By on September 11, 2019

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV - Image: Chevrolet

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.

[Image: General Motors]

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24 Comments on “Outgoing Chevrolet Bolt: Less Range, More Desire?...”

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    There’s a lot more to making a good EV than range and cost. For example, there’s no excuse for the Bolt having poorly designed seats. A well designed product considers every aspect, with particular attention paid to those elements the driver interacts with often, like the seats, steering wheel and infotainment system.

    • 0 avatar

      The Bolt seats are fine for the average South Korean. My 5’3″ 115# wife finds them perfectly fine.

      They’re borderline for me, at 5’10” 205# with most of the mass in my torso.

      If you are a football player or of Burger King-American descent, they probably won’t work for you.

      • 0 avatar

        Especially when Edmund’s put 100 miles on top of estimate range.

        “How Much Electricity Did It Use?
        While this EV is over 2 years old and the lifetime average dropped down to 25.9 kWh/100 miles, it is not losing any range performance whatsoever. Over the last two months, we have been able to get a best fill consumption of 18 kWh/100 miles and net a best projected range of 355.3 miles (trip odometer + distance to empty)!

        Average lifetime mpg: 25.9 kWh/100 miles
        EPA consumption rating: 28 kWh/100 miles combined 
        Best fill consumption: 18 kWh/100 miles (187.4 mpge)
        Best range: 334.3 miles
        Current odometer: 27,785 miles”

    • 0 avatar

      I’m 6’4” and sit in a Bolt on a fairly regular basis and consider the seats in the top 5 most comfortable car seats I’ve ever sat in.

      • 0 avatar

        I think the problems are more for wide people than tall ones. The Bolt has tons of legroom in both rows for its size, and tons of front headroom (rear headroom is just average).

    • 0 avatar

      Even on a short drive the seats of the Bolt were uncomfortably narrow for me. I don’t have a Jack Sprat build but I don’t wash myself with a rag on a stick either. I’m fine with the seats in the Cruze. They should have just gone to the parts bin and used those.

  • avatar

    You can get more than nine grand off MSRP (not counting tax credit). I got $8K+ when I bought a 2019 Bolt in early May, and the deals are even better now that the 2020 has been announced.

    For those (parents) who open back doors a lot, the 2020 has a very irritating feature omission: intsead of having keyless lock/unlock buttons on all four dour handles like the 2017-19, it has them only on the front.

    • 0 avatar

      Hell I use the back door keyless entry on my SS almost everytime over using the driver door. The rear and passenger door unlock all doors while the driver door button unlocks only the driver on the first press and then all the doors on the second, have mercy if you hit it 3 times by accident.

      Cost cutting in certain areas shouldn’t happen, my 03 H2 has a key switch on both front doors, however on my 06 only the driver door has one, how does that make sense? Am I no longer suppose to park the passenger side towards the side I approach the truck on when carrying groceries or whatever?

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        Irritatingly, my new car did not come with keyless lock/unlock on the rear doors. Neither did its predecessor.

        One thing GM omits on all its cars, however, is the touch sensor pad in the door handle, for unlocking. This means that, rather than being able to simply make a motion to open the door and having it unlock before you’ve got your hand around the handle…you have to use the button on the door handle for both locking *and* unlocking. And it *is* a physical button, too, not a touch-sensitive area that you just tap. Other manufacturers that take the one-button-does-everything approach include Hyundai, Kia, Genesis, Nissan and Infiniti.

        • 0 avatar

          TBH, having owned plenty of cars with both, I prefer the button to the palm sensor. I find it far more reliable and consistent.

          My Bolt’s four-button keyless entry is my favorite of any car I’ve ever owned. Second place goes to the Lexuses, both of which had four palm-sensor openers and four lock buttons.

          The front-only, sensor-only systems on my Highlander and my former C-Max drive me up the wall. It’s just such an obvious and constantly used place to cheap out.

        • 0 avatar
          Daniel J

          Mazda still utilizes a physical push button entry. Works fine but I wish there were buttons on the rear doors.

          I think cars could be smart enough just to unlock when I pull on the handle with the key in my pocket.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    If it weren’t so gosh-darned hideous, I might have bought one.

    GM did style the Volt (both generations) and ELR well, so I’m not sure why the Bolt looks so bad.

    • 0 avatar

      It seems to me a handsome car in the modern idiom. Certainly the styling is conventional enough o not seem “hideous”.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      GM did style the Volt (both generations) and ELR well, so I’m not sure why the Bolt looks so bad.”

      Kyree – I’d have t agree. As an owner of a 2013 Volt no way could I step out of that and into a Bolt. I looked at one, but was so turned off that i didn’t even bother to open the drivers door and sit inside ……….just not in the least bit interested!

    • 0 avatar

      Looks are subjective. I like the Bolt and think the first gen Volt was hideous.

    • 0 avatar

      They clearly styled the Bolt to avoid selling too many.

      It’s a funny design, because it looks like it’s about the size of a Honda Fit in pictures. But it’s actually about the size of a Toyota Matrix.

      That doesn’t happen by accident. GM clearly styled it to avoid having a mass-market success.

  • avatar

    You can pick up a used one for low to mid 20s. That’s where I’d look.

  • avatar

    The Bolt is still GM’s slowest selling passenger vehicle. Has GM even sold 20,000 Bolts in a given year?Flop!

  • avatar

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

  • avatar

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

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