Differences Between the 2019 Chevy Bolt and Volt
The pure-electric 2019 Chevy Bolt and the plug-in hybrid 2019 Chevy Volt are both popular choices in the green-car segment. Here’s a brief comparison of these models to help you decide which one would suit you best.
The starting MSRP of the 2019 Bolt is $36,620, while the starting MSRP of the 2019 Volt is $33,520. Previously, both vehicles were eligible for an EV tax credit, but that is now being phased out.
Per Inside EVs contributor Bradley Berman, the Volt’s battery is less than one-third the size of the Bolt model’s battery. Surprisingly, this doesn’t grant the Volt a faster charge time. Because the Bolt and Volt both use a 7.2-kW charger, their batteries power up in the same amount of time.
Since the Bolt runs on just electricity and has a larger lithium battery, it can travel 238 miles before needing to recharge. Due to the Volt’s plug-in hybrid status, this model can run on pure-electric for just 53 miles. Though, it does have a combined electric and gas range of 420 miles if you rely on both the battery and gasoline tank.
At first glance, the Bolt appears to be more compact than the Volt. It turns out that the Bolt has more interior room than its plug-in hybrid sibling. Per Berman, the Volt model has a maximum cargo volume of 10.6 cubic feet; the Bolt delivers 56.6 cubic feet. The Bolt also bestows more room for passengers — 94.4 cubic feet. The Volt offers slightly less, at 90.3 cubic feet.
Conclusion: If you have a tight budget and prefer the energy flexibility of a plug-in hybrid, the Volt might be the better option. (Nab one while you can though, since Chevy stopped producing the 2019 version of the model earlier this year.) Though, if you live in an area with an expansive charging network, crave a bit more space, and prefer an all-electric car, the Bolt is the better pick.
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