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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Long-Term Update 4: Getting Busy and Getting Serviced
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By: MotorTrend On: 11-11-2017 Model(s): After months of average, uninteresting commuting, the Bolt EV has seen a flurry of activity since our last update. 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Author Experience: Expert review

After months of average, uninteresting commuting, the Bolt EV has seen a flurry of activity since our last update.

Since our last update, the Bolt has done another road trip to visit family, participated in an upcoming comparison test, been the subject of a tire test (stay tuned), and made a trip to the dealer. Meanwhile, it’s spent a lot of time with editors with longer commutes than mine. We’ve been averaging 2,500 miles between updates, but this time we did 3,200.

All this extra work has provided some welcome diversity to our charging log. You’ll notice in the chart below that the money we’ve spent at public EV chargers has jumped dramatically since the last update, thanks to that road trip and comparison test, which was also held out of town. The longer commutes of testing director Kim Reynolds and associate online editor Michael Cantu, as well as the out-of-town driving, have combined to push up the average distance we travel between charges, push down the average state of charge when we plug-in, and draw out the predicted time to a full charge.

In the midst of all that driving, the Bolt has made several noteworthy stops, as well. The first was at the tire shop, where its standard Michelin Energy Saver all-seasons were switched out for a set of BFGoodrich summer tires. We’ll have a full story on the results of the tire test, and I can promise you the results will be interesting.

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