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Just ordered my new Bolt and couldn't wait to tell my family and friends. It will be my third (around town) car and am retired so not using for commuting. Just want to save our planet, use the solar panels on my house, and have some FUN!

However, so far most has questioned my decision and say "why not Tesla" or "can't you afford a Tesla" or "Chevy, are you kidding me"???

Thoughts from Bolt users?
 

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I am a CO Bolt owner. Why not Tesla? #1 cost, after tax rebates (Assuming the Fed rebate is still there at end of this year) the car costs me less
than $30000. No current Tesla can be had for that. The design suits my needs very well a hatchback with good cargo capacity. Don't want to wait for whenever Tesla model 3 finally comes out and anyway I would be far enough down in the buying order that I doubt I would be able to get the federal rebate if it still exists since Tesla will probably have exhausted it's 200000 unit limit. I love my Bolt and I'm not one who buys a brand just for name status
even if Tesla is what all the cool kids are buying;)
 

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Not everyone lives nearby to a Tesla showroom or service center. If your Bolt gets a ding, who cares? With a sleek, sexy sedan I could go crazy with chips or dings in my car. I have two dogs. I don't care if there is dog hair in a Chevy. I have hundreds of Bolts to choose from in Southern California. Chevy will bring one to my house if I want a test drive. My Volt is insanely reliable. So I think the Bolt will be as well. I can get the 7,500 tax credit. I'm not in line to get it from Tesla. So an M3 is automatically a lot more expensive, although I would be happy if GM sold enough Bolts and Volts to exhaust its tax credits.

How much do you think XM Radio and heated seats will cost on an M3? I'm not sure. We'll all find out in July when production of the M3 starts. If I can get XM Radio and heated seats and steering wheel for 1,500 that would be a 1,000 premium over a Bolt (not counting the tax incentive), so that's not too much of a premium. But as I said, no one knows what features will be in a base Tesla M3. Until we see that, no one really knows which car is a better deal.
 

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No, I prefer the Chevy. I seriously considered the Model S, especially when they were doing 2-year leases. But it was too bulky for my needs, and I hear terrible things about the Teslas' service record.

The Tesla Model Y sounds like it might work for me someday. If Tesla survives long enough to build it, and improves their reliability, I might well trade in my Bolt for a Tesla then. Maybe 2023?
 

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If someone gave me a Tesla I'd trade it in for a Bolt. I don't like the Tesla form factor - a small hatchback suits much much better.

By the way, this thread is in the wrong section...
 

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Sean, Yes I know its in the wrong section. However asking three members how to "start a new thread" I finally found the option in only place in the forum and that was this section. How do I start new threads in any other sections? and can I "move" this one?
 

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I have moved the thread to the General Discussion part of the site.
 

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As to the actual topic, I don't think that Bolt owners are Tesla wannabes anymore than a Toyota Highlander owner is a BMW M3 series wannabe. The cars compete in different market segments (hatchback versus sedan) and potentially at different price points. The only similarity is that they both have an electric powertrain.

I personally don't care for sedans. I prefer hatchbacks, whether it's a liftback like the Prius, an SUV like the Highlander, a Bolt, or even a minivan, as they offer more versatility. So a Model 3 was never really in the cards, despite how sexy it might be.
 

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The only similarity is that they both have an electric powertrain.
Would you have bought the Bolt if it hadn't had an electric drive train? I think most of the owners here would not have. So, the Bolt and the Model 3 are extremely similar when it comes to the main reason for buying one.
 

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Would you have bought the Bolt if it hadn't had an electric drive train? Would you have bought the Bolt if it hadn't had an electric drive train? I think most of the owners here would not have.
It seems to me like you're projecting your own preferences onto other people. It may well be that more people would prefer a sedan than a hatchback, but I'm very, very skeptical that this would be true of those who have actually bought a Bolt.

My current car is a Prius C which has almost exactly the same form factor as the Bolt. And small hatchbacks have been my choice of car for a few decades now. The reason I wouldn't have bought a Bolt is because I've never been particularly impressed by North American cars. But a Bolt is in my future because GM is the one who's come up with the right kind of car with the right kind of range at a price that's affordable to me.

 

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Would you have bought the Bolt if it hadn't had an electric drive train? I think most of the owners here would not have. So, the Bolt and the Model 3 are extremely similar when it comes to the main reason for buying one.
Sean is correct. If you need a hatchback or a small SUV/CUV, you will buy one, EV or not. I bought a 2009 Chevy Equinox and it is our favorite "car". It is very comfortable for five passengers (it has the BEST rear leg room of ANY CUV!) , and I have used it for cargo, carrying 12 foot lumber, 8 ft x 4 ft panels, and a 10 foot aluminum ladder, ALL INSIDE! Not even a pickup is that handy, because we get plenty of rain here every day.

It isn't fuel efficient but for 99% of my needs, it is perfect. And this why many forum members at the "gm-volt.com" site want a EREV or BEV Equinox or similar (which is where the Bolt EV fits).

There is a vast difference between a usable small CUV that is also a BEV such as the Chevy Bolt EV, and a compact sedan BEV such as the unavailable TM Model 3. This is as different as comparing a large hearty sandwich versus a 3 ounce steak for lunch!

Edit: I have seen, sat in, and played with the controls of a red Model S in Florida (I have pictures). And there are seven Model S here (I also hav pictures). But reading about the lack of service points here and the horror stories about servicing, I will not buy any TM vehicles.
 

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Would you have bought the Bolt if it hadn't had an electric drive train? I think most of the owners here would not have. So, the Bolt and the Model 3 are extremely similar when it comes to the main reason for buying one.
Well, I'll admit that the main reason I bought a Bolt over that of waiting for a Model 3 is that the Bolt beat the Model 3 to market by at least 9 months. I was going to get an EV as my next car no matter what, and whoever managed to produce one at a reasonable price point would get my money. That happened to be the Bolt, which also happened to have a form factor that was more appealing to me.

I can't say for sure that I still would've gotten the Bolt over the Model 3 if the Model 3 had been available first. But I do know that form factor of the car, regardless of the drivetrain, is an influencing factor for me. When the Prius first came out, I was really intrigued by it. But I didn't like the sedan format, or it's snub nose. I wouldn't call it ugly, but it didn't really appeal to me. Then the second generation version came out and I was hooked. Much better form factor. A year later I bought one. My point is that I waited for the right version of the car to come along before jumping on the hybrid bandwagon. I can easily see a similar decision making process playing out if the Model 3 was available before the Bolt: I probably would've waited for the better form factor and continued to drive my paid-for Plug-in Prius until an EV came out that met my needs/wants more closely than the Model 3.
 

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Sean, Raymond, you are turning my words upside down. I did not say Bolt owners would have bought the Bolt even if it had been a Sedan. I said that I believe that many current Bolt owners would not have bought it if it hadn't been an EV. There are so many more CUV's, so why this one?

Sean, would you have bought the Bolt if it was not an EV, being an American car and all? From your words, I take it you would not have. So, the EV drive train van the biggest criterium. And this is what it has in common with an M3. In that sense, the Bolt and M3 are very much alike.
 

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Would you have bought the Bolt if it hadn't had an electric drive train? I think most of the owners here would not have. So, the Bolt and the Model 3 are extremely similar when it comes to the main reason for buying one.
Without an electric drive train I would not have bought the Bolt. I wanted a zero emissions vehicle. Especially since I charge it with my 10000 watt solar array. If the only affordable electric drive train vehicle was the Tesla Model 3 then I would have gotten that when it became available. However, the Bolt form factor actually makes it preferable over the Tesla. Also, as I previously mentioned, availability now and cost/tax rebate factors favor the Bolt as well.
 

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Reasons to buy the Bolt (with

- Wanted electric. I'm a scientist and in my opinion global warming is real. Where I live, the climate benefits of buying an EV are of the same magnitude as putting solar panels on the house. That's the background to the points listed below. Yes, I'd love a Porsche Turbo, but for my bread and butter driving car this is the right direction.

- I had to buy something now... giving my old car to my son. Now is the time to make the jump to EV.
- No I can't afford a high-end Tesla. (You have relatives who ask those questions, too??).
- No I can't wait 2-3 years to get the similarly priced Tesla.
- GM now makes well-built cars.
- The car is reasonably priced given the $10,000 in rebates/tax credits I'll get. At list, maybe not.
- Bolt did the best job of triangulating cost, range, and comfort for me. (Yes, I like the seats). I am tall and can pump the seat up high and get in and out easily. 238 miles is 99.9% of my driving, and the current range on the other EVs was a bit too low. I can rent a car for a week if driving across the country or 1000 miles. The car is startlingly roomy on the inside.

Am sure I will soon want the Extendo-Bolt-Van that I can put all my fishing, cycling, and similar junk into. And, in a year or two, am sure there will be more EVs out there ... but I think the Bolt will be a game-changer for a lot of people.
 

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Sean, would you have bought the Bolt if it was not an EV, being an American car and all? From your words, I take it you would not have. So, the EV drive train van the biggest criterium. And this is what it has in common with an M3. In that sense, the Bolt and M3 are very much alike.
Well, I wouldn't have bought the Bolt without an electric drive train, but neither would I buy the Model 3 even with its electric drive train. So for me at least they are not alike.
 

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Sean, Raymond, you are turning my words upside down. I did not say Bolt owners would have bought the Bolt even if it had been a Sedan. I said that I believe that many current Bolt owners would not have bought it if it hadn't been an EV. There are so many more CUV's, so why this one?

Sean, would you have bought the Bolt if it was not an EV, being an American car and all? From your words, I take it you would not have. So, the EV drive train van the biggest criterium. And this is what it has in common with an M3. In that sense, the Bolt and M3 are very much alike.
I might be the only one on this but if it wasn't for the Bolt, my other option was a Scion iA. Although it has a gasoline engine, mileage is great. All I need is a commuter and that's one of the better MPG for your buck models on the market.
 

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My decision making process echoes what others have already said. I didn't buy a Tesla because Tesla has yet to build a car for me. Maybe the Model Y someday. I was very intrigued about the Model 3 and would have easily put down the $1000 and waited, but when I saw what they were going to do, I crossed it off the list. (A very short list of two!) I have not regretted my decision at all.

No wanna be Tesla owner for me. I've wanted a BEV for a long time now, but until the Bolt and the upcoming Model 3, there has not been a BEV that could work for me. All the compliance cars, the Leaf and the i3 are all way too short ranged for me. The Tesla Model S and Model X are way too expensive for me and bigger than I need.
 

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I bought a Bolt because Chevrolet has a nationwide, servicing dealer network. I like the Tesla 3 bodystyle better, pluses and minuses abound on both sides.
I live 300 miles from the closest Tesla shop, as far as I know. I'm told they have a "Ranger" here, not impressed.

I'm a crabby old engineer that likes tech toys and low maintenance. Would I have bought any of the above without an EV powertrain? NO - I would have kept the 2012 Audi A7 I traded in on it.

My .02, adjust for local inflation.
 
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