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Seems like more and more people are noticing the Bolt and asking me about it. "Are you happy with your Bolt?" (Not "are you happy with your EV," but specifically with the Bolt.)

Of course I tell them the truth -- only had it for a year but I just love it. It's fun to drive, has good cargo capacity, the range is quite acceptable -- more than adequate for my needs -- and I no longer have that nagging feeling every time I fill up a gas tank, you know... more irreplaceable fossil fuel gone Poof, is my trip really necessary, carbon guilt, etc. I get out more (drive more often for fun and leisure). I'm more active in my community because I get out more (meetings and events). So yeah, I really love my little Bolt.

I still hear a lot of havering from gas-car drivers, mostly range anxiety. Given the number of level 2 and level 3 charging stations popping up all over, the range anxiety seems disproportionate to me; but then, every new technology arouses anxiety inherently, because it's new. I think that inherent newness-anxiety then gets rationalised, attaching to a specific point of concern (real, imaginary, or overstated).

Anyway, I see people "noticing" the Bolt a lot more than they did a year ago when I first had it. A year ago it seemed like no one noticed it wasn't a gas car. Now I definitely see heads turning, people staring at the "EV" badge, and I'm getting more questions. Anyone else feel like their Bolt is becoming more visible?

Another interesting point is that 2017 Bolts are starting to pop up on the used market (3 year leases expiring?) which brings the entry price down. One neighbour of mine is dithering between a Bolt and a Leaf, and leaning towards the Bolt because "it's only $10K more for 3x the range." In my region, one dealer has decided to specialise in buying Bolts with defective battery packs that are still under warranty, swapping in new packs, and reselling. So the used market is starting to emerge. The car is a solid enough build that I wouldn't be too worried about buying a used one.

I'm wondering whether the Bolt is en route to becoming a classic of its era, like the VW Beetle in its day or the Honda Accord. I would like it and keep it anyway, even if Chevy abandoned the line. But it's kind of cool to have that "backed the right horse" feeling.
 

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I agree with the "I'm happy with my Bolt" comments. I've had mine for two weeks and 500 miles, but it has been flawless and highly practical.
 

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My thoughts on the purchase I hope for the best but plan for the worst. What I mean; the best is I just keep chugging along in good health employed and driving my bolt; The worst; Something terrible happens causes the economy to go to ****. If I lose my job tomorrow I can still afford to drive my bolt (fuel is free to me). If gas gradually creeps up due to good economy I can still afford to drive my bolt. If gas suddenly spikes due to some catastrophe and now its doubled it also shouldn't effect me (although if that happens there might be some upset gas drivers giving me a lot of hostility). In my 2 years of driving it - I can count the number of comments on 1 hand. People in Texas seem totally disinterested in it since it's not a giant Truck or sports car. The bolt does a great job of blending into the woodwork of society and that is what I need in my life.
 

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Ha Keith, Yes they are very similar size and shapes. The Bolt is obviously a lot smoother riding having a low CG and no extra ICE noises :)
 

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I honestly think the Bolt should be voted car most likely to convert ICE drivers, especially now that insan-o rebates are being offered and the EPA range is even better than the SR+. The Tesla model 3 has that potential, but once you run the ACTUAL numbers, it's clear that it's easily out of the price range of most people. It still sits in the luxury car segment and not allowing people to buy at the end of the lease is deterring potential lessees and adopters.

In terms of experience, I found that actually owning an EV cures all the EV range anxiety I speculated on when I was an ICE owner. ;)
When people do ask me about my car they seem to think the battery will run out and need to be replaced in two years, because they correlate EV usage to things they have experiences with, like cell phones and laptops.

They also miss out on parts of the EV equation that removes the transmission entirely, need for gas, need for oil changes, reduces maintenance and simplifies upkeep considerably. For me it comes down to this question: Would you like your car to be more fun to drive, cost less to own, require less maintenance, be quieter and pollute less?

Not to mention not having to burn dinosaur juice feels excellent and the geek of me loves that my car is not powered by small, controlled explosions. How primitive. :rolleyes:
 

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In my region, one dealer has decided to specialise in buying Bolts with defective battery packs that are still under warranty, swapping in new packs, and reselling. So the used market is starting to emerge. The car is a solid enough build that I wouldn't be too worried about buying a used one.
Huh?

Do we actually believe there are a significant number of Bolts being driven around with defective battery packs (that could be fixed under warranty)? Wouldn't this be kind of a major news story for the Bolt?
 

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I honestly think the Bolt should be voted car most likely to convert ICE drivers, especially now that insan-o rebates are being offered and the EPA range is even better than the SR+. The Tesla model 3 has that potential, but once you run the ACTUAL numbers, it's clear that it's easily out of the price range of most people. It still sits in the luxury car segment and not allowing people to buy at the end of the lease is deterring potential lessees and adopters.
Chevy needs to end the rebates and just lower the MSRP... that would draw in a lot more people, and stick a finger in Tesla's eye over the price of the model 3 SR+ and also undercut the Kona, and Nero EV's

In terms of experience, I found that actually owning an EV cures all the EV range anxiety I speculated on when I was an ICE owner. ;)
When people do ask me about my car they seem to think the battery will run out and need to be replaced in two years, because they correlate EV usage to things they have experiences with, like cell phones and laptops.
I think that the Leaf air cooled battery problems have done more to harm EV sales than anything else in my experience. People think that an EV battery lasts 2 or 3 years, because that was the truth with the 1st gen Leaf in Hot climates like Arizona. Leaf batteries still suck compared to liquid cooled batteries, but even they have improved over the years... but that first impression given by the 1st gen Leaf is harmful.

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My first EV was a Mitsubishi Miev. Max mileage was 64, so there was real range anxiety. I think any new EV initiate should live with a Miev for a while to see what real range anxiety feels like...
 

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My first EV was a Mitsubishi Miev. Max mileage was 64, so there was real range anxiety. I think any new EV initiate should live with a Miev for a while to see what real range anxiety feels like...
If we want to improve adoption rates of EV's loan someone considering an EV a Bolt to show them that range anxiety is a thing of the past... don't make them drive an iMiev first or they will never purchase an EV!

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If we want to improve adoption rates of EV's loan someone considering an EV a Bolt to show them that range anxiety is a thing of the past... don't make them drive an iMiev first or they will never purchase an EV!

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Agreed, most people are risk adverse, but once they see someone else doing fine, they tend to buy in. Example: Rooftop solar, Hybrids, now BEVs.
 

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They also miss out on parts of the EV equation that removes the transmission entirely, need for gas, need for oil changes, reduces maintenance and simplifies upkeep considerably. For me it comes down to this question: Would you like your car to be more fun to drive, cost less to own, require less maintenance, be quieter and pollute less?
Exactly how I feel. The Bolt is the first car I've ever driven that I actually enjoyed driving. It's so fast and responsive. ICE vehicles always just felt so clunky and inefficient and dangerous and irresponsibe to me.
 

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Apropos of that, just this morning I was out with my kids and a neighbor drove by with his "project" classic car. The dang thing belched an enormous cloud of gray smoke smelling strongly of un-burned gasoline as it went by. We choked and gagged and ran away, the stench was so awful! He's a nice guy; he wasn't trying to be rude to anyone, but the nature of his vehicle produced that result anyway. It was a pertinent reminder of how unhealthy ICE cars truly are.
 

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Tell me about it.... Gettting behind a large 80's SUV with more fuel comeing out of the exhaust than it burns is a real eye opener and a quick button press to turn off the all the air, even if it is too hot... Do people not realize that those cars really put out a huge obnoxious cloud of pollution? I used to think that I could smell all the ICE cars when I first stared driving EV's in 2012, but now I know I can smell most of them....
 

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I honestly think the Bolt should be voted car most likely to convert ICE drivers, especially now that insan-o rebates are being offered and the EPA range is even better than the SR+. The Tesla model 3 has that potential, but once you run the ACTUAL numbers, it's clear that it's easily out of the price range of most people. It still sits in the luxury car segment and not allowing people to buy at the end of the lease is deterring potential lessees and adopters.
Add to that the fact that in large parts of the country, you can get local service/sales support for the Bolt, but for Tesla, you just get ghosted by the finance guy, then your sales rep the moment he has your RN, then your Delivery Support Specialist, who really only specialize in ignoring customers. This is in addition to the fact that their website outright lies about delivery options in many parts of the country.

I put in an order for a Model 3 two weeks ago. It quickly turned into the second worst customer service experience of my life - within 30 minutes of ordering everything went off the rails with Tesla telling me I'd have to pick up the vehicle at a location I had not planned logistics for (and could not find any logistical solutions for), instead of the "nearest service center" as claimed on their website.

I eventually cancelled the order and filed a dispute with my credit card company due to the false advertising regarding delivery options on their website.

On Saturday I test drove a Bolt, fell in love, and kicked off the purchasing process. Unfortunately state inspection paperwork delayed picking up the vehicle until this evening. :(
 

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In terms of experience, I found that actually owning an EV cures all the EV range anxiety I speculated on when I was an ICE owner.
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I would say that perhaps the anxiety is gone, but not the discomfort or dread. I know that there are places where it is not easy to travel, and charging will indeed be an issue. I live in Oregon. There is good L3 charging on I5 and I84, but most of the rest of the state has none. I sat at an L2 charger for 5 hours mid-day last summer in central Oregon. It was enough to cause me to re-examine my choice. Eventually, that will disappear, but not for likely another 5 years. When I talk to people about my Bolt, charging always comes up, and I have to be honest. For those who do have concerns, I will often talk about PHEVs, like the upcoming RAV4 Prime, as a no-pain, no-worry transition to mostly EV driving.
 
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