2017 Chevrolet Bolt Lacks Decisive Feature – For Now

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?

2 thoughts on “2017 Chevrolet Bolt Lacks Decisive Feature – For Now

  • There are a few other significant items lacking in the current GM EV offering…real DC fast charging and partnership with a network. I am a current Spark owner with 17,000+ miles of all electric driving.

    According to another site, the Bolt DC fastcharge feature will be “an additional option.” The rate of charge, however, is significantly lower than Tesla’s supercharging network. Expecting drivers to stop every 90 miles for 30 minutes of charging is not ideal.

    Regardless, the car should find a welcome reception in the changing world of electron propelled transportation.

    • Fast charging a Bolt will be more like stopping after driving for 2+ hours or 150 miles and then charging for 35 minutes to get an additional 105 miles, thus avoiding the charging taper when you get above 80%. Grabbing a burger or a coffee after more than 2 hours of driving isn’t a problem for most people. For some it will be a problem, but not for most. People that drive for 3 or 4 hours at a go will probably not buy a BEV to start with.
      So 150 miles then 105-110, repeat as needed. Not as good as a Supercharger, but given the fact that most people will only roadtrip a couple times a year, it is workable.
      And GM engineers haven’t ruled out a charge rate faster than 50 kW.
      The CCS network is growing and the max speed is getting faster on the new ones.

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