We were just up in Alberta, Canada, for the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s (AJAC) eighth-annual EcoRun event. The organized activity consisted of automotive journalists testing out the real-world energy consumption of the industry’s cleanest cars.
Carmakers like GM were invited to bring their most efficient vehicles, and GM brought the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Chevrolet Colorado with the 2.8L LWN turbo-diesel Duramax. According to Philippe-André Bisson from General Motors Canada, these two vehicles demonstrate GM’s full spectrum of energy-conscious cars and trucks.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is an electric, front-wheel-drive, five-door subcompact hatchback powered by a 60 kWh battery pack. However, GM originally classified the Bolt EV as a subcompact crossover. The car rides on the GM BEV2 platform that at some point was derived from the Gamma 2 platform that underpinned the Chevrolet Spark EV.
Its front-mounted electric motor pumps out 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from a standstill in roughly 6.5 seconds. Even three years after its original debut, the Chevrolet Bolt EV remains competitive in the electric compact vehicle segment. For instance, its total cargo space, claimed at 56.6 cubic feet, is bigger than that of some direct rivals, such as the Nissan Leaf (30 cubic feet) and the Hyundai Kona Electric (45.8 cubic feet).
Total range is claimed at 238 miles on a single charge, which is greater than that of the Nissan Leaf Plus (226 miles). The Chevrolet Bolt EV also remains competitive against the new onslaught of Korean electric vehicles such as the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Soul EV and Kia Niro EV. When connected to a level 2, 240V charger, the Chevrolet Bolt EV takes approximately nine hours to charge.
Inside, the Bolt EV features a simple yet modern cabin, with an easy-to-use infotainment system via the main 10.2-inch LCD screen. The system, simply called Chevrolet Infotainment System 3, is unique to the Bolt EV and is an adaptation of the third-generation Chevy Infotainment System found in other Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs.
Adapted for an electric car, the Bolt EV’s infotainment system allows the user to track real-world energy consumption, program charging sequences, or observe its various technologies, such as the regenerative braking system that can be controlled via a tiny paddle on the left-hand side of the steering wheel. The interface was reconfigured for the large screen, which is the currently the biggest of any Chevy vehicle.
As we mentioned, the model you see here is painted in the optional Shock paint, an extra-cost paint color priced at $395. Opting for the Shock paint job automatically equips the Bolt EV with the black grille seen here. Other 2019 Bolt EV color options include Nightfall Gray Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Green Mist Metallic, Summit White, Slate Gray Metallic, along with Kinetic Blue Metallic and Cajun Red Tintcoat, Mosaic Black Metallic. Those last three are also extra-cost colors, also priced at $395.
The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV is offered in two trim levels: LT and Premier. The LT stickers for $37,495 before freight, destination, and applicable government-funded incentives, while the Premier model starts at $41,895.