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2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV: 5 Reasons To Consider Going Electric (Review)

Special thank you to Chevrolet for partnering with Savvy Mama Lifestyle for this post. I drove the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV for a week, in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

It’s difficult to keep up with the ever-changing updates that happen in the automotive industry. There’s always new technology and innovation that keeps drivers wanting more. Annual sales of electric vehicles have surpassed expectations every year as more families make the switch to all electric. It was time for our family to try something new, check out the hype and experience our first time in an electric vehicle with the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, here are 5 reasons to consider going electric for your family vehicle.

You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.” 

–Nate Berkus

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I have to admit that I was nervous about driving an electric vehicle for the first time. There’s no relying on fuel, like you have as a back up in a hybrid option, and it sounds like a lot of planning when you’re not used to it. The idea of managing my energy consumption on top of driving with two rowdy boys made me a bit uneasy. 

After only a few hours in, my attitude quickly relaxed about the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV. I drove it around town for errands and we put it to the test, as a family, by driving to the North Georgia Apple Orchards. Driving the Bolt fit seamlessly into our plans without much effort, which I completely contribute to Chevrolet’s ability to keep the driver informed. 

Going 100% electric may not be the choice for every household, but I can certainly attest to the idea that everyone should give it a try. 

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2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV: 5 Reasons To Consider Going Electric

Increased Battery Driving Range

One of the biggest concerns drivers have when switching to EV, is the battery range. Over the years, vast improvements have been made to give drivers reassurance that they can “go the extra mile” while reducing their carbon footprint. 

The Bolt has an impressive EPA estimated 259-mile battery range, depending on your driving conditions. For our family, that’s a solid week of local city driving. It took us on a day trip as well, after a full charge. When it’s time re-charge, the myChevrolet app directs you to the nearest charging station and even gives you a heads up long before running low – with Energy Assist.

Energy Assist enables Bolt EV owners to plan and manage their routes more effectively, locate available charging stations – both along their route and in the area – monitor their route and receive real-time alerts if their range projections change dramatically. The program is integrated with data from the vehicle, which enables intelligent planning and precise charge time predictions. That equals peace of mind for Chevy EV drivers!

Bolt EV Battery Range, Miles In Chevy Bolt

EV Drivers Have More Than 40,000 Stations To Pick From

As a gas guzzling driver previously, I’ve never paid attention to the amount of charging stations around me. I naturally assumed that EV drivers had to live in an eco-friendly state (and drink matcha after daily hot yoga sessions). I was WRONG about that big fat assumption.

There are more than 40,000 charging stations in North America now and that number is growing. Energy Assist provides Bolt owners access to all of the compatible charging station locations, regardless of the charge point operator.

What about charging at home? They’ve got you covered too. Chevrolet partners with Qmerit to help owners pick the right home charging configuration, pull any necessary permits and the installation.

How to charge your 2020 Bolt EV

Put Energy Back Into The Battery While Driving The Chevrolet Bolt EV

One of the neatest features on the Bolt is the Regen-on-Demand. With just a simple pull of the paddle on your steering wheel, you’re able to slow down without using the actual brake pedal. It converts energy into more electricity and then transfers it back to the battery.

It takes a few practice tries to get used to, as it feels like you’re using an emergency brake. However, a few miles into some city driving and it became second nature. Plus, I love seeing the miles add back onto the battery life.

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Cargo Space Is Maximized

With a third kid on the way our family is all about space. I remember thinking I’d never be an EV driver when I saw how small they looked during their pioneer days. Now, the Bolt is considered a compact hatchback SUV and offers maximum cargo space measuring 56.6 cubic feet.

We did the unofficial carseat test by placing a passenger between two rear seat carseats. Both my petite mom and my six-foot-tall husband were able to comfortably sit in rear seat between the kids.

We all agreed that it would be a comfortable city ride, but we’d save our family road trips for the Equinox, Tahoe or Suburban. I’m not *quite* ready to go all electric for a cross-country trip, but the rate of innovation leads me to believe that it could be a contender in the future. 

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Cargo Space and Hatchback

Stay Connected No Matter Where The Road Takes You

Drivers and passengers can easily stay connected on the go. The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both applications enable phone users to display certain apps and functionality from their phone on the vehicle‘s infotainment display, allowing them to control those apps and functions via the vehicle‘s infotainment system touchscreen or voice commands.

Never miss an opportunity to check the ‘gram, when you’ve got 4G LTE WiFi, which enables drivers to explore new features like a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capable of pairing up to seven devices, as well as improved access to existing OnStar safety and security services.

I hate to admit it, but even our 3-year-old and 6-year-old boys want to stay connected. They use the WiFi to stream their favorite movies and play apps, while my husband takes advantage of working while on the road.

Chevrolet WiFi, Apple Car Play, Android Auto

I’ve barely touched on the Bolt EV family features, but there’s certainly more to explore. If you’re curiosity is peaked, you should definitely schedule a test drive at your local dealership. Be careful though, the Bolt will have you re-thinking everything you previously thought about electric driving. Electric vehicles are far more accessible for families than they ever were before and the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV should be on your radar.

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