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As the auto industry makes the shift towards plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs), there is one factor that could cause a lot of problems. Despite the ever-growing popularity of EVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), there are still many consumers who have yet to drive an EV for the first time. The facts are, we’re sharing the auto market with an older generation, one that’s still planning to own and buy vehicles for the next decade or two, and they’re used to gasoline vehicles. Automakers are finding ways to educate drivers stuck on fuel and show them the benefits of EVs, and in late September, Chevrolet gave consumers a chance to experience the Chevrolet Bolt EUV and Bolt EV for the first time on Electric Avenue in Venice, California. It was their way of leaving a mark on National Drive Electric Week, a nationwide celebration for raising awareness about the many benefits EVs can provide.
This first-time EV experience was a chance for all in attendance to go on test drives of the two popular EVs in the Chevy lineup. The Bolt EUV, one of the most recent releases from the automaker, is joined by the Silverado EV, all-electric Equinox, and the all-new all-electric 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV. After the original Chevy Bolt was a hit, the automaker decided to expand on this hatchback with a larger version to add extra cargo space and rival other SUVs on the road – the Chevrolet Bolt EUV. During the event at Electric Avenue, Chevrolet invited consumers to test-drive both vehicles and learn about the benefits of EV ownership, EV range, and the convenience of home charging with level 2 charger installations from EV experts.
Chevrolet isn’t the only one bringing EVs to the party. During the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, many automakers were holding test drives, and Kia America was there to show off the power of the Kia EV6. Available for a ride along or as an actual test drive, the EV6 drove like a sports car but without the sound of a revving engine. Able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, driving around Chicago city streets were a real thrill.
Kia America has also been getting involved with Electrify America to not only show EV consumers the benefits of EV charging is also providing an incentive with free EV charging. Kia and Electrify America have worked together twice now to offer consumers free juice when buying a new Kia EV6 and other Kia electric models. The first partnership in February 2022, Electrify America offered new EV6 owners 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), or about 3500 – 4000 miles. Again in September 2022, the partnership extended to the Kia Niro EV and a total of 500 kWh, close to 2000 miles.
Back when the first Chevy Bolt EV came out, it was a true rival and better alternative to Tesla. With the latter still charging ridiculous amounts for an EV, the Bolt EV had a starting MSRP of $37,495 (plus destination fee). The cost of EVs must have gone way down since then, because the newest Bolt EV starts at $31,500 (plus destination fee) and the Bolt EUV starting at $33,500 (plus destination fee). Kia is still holding a pretty strong starting MSRP of $41,400 (plus destination fee) for the EV6, and the Kia Niro EV starting at $39,990 (plus destination fee). Either way, it’s much more affordable than the likes of the Tesla Model X, starting at $112,590 for an electric sedan.
What are your thoughts on EVs? Have you thought about going green and getting behind the wheel of an all-electric vehicle? If so, you can always buy a new EV online when you shop at NowCar.