Besides being spacious and quick, it has enough range to be among the best EVs for 2017. Furthermore, it doesn’t look half as bad as how consumers would expect an EV to look. It’s pretty decent.
There doesn’t seem to be anything that the Chevrolet Bolt lacks, except for a key feature which puts it at a handicap against the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3.
We’re talking about semi-autonomous driving. While GM is partnering up with ride-sharing firm Lyft to develop a fully-autonomous taxi fleet, it still seems unlikely that the Bolt – or the Volt for that matter – would adopt self-driving technology for its mass market model.
Or that probably wouldn’t happen until 2018 or 2019, when GM is more or less done with its project with Lyft. That’s because the Detroit automaker intends for the Cadillac CT-6 luxury sedan to first adopt the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system before trickling the tech down to its mass market brands.
How much of a disadvantage would not having self-driving tech have on the Bolt? Would it be decisive in how well the electric hatch matches up against its rivals?