Good review, Doug liked it:
He's an automotive writer who I came to know at Jalopnik. He broke away and is with these guys now. His last gig was taking suggestions from readers about which car he should buy (hummer, Jaguar, Range Rover etc.), live with it for a year or so, and writing about his experiences. Produced some good articles and videos.Who the heck is Doug DeMuro and why should I care what he thinks? Must be one of those YouTube personalities.
Praise the positive, minimize the negative.I thought generally upbeat and a positive mark for the Bolt.
One item he didn't mention was the excessive reflection with the white dash that his loaner car came with. As you all know, there have been multiple complaints with this light optional color interior.
During my quest for a purchase, all dealers have no knowlege that the dashboard is a problem, somewhat surprising.
I totally agree with this comment. Although, I think it is ICE drivers making contributions to the EV community discussion that perpetuates the obsession with charging stations, rather than real Tesla or Bolt EV drivers. Indeed, the opposite side of the same coin is that the Bolt EV has ushered in an era of the use of dc fast-charging stations for distance driving. In other words, the Bolt EV, like Tesla, has ENABLED long distance driving with an all-electric vehicle. One web site, to do with GM Onstar-derived statistics of EV driving, has a section on the Bolt EV that shows that single day long-distance driving by use of dc fast-chargers is now being done by a good fraction of Bolt drivers. I have indicated my own experiences with such driving elsewhere on this site, where I recount that I have found 450 miles to be eminently feasible in one day with a Bolt EV.@DaV8or - my take:
5.) The EV communities obsession with charging stations - ostensibly to allow EV's the ability of long road trips like ICE vehicles. This is counterproductive as it perpetuates the range anxiety fear of "new-entry" potential consumers. Today's 200+ Mile range BEV's satisfy the needs of 85% of all American drivers diving distance patterns. (Of the 85%; the 0.003% of actual out of range driving trips Americans take annually can be accomplished by renting a car).
Speaking for myself, I'm holding off buying a Bolt because it still just costs too much. New Hampshire has no state incentives, and my utility has no incentives--not even for charging equipment.
A basic 2018 Chevy Cruze can be had at the nearby dealer for $20K, and it will get 30/40 MPG. The least expensive of the four Bolts in stock runs $39.8K. Yes, that drops to $32.3K with the federal credit, but we're still talking an up-front difference of $12K.
Charging could also be a concern. The charging network is minimal in my area, and by minimal I mean zero. Also, the prospect of lengthy power outages is always in the back of my mind, especially during the winter. We were down for four days in 2008 in my area, and after the most recent storm some towns didn't get power back for over a week.
(I suppose I could charge off my gas powered generator, in a pinch. )
The Bolt is a great car, but EVs are still a niche market, and infrastructure can still be an issue.