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The 2023 Chicago Auto Show is officially in full-swing, and this year, a lot of automakers are putting their electric vehicle (EV) offerings at the fore front of their exhibits. We sent one of our own again to the show, and this year, they were able to survey a new test track providing ride-alongs in three new EVs. One from Nissan and two from Chevrolet, our writer provides some insight from their experience riding in the Nissan Ariya, Chevrolet Bolt EV, and the Chevrolet Bolt EUV.
A long way away from the Nissan Leaf (also available for a ride-along), the Nissan Ariya is the new EV on the block for the automaker. Just on the edge of a performance vehicle, this EV can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.8-seconds, and you could definitely feel it during the small part of the track straightened out for a quick boost before coming around the next corner. Even during all of that, the vehicle was still completely quiet. In terms of the ride, although I felt the burst of acceleration, slowing down wasn’t jarring. The control the driver had was complementary to the e-4ORCE dual-motor all-wheel drive available on select Nissan Ariya trims. Spacious inside with the gear shift no longer taking up space in the front row and the battery under the body floor, EVs like the Ariya are setting a new standard. MSRP starts at $43,190 (plus destination fee).
Chevrolet Bolt EV
Released in 2017, the Chevy Bolt EV was already a strong competitor for one of the largest EV automakers at the time – Tesla. Able to do all the Tesla Model 3 could do and more, the Bolt EV rocked the auto market when it was released with a starting MSRP of $37,495. That number has dropped in recent years as automakers find better ways to source materials. Now with a starting MSRP of $26,500 (plus destination fee) and eligible for the full $7,500 Vehicle Federal Tax Credit. Powered by a single 200-horsepower motor, the Bolt EV has surprising power and excellent response to driver input. Able to coast around the track and test out its speed, the Bolt EV was a smooth ride. With an estimated range of 247 miles, performance, and the staggering price, the Bolt EV is definitely one to keep ahead of the competition.
Chevrolet Bolt EUV
Following after the Chevy Bolt EV, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV is an attempt to offer what consumers already love, only larger. Introduced in 2021, the Chevy Bolt EUV has as just as competitive of a price as its sibling, starting at $27,800 (plus destination fee). A larger vehicle, we couldn’t test the speed or cornering of the Bolt EUV, but the drive was very smooth. The interior seemed a little cramped, with little adjustments available. EVs small and large are starting to match the performance of their gasoline counterparts, but the Bolt EUV may need some fine tuning to catch up to the success of the Bolt EV.
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