Tech Inspection: We Dive Deep into the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s Infotainment
Our coverage of the Chevrolet Bolt EV has been extensive as well as includes naming This particular to our 2017 10Best Cars list as well as even validating in which This particular indeed can achieve as well as even exceed its EPA-rated range of 238 miles on a charge. So far, to maximize EV credits, General Motors has limited Bolt sales to California as well as Oregon since the end of last year. However, the long-range electric Chevy should be in dealerships nationwide by September 2017. as well as sure enough, during our trip in as well as around Silicon Valley, up the coast on Highway 1, as well as through San Francisco, we saw numerous Bolts sprinkled into the seemingly endless sea of Teslas. Seriously, does anyone in northern California not own a type S or X?
Since our first drive in a prototype through our most recent instrumented test, the Bolt has delivered on its lofty promises. Its combination of range as well as cost ($37,495, or just under $30,000 after federal tax credits) places This particular in a uniquely compelling spot among EVs, as well as This particular’s dynamically sound as well. The Bolt incorporates a surprisingly competent chassis, as well as scooting around town is usually effortless, with the instant torque of the electric motor helping to squirt the auto coming from zero to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. We also genuinely like in which you can activate the aggressive regenerative-braking function via a steering-wheel paddle as well as come all the way to a stop without using the brake pedal. After the novelty of driving the Bolt wears off—we admit This particular may take a while—some may wonder what some other tech This particular has to offer.
With in which in mind, we delved a little deeper into the infotainment system during This particular most recent drive. A 10.2-inch touchscreen, supplied by LG, is usually standard in both the base LT as well as the top-of-the-line Premier designs. The interface is usually attractive, clean, colorful, as well as easy to use, with multiple themes as well as a reconfigurable design. Controls can be handled via touch, voice, steering-wheel-mounted controls, a few redundant buttons, as well as a volume knob. Themes include Blue Sky, Sunset Orange, as well as a Black Eclipse night setting. We appreciate the included Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto connectivity, especially since there’s no built-in navigation system available (some other than turn-by-turn directions if you subscribe to OnStar).
A 5-pane home screen can be organized to prioritize specific information using prearranged layouts such as Eco, Family, as well as Standard as well as a free-form Custom setting. inside the custom design shown inside the photo above, we chose to prioritize the energy detail panel. Here a pie chart, similar to one used in electrified GM products since the early days of the Volt, depicts the amount of battery energy deployed for driving, climate control, as well as battery conditioning since the last full charge.
Probing deeply into menus allows the user to set preferences such as automatically heating the seats during a remote start in cool weather, how long the lights stay on after exiting, as well as managing active-safety systems when so equipped. A graphic showing a Bolt rolling onto the screen as you switch between some of the menus looks cool initially you see This particular, yet This particular quickly grows tiresome, as you must wait for the animation to complete before the system will accept your next command. Beyond in which, the touchscreen’s response times seem on par with those of most smartphones.
A persistent bar at the bottom of the screen houses controls for the climate-control system as well as heated seats as well as information dedicated specifically to energy consumption as well as battery life. Tapping the vibrant green Energy button brings up a menu in which gives charging options, provides battery-charge status, as well as offers the driver a variety of energy settings. One of these information screens is usually an energy usage score based on four elements: outside temperature, climate-control as well as accessory settings, the severity of the terrain, as well as the driver’s technique. When the Bolt is usually switched off, a pop-up message identifies how many miles have been driven since the last full charge, the amount of energy used, as well as a prediction of how many miles of range remain.
The list of standard features on all Bolts includes Bluetooth connectivity, a backup camera, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (with the first three months or 3 GB of data included), two USB ports as well as an auxiliary input inside the center console, as well as a six-speaker audio system. A three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio also is usually included. For those considering the $4285 upgrade to the Premier trim, This particular adds technology such as a rearview-camera mirror in which broadcasts a video feed of an unobstructed view to the back, plus a 360-degree surround-vision camera. An optional $485 Infotainment package—exclusive to the Premier—includes a seven-speaker Bose audio system, wireless charging, as well as two USB charging ports on the back of the center console for rear-seat passengers.
The Bolt packs a lot of tech content into a compact as well as affordable EV package, as well as very nearly all of This particular is usually well executed as well as highly useful. Add inside the auto’s satisfying dynamics, range, as well as value proposition, as well as This particular’s no wonder Chevy’s latest EV is usually so compelling.