Last January, we took a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV on a road trip from Detroit, Michigan, to Columbus, Ohio. Or, we tried to. Charging infrastructure made the trek far more… interesting than it should be.
Motor Trend echoed the sentiment in the latest long-term update with its 2017 Bolt EV and detailed how public charging simply isn’t up to snuff yet. Sure, it’s cheaper than filling up a car’s gas tank (normally) but the long wait times make it difficult to plan long-distance driving.
If one purchases a Chevrolet Bolt EV, he or she best have access to a Level 2 or DC fast charging system daily, hopefully at home. If not, it’s going to be a difficult ownership experience. Even in the biggest market for electric cars, that is California, public charging is hardly seamless. Many workplaces don’t offer charging stations, and most public stations are still Level 2, which add about 25 miles per hour to the battery. That’s great for a Chevrolet Volt with an estimated 53-mile range, but the Bolt EV’s battery will go at least 238 miles. That’s a long time to wait for a full charge.
But, it’s not the car’s fault. In fact, MT and us here at GM Authority think the Bolt EV is a wonderful electric car, despite its cheap interior materials and content for the price.