The push to saturate the roads with more electric vehicles in an effort to reduce carbon emissions has been met with fiery enthusiasm by most automakers, resulting in some truly unique new nameplates appearing over the last decade across various segments. One of those nameplates has been the Bolt EV, Chevy's subcompact solution for those looking for a modern, tech-oriented plug-in electric vehicle that offers a lot of great features for a very enticing price. The marque originally made its debut back in 2016 and has continued to make waves with each new model year bringing new features and updates to the table. The newest 2023 Chevy Bolt EV returns with even more goodies provided for those looking for an economical EV for their back-and-forth travels.
The 2023 model year subcompact hatchback has received some interesting new features, including an available illuminated charging port, as well as front and rear floor liners. The 2023 model year also comes with a new exterior premium color in the form of Radiant Red Tintcoat, and most importantly, the model year has received a price cut. Yes, the MSRP has dropped for the Bolt EV by nearly $6,000. The 1LT and 2LT have seen their MSRP reduced significantly, giving customers a lot more for a lot less.
The 2023 Chevy Bolt EV is available in two different trim formats, which include the aforementioned 1LT and 2LT models. You can get the Bolt in multiple exterior colors, too, including Ice Blue Metallic, Bright Blue Metallic, Ghost Metallic, Silver Flare Metallic, and the all-new Radiant Red Tintcoat. With multiple ways to charge, various interior material options, and lots of tech to boot, the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV is back and better than ever.
The 2023 Chevy Bolt EV is propelled by an electric drive unit powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. The lithium-ion battery pack is managed by a liquid thermal management system with automatic activation to keep the battery pack as cool and safe as possible during travel. The permanent magnet electric motor that propels the Bolt delivers 200 hp while putting out 266 lb-ft of torque through a front-wheel drive configuration. All of this is to say that the Chevy Bolt EV is an exceptionally responsive vehicle running on very lean and emissions-free technology, so much so that you can achieve 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds flat.
Most people don't look to EVs so much for their power but for their ability to travel long distances without having to rely on putting copious amounts of money into the gas pump. But in addition to the Bolt EV offering responsive performance, the other major highlight of the Chevy Bolt EV is that a full charge will net you up to 259 miles worth of travel. This is all thanks to the lithium-ion battery pack providing the Bolt with a lot of range while not having to rely on frequent fill-ups. Combined with features like Regen on Demand, you can see how going electric can be very appealing and cost-effective.
With Regen on Demand, drivers can take advantage of one-pedal driving so that as the vehicle applies the brakes when you let off the accelerator, it automatically uses the kinetic energy of braking to help recharge the batteries. However, when it is time to fill up, you don't have to worry about it being a problem, given that there are multiple ways in which you can charge the Bolt EV.
You can hit up the local charge station and take advantage of the Bolt EV's ability to get fast charging thanks to the DC Fast Charge stations, which can offer you up to 100 miles worth of range in just 30 minutes of charge time, meaning you can get a full charge in just over an hour. Another highlight is that since the 2022 model year Bolt EV, DC Fast Charging has become a standard implementation for the Bolt EV, so if you want to utilize the fastest charging options available, you can. What's more, you have dual-level charge cords in the form of 120 V or 240 V compatibility. So if you want to charge at home, you can, either through NEMA 5-15 or 14-50 plugs, taking advantage of the full 240 V charging capacity either through an outlet or Level 2 Charger. This enables you to comfortably charge your Bolt EV at your own leisure.
Safety is a big priority for EVs. Engineers want to make the safest vehicles possible, and owners want to ensure that they're driving the safest vehicles possible. With the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV, it comes standard with a lot of basic and advanced passive and active safety features, ensuring that you are safe no matter what you do or where you go in the Bolt EV. This all starts with the standard inclusion of the Chevy Safety Assist for both the 1LT and 2LT Bolt EV.
The Chevy Safety Assist consists of lots of standard active safety features such as automatic emergency braking with front pedestrian detection and forward collision alert. These are very important because when the sensors detect that there is an object in front of the vehicle, it automatically begins applying pressure to the brakes. This makes it easy to avoid collisions and mitigate potential accidents thanks to the safety sensors helping drivers stay alert while on the road. Additional safety features such as lane keeping assistance and lane departure warnings with side blind zone alert make sure you don't accidentally drift out of the lane or mistakenly depart the lane without a turn signal on.
Other safety features include automatic IntelliBeam auto high beams, as well as the availability of adaptive cruise control for the 2LT trim, which comes with following distance indicators so you can safely take advantage of cruise control without worrying about colliding with the vehicle in front of you. Teen Driver is also standard on both trims of the Bolt EV, which comes equipped with pre-launch safety checks, feature limitations, and in-vehicle report cards that parents can look over when their teen is out driving.
The 2023 Chevy Bolt EV is outfitted with a smattering of great technology so that all five occupants across both rows can take advantage of great interior cabin features. Powered by the Chevrolet Infotainment System, you have access to a 10.2-inch HD touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. This enables you to easily access the media and apps from within the vehicle without having to fiddle around with a lot of cords.
Bluetooth wireless support also means you can take advantage of hands-free phone calls and text messaging. With the Chevrolet and Onstar Connected Services, you can also rely on roadside assistance and navigation support to safely reach your destination. You can also ensure that you stay connected no matter where you go or how far outside the grid you travel, thanks to the 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity.
With added tech features, such as an HD rear vision camera so you get a clear and distinct view of what's directly behind the Bolt, signature LED lighting array, heated steering wheel, and a 6-speaker audio system, you have the complete package with the Bolt EV. However, if you wanted to get more out of the interior cabin experience, available wireless charging for smart devices and a Bose premium 7-speaker setup with a subwoofer can help elevate the prestige of Chevy's subcompact EV even further.
The 2023 Bolt EV basically spans the entire gamut of the tech spectrum, from handling and performance with electronic stability and traction control in the form of StabiliTrak to comfort with heated power front driver and passenger seats to infotainment with HD displays and telematics, including an 8-inch configurable driver information cluster. Every aspect of the Bolt EV is designed to keep drivers safe, informed, entertained, and comforted throughout their travels. This makes the Bolt EV the choice economic EV for those looking for something fun, sporty, stylish, and tech-driven.