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WardsAuto Names Chevy Bolt EV to 10 Best Engines List

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Chevrolet really does seem to be a major player in the zero-emissions game, as its newest entry, the all-electric Bolt EV, is following its predecessor, the Volt plug-in hybrid, in awards. Specifically, the Bolt’s propulsion system has been named to the WardsAuto 10 Best Engines List.

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According to WardsAuto senior content director Drew Winter, part of the reason for this is its innovation. “The Chevrolet Bolt EV is an affordable, world-changing vehicle that delivers on the promise of an electric car for the masses,” he said. “It is quick and smartly designed and its official range of 238 miles makes it attractive to a wider audience.”

Of course, that wasn’t all. Winter also mentioned the Bolt’s driving dynamics, citing its 266 lb-ft of torque that give the little crossover “thrilling acceleration, which makes it fun to drive every day.”

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The fact that the Bolt EV’s powertrain is on the 10 Best Engines list proves excellence in a few areas, as Wards editors score vehicles on horsepower (the Bolt delivers 200 hp), technology (the Bolt’s powertrain is cutting-edge, and can even recharge slightly with regenerative brakes), fuel economy (the Bolt delivers 238 miles of electric range), relative competitiveness (very few competitors), and noise characteristics (very low noise).

General Motors’ electric vehicle developers, of course, are elated at the news. Tim Grewe, general director for GM Global Electrification programs, said, “The WardsAuto 10 Best recognition of the Bolt EV propulsion system is an accolade for the entire team behind its design, engineering and manufacturing. Chevrolet committed to offering the world’s first affordable, long-range EV and delivered. More than 20,000 Bolt EV owners are already benefiting from great range and performance thanks to its state-of-the-art battery and electric motor technology.”

  • French Fry

    I too was in this dilemma until I researched the maintenance costs of the Model 3 vs the Bolt. Once you compare with those numbers factored in, the Bolt wins hands down. Then factor in the cost of actual parts and it becomes a no brainer…The Bolt is an amazing car.

    I have owned mine for 3 months with 12,000 on the odometer and not a wink of trouble. The more I drive, the more I save. I have never been a GM fanboy but if this is the kind of engineering GM is capable of now, then competitors better watch out.

    Buy a car for what it can do, not what it can’t. Do I need to drive half way across the country? No. 95% of my driving is within 50 miles of home. Do I need a car that goes 0-60 in 2.5 seconds? No. Do I have range anxiety? No…not even once.

    Basically, it fits my lifestyle perfectly. Easy, simple, practical and cheap to run. If your lifestyle matches the above parameters, then this is the green car for you, without compromises.

    And not visiting a gas station for 3 months now…don’t miss it. Plug it in when I get home, ready the next morning. Pretty simple…just like your cell phone.

    Battery degradation so far…0.

    Your talking about a car that has an equivalent MPG rating of 70 to 120 miles per gallon. Think about that for a moment. Same goes for a Tesla, a Leaf or any other EV.

    Do yourself a favor and spend the same amount of time investigating what is most likely the second most expensive purchase you will make as you would a cell phone…and you will clearly see what GM and others are now capable of.

    Will I ever go back to gas powered cars…hell no. I am having too much fun driving electric.