Full disclosure: We drive a second generation Chevy Volt (Volt 2.Ohhh) and we loved our 2012 Volt for all 107,000 of its miles. And, my Dad drove a Buick for a million years. So, we don’t “hate” General Motors. The truth is, we give GM credit for bringing the Volt to market way back in 2010ish. And, for turning the Bolt into a reality in a pretty short time frame.
Green Car Reports has an article which calls out the shortcomings of the Bolt all electric GM car (CLICK HERE). The article is very fair. And, we agree with most of the assertions. In short: 1) No “fast” charging network; 2) Highly variable dealer experience; 3) Hatchback vs crossover.
“All of these hurdles can be overcome, but the experiences of Bolt EV owners attempting longer-distance travels suggest that the Bolt EV’s maker needs to figure out its response to very clear desire for a Tesla-like fast-charging network”
The Bolt is not perfect. But, man, it is a pretty great car that is highly acclaimed by car experts (Award, Award, Award, Award, Award,…). Yet, a read of the comments that follow the Green Car Reports article would leave you to believe that the Bolt is a Chevy Vega CLICK HERE ( if you don’t know what a Vega was).
Our take: The Bolt could work for the vast majority of drivers for work commutes and typical other trips. Really, 230+ miles is a lot to drive in one day for most of us.
Consider a Bolt IF you have: 1) A power outlet near where you park your car while you sleep; 2)A power outlet at your workplace; and 3)A 2nd car or other option for your rare long trips. And, of course, you don’t mind a smaller car.
Contact us after you get your Bolt. Park to Spark© will help you with implementing a workplace charging strategy that makes sense for you and your employer.