Although this is the Bolt EV’s second model year, the vehicle was not available for testing last year, but it made a positive impression on judges for this year’s competition. The Bolt EV was also among three other electrified cars, the first time so many electrified powertrains received honors.
Also interesting: not one engine comes from a German brand. Instead, Fiat-Chrysler, Toyota, Jaguar and others round out the list.
As for the Bolt EV, judges found the Bolt EV’s propulsion method more than adequate. Torque delivery made for a fun-to-drive experience, while its 238-mile range helped ease range anxiety and broadens its appeal to more consumers.
“The WardsAuto 10 Best recognition of the Bolt EV propulsion system is an accolade for the entire team behind its design, engineering and manufacturing,” said Tim Grewe, general director for GM Global Electrification programs. “Chevrolet committed to offering the world’s first affordable, long-range EV and delivered. More than 20,000 Bolt EV owners are already benefiting from great range and performance thanks to its state-of-the-art battery and electric motor technology.”
Judges look at six areas when scoring engines: horsepower, torque, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness and noise characteristics. Its vehicle application must also fall under a $63,000 MSRP threshold. The Bolt EV starts at $37,495 before any federal, state or local tax credits.