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What you must know before purchasing your Bolt EV. Use this pricing analysis to negotiate the best price with the dealer.

Highlights:

  • 2021 Bolt EV arriving; 2020s still in stock
  • Lease: From $246 for 36 months
  • Rebates: Up to $11,383 on 2020s; $5,000 on 2021s
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 84 months + up to $7,000 bonus

The gas-free Chevy:

The 2021 Bolt EV has starting flowing into dealers, and a fair number of 2020s remain on sale. Pricing and equipment are unchanged this year. As usual, purchase and lease incentives are very strong.

Bolt pricing tends to favor California, Oregon, and the Northeast. The Bolt delivers 259 miles of electric range, making it a top contender in the electric vehicle market. The federal tax credit and California state rebates on the Bolt have expired.

The next refresh for the Bolt has been delayed until the 2022 model year due to COVID-related shutdowns last spring. The lineup will gain a crossover variant called the Bolt EUV.

Current offers are available on a national basis and will expire February 1, 2021 unless otherwise noted.

Lease: From $246 for 36 months

Current lessees of any brand can once again lease a 2020 Bolt LT from $284 for 39 months (12,000 miles a year) with only $284 due at signing. The effective monthly cost works out to $291, an exceptional value for this price class. In San Francisco, Chevy is offering additional savings that reduce your cost to just $246 a month with $246 at signing.

If you're not currently in a lease, the terms may be different, but you can still expect excellent value.

The 2021 Bolt LT starts at $312 for 39 months with $312 due at signing. In San Francisco, the cost dips to $276 a month with $276 at signing. These are also exceptional values.

Rebates: Up to $11,383 on 2020s; $5,000 on 2021s

Chevy continues to offer discounted GM Employee Pricing on the 2020 Bolt, plus a cash rebate of $8,500.

This is your best opportunity for savings so far on a 2020 Bolt. The total factory cash on the line-topping Premiere, for example, works out to $11,383.

As for the incoming 2021 Bolt, all buyers receive a $5,000 factory rebate.

On top of everything else, current customers of non-GM brands are eligible for a $750 conquest bonus for even greater savings.

Finance: From 0% APR for 84 months + up to $7,000 bonus

Instead of the full cash rebate on a 2020 Bolt, Chevy now offers 0% financing for 84 months. The deal comes with $7,000 bonus cash, and you remain eligible for Employee Pricing.

You can get 0% APR for 72 months on the 2021 Bolt, plus $3,500 bonus cash.

Current Finance Deals

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Current Lease Deals

Considering a lease? These are the best lease deals available for the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

LT (GM/Non-GM Lessees)
Payment
$312
Term (mos)
39
Due at Signing
$312
MSRP
$37,495
LT (San Francisco, GM/Non-GM Lease Bonus)
Payment
$276
Term (mos)
39
Due at Signing
$276
MSRP
$37,495
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$5,750
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$500

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The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a small electric vehicle, with a tall hatchback body and front-wheel drive. Made in Michigan, it?s one of the most affordable EVs, with an EPA-rated driving range of 259 miles. It has quick acceleration, a roomy and versatile interior, and a sharp, bright, and expansive 10.2-inch infotainment screen, although the front seats leave something to be desired.

Last year the Bolt got an upgraded battery of 66 kwh to go with its 200-hp motor, and for 2021 Premier versions of the Bolt EV get standard DC fast-charging. The Bolt is scheduled to be updated for 2022, which it needs to keep up with the fast pace of improvement of electric vehicles.

The Bolt seats four adults comfortably, with nearly 17 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats, which fold easily to create a very impressive 56.6 cubic feet for cargo. Given its tall profile, if the Bolt had all-wheel drive, it could be an electric crossover.  

The Bolt EV is one of the most efficient cars made, with an EPA rating of 118 MPGe combined (127 MPGe city, 108 highway), or about 29 kwh per 100 miles.

For being a small car, it performs well in safety tests, with five stars overall from NHTSA and four stars in frontal crash tests. The IIHS gives it an overall ?Good? rating, with an ?Acceptable? score in the passenger-side small overlap crash test, and for the headlights.  

However automatic emergency braking is not standard, as it is in all the Bolt EV?s rivals. AEB only comes with an optional package. When you get it, the IIHS calls it ?Superior.? 

Model Lineup

The Bolt EV comes in LT and Premier models. It hasn?t yet been priced for 2021, but last year?s LT was $37,495 and Premier was $41,895.

Standard equipment in the LT includes the crisp, bright 10.2-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Driver Confidence I package adds blind-spot monitors and rear parking sensors, but not automatic emergency braking; for that, you must add the Driver Confidence II package. 

The Premier model adds leather upholstery, a camera-based rearview mirror, HD surround-view camera system, heated front and rear seats, blind-spot monitors and rear parking sensors. 

With either model, to get automatic emergency braking, you must add the Driver Confidence II Package (which also includes active lane control and automatic high beams).The Premier model can be optioned with an infotainment package (wireless smartphone charging and Bose premium audio) along with the Driver Confidence II package, bringing the price to about $43,000.

Exterior

The Bolt EV doesn?t exactly turn heads. From a distance it looks stocky and almost van-like, with a relatively high ride height, but as you get closer it gains some grace as merely a tall hatchback. It?s not at all rugged looking, and the floating roofline helps make the high and short profile visually tuck downward at the rear. 

Interior

The cabin is space-efficient and cleverly laid-out, with a mix of plastic surfaces on its dash and center stack. 

The big 10.2-inch touchscreen is front and center. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and provides responsive menus and simplified interfacing. It offers a smartphone-based Chevrolet Energy Assist feature allowing owners to search for charging stations based on their car?s current and anticipated level of charge.

The front seats are upright and thinly padded, with short thigh cushions.The Bolt EV technically seats five, but the three in the rear will be sandwiched. Getting in and out doesn?t require much bending, thanks to the high seating position and ride height. Outward vision is excellent, too. 

Behind the rear seat, there?s 16.9 cubic feet of cargo room, more than the trunk space is many large sedans?in the cargo area. Fold down the rear seatbacks and the cargo capacity grows to 56.6 cubic feet, more than some crossovers. 

Driving Impressions

The front electric motor makes 200 hp and delivers up to 266 lb-ft of torque, giving the Bolt hatchback shockingly quick response and acceleration from a standing start. It can zip silently to 60 mph in less than seven seconds, impressive because the Bolt EV weighs nearly 3,600 pounds. 

But if the acceleration is impressive, the smoothness at higher speeds is astonishing. At 70 mph the speed feels 10 mph slower, making it very easy to go 80. Of course, it won?t run for 259 miles like that. 

The Bolt EV uses regenerative braking to get that range around-town. There?s a Normal mode that allows for smooth coasting, and lets the Bolt creep forward when the brake pedal is released. 

As for handling, the Bolt?s as quick as it is smooth on the freeway. The 66-kilowatt-hour battery pack is big and flat and mounted low in the floor, which lowers the center of gravity and increases stability. Out on curvy roads at higher speeds, it loses some of that nimbleness, but in a straight line it tracks true, thanks to a generous on-center zone at the steering wheel.

As for charging, the Bolt EV definitely needs the DC fast charger that?s optional with the LT and standard with the Premium. With DC fast-charging, the Bolt EV can recover 100 miles of range in 30 minutes (at an official 50 kw, or up to 55 kw in some conditions). At the very least, it needs a Level 2 charger like you might install in your garage, which will enable the batteries to charge in about 10 hours. We?ve found that over several long-distance drives, the Bolt EV was capable of reaching its EPA range of 259 miles. 

Final Word

The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV provides a long driving range in a versatile hatchback body for the city. The quick acceleration and nimble handling make it fun to drive, and the smoothness out on the freeway is astonishing. Seat comfort and refinement could be improved, but the Bolt?s a pioneer in inexpensive, all-electric driving.

 

?by Sam Moses with driving impressions by The Car Connection  

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