Re: Life with Chevy Bolt EV
Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:32 am
NeilBlanchard wrote:We just got our Bolt EV about 2 weeks ago. In general, it is wonderful. Two EV-centric niggles: no light in the charging port, and no coasting in D.
We are a tall family, and we fit in the Bolt EV better than any other car (let alone any other EV!), so there's that. It is the longest range EV that we can afford - it is expensive, but with the incentives we get, we can do it.
It is practical - we require a hatchback. It is nimble. One general niggle: on some bumps cause a noticeable jounce, that may be a from a slight under-dampening in the rear suspension?
Having an EV with this much range - is a revelation! Even with the "hilltop reserve" setting, we see a range of ~290 miles. Which is amazing.
I agree that 290 miles is clearly better than 70, and if I did a high mileage, I would choose something like that - however GM have not released it in the UK, and the closest thing I could get is a Hyundai Ionic, which has also had extremely good reports, so it sounds like whatever future people want, its parity with what they were used to with their old ICE cars - and I totally understand that comfort zone.
With this sort of range, and more manufacturers getting in to the EV segment, it's actually quite easy to see that Tesla may end up a victim of their own success - especially when the likes of people such as GM, Toyota and Hyundai can make the car part of the EV better and/ or cheaper.
I read somewhere (annoyingly cant find the link) that Toyota are planning a 200-300 mile EV with half the battery size of the Model S, meaning that things are about to heat up quite soon, and the competition is going to get a lot more fierce - be interesting to see what that does to Tesla sales. Not that I dislike Tesla as all - I just think they are very expensive for what you get, and relatively speaking, there's a Toyota dealership on every street corner.