5 Facts About the 2018 GMC Bolt EV

The 2018 GMC Bolt EV can be driven 238 miles on a single charge and can be charged to 90% in 30 minutes. The GMC Bolt EV also features 56.6 cubic feet of cargo space.

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UPDATED: Sep 15, 2020

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Here's what you need to know...

  • The 2018 GMC Bolt EV is a battery-electric hatchback that’s designed to compete with Tesla, Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf
  • The lithium-ion battery can store about 60 kilowatt-hours or electric energy which is equal to 1.8 gallons of gas
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has tested the Bolt and says it has a 238-mile range on a single charge
  • If you use a level 3 faster charger, you can charge the Bolt’s battery to full in just over 30 minutes
  • The cabin of the 2018 GMV Bolt EV is equipped with a 10.2-inch touchscreen and the option for in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi

GMC has been manufacturing trucks since 1902, which is amazingly the same year that the first movie theater was opened in Los Angeles, CA.

The General Motor Company has been manufacturing some of the top-selling trucks for over a century and throughout that long history, there has been some major generational changes to even the most popular GMC truck models.

While there have been major changes to full-size GMC trucks over the last few decades, General Motor Company has begun to shift its focus to competing in a much more eco-conscious society.

This focus is why the company General Motors has started to produce the electric vehicle named the Bolt under the Chevy division of the brand which can compete with the Nissan Leaf, the Tesla, and even the iconic Prius.

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The History of the GMC Bolt EV

The Chevy Bolt manufactured by General Motors first debuted in 2017.

It was the first all-electric vehicle with a 200+ range and because of that, it managed to take the electric car market by storm.

While the 2017 Bolt EV is only capable of reaching top speeds of 93 mph, it was still awarded the Car of the Year by Motortrend in its first year of production because of the strong electric motor and long range.

The 2017 Bolt prototype definitely changed the market. While there was room for improvement in the exterior engineering of the Bolt EV, the long-range battery-power electric car has taken the market by storm and pushed Nissan and Tesla both to develop longer range options.

GMC continues to add family-friendly features to the second model year.

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5 Facts about the 2018 GMC Bolt EV

#1 – More Range than Most

The Chevy division of General Motors already has an all-electric vehicle that goes by the Spark.

While the Bolt does have a direct-drive gear box and an all-electric lithium-ion battery much like the compact Spark, the battery installed in the Bolt is much larger which allows it to hold more charge. More charge means more range.

The EPA estimates that the 2018 GMC Bolt EV can be driven 238 miles on a single charge.

Compared to other electric battery-powered engines, 200+ miles is real world range that allows drivers to veer off course to run extra errands before having to worry about stopping for a charge.

Unfortunately, you won’t always get 238 miles. Tests show that the faster you go, the shorter the range. Expect to get a 190-mile range per charge when traveling 75 mph.

#2 – Quick Charge Options

When you’re going to choose an all-electric model, you have to be prepared to sit and wait for your battery to get juiced before you can take off to work.

In the past, you could be left without a car for 24 hours or longer if you wanted to operate off of a full charge. With new fast charging technologies, your Bolt won’t be out of commission as long.

According to Motor Trend, a company that has conducted many tests on the 2018 GMC Bolt EV, you can charge your battery to 90 percent in as little as 30 minutes with a Level 3 fast charger.

If you don’t want to splurge on the Level 3 (which costs $400 to $900) you can use the Level 2 alternative which will take about nine hours to achieve a full charge. If using a standard outlet is your only option, the Bolt EV battery will take over 24 hours to completely charge.

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# 3 – Good Output

Anyone who has tested out an all-electric vehicle for the first time has been leery of how much power the powertrain will output. Slow acceleration has been a problem with many models that have the EV label in the past.

Fortunately, acceleration isn’t a problem with the 2018 GMC Bolt EV, which can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds because of its 200hp (or 150 kilowatt) floor-mounted engine.

#4 – Tech-Savvy Dash

Not much has changed in the interior of the GMC Bolt. The reason for this lack of update is that the 2017 model was introduced so late into the market, that it already had much of the updates that you’d expect to see in a later model.

Add in the fact that the 2018 GMC Bolt EV isn’t expected to be introduced until around December, and you can see why there wasn’t much focus on changing something that already worked.

The cabin will feature a 10-inch touchscreen that’s standard in all Bolt EV models. It also has a digital gauge cluster that faces the driver and shows all of the car’s temperature, range, and energy detailing.

Some reviewers call it the best user interface because it mimics the tile interface of a Windows 10 tablet.

While they don’t come standard, other car features can be added like:

  • Apple CarPlay
  • the Android version of CarPlay
  • in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi

#5 – Room for a Small Family

Saying that the GMC Bolt EV is roomy is a stretch but it definitely does offer adequate cabin space for a young eco-conscious family.

The five-door hatchback design makes it easy to get children in and out of the backseat but no additional cubic feet were added to the design from the 2017 debut model.

When the rear seats are folded, there is 56.6 cubic feet of cargo space.

This space is cut down dramatically with the seats upright. Unfortunately, you’d have to fold the rear seats down to have any real trunk space which means you’d have to decide if you want to haul gear or you want to haul your family.

The Verdict

The GMC Bolt EV 2018 doesn’t have a direct competitor but Tesla and Nissan are both redesigning their electric vehicles to compete with the long-range and high-powered Bolt.

The price hasn’t been released, but it’s expected to be priced under $40,000 with a $7,500 tax credit.

One of the great things about buying an electric vehicle is that you can qualify for tax credits and auto insurance credits. If you’re going to go all-electric, make sure to price the cost of insurance.

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