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Very nice writeup focusing on the Bolt EV. I love their diagrams they added, including the visibility graph. Should probably have one of those with and without the backup camera enabled.

They have definitely stepped up their reviews to a level far above most bloggers. As much as I like availability of blogs, they dilute journalism in a way since they tend not to dig as deep but have put a lot of the bigger guys out of business. The competition is good for the review quality though, and that one doesn't disappoint.
 

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Yeah, that's a very well though out review format that actually provides a lot of useful comparisons to other vehicles - very much unlike most "puff piece" reviews. I'm quite impressed by it.
 

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I enjoyed the article, especially the highway test. At 75MPH the Bolt ran out of juice in 190 miles. I am sure the Bolt is fine for a large number of people, but I sure do enjoy my Volt. We drove our Volt 245 miles without stopping for anything except a quick potty break (one way) yesterday and still managed 41.6 MPG at 75 MPH.
 

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Interesting in the handling department, the Prime is nearly equal to the Volt.
Peak G is normally driving in 300' circle left and right and averaging the two peak sustained values. It is not transitional or balance.
With an experienced National champ at the wheel of a Prime, I bested his best time in a Volt during AutoX sessions by over 1 second. I'm an intermediate level driver. The hotshoe was training a journalist who showed up in a Prime. My 16 year old son beat the journalist's time by quite a bit shortly after my son got his driver's license.
 

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Interesting in the handling department, the Prime is nearly equal to the Volt.
The designers for the Bolt EV wanted to emphasize range and put very low traction tires on it to reduce rolling friction. I would immediately swap those off and probably lose 20-30 miles range in the process but greatly improve the handling.

Also, like Qinsp mentions, that number is not "handling" rather tire grip and traction, how much the car understeers, etc. Overall lateral acceleration. Autocross will give a much better idea of lower speed handling/maneuverability.
 

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I enjoyed the article, especially the highway test. At 75MPH the Bolt ran out of juice in 190 miles. I am sure the Bolt is fine for a large number of people, but I sure do enjoy my Volt. We drove our Volt 245 miles without stopping for anything except a quick potty break (one way) yesterday and still managed 41.6 MPG at 75 MPH.
You forget that the Bolt EV uses no gas, so its MPG would be infinite, still beating out the Volt in this category.
 

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You forget that the Bolt EV uses no gas, so its MPG would be infinite, still beating out the Volt in this category.
The category was fuel economy (MPG or MPGe), the reviewer should have provided the Volt's MPGe rating (106MPGe combined) not the 42 MPG rating since the Volt can run entirely on battery for an estimated 53 miles. When using regular octane unleaded gas the 2017 Volt consistently meets or exceeds its EPA combined MPG rating of 42MPG.

As regards range, in actual use and not EPA testing the Volt can travel more than twice as far as the Bolt at a highway speed of 75mph (410 miles total (370 miles gas + 40 miles estimated range on battery at 75mph) for the Volt versus just 190 miles for the Bolt).
 

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You forget that the Bolt EV uses no gas, so its MPG would be infinite, still beating out the Volt in this category.
However, the Bolt EV can't drive long distances easily. I put approximately 9k electric miles per year on the Volt, maybe 1,000 mixed gas/electric miles during winter, and 2,000 gas miles due to long trips. The Bolt EV would eliminate the 1,000 mixed winter miles, and maybe 300 of the longer range miles, but I would still have to put around 1,700 miles a year on a gas vehicle. Flying is not an option for this, so it means the minivan that gets around 22 mpg on the highway. It isn't a huge amount, but maybe means 25 gallons of wasted fuel, but the Bolt would save that back from not having ERDTT/longer winter range than Volt. My net fuel use would be a wash, maybe save a few gallons a year.

However, if my wife also switched to a PHEV Chrysler Pacifica, she drives up to 20k miles a year. I estimate she could save 10,000 gas miles a year, mostly poor MPG city miles, so 17 mpg, and that would reduce my fuel usage by about 600 gallons per year only considering EV miles, it is also a more efficient van, so that might reduce it another 60 gallons.

My point is I can save far more fuel buying PHEV than a BEV, and this will be true for many US families. I understand that on an Island or small area the BEV makes far more sense.
 
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