A few months ago, we asked if the country is ready for electric mobility. For the most part, we are, but there are still several hurdles the local industry must overcome. At the same time, only a few brave automakers in the country are gambling on electric vehicles right now.
That brings us to the Chevrolet Bolt EUV. General Motors, the parent company of Chevrolet, want to expand their electric vehicle portfolio. At the same time, they want more sales from the growing sector of the auto market. So, does this mean the Bolt is worth exporting here? Let's take a look at its stats.
Let's first talk about range. According to Chevrolet, the Bolt EUV can get up to 402 kilometers on a single charge. That is what you can get out of a gas-fed subcompact crossover when driven around the city. So far, so good for the electrified Chevy, but what about charging times? Chevrolet adds that a quick 30-minute charge can give it an extra 152 kilometers of range, provided the owner uses a fast DC charger. With a standard 240-volt socket, a full charge takes seven hours.
As for performance, it uses a single motor that's good for 150 kW or 200 PS, along with 360 Nm of torque. The motor draws its energy from a lithium-ion battery with 288 cells. Energy output is rated at 65 kWh.
Since it's billed as a crossover, it does offer a fair bit of cargo space. Thanks to its flat floor, the minimum cargo area is 462 liters. Flip down the second-row seats and it has a maximum volume of 1,611 liters, a competitive figure for subcompact crossovers.
With zero emissions, a decent range, and a sizable cargo area, the Bolt EUV might be a good choice for those looking for an urban crossover. That said, longer road trips might require more planning for a recharge. But if you're the kind of person who spends more time in the Metro, it can make sense.
But, of course, it all boils down to the price. Chevrolet says they want to make electric mobility more accessible and affordable to others. The list price of the Bolt EUV in the U.S starts at 33,995 dollars or PHP 1,649,930 at current exchange rates. However, that's not its landed price should Chevrolet offer it in the Philippines. Due to the relative lack of incentives for EVs in the country, we might be looking at 1.5 times its base price.
So, the question now is this: Will you pay more than PHP 2 million for an electric crossover?