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It would be easy to forgive someone if they saw the new 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV and immediately assumed it was the second model year of a second generation of the subcompact electric hatch. However, despite the significant differences between the previous version and the 2023 Bolt EV’s body, interior, technology, and affordable price, this striking version of the little Chevy is actually the second year of mid-cycle refresh and not a different generation. Even so, the changes between the 2023 model and the previous version are pretty stunning, and the front fascia is especially notable as it’s taken what was already an attractive, contemporary aesthetic to a different level of futuristic modernity.
Most of us appreciate that it’s a big move for someone to make the move to an all-electric vehicle for the first time, but the new Chevy Bolt looks like it could well be the perfect gateway model for enticing buyers off the fence. It makes a lot of sense for a manufacturer like Chevrolet to avoid overwhelming buyers who they’re asking to make such a bold move as to buy their first all-electric car, and that’s what Chevrolet has done here by only offering the Bolt EV in one well-equipped LT trim level.
Buyers are often confronted by a plethora of differing battery sizes, ranges, performance figures, and trim levels when they are looking at purchasing an EV, but you don’t have to worry about much other than the colour you like best when it comes to buying a 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV.
There are bound to be people out there who want the world to know by how it looks that they’re driving a car powered purely by electricity, but it’s a fair bet to assume that more potential EV converts would be happier with a car that just looks good. The Chevy Bolt has always had attractive but conventional exterior styling, and this 2023 model year Bolt EV follows a similar blueprint.
The front fascia with its slim LED headlights gives the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV a very contemporary look that’s very on-point right now, and the overhaul silhouette of the car looks relatively planted with an element of hot-hatch about it. The interior hasn’t been forgotten either, with some redesigned front seats, a neater, perhaps more futuristic look than before, and extra space that’s always welcome. The latest Bolt EV looks and feels like a great little car that just happens to be powered by an electric motor instead of a gas engine, which is why this car could have such broad appeal and make people think seriously about going electric.
One downside of electric cars is often excessive weight, but the 2023 Bolt EV is actually reasonably light for an electric vehicle. The irony is that weight may matter even more with an EV than with a gas-powered car. The electric system you’ll find in the new Bolt EV is built around a 65-kWh battery pack that provides the little Chevy with a driving range on a full charge of 417 km. Many new to electric vehicles worry about range perhaps more than just about anything else, but 417 km is enough to keep the average driver going for several days or even more running around North York, Markham and Richmond Hill. The Bolt’s electric powertrain also boasts an impressive 200 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque that can propel it from 0 to 100 kph in just 6.7 seconds.
The time to fully charge a depleted battery is 7 hours when using a 48-amp wall box with a 60-amp circuit, but with access to DC fast-charging, you can put 160 km of range into the Bolt’s battery in just 30 minutes.
The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV could be the right car at the right time to convince wavering buyers to take the initial plunge into the world of electric mobility. Come and experience this sensational car for yourself with a test drive from Roy Foss Chevrolet Buick GMC at our dealership conveniently located at 7200 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON, or give us a call at (905) 886-2000 for more information and to book an appointment for a time that fits with your schedule.