Chevy Bolt Struts Its Stuff in 2019 Electric Vehicle Road Trip
The efficiency and performance capabilities of the 2019 Chevy Bolt were put to the test this month in the 2019 Electric Vehicle Road Trip. This year’s EVRT kicked off on Jan. 17 in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and wrapped up Jan. 24 in Dubai. Stops along the way included Sheikh Zayed Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque, the Wadi Shab in Oman, and the Muscat eMobility Forum and Festival.
“The Bolt EV’s real-world abilities were proven at last year’s EVRT Middle East; however, this time around it has displayed its capabilities on a road that’s demanding on any vehicle, let alone an EV. And I am proud to say that the Bolt EV finished with flying colors,” said Molly Peck, chief marketing officer, General Motors Middle East.
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The most daunting aspect of the EVRT is the ascent up Jebel Jais in Ras Al-Khaimah, which climbs 1.2 miles above sea level. In this area of the trip, the Bolt’s 266 lb-ft of near-instantaneous torque was essential for handling the change in grade and the treacherousness of the roads. Perhaps most impressively, the Bolt’s Regen on Demand recouped around 58 miles’ worth of charge on the descent alone, helping maximize its already impressive range abilities. Regen on Demand converts kinetic energy into storable battery energy by holding a paddle on the steering wheel when decelerating.
“As Chevrolet, we’re excited to take on any challenge and were delighted for the addition for EVRT for 2019. Breaking down consumer anxiety is key to driving EV adoption, so we are proud to once again support the road trip, which is exerting major effort in the Middle East’s future mobility revolution.”
Deliveries of the Chevrolet Bolt kicked off in August 2018, and it has since become a part of the support vehicle fleet at Dubai International Airport. The Bolt is the first truly affordable battery-electric vehicle, boasting an EPA-estimated 238-mile driving range.
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