October 1st, 2020 by

Electric vehicles like the Chevy Bolt are seriously changing the game in terms of fuel economy. This car is a great option for those that drive long distances, or anyone looking for long term savings by avoiding the gas station. The EPA has estimated that the 2020 Bolt can go a whopping 259 miles on a full charge, and we have seen some of our colleagues put this claim to the test. A few real life range tests showed that the Bolt can get somewhere between 220 to 230 miles on the highway with a full charge before needing to slow down. That’s enough power to get you from Lansing to Chicago all on one charge! This 10% increase in range from past Bolt models means the average driver can go days without needing to recharge. Saving money and doing your part for the environment has never been easier.

What To Know About Hybrids

Since electric cars are fairly new to the automotive industry, there is still a lot of mystery behind how they work. Many people shy away from electric cars because they just don’t want to take the time to learn about these vehicles when they are already happy with conventional diesel or gasoline cars. We’re here to help you understand how electric vehicles work, and why they are an excellent choice for many drivers on the road today.

The Bolt is a fully electric vehicle, meaning it does not even contain an engine, gas tank, or tailpipe. It runs purely on an electric motor which means you will never have to stop at a gas station again, unless you’re looking for snacks on your cross-country road trip. Since electric vehicles emit far less carbon dioxide than other vehicles, they are becoming an increasingly popular choice all over the world. State incentives for electric vehicles are pushing more and more consumers to think electric rather than sticking to conventional cars.

Streamlining Life With A Hybrid

With 40,000 charging stations, Chevy has made it extremely easy to recharge your Bolt’s batteries everywhere you go. The myChevrolet mobile app with Energy Assist provides a plethora of information on your vehicle’s charge status as well as locations of nearby charging stations. This feature is available on both Apple and Android devices, and has simplified the process of finding charging points, especially in areas where drivers do not frequently pass through. The app grants access to all Bolt-compatible charging ports, regardless of the point operator. It can even confirm that the charging station is available and in operation before you arrive so you never have to waste time searching for an adequate charging point.

The Energy Assist app enables you to plan your route intelligently so that you never run out of battery. As you drive, the app monitors your progress and will give you real-time alerts if it anticipates a drastic change in range projection. This app also streamlines the payment process at charging stations, allowing you to pay for a charge at the click of a button. Another feature on the app that we love is the Target Charge Level option. This allows you to set a predetermined range that you will be traveling, and only charge your Bolt to accommodate this range. Limiting your Bolt from a full charge when it is not necessary is purely an economical choice. Some chargers tend to be more expensive than others, so it is a good idea to only charge as much as you need to get from point A to point B instead of going for a fully charged battery at every charging point.

Another perk is that Chevy has partnered with Qmerit to assist you in finding an accredited EV home installation service. Having a charging station at your home is a great way to control charge level and save money. You can direct your Bolt to charge during off-peak electricity hours, for example from 10pm to 8 am. This will cut costs and still get you a full battery by the time you are ready to go the next day.

The Bolt has three charging options depending on how fast you need to charge. Basic charging can be done with any 3 prong outlet, and gets you about 4 miles of range per hour charge. This is a good option to simply top-off your charge if you have spare time. The fast charging option uses a 240-volt charging unit to get you 25 miles of range per hour charge. This is the kind of charging port you can install at your own home to charge any time you want. Super fast DC charging is available at certain public stations, and can get you 100 miles of range in just a half hour.

As you can see, the Bolt is making history, and we couldn’t be happier to witness this incredible advancement in the automobile industry. Stop by Graff Chevrolet Okemos today to see for yourself all that the Bolt has to offer.

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