Chevy Bolt In Red — New Video

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

The Chevy Bolt launch is getting closer and closer … But it’s still a ways off. With that in mind, I decided to share this walkaround video of a red Chevy Bolt that recently came to my attention. Enjoy.

It looks pretty good, no? But still … no Model 3.

It’s not a red Bolt, but here’s another, longer walkaround of the Bolt you might enjoy:

Thanks to “patrickhurt” on the forum for this.

See all of our Chevy Bolt archives here.

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29 thoughts on “Chevy Bolt In Red — New Video

    • I don’t really think most buyers would cross-shop between them.

      Model 3 is a completely different class of vehicle compared to the Bolt.

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      • I’m cross shopping them. Reality means I’ll be buying whichever I can get first, which will likely be the Bolt, since I wasn’t willing for the potential multi year wait, and have a car I need replacing soon.

        The 3 is likely going to start cheaper than the Bolt, so there isn’t a big price different. Any sort of EV minded folks are definitely cross shopping them, though maybe current BMW 3-series owners are not.

        • EV minded folks would, sure, but the most of the population won’t be.

          I think the majority of people that want the Model 3 will be cross shopping between the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C class, or some other small/compact luxury car.

          • “I think the majority of people that want the Model 3 will be cross shopping between the BMW 3 series and…”

            IMO we won’t see the effects of this until TM has worked through their reservation/preorder list. People who are on the list today may say they are cross shopping with ICE cars, as a logical response to what is available on the market. But if you put your name on a list for a car no one knew much about, in the first week orders were available – were you really intent on seriously cross shopping ICEs?

      • I’m cross-shopping too. I like the Model 3. But also like the versatility, and availability of the Bolt. Also, not sure of the Model 3 price when all is factored in.

        • It appears that the 3 will be $35k. And the Bolt $37.5k.

          There will be an additional charge to make the Bolt capable of being fast charged but I don’t think the amount has been released yet. The 3 comes fast charge ready.

          Still too early to compare all the features/specs.

          • Oooh. Fast charging would be nice! I remember that the Model 3 in the test drives had two motors, so that was presumably the high end / high performance version. It’ll be great when we can get specs on as much apples to apples as we can get. I particularly interested in range and 0 to 60 time in the base models.

          • I’m probably most interested in the car’s self-driving ability. That will be an upcoming need of mine before long. In fact, I’d love to have the Tesla’s lane keeping ability right now.

            But I’d also like to have the Bolt’s rear door and fold down seats. I only go to town once or twice a month normally. I’ll come home with a couple of 5 gallon propane tanks and a couple 5 gallon tanks of gasoline some trips. Plus two to four weeks worth of groceries and all the other odds and ends one needs for life.

            Fast charging would be a requirement. A few times a year I drive between 200 and 300 miles in a day and would need to recharge along the way.

            It’s going to be interesting to finally be able to make a direct comparison. And to see if any other manufacturers bring us a similar EV in the next 2-3 years.

    • Yes, Marion, the GM Bolt will be the very bestest EV in the world because it will get to market ahead of the Tesla 3. That is the most important consideration when comparing vehicles, which was first to be sold.

      And the Volt is a wonderful car.

      • I think the point was that your are comparing an actual car, to a car that isn’t even finished being designed yet.

        But do continue with your condescending tone. It really furthers discussion.

        • My point is that you anti-Tesla folks are just silly.

          Two cars. Neither are available for testing. We’ll see which is better after they are both on the road. And we’ll probably find that some people find the Bolt best fits their needs while others find the Tesla better for them.

          Personally, I like the Bolt hatchback. That suits my needs more than a sedan. But I like the Tesla 3 looks and would need ‘supercharging’. I’ve got other criteria and will have to wait to weigh one car against the other.

          • My point is that you Tesla fanboys are just silly.

            Two cars, neither are available for testing. We’ll see which is better after they are both on the road. And we’ll probably find that some people find the Bolt fits their needs while others find the Tesla better for them.

            Personally I like the Volt hatchback. That suits my needs more than a sedan. I also like the Volt’s looks and don’t need ‘supercharging’. I’ve got other criteria and will have to wait to weight one car against the other.

          • I’m a Tesla fan-boy?

            I don’t make unsubstantiated attacks against non-Tesla cars.

          • You think I make unsubstantiated attacks against Teslas?

            On the other hand, This article directly compares the Bolt, and the Model 3, and finds the as-yet-to-be-released-in-final-form 3 to be better.

            That’s fairly unsubstantiated, don’t you think?

          • Steve, you and I had a big go around over you’re taking some very crappy data and trying to claim that the Tesla S was “unreliable”.

            You’ve shown up in other discussions bashing the Tesla.

            Now look at what you’ve just done. ” This article directly compares the Bolt, and the Model 3, and finds the as-yet-to-be-released-in-final-form 3 to be better.”

            One sentence in the article about the Bolt’s looks.

            “It looks pretty good, no? But still … no Model 3.”

            There could be people who like the Bolt’s looks better. The author seems to prefer the Tesla’s look. Why does that upset you?


    • Coming in 18 months doesn’t make it a, ” dream concept” .
      Quite hyperbolic, and words you’ll be eating soon enough.

    • Hey thanks for the link, I can’t wait to drive one.

    • You generally come off as fairly intelligent on these forums – but bashing a car for being in the planning stages? Really? A year ago you could have said the same about the Bolt. They’re both great cars and they will both be here for those who want them.

  • I’m really worried about that crude rear suspension.
    That’s how they killed the Honda Insight, in the press.

    • EVs generally can get away with shittier suspension because of the battery weight down low. People who have never even sat in an EV will not notice it until they are weeks into ownership.

  • As an owner of a car with similar (but shorter) proportions to the Bolt, I like the style and substance of the vehicle. That said, the Model 3 is what I am going to buy. We can all agree that GM is at least running ahead of the competition in releasing a less expensive 300+km range car to the market.

  • I actually prefer the Bolt middle-console. The huge Mod3 console/screen looks out of place in a car and feels dangerous crash-wise (It is probably engineered to be safe but I still have that feeling). The Bolt middle console LCD is still fairly big but has much better proportions and feels an organic part of the car.

    I think the Bolt has a chance to sell well and establish itself firmly by the time the Mod3 arrives.

    • That’s not what the interior of the Model 3 will look like. Tesla has yet to introduce the interior.

      Apparently during the first look at the Model S there was a similar ‘tablet on an arm’ screen which changed into the current interior.

  • Who’s the idiot who is going on and on about not “really” having 5 seat capacity? Who cares? Anyone who buys a car this size, isn’t looking for a GT sedan. They just want an affordable and functional compact car to do normal daily driving in that will also allow you to haul some cargo when need be. The Bolt seems to satisfy these needs. It has also matched the Model 3 w/it’s driving range at around 200 miles.

    The only “miss” IMO is its exterior design. A little too Volt-like to me but it’s not as butt-ugly as the Leaf. I’ll have to see it in person to decide whether I can stand it and if I can I’ll probably lease one and get a refund on my Model 3 deposit. As they say, “a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush.” Besides, after my Bolt lease is up, the long wait for a Model 3 will be over and it’ll be easy to pick up a Model 3 at that time.

    • The people who complain about not having a 5th seat are the people who need a 5th seat.

      One size does not fit all.

    • “…as butt-ugly as the Leaf.”

      What’s wrong with Leafs? I like them. And putting the charging port right in the nose is clever and convenient.

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