Staff Car Report: We’ve Got A 2017 Chevy Bolt EV (And One Less RAV4 EV)

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For the past sixteen months or so, our Transport Evolved fleet has consisted of a 2013 Nissan LEAF two 2002 Toyota RAV4 EVs, and a first-generation Honda Insight hybrid.

But over the past few months, Sparky, our rescued 2002 RAV4 EV from Southern California, has become increasingly temperamental with regards to charging and range per charge. At the same time, the loss of our first capacity bar on our 2013 Nissan LEAF has meant that it has struggled to make longer-distance trips without needing extra stops for charging. Additionally, the Gordon-Bloomfield family needs have changed of late due to the need to make regular medical visits some 250 miles away from our home.

So, we’ve been quietly keeping our eyes out for an alternative vehicle for Sparky. New cars like the Chevrolet Bolt EV seemed to be out of reach, so our primary focus was second-hand electric cars. But when we noticed a lease deal at a local Chevrolet dealer on a car that had been damaged (and then repaired) pre-sale, we had to take a look.

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