic/200 hp, 266 lb-ft
BATTERYLi-on/60 kWh
TRANSMISSIONSingle-speed
LAYOUT4-door, 5-passenger, front-motor, FWD hatchback
EPA MILEAGE255/217 mpge (city/hwy)
EPA MAX RANGE238 miles
240V CHARGE TIME9.3 hours (est. )
L x W x H164 x 69.5 x 62.8 in
WHEELBASE102.4 in
WEIGHT3,580 lb
0-60 MPH6.5 sec
TOP SPEEDN/A
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2019 Chevrolet Volt Specifications
ON SALEJune 29
PRICE$34,000 (est)
ENGINE1.5 DOHC 16-valve I-4/101 hp @ 6,000 rpm
MOTORTwin AC/149 hp, 294 lb-ft
COMBINED OUTPUT149 hp, 294 lb-ft
BATTERYLi-ion/18.4 kWh
TRANSMISSIONSingle-speed
LAYOUT4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, FWD sedan
EPA MILEAGE42 mpg (combined)/103 mpge (combined)
EPA MAX EV RANGE53 miles
240V CHARGE TIME2.3-4.5 hours (est. )
L x W x H180.4 x 71.2 x 56.4 in
WHEELBASE106.1 in
WEIGHT3,543 lb
0-60 MPH8.5 sec
TOP SPEEDN/A

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