2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV  RealSafeCars81Safety Rating

#27 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#73 of all 2021 vehicles


Pictured: 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
The Bolt EV, which Chevrolet introduced in 2017, is a small hatchback with seating up to 5. The Bolt EV has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Bolt EV provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. The Chevrolet Bolt EV has exceptional horsepower for its class, packing substantial oomph. Chevrolet offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV has a score of 81, implying a 0.04% chance of driver death (3.6% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.035%, and the chance of injury falls to 3.1%.

We estimate that the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0401% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.5815%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0401% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.5815% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV is 16% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV is 22% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

Active safety features with Chevrolet's Chevy Safety Assist greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. An optional safety feature on the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV which we recommend is Blind Spot Monitoring.

A safety feature that may make a vehicle safer, even if not at the forefront of technological advances, should still be considered. Optional side mirror turn signals can help when you don't see a vehicle in your blind spot, by alerting them to your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other driver to avoid an accident with you.


And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

8277Nissan LeafChevrolet Bolt EVComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 77 to 82. The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV is safer than the 2021 Nissan Leaf.

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