Had the wonderful opportunity to check off another car from my list of 'EV's that I haven't driven yet'.
Chuck Swackhammer stopped by this afternoon with his 2017 Chevy Bolt. WOW! If you're not going EV simply because of range anxiety, the Bolt will change your mind. He's getting 300+ miles, charging at home once a week.
If you haul kids/toys/gear/equipment or any sort of load, this could be your next EV. It's got a TON of space. Including a roomy trunk, with extra storage where the 'spare tire' would otherwise go. Ron sat in the backseat and had more head and leg room than he knew what to do with.
This car would be awesome for anybody with a business who needs to carry equipment/goods/passengers within, say, a 100-mile radius of Reno. You'd save some serious money. This would be perfect for a ride-sharing driver.
I loved the blue paint, and thought it looked especially sharp. Punching it on Hwy. 395 southbound is everything you'd expect from EV torque! It goes zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds. It's nimble and fun to drive, just like our 2014 LEAF.
New to me, and a feature of the Bolt is Regenerative Braking One Pedal driving system. I'd heard about this feature on the upcoming Nissan LEAF, and wondered how that would work. Chuck said it took no time at all to get used to, and he's right. My experiments with it on a backroad were great as I learned quickly how to manage my stopping distance and quit stopping short. Obviously, it's got extremely good regen braking which adds to the overall range. If would want to see more about the e-Pedal system watch how Nissan does it in this video.