Chevy Bolt EV Is Popular Choice of Drivers in South Korea
High EV demand in South Korea prompted General Motors to increase its production of the Chevy Bolt EV last year. Focusing on the stylish, well-equipped EV has proven to be a smart move for the automaker.
According to Inside EVs writer Wade Malone and GM Authority writer, Sam McEachern, deliveries in South Korea of the sleek EV saw an increase of 300 percent year-over-year in March. April 2019 looked good, too, as Malone and McEachern report a 40.4 percent increase compared to April of last year.
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“The Chevrolet Bolt EV maintained its positive market response, with sales of 452 units in April,” GM Korea said in a statement. “The number of Bolt EV showrooms has grown to about 150 nationwide, including facilities in Seoul and its suburbs, as well as Daegu, Jeju, Daejeon, Gwangju and North Gyeongsang. Chevrolet will nearly double the number of exclusive electric vehicle service centers with fully trained technicians to 100 within the first half of this year.”
In the U.S. the 2019 Chevy Bolt EV is available at two trim levels — LT and Premier. Both trims are equipped with an Electric drive unit paired to a single-speed direct-drive transmission that generates 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The 2019 Bolt EV earns an EPA-estimated rating of 128 MPGe in the city, 110 MPGe on the highway, and a combined rating of 119 MPGe. It has an estimated 238 mile-range.
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The 2019 Bolt EV features the Teen Driver system, which allows parents to keep tabs on their young driver’s habits. Other standard safety features include OnStar® and Chevrolet Connected Services capability, StabiliTrak® electronic stability control system with traction control, and a Tire Fill Alert. Advanced driver assist technologies such as Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Park Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available.