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  1. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 10-24-2017 During a recent motor press event hosted by the Monticello Motor Club in New York State, GM had the 2017 Bolt on hand for test drives. There were cars like Cadillac ATS-Vs, Dodge SRT Wide Body Hellcat Challengers, and other hi-po vehicles on hand as well, so cars like the Bolt were going mostly untested by the press during the two-day event. We took it out, and it was the biggest surprise of the trip for GM-Trucks.com. As you probably know, the Bolt is the first long-range electric vehicle in America that can reasonably be considered “mainstream.” Though it is a compact car with an MSPR of $43,015, Bolts don’t cost owners anywhere near that amount. In Massachusetts, where this writer resides, new Bolt Premiers are selling for $26,280 after state and federal incentives and dealer discounts. Leases for the fully-loaded Bolt are just $231 per month and the state rebate matches the initial payment. The Bolt is also available from stock all around the Northeast, unlike the Tesla Model S which is only available in California and won’t be in stock for as long as two years from now. The Drive The Bolt drives much better than one might expect from a compact vehicle with a high driving position. It feels fun in everyday driving. During our test drive, there was an unusual intersection where we could go from a stop to the legal 55 MPH speed limit. The Bolt would chirp the tires and run to that speed at a fast pace we did not expect. The Bolt moves out in a hurry and feels quick. It also has plenty of torque and power to pass in any situation. Floor the Bolt at 60 MPH and it instantly leaps ahead. In turns it is enjoyable and body-lean is much less than expected. We suspect the battery position gives the Bolt a much lower center of gravity than it appears to have. Over bumps, the Bolt is composed and comfortable. Bolt Content Everything one wants is here. Leather heated seats, a massive 10.2” infotainment screen, as is the norm for most EVs, and Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility. Our Bolt tester had the optional DC fast charger capability, wireless device charging, an upgraded Bose audio system, and rear USB ports. Bolt Safety The Bolt is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and is rated higher than the Tesla Model S for safety byhttp://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/chevrolet/bolt-4-door-hatchback IIHS. Bolt Warranties & Similar The Bolt has an unusual warranty being an EV. It starts out with a 3-year, 36K bumper to bumper warranty and 5-year, 60K drivetrain warranty. On top of that, GM adds an 8-year, 100K warranty on the EV drivetrain system. GM also throws in the first two scheduled maintenance visits. Roadside assistance and courtesy transportation are also part of the package. Bolt EV Conclusion GM’s Bolt is a vehicle that leaps ahead of EVs like the more expensive BMW i3. The Bolt’s 238-mile EV range make it the longest-range mainstream battery-ony EV one can go and out and purchase today. More importantly, the Bolt has a feeling of quality and solidity that would surprise any owner of any previous compact GM car. The Bolt is the top-selling affordable battery-electric car in America currently and is the number three-selling affordable EV of any type after the Volt and Toyota Prius Prime. It is outselling the BMW i3 by about four to one and its sales are about 40% higher than the Nissan Leaf’s. This is no accident. Chevy has put together a very desirable EV package and made it accessible to almost all buyers interested in a new electric vehicle with decent range.
  2. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-12-2019 The very first self-driving vehicle that GM ever produced has been acquired by the Henry Ford museum. The vehicle is built upon a pre-production Chevy Bolt battery-electric vehicle. The vehicle was tested in San Fransisco, California starting back in 2016. It was built by Cruise Automation, GM's autonomy company. GM's President, Mark Reuss, was on hand at the ceremony and https://www.wxyz.com/news/the-henry-ford-acquires-gms-first-self-driving-test-vehiclehad this to say, “Autonomous vehicles will change people’s lives forever, just as the automobile itself did more than a hundred years ago. The Henry Ford is a treasured institution where past and present innovations are documented and displayed, and GM is proud to provide our autonomous test vehicle to serve as an inspiration to the innovators of tomorrow.” Patricia Mooradian, president and CEO, The Henry Ford museum, added, "Self-driving capabilities will fundamentally change our relationship with the automobile. As the home of the historic vehicles that have shaped that relationship today, this acquisition is paramount in how we tell that story in the future.”
  3. I was washing my '93 S10 when all of a sudden I see this bolt on my driveway. It's more of a stud with a totally round head. It's too thin to be a lug nut stud/wheel stud. I believe it came off of the right side of the truck due to its location on the driveway. What could this be??? Any ideas appreciated. P.S. It COULD have came off of my dad's 1967 F100. I will be posting it on the Ford forum as well. ANY ideas appreciated and if you know what this is please let me know!
  4. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-6-2018 Bolt was honored this year at the New England Motor Press Association’s (NEMPA) annual awards ceremony held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bolt’s “Breakthrough One-key lock Technology” was the technology chosen by the membership of NEMPA for recognition. Three GM-Trucks.com staffers, Zane Merva, Josh Merva, and John Goreham are NEMPA members. This annual NEMPA Yankee Supplier Award goes to the automotive supplier that has made significant contributions to the industry. The suppliers chosen are often the unsung heroes behind the major advancements in the business or their area of focus. Suppliers can be nominated for a component, system or technology that significantly enhances the motoring experience, whether by making driving safer, more cost-efficient or simply more enjoyable. Past winners of the Yankee Supplier Award recipients include convertible top and interior component manufacturer Haartz, who earned the award for its jacquard weaving technology, and Delphi, who won for automation technology. Bolt’s One-Key lock technology locks are designed so that a single vehicle ignition key can be programmed to open any number of locks, reducing the need for multiple keys. Hassle-free, these Bolt locks are easily programmed the first time the ignition key is inserted into the lock cylinder. Once the key is inserted, spring-loaded plate tumblers move, immediately coding the cylinder to that unique key. Bolt’s One-key locks are weatherproof and feature an automotive-grade stainless steel lock shutter, a durable, protective rubber shell and a six-plate tumbler sidebar that prevents picking and bumping. Bolt is a long-time friend to GM-Trucks.com and we have tested and reviewed Bolt products here at the site in the past. You can check out the Bolt line of truck locks at the company’s website.
  5. There are a lot of practical reasons a GM family might want to see a Bolt succeed. Eventually, the rebates and hand-outs are going to be too good to ignore for families that want an affordable second car for commuting and around town. The Bolt with a 200 mile range will very likely be a steal once the market has other longer range EVs competing with it. EVs are coming. Let's give the Bolt a friendly welcome.
  6. For these 2015 models, BOLT is offering (from their press release): The weatherproof BOLT Coupler Pin Lock is designed to secure trailers when not in tow, fits the 5/8-inch GM coupler, and slides easily along stainless steel pin. BOLT's 5/8-inch and 1/2-inch Receiver Locks prevent theft of trailer ball mount or accessories, features a durable, solid stainless steel lock shutter designed to keep out elements and debris, and a plate tumbler sidebar that prevents picking and bumping. The rugged Padlock 2.0, for a range of applications, features a chrome-plated hardened steel shackle and a double ball bearing locking mechanism, made of weatherproof, corrosion-resistant automotive grade stainless steel. Flexible BOLT Cable Locks are made from six-foot long 1/4-inch black vinyl coated coiled cable, feature a crush-resistant body shell and an auto-return spring which locks automatically when key is removed, securing equipment, cabinets, storage compartments and more. The BOLT Toolbox Latch Retrofit Kit, which enables a toolbox cylinder retrofit, helps protect and secure toolboxes with an automotive-grade cylinder. Comes with an original factory handle and works with DeeZee®, UWS Truck Accessories and other toolbox brands featuring a paddle-style handle. BOLT locks come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com or www.boltlock.com/retail-finder
  7. Chevrolet also confirmed that the Bolt will be developed with two goals in mind. A 200-mile all-electric range and a $30,000 price tag. While the production vehicle will share the concept's name, don't expect them to look exactly the same. The production version will most likely undergo some styling and functional changes before it goes on sale. The Bolt will be produced Michigan at the Orion Assembly facility. The company simultaneously announced a $200-million investment to get ready for Bolt production. Orion will receive $160-million for tooling and equipment while Pontiac Metal Center Facilities will receive $40-million for new dies. The Bolt will be produced at the same facility that currently produces the Buick Verano and Chevrolet Spark Chevrolet has not yet announced a model year or on sale target for the Bolt. General Motors Says Leveraging the industry-leading battery technology found in the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept was developed as a game-changing, long-range pure electric for all 50 states, designed to offer more than a GM-estimated 200 miles of range at a target price of around $30,000.
  8. Features/Specifications: Opens With Your Vehicle Ignition Key Works with late model Chevy, GMC, Buick & Cadillac keys Stainless Steel 5/8″ Diameter Shaft Fits Class 3, 4 and 5 Hitches (2-2.5″ square receiver) Weather Proof Auto Return Spring Locks Automatically When Key is Removed Double Ball Bearing Locking Mechanism Plate Tumbler Sidebar to Prevent Picking and Bumping Stainless Steel Lock Shutter to Keep Out Dirt and Moisture Limited Lifetime Warranty Cost: $44/$28 (receiver lock/padlock) Review: The line of BOLT locks aims to take all those extra keys off your truck's key ring. And considering they are made by the same company that supplies the big three with keys and locks to begin with, we have high hopes for this product working as intended. But is it easy to calibrate? And does it work reliably? Come with us as we install and use a receiver lock and a padlock on Project Sierra. Receiver Hitch Lock View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.13.32.jpg Strattec, the world's largest automotive lock and key manufacturer, is the primary OE lock supplier to GM. Because of this they know the keys and locks for our trucks inside out. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.13.25.jpg Here's our receiver hitch lock, new in bag. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.13.57.jpg Unwrapped you can see the locks look good. Included instructions are clear and easy to follow. As you can see in the video, calibrating the lock to our key was easy. All we had to do was turn the key one rotation counterclockwise and we were done. We then tested the key a few times and to our delight it worked flawlessly. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.21.36.jpg View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.21.42.jpg Here's our current setup. Notice how easy it would be for someone to steal the hitch ball and mount. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.23.02.jpg And now with the new BOLT lock! The receiver lock installed as expected on Project Sierra's hitch. This should make it A LOT less tempting for a would-be thief! View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.23.09.jpg The pin is a little long for our class 3 hitch. Oh well. Padlock View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.12.41.jpg Now lets look at the padlock. This one came in the retail packaging which clearly states what the product is intended to fit on. Our padlock, model BLT7017418, is intended to work with keys from late model Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC's. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.15.07.jpg When you open it up you find that the lock has a protective rubber cover over the keyhole with a sticker identifying the keys it works with. Our 2011 GMC Sierra is a "GM B". We took that off using our key. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.18.07.jpg We are now ready to 'calibrate' the lock to our truck's key for a second time. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.19.23.jpg Again, to calibrate you simply insert and turn the key once. That's it. You're done. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.20.20.jpg Perfect fit and should deter someone from rolling away with the trailer. How it works: Conclusion: Both products that we tested from the BOLT lineup were easy to calibrate and install. After a few days with the locks we are happy with their operation. We find the fit and finish to be on par or better when compared to other locks on the market. We like the high quality look and feel, and the red styling is a nice finishing touch. We will continue to use these locks on Project Sierra in the coming months through a New England winter. Salt, dirt and grime will soon be an everyday part of these locks new lives. Are they up to the challenge? We will post an update on how they do. Let us know if you you have any questions or comments about our install and review on BOLT locks.
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