2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV vs. Its Competition

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The main volume competitor for the Bolt EV is likely to be the new 2018 Nissan Leaf, with a redesigned body and interior and now 140 miles of range.

It's a much more "normal" car than the previous Leaf, and its selling point will be greater range than before at a price almost $7,000 less than the Bolt EV.

It'll be a good market test of how much range is "enough" for buyers.

The VW e-Golf is indistinguishable from the regular version, and we'd suggest the rated range may be conservative for some drivers; it handles well and offers the German appeal of all Golfs, but isn't available throughout the U.S.

The Hyundai Ioniq range offers a 124-mile electric model and a plug-in hybrid to come.

It too is normal in appearance and the electric is offered on a subscription service rather than a lease, at a lower price than the Bolt EV.

The Volt plug-in hybrid, with 53 miles of range, is sportier and sleeker than the electric Bolt EV, and slightly cheaper as well.

Finally, the Tesla Model 3 is struggling into production and its first year of production is spoken for, but it might be a tough competitor if Tesla can figure out how to build far more cars than it ever has.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV remains the only affordable, available electric car that offers more than 200 miles of range.
7.5
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is an accomplished and refined extended-range electric car that makes an ideal everyday commuter.
6.2
With a plug-in hybrid joining hybrid and electric versions, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq normalizes green powertrains: it’s relatively fun to drive, and doesn’t look strange.
7.0
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is improved in every way over its aged predecessor: it’s better-looking, nicer inside, and has more power and battery range, at a relatively affordable price.
6.6
The 2018 Tesla Model 3 promises Tesla chic at mass-market prices, at least when less expensive versions arrive, but build quality should be any buyer’s biggest worry.
6.4
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a Golf that happens to run only on electricity, but its range is now sub-par.
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