So, I drove my newly leased Chevy Bolt — a red LT — from my townhome in Littleton, Colo. to Estes Park, Colo. to attend a meditation retreat this weekend.Like meditation, the Bolt calms me thanks to its 238 miles of range vs. 84 miles I had in my leased 2014 Nissan LEAF, which was my only car for three years. It’s 82 miles from Littleton to Estes Park + 2,500 feet of elevation gain.
I would have been super anxious driving up here in my old LEAF, which I turned in two months ago — after Nissan’s September announcement that the 2018 LEAF would only have 150 miles of range — so that I could lease a Bolt.
My old LEAF would’ve had to be charged once to make the 81-mile trip less anxiety provoking. This means I could NOT have made this 82-mile trip in a normal two hours, but would have had to add at least an hour of Level 2 charging in Boulder, Colo., which is on the way from Littleton to Estes Park.
Thank you, Bolt — my new and much more viable as an only car, car — for making longer trips easier, more realistic and anxiety free again