It is not easy to get on the line with Tesla’s vehicles in any class. This company is a leader in the all-electric segment. Nowadays, more companies are developing their own hybrids and models that use only electric power. One of them came out as 2017, and it has an update for next season. Although it doesn’t look like a crossover, 2018 Chevy Bolt EV SUV will be a competitor in this class.
So far there are many tries from various companies to create a compact electric crossover from existing hatchbacks. We have BMW i3, Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive, and Kia Soul EV in the market. But none of them threats Tesla’s supremacy as a new Bolt. Comparing to its predecessor, there are no many changes. Minor modifications of features lists for all trims is the most exciting thing fans will see with new Bolt EV SUV.
2018 Chevy Bolt EV SUV Powertrain
The 2018 Chevy Bolt EV SUV will use permanent-magnet synchronous electric batteries. These are good for 200 hp. A 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack can make the vehicle delivers 270 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, this source of power is good for 240 miles without a recharge.
Well, this is while driving in optimal conditions. But, if we step on the gas up to 70 mph and turn on the heating, mileage will drop under 200 miles. Also, the 2018 Bolt EV SUV will be able to reach 60 mph from a stop in just 6.5 seconds. Once again, this is in optimal conditions. Same if we repeat the same test while the battery is under 70 percent, we will see that SUV needs half of second more to get to 60 mph.
Charging the 2018 Chevy Bolt EV SUV
Fast-charging option is not coming as a standard feature for 2018 Chevy Bolt EV SUV. Buyers have to pay to get it. Currently, Tesla has almost double Supercharger hookups than Combined Charging System ports. These can provide the power of 50 kW. With it, in 30 minutes on a charge, the battery will add 90 miles for driving. However, Tesla beats the competition here with result twice better than others.
A major problem for buyers of 2018 Chevy Bolt EV SUV is lack of CCS stations. These are available in the crowdy area. Driving the car in outskirts will mean 30-hour recharge on the classic 110-volt outlet. With a 240-volt outlet, time is shorter, but 10 hours for recharge are still too long. So, the primary thing, before Chevrolet decides to build a new electric vehicle, is to develop better recharging infrastructure.
2018 Chevy Bolt EV SUV Price
There are few pro and cons of the claim 2018 Chevy Bolt EV SUV is a crossover. But, aside with that, since the most important thing is we are getting a new model. As its conventional model, the all-electric vehicle is available in few trim levels. Base models will cost $38,000. So far, we know that only Premier trim will be available for 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Its premium features raise the cost of the crossover for around $5,000.