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Chevy's 2017 Bolt EV is an all-electric all-star — sturdy, swift and silent

Chevy's 2017 Bolt EV is an all-electric all-star — sturdy, swift and silent

I was invited to take a spin last September in an early version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The battery-electric affordable sedan was poised then to make its debut in dealerships, and I had my doubts.

Would it drive like a science experiment? Was it just a “compliance car,” designed to meet fleetwide emissions standards? Could it really go 238 miles on a single battery charge, as the Environmental Protection Agency had said?

The answers were “no,” “no” and “yes!” My daylong drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara was a great success. I really liked the drive, and I...

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