Outgoing Chevrolet Bolt: Less Range, More Desire?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
outgoing chevrolet bolt less range more desire

Forget about six-figure super-sedan battles on fancy German racing circuits — it’s all a sideshow to what really matters in the electric vehicle realm: range and cost. The world doesn’t electrify in the manner envisioned by our most revered environmentalists without affordability and the ability to drive to the next state and back on a single charge.

Which is why changes coming to the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt are worthy of note. An extra 21 miles of range, pushing the little hatchback ahead of the Hyundai Kona Electric by a single mile. However, while extra range is a nice-to-have, lower monthly payments might be even nicer for those who are already more than satisfied with a 238-mile driving radius. For these folks, the outgoing 2019 model might make a lot more sense, especially given the measures GM’s using to clear them from the lot.

According to CarsDirect, customers in states that don’t end in “alifornia” (and those that don’t sign onto the Golden State’s zero-emission vehicle mandate) can expect significant incentives this month on 2019 Bolts. Previously, only the green states got the deals.

Via a dealer incentive bulletin, the publication noted that for the month of September, a 2019 Bolt LT can be leased for $339 for 39 months with $2,769 due at signing — which works out to $410 a month total cost, minus taxes and fees. Contrast that with the previous lease offer: $449 for 39 months with $3,799 at signing, or $546 a month.

Thank a $2,500 national lease incentive and an APR that’s dropped to 1.25 percent.

For those who want a 2019 Bolt for the long haul, buyers can expect a (doubled) $2,000 bonus, plus a mix of discounts and dealer cash totalling as much as $7,000. That’s up to nine grand off a $37,495 MSRP vehicle that’s still eligible for a halved federal EV tax credit ($3,750). GM’s credit is cut in half again come October 1st.

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  • Buickman Buickman on Sep 12, 2019

    perfume on a pig. no one wants these contraptions. YUCK!

    • Luke42 Luke42 on Sep 13, 2019

      I want an EV! I just keep screwing myself out of one. Three kids and counting! EVs for a family this size are expensive.

  • HotPotato HotPotato on Sep 18, 2019

    The Bolt is 4 inches width and 2 Ford C-Max seats away from greatness.

  • Fred I don't know about those big screens. Is there a way to minimize the display, so it's not so distracting? Especially at night the glow doesn't make it easy for me.
  • Arthur Dailey Toronto Blue Jays' games are only available on AM radio. As I am 'on the road' quite often when the Jays play that is my only option for listening to the game. So an AM radio is something of a 'must have' for me.
  • JMII My brother tracked one of these for several years... it will embarrass other sports cars. He sold it to someone who still rips it around on track days. Given my previous VW experience I wouldn't touch it but these are surprising quick and handle well for hatchback credit going to a decent AWD system. $16k seems crazy, but Rs aren't that common and this one appears to be in great condition and seems well sorted.
  • Arthur Dailey I meant the grille and the profile along the passenger area. Look closely and it is reminiscent of the Journey.
  • Daniel 16500 pesos