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If you’re shopping for a new car in Sudbury, which will be ideal for the town or city, you might still see electric cars as a novelty item. However, the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a fully-electric subcompact hatchback that could easily change your mind if you take the time to examine it closer. With similar exterior styling to the gas-powered Bolt, a driving range on a full charge of 417 km, a 6.5-second 0-96 km/h time, and a very affordable starting MSRP, the Chevy Volt EV is one of the first electric cars you can genuinely shop against the fossil-fuel-powered competition.
After its recent redesign, the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV is one of the most striking subcompact hatchbacks on the market. And it’s hard to believe it wouldn’t attract buyers even before they know about its futuristic powertrain. The Bolt EV shares the outline of its gas-powered sibling, along with its floating roof design, horizontal LED taillights, sharp headlights, and blocked-off grille design.
One of the best things about how the 2023 Bolt EV looks is that it doesn’t act as a billboard on wheels to advertise that it’s powered purely by electricity. Several EVs out there scream to the world that they’re “different,” but the Bolt EV isn’t one of them; it’s just a great-looking little car. Something you won’t have to worry about with the Bolt EV is which model to choose because the 2023 Bolt EV is only available in a single high-specification LT trim level.
The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV is perfect for shoppers who like to keep things simple. The LT is the sole trim level, and it’s a similar story with the powertrain. There’s no need to struggle over which battery pack to choose if you think you might need the extra range and expense of a bigger version, “just in case.”
Every Bolt EV features a 65 kWh battery pack and a single electric motor that powers the front wheels exclusively. Like any EV, the battery pack does add some weight to the Bolt platform, but the 200 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque that the full-electric powertrain produces results in excellent performance for a car of these proportions. The Bolt EV can get you to 96 km/h from a standing start in 6.5 seconds, and the estimated driving range on a full charge of the battery is a user-friendly 417 km. The Bolt EV has driving modes that allow for coasting or one-pedal driving almost down to a stop, and the 11-kW onboard charger can achieve a full charge in around seven hours on a 240-volt home outlet.
Many electric cars and SUVs can appear excessively expensive compared to their combustion engine equivalents. However, the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV has done a magnificent job of striking a good balance of standard features and value for money. Affordability is a crucial attribute of the Bolt EV, which makes it a strong contender as the first electric car for many shoppers who may still be on the fence about electric mobility.
The Bolt EV’s offer starts strong with impressive safety credentials. The Chevy EV comes with ten airbags, Automatic Emergency Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, an HD Rear Vision Camera, Lane Change Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Park Assist. Away from the safety features, the Bolt EV also comes with an 8-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system with a 10.2-inch diagonal HD colour touch-screen and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a superb subcompact hatchback ideal for the urban jungle, and that’s before you even get to its excellent all-electric powertrain and how its handles and performs. Check it out with a test drive from Southside Chevrolet Buick GMC at 2601 Regent St, Sudbury, ON, or call us at (705) 523-2438 for pricing and availability details and to book an appointment at a time that fits your schedule.