An engineering institution took apart a new Gen 1 Chevy Volt and posted the complete analysis of its design, even detailing the multiple microprocessors that it has, even those in the battery pack (it may be here on the forum by a past member). I hope they do it again for the Bolt EV as many engineers like to "take thing apart" and see what "makes it tick" (I certainly do!!), but we cannot spend our money to do so. I only take apart what ever I get as a gift or find tossed out by neighbors for the weekend trash disposals. In a year, I found two LCD TVS, three HP computers, and a tablet. I fixed two of the HP computers, one TV (Magnavox) and the tablet.
1. "...the Bolt packs a remarkably compact and power-dense battery that spans its entire floor." Not true. The battery doesn't "span the floor" below the front wheels and bay, and below the trunk. It isn't following the GM "skateboard" concept design completely, which spanned from bumper to bumper.
2."The Bolt’s econobox styling and interior are my only real complaints, a seeming lost opportunity for GM to steal some of Tesla’s high-design cachet and buyers." I sat in a Model S and it does have plenty of plastics, just like the Chevy Bolt EV has! That TM "cachet" is not an objective observation, just a matter of the author's personal opinion, and should not be a part of such article.
The conclusion is what makes this article very good: "Buyers of EVs tend toward optimism, anyway." And that is very true, but there will always be nitpickers who find defects where there are none. I see them as envious, and remind me of Aesop's "Sour Graapes" fable, where a fox, who tries several times to grab a bunch of grapes, gave up and called them "sour". The Model 3 reservaions are doing just that with the Chevy Bolt EV because that BEV is available, but the TM Model 3 isn't.
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