The electric revolution continues to grow, to the point that an auto-manufacturer that doesn’t have an electric vehicle in its lineup is now the exception, not the norm. The UAE has seen slightly slower initial development in electric vehicles than many European and American markets, but for 2019 the ball is very much rolling.
A larger number of electric vehicles are due to head for the UAE, and the all-new Chevrolet Bolt is one of them.
Chevrolet has partnered with the electronics giant LG to develop and build the Bolt. This meeting of the minds has led the Bolt to be an impressive vehicle that hosts a number of interesting features. For example, active aero shutters situated in the front grille that can open up to aid ventilation.
Full charge ahead
In the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt is a 60 kWh battery pack that’s capable of delivering up to 204 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque. Those are impressive figures for a relatively small car, which should mean the Bolt is a blast to drive. The batteries are found under the floor, to keep the centre of gravity low.
The dreaded “range anxiety” is usually what buyers cite as the main factor turning them off purchasing an electric car. With the Chevrolet Bolt offering up to 500km of driving on a single charge, however, it should be more than capable for most people’s everyday driving needs.
Chevrolet is just one of a few manufacturers using a liquid cooling system on their electric vehicles. This allows the batteries to maintain peak operating temperature. Ultimately this allows for an extension in the useful battery life, as it prevents overheating.
Keeping the battery juiced up isn’t too inconvenient either. Using a D/C fast charger it can be charged in as little as two and a half hours. A standard A/C charger will take up to ten hours on a regular household plug.
The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt offers an attractive electric package which should offer some driving enjoyment as well as plant-saving street cred. Prices are estimated to start from around 162,000 AED.