The Chevrolet Bolt is currently a tough sell in Canada. With the $14,000 rebate no longer available, the $51,000 price tag for a Bolt Premier is difficult to swallow. It’s even harder to justify if the EV has to face slick, snowy conditions. A review by MotorPress.ca, highlights what’s good and bad about the Bolt; however, the colder temperatures and slippery driving conditions amplify the car’s deficiencies.
While the Chevrolet Bolt is fun to drive, akin to a hot-hatch, according to the reviewer, the car’s abysmal weight distribution makes driving it in slick conditions a chore. The heavy rear end and an ample amount of torque steer—like that of a Ford Focus ST—make wintertime handling downright terrible. Not even Michelin X-Ice winter tires could help compensate for the hatch’s weaknesses. However, while handling is less than stellar, the suspension is soft, and the ride is comfortable.
The cold weather also affected the Bolt’s range. In Canada, the Chevrolet Bolt is rated to offer 383 kilometers (210 miles) from a single charge. However, the reviewer saw no more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) during testing in frigid temperatures. With a 60 kilowatt-hour battery on board, the car was returning 30 kWh per 100 kilometers (62 miles).
Not every experience is equal, however, as we have seen other tests return over 200 miles in sub-zero weather.
The video also demonstrated issues when charging, too. A regular 110-volt outlet was adding just 6.4 kilometers of range per hour, which would take about four days to charge from empty to full. A Level 2 charger took the Bolt from empty to full in 9.3 hours. DC fast charging is supposed to add 140 kilometers of range in 30 minutes. To that end, it took an hour-and-a-half to add about 140 kilometers in one instance, while another case took nearly three hours to add 160 kilometers of range from a charge.
Electric vehicles have come a long way in the last decade. However, there are still issues, especially in colder temperatures, that have to be worked out before an automaker could convince consumers EVs are equal or superior to petrol-powered people movers. Cold temperatures negatively affect electric vehicles, and that could give some pause before buying an EV.