Affordable electric vehicles all have the same drawback: limited range. But with an estimated 238 miles of range, compact car agility and an affordable price tag, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV looks like a game-changer in the small but growing market for pure electric vehicles.
The Bolt's pricing and performance will make it an intriguing option if you're shopping for an electric vehicle. Although the $37,495 MSRP is a lot more than your typical new gasoline-powered hatchback, it's not much more than most other EVs cost, including the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus EV. Pricing is similar to the BMW i3 as well. Yet the Bolt has more than double the all-electric range of all of these vehicles. The Bolt will even go farther than the much more expensive Tesla Model S 60 (with the 60-kWh battery pack).
You can expect to see Bolt EVs arriving at Chevrolet dealerships by the end of 2016. Check back for more information, including specs, impressions and buying advice as they become available.
- Range is about double that of similarly priced electric vehicles
- Plenty of standard available features
- Acceleration should be significantly quicker than rival EVs
- No at-home rapid-charging solution available