2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV Electric

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2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: March 20, 2021

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When Chevrolet declared that it would start taping down the production of cars in favor of SUVs, fans of the Bolt electric vehicle were naturally anxious. Fear not, as there's a refreshed 2021 Chevrolet Bolt on the way. The Bolt strives to make EVs more accessible to everyone. It's electric motor gives almost-instant acceleration, and the Chevy hatchback is enjoyable to drive.

The 2021 Bolt EV has a starting price of $37,495, high for an all-electric vehicle. The top-of-the-line Premier trim starts at $42,695. This hatchback features a 200-horsepower electric motor paired with a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a single-speed transmission. It takes about 10 hours to charge the Bolt's 66-kWh battery pack using a 240-volt outlet. With DC Fast Charging, you can get roughly 100 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

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Pros

Engaging ride

Peppy motor

Long driving range

Plenty of standard features

Cons

Subpar cabin materials

Seat cushions aren't very supportive

Pricey compared to some rivals

What's New?

Revised front and rear-end styling

A couple of exterior colors

Revised dash layout

New seats


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$37495

bodystyle

5dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

93 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

200 hp @ 0 rpm

torque

266 lb.-ft.. @ 0 rpm

transmission

1-speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11/10

dimensions

wheelbase

102.4 in.

length

164 in.

width

69.5 in.

height

62.8 in.

curb weight

3563 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

56.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos

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Trims

LT $37,495 onwards

200 hp @ 0 rpm | electric fuel

  • 17" Painted-Aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • 6 Speaker Audio System
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • Ambient Interior Lighting
  • Android Auto & Apple Carplay & Amazon Alexa Compatible
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Automatic Front Air Conditioning
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Premium Cloth Seat Trim
  • Single-Zone Manual Air Conditioning w/ Cabin Air Filter
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio

Premier $42,695 onwards

200 hp @ 0 rpm | electric fuel

  • 17" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • 7-Speaker Bose Premium Audio System w/ Richbass Woofer
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • HD Surround Vision Camera
  • Heated Rear Outboard Seats
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Rear Camera Mirrors
  • Rear Park Assist

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Colors and Styles

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Summit White

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

7.5

Engine And Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

9.9

Interior

8.5

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


Jointly developed with LG Corporation, the Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchback is the only fully-electric vehicle from the American automaker as of now. An affordable fast-charging option and an innovative regenerative-braking paddle also enhance the user experience.

It will face steep competition from the likes of Hyundai Kona, the Nissan Leaf, and especially the Tesla Model 3 and other cars in the EV realm.

Moreover, there are words about a bigger Chevrolet Bolt in the lineup called the Bolt EUV with a longer wheelbase than the regular Bolt. So that is something worth the hype and worthy of looking forward to. 

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback Front View
2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback Rear View

7.5/10
Pricing and Features

7.9/10
Engine and Performance

9.9/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

8.5/10
Competition


2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Pricing and Features

7.5/10

The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV is expected to carry forward the same two trim levels available for the current model year viz. LT and Premier. Both feature the same 200-horsepower electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack, and single-speed transmission. 

The entry-level Bolt comes standard with a rearview camera and the Teen Driver system, which lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers. Available safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a surround-view parking camera system, a rearview camera mirror, and forward-collision warning.

As mentioned earlier, on top of the standard Chevrolet Bolt, Chevy will be launching a bigger Bolt called the Bolt EUV, which will have a longer wheelbase, more significant trunk, and more SUV-like proportions.

Trim

LT

Premier

MSRP

$37.495

$42,695

Key Features

10.2” color touchscreen display for the infotainment system

In addition to replaces the base LT trim features with:

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility

Bose premium 7-speaker audio system (optional)

 

Ambient Interior Lighting

Charging only USB ports (optional)

 

6-speaker sound system

Front passenger seatback map pocket

 

Automatic Climate Control

HD Surround vision

 

Cabin Air Filter

Heated rear outboard seats

 

4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable

Ambient lighting for the interior instrument panel

 

Drive Model Selector

Rear camera mirror

The base LT trim features the MyLink infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touch screen, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. Cloth upholstery, remote start, push-button start, automatic climate control, the Teen Driver safety system, and a rearview camera are also standard.

The Comfort and Convenience package ($555) adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, and heated front seats. The Driver Confidence package ($495) includes rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane change alert, and rear parking sensors. 

The top-of-the-line Premier comes with the Driver Confidence package, the Comfort and Convenience package, leather upholstery, heated rear seats, and a false cargo floor for additional storage, a rear center armrest, and a surround-view parking camera system. 

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The US carmakers are not known for their build quality and reliability, but the Chevy Bolt EV could be an exception. The current model has had only one recall until now, along with a single complaint, which is significantly better than its preceding model. 

The 2021 model could also be expected to be similarly well built and reliable, if not better. Moreover, being a fully-electric vehicle, it is significantly inexpensive to maintain as well, compared to a regular gasoline-powered hatchback.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

According to the J.D. Power report, the Chevrolet Bolt EV scored 74 out of 100 for overall quality and reliability, 78 out of 100 for the driving experience, 75 out of 100 for resale, and 88 out of 100 for dealership experience. 

It is evident from the fact that ownership costs for the Bolt EV range somewhere between $36,000 to $40,000 in 5 years, depending on the trim level. Moreover, Bolt is not the best car in retaining its resale value. It is significantly better than most EVs in its competition, standing in around 41% of its original worth in 3 years. Moreover, you get a lot of rebates as Bolt being an eco-friendly vehicle.

The average price paid for the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV is about $35,250. The people from Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Atlanta, and Delaware enjoy the lowest prices as they have exempted the sales taxes.

Warranty

As with most EVs, Chevrolet gives additional warranty to a portion of the Bolt's electric-powertrain segments. Chevy additionally incorporates a support visit for free. However, warranty inclusion doesn't approach well, like Kia Soul Electric. The warranty for the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV as follows:

Criteria

Period

Battery and Electric Components Coverage / Available Courtesy Transportation

8-years / 100,000 miles

Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty

3-years / 36,000 miles

Corrosion Limited Warranty

3-years / 36,000 miles Rust-Through

6 years / 100,000 miles

Roadside Assistance Program

5-years / 60,000 km

1 Schedule Maintenance Visit

1 year / 1 visit

The warranty scheme for the Chevy Bolt EV is quite decent and is comparable to other cars in the EV segment, if not better.

Miles Per Dollar

Considering driving for 15,000 miles per year, on average, miles per dollar for the Chevy Bolt EV stands roughly in the neighborhood of 2.34 to 2.68 miles per dollar, which is quite decent compared to some other cars in the segment.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Buying Advice

Since both the trims are powered by the same capacity battery and an electric motor with an identical performance figure and range, the higher-end Premier doesn't make much sense. 

The base LT is well equipped, and the extra money for the upgrade doesn’t look that reasonable. Moreover, you could spec the base LT trim the way you want with the optional safety and infotainment packages available according to the requirements and budget.

Is buying a used car Chevrolet Bolt EV a good idea?

The 2020 Chevy Bolt debuted for the 2017 model year, and the 2020 model is the first to see any significant changes. For 2020, Chevrolet increased the driving range from 238 to 259 miles. If the more extended driving range is crucial to you, stick with the 2020 Bolt. If not, we recommend purchasing a similar 2017 to 2019 Bolt, which will likely be more affordable.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Engine and Performance

7.9/10

Although the 2021 Chevy Bolt is getting a refresh both inside and out, the engine will remain the same. It will be powered by the 66 kWh battery sending power to a single electric motor producing 200 HP and 266 lb-ft of torque via a single-speed transmission. 

The Bolt's electric motor provides instant response to accelerator inputs and ample low-end torque that lets you dart ahead when the light turns green. Responses are less direct at highway speeds, but the electric Chevy still makes passing and blending on the highway a breeze.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

2020 Nissan Leaf

2020 Tesla Model 3

MSRP

$37,495

$36,990

$29,990

$39,490

Engine

Electric

Electric

Electric

Electric

Drivetrain

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Power 

200 HP*

201 HP

170 HP

258 HP

Torque 

266 lb-ft*

290 lb-ft

187 lb-ft

317 lb-ft

*2020 figures used for reference

The power figures of the Chevrolet Bolt EV are up on the same allay with its direct competitors. However, Tesla Model 3 comes out as the most potent vehicle of the segment with a rated power of 258 hp. The Nissan leaf ranks last with meek power figures.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV Acceleration And Braking Performance

The sole electric motor paired with a 66 kWh battery can pull the car from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. The brake pedal is firm and provides above-average stopping power. Still, the regenerative braking system that recharges the battery when you lift off the accelerator means you can drive in most scenarios without ever touching the brake pedal

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback covers 0-60 in 6.5 sec

Models

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV (expected)

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

2020 Nissan Leaf

2020 Tesla Model 3

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.5*

7.2

7.8

5.3

Quarter Mile (seconds)

14.9*

15.1

15.1

13.5

Top Speed (mph)

93*

104

93

130

60-0 MPH (ft.)

NA

NA

NA

NA

*2020 figures used for reference

Although it might not look the part, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is a lively little electric car and one of the faster cars in the segment. That being said, the Tesla Model 3 is the clear winner and the basis for the Musk corporation making a fortune.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Fuel Economy

9.9/10

Being an electric car is all about the range and how far you can go on a single charge. Fortunately, the Chevy Bolt does not disappoint in this regard. The 2020 model got an upgrade, which increased its range by 21 miles with an EPA estimate of 259 miles of range. 

The 2021 model is also expected to be similarly as capable, if not better. Moreover, as mentioned earlier, the bigger Bolt EUV with the same electric motor and battery capacity could be expected to have an estimated range of somewhere around 245 miles in a single charge.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV (expected)

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

2020 Nissan Leaf

2020 Tesla Model 3

MPGe (City)

127*

132

123

148

MPGe (Highway)

108*

108

99

132

MPGe (Combined)

118*

120

111

141

EPA Time to Charge Battery (at 240 V) (hours)

10*

9

7.5

8.5

EPA estimated range (miles)

259*

258

149

250

*2020 figures used for reference

With electric cars getting better and better every year, the anxiety of range has been a thing of the past. In standard conditions, the Chevy Bolt is the clear winner with the highest figures in terms of total range. But in terms of efficiency and mileage, the Tesla is ahead of the competition, and also, there are other variants of the Model 3 with the extended range.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Interior

8.5/10

The interior of the Chevy Bolt EV is quite minimalistic, and for this reason, it might look bland for some people. Nonetheless, the interior is well thought without many buttons to fiddle around with the controls being ergonomically placed. Moreover, the tall roofline makes the car feel way spacious than some of its competitors. 

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback Front Seats

That being said, the 2021 Bolt EV seats are getting an update with softer materials and more beautiful stitching with electronic adjustability, at least for the driver’s seat and lumbar support. The dashboard is also getting a design update. The shifter is gone, and there are now RND buttons where the shifter was.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV (expected)

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

2020 Nissan Leaf

2020 Tesla Model 3

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.7 / 54.6 / 41.6

38.0 / 55.5 / 41.5

41.2 / 54.3 / 42.1

40.3 / 56.3 / 42.7

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.9 / 52.8 / 36.5

37.7 / 54.5 / 33.4

37.3 / 52.5 / 33.5

37.7 / 54.0 / 35.2

The Chevrolet Bolt EV and its competitors are more or less in the same ballpark when it comes to interior dimensions. The Bolt has 16.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 56.6 cubic feet when the seats are folded flat. 

How’s the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV infotainment system?

Like the 2020 model, the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt should also be equipped with a 10.2” color touchscreen display for the infotainment system. Although Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come as standard, it doesn’t come with an in-built navigation system. Although the touchscreen display is nice and big and easy to use, its slow response could be frustrating. Moreover, two USB ports come standard at the front.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback Dashboard

As for audiophiles, both the trims are equipped with a 6-speaker sound system as standard with the option to upgrade to a more premium 7-speaker Bose audio system on the range-topping Premier trim.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback rear seats
2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback cockpit area

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Exterior

6.0/10

For the 2021 model, the Chevy Bolt is expected to get a mid-cycle refresh with a renewed exterior. The front fascia is getting a new appearance along with a redesigned tail light. That being said, the car will still be recognizable as a Chevy Bolt nonetheless. Like all first-generation units of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the 2021 Bolt continues riding on a variant of the GM Gamma 2 platform called the GM BEV2 platform.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Hatchback Third Quarter View

Coming to the looks of the new and larger Bolt EUV, it will be a stretched Bolt with similar looks. It will be 3-inches longer on the wheelbase and 3-inches longer on the trunk space with roughly the same height.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV (expected)

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

2020 Nissan Leaf

2020 Tesla Model 3

Curb Weight (lbs)

3563*

3715

3538

3554

Length (inches)

164.0*

164.6

176.4

184.8

Width (inches)

69.5*

70.9

70.5

72.8

Height (inches)

62.8*

61.2

61.4

56.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

NA

6.2

5.9

5.5

Wheelbase (inches)

102.4*

102.4

106.3

113.2

*2020 figures used for reference

Although the Chevy Bolt EV and most of its competitors are more or less in the same ballpark when it comes to exterior dimensions, the Tesla is the clear winner with its overall larger dimensions and a longer wheelbase.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Safety

6.0/10

The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt Ev managed to score a perfect 5 out of 5 stars in NHTSA’s overall crash test rating, with 5 stars in most of the individual tests including the rollover test where it managed to get a rollover risk of 9.70%, which is quite low for a tall car like the Bolt. But it wasn't named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That being said, the 2021 model should be equally as safe, if not better.

Some of the key standard safety features of the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV either as standard or as an option should include:

  • 10 airbags
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision alert
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • HD Rear Vision Camera / HD Surround vision
  • Lane change alert with side blind zone alert
  • Lane keep assisting with lane departure warning
  • Pedestrian safety signal
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is equipped with a host of safety features and driver aids to keep its occupants safe.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Competition

8.5/10

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV Vs. 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

Both cars are pretty comparable in terms of price, performance, and range. But the Kona feels even more premium on the inside along with solidly put together on the outside. The Kona also feels much stable and composed at a higher speed than the Bolt.

Hyundai Kona EV

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV Vs 2020 Nissan Leaf

Although the Nissan Leaf might not be as good as the Chevy in most things, including its range, the Nissan Leaf is significantly less expensive than the Bolt. It is a solid starting point for someone to own and experience an EV. It is a good option for someone on a budget to own an EV.

Nissan Leaf

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV Vs 2020 Tesla Model 3

With a similar starting base price for both the cars, the Tesla Model 3 gives the Chevy Bolt a run for its money. With a bigger exterior, more premium interior, more power and performance and a similar range (which could be extended by opting for an extended range variant), the Tesla Model 3 seems better in every way than the Chevy Bolt, which explains its tremendous success and the slow decline in popularity of the Bolt.

Tesla Model 3 Electric

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Final Verdict

Chevrolet tried to bring an affordable and easy to maintain fully-electric vehicle to the masses with the Bolt, and the car does a pretty good job. It is decently powerful with good performance figures. But with some of the tough contenders in the market, especially the Tesla Model 3, the Chevy Bolt is slowly starting to lose its reputation.

Anyway, if you still want one, you should wait for the upcoming 2021 facelifted Bolt EV, which brings some welcoming changes to the car, including a renewed look. Moreover, you could pick the bigger new Bolt EUV, which is supposed to launch shortly after the regular 2021 Bolt EV hatchback launch.

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