While the environmental benefits of owning an electric vehicle are undeniable, EVs are also easy on the pocket, requiring fewer expenses than conventional petrol cars. The Chevrolet Bolt EV delivers massively on this front.
Why are EVs cheaper to run and maintain than internal combustion cars? Starting with simplicity, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is mechanically smoother than a regular petrol car despite its futuristic powertrain. In fact, it only has about a tenth of the moving parts of a conventional automobile. This translates to less wear and tear, fewer trips to the service centre, and greater ease of maintenance.
Both the Bolt EV and internal combustion vehicles require their first service at 10,000km. The service of the Bolt is easier and friendlier on the pocket, being limited to a general checkup and tyre rotation. After 30,000km the Bolt only needs its cabin air filter replaced which will last for another 30,000km. As opposed to an internal combustion vehicle that needs a change of fluids every few thousand kilometres, the Bolt EV’s battery coolant needs replacing after 240,000km.
Another area where the Bolt EV saves you money is the braking system. A conventional vehicle relies on friction braking to decelerate. The electric Chevy uses its Regen On Demand system for a unique one pedal driving experience. In Low mode and using the Regen On Demand panel, the Bolt can muster up stopping power of up to 0.3g which is adequate for most daily scenarios. The Regen system prolongs the life of the brakes, lowering maintenance costs even further.
Overall, the only expenses an owner of the Chevrolet Bolt EV might incur over five years and 240,000km of driving is the cost of eight cabin air filters, and two refills of brake fluid. While the savings are already immense compared to a petrol vehicle, the incentives for owning an EV from the governments of countries like the UAE, Lebanon and Jordan make the Chevy Bolt EV a no-brainer car to own.
The savings do not stop here. The cost of refilling petrol is eliminated, and charging the car at one of the many DC Fast Charging stations across the UAE is free until 2019, with another 100 outlets opening in 2019. Dubai alone will have 200 charging stations. If you charge the Bolt EV at home, you stand to save even more. Consumption of 60kWh – the capacity of the battery – costs AED 14 in Dubai. This delivers a driving range of over 500km making it more economical than filling up a conventional petrol vehicle to travel a similar distance.
Chevrolet Bolt EV owners will also benefit from road toll badge registration, vehicle registrations and designated green parking locations across the Emirates free of charge. All things considered, the Bolt EV offers an ownership experience, unlike any conventional petrol vehicle.