There’s a pattern here when it comes to the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. With every award, every word of recognition and each accolade, one thing is consistent for the Bolt EV: it drives like a regular car.
It doesn’t go out of its way to be a spaceship, or some futuristic interpretation of tomorrow’s mobility; the Bolt EV is a car for everyday use that happens to return an astounding 238 miles of electric range on a single charge. With that in mind, the Bolt EV has done it again.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV was one of six vehicles to be bestowed an Automobile All-Star award after judges combed over 23 vehicles in total. The Bolt EV was the lone alternative propulsion car in the mix, too, unless you count the Acura NSX’s electric-gasoline hybrid performance.
One judge went as far as to say, “Now that we’ve all driven the Chevy Bolt, it’s clear that anyone who still doubts the era of practical EV motors is upon us should be awarded honorary membership in the Climate-Change Denial and Flat Earth Society.”
It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, though. The interior became a weak spot for many judges, calling it out for cheap plastics and afterthought-like mentality. It’s clear the money spent in the Bolt EV is in the engineering.
And that’s okay, because it works. It works really well.