Hybrids, plug-in electric hybrids, and electric vehicles are all coming to the auto industry with a bigger bite these days, and the choices are piling up. However, when it comes to price, green cars can also cost more than a car that runs on fossil fuel. Just look at Tesla vehicles - $100,000+ for the Model X, that’s insane. Thankfully, a great alternative was released earlier this year, and it’s got plenty of range for a great price - the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV.
The Bolt EV is new to Chevy’s lineup and it can travel 238 miles on a fully charged battery. Plus, it has a starting MSRP of $37,495; that’s much lower than any other comparable electric vehicle (EV) (currently available) on the market. Plus, the $37,495 is the price before the available federal tax credit, meaning people who buy a Bolt EV in 2017 qualify for a $7,500 tax credit for the 2017 tax year.
However, there is some competition with the Chevy Bolt EV. A few years ago, Tesla introduced the Tesla Model 3 to the public and it has a 200-mile electric range and a price comparable to the Chevy Bolt EV. However, since Tesla is a much smaller company, they don’t have the resources to mass produce the Tesla Model 3 as fast as Chevy, and buyers have to wait at least 12-18 months before they receive their model. Who wants to wait that long, especially considering that other options might be available by then? Besides, the Chevy Bolt EV is here and has plenty of goodies.
On the inside is fun tech, such as a new, possibly next-gen version of Chevrolet MyLink on a 10.2 color touch screen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto standard, along with pages for battery flow, charging, information, and the energy settings. For drivers who want more control over the throttle, there’s a sport mode that can be engaged with the touch of a button, but it may not be of much use since all the available torque is right there behind the push of a pedal. On that note, powered by a 150 kilowatt engine, the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV generates 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.
When it comes to charging, the Bolt EV is available with two charging ports. After an hour of charging with the level 2 charger, the vehicle’s battery can have enough battery power to go 25 miles. With the optional add-on ($750) high-speed charging port, consumers can charge the vehicle’s battery enough to go 90 miles after just 30 minutes of charging. Plus, like hybrids, EVs have regenerative braking, and that recharges a vehicle’s battery while on-the-go. Drivers may choose the low-drive mode for more regenerative energy, about five percent more, or push a paddle on the back of the steering wheel for an instant “regen on demand” feature that replaces the brake pedal in low-drive mode.*
The best part about all of this? The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV feels just like a normal car. It has modern day features, it has plenty of range, but owners can also charge it at home or at work and pay a lot less to charge it up versus filling a fuel tank. All we need to wait on is the self-driving Bolt EV and we’ll be on our way to a sci-fi wonderland. Until then, you can get a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV with us.