Leased. I've previously leased many cars/trucks. The Bolt is somewhere between number 5-10. I've owned and leased over 60 cars/trucks/motorcycles in the 67 years of my life to date.
I leased the Bolt because:
1) I didn't intend/want to keep it beyond 3 years because of the rapid changes in the EV market anticipated in the next 3 years;
2) the unknown resale value of the vehicle beyond that time period due to the likelihood of such changes;
3) it was cheaper and easier to lease than buy it; and because
4) the dealer gave me what I wanted for my trade-in which paid for all of the upfront costs for the car, which cost me zero money out the door, which is related to but not exactly the same as #3 above.
I will probably lease another EV again after the 3 years is up but I'll decide then which one. Have no problem w/the Bolt but there may be sexier, faster and/or more interesting EV models available for the same (or even a lower) price when I have to make that decision.
Time will tell.
BTW, I own 3 cars cars and a truck. The Bolt is the only car I am currently leasing. All of these vehicles are listed in my signature.
2017 Chevy Bolt
2012 Mercedes ML350 4Matic
2008 BMW 335i
2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder
2002 Ford F250 7.3L 4x4 Longbed Turbodiesel