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    Its Official! 2017 Chevrolet Bolt To Offer 238 Miles of Range


    • The upcoming Chevrolet Bolt goes above and beyond in terms of range


    The key problem with most electric vehicles is the lack of range. Currently, a number of electric vehicles only offer a range of under 120 miles. The general consensus is that for electric vehicles to take off, they would need at least 200 miles of range. Tesla made headlines earlier this year when it announced their upcoming entry-level model, the Model 3 would offer a range of 215 miles. But the Chevrolet Bolt, due out later this year will offer a longer range.

    This morning, Chevrolet announced the Bolt is rated by the EPA to deliver an estimated range of 238 miles. 

    “While range is important, we knew Bolt EV owners would want more — more space and more power — and the Bolt EV delivers. Our team took special pride in optimizing every aspect of this vehicle, especially its impressive range and ride dynamics,” said Bolt EV Chief Engineer Josh Tavel in a statement.

    Chevrolet says Bolt pricing will start at under $37,500 and will qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit.

    Source: Chevrolet

    Press Release is on Page 2


    Bolt EV Offers 238 Miles of Range

    DETROIT – Chevrolet promised to offer the first affordable electric vehicle with 200 miles or more of range and will exceed those expectations when the 2017 Bolt EV goes on sale later this year. With the vehicle’s EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, owners can expect to go beyond their average daily driving needs — with plenty of range to spare — in the 2017 Bolt EV when charging regularly.

    “Chevrolet showed the world the production version Bolt EV earlier this year and in a few short months we’ve moved from that vision to a reality,” said GM North America President Alan Batey. “The Bolt EV is a game changer for the electric car segment and it will start to become available at Chevrolet dealerships later this year.”

    Bolt EV buyers won’t be able to find a better value for an all-electric, thrill-inducing ride with an expected MSRP below $37,500 and before available federal tax credit of up to $7,500*. Plenty of range, cargo space, technology and safety features make the Bolt EV a great package for any driver.    

    “While range is important, we knew Bolt EV owners would want more — more space and more power — and the Bolt EV delivers,” said Bolt EV Chief Engineer Josh Tavel. “Our team took special pride in optimizing every aspect of this vehicle, especially its impressive range and ride dynamics.”

    When the Bolt EV arrives at select Chevrolet dealerships in late 2016, Chevrolet will offer a flavor of electrification to meet any customer’s needs. Whether it’s the pure electric Bolt EV, the Chevrolet Volt or the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Chevrolet dealerships are full of affordable options for an efficient and engaging driving experience. More information on the Chevrolet electric family and the benefits of driving electric can be found at ChevyEVlife.com.

    *Final Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price not yet announced and does not include, tax, title, license or optional equipment. Actual savings from the federal government depend on individual tax situations.

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    I think this is fantastic.

    11 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    That's a really competitive for a car that is half the price of a Tesla.  However, that honeymoon will likely be short as the next Nissan LEAF is going to have a range over 200 miles and has better name brand recognition than the Bolt. 

    The big thing though is peoples mind set is changing...I work on a university campus.  many of our students would love to own an electric car.  at the very least, GM has a viable product, unlike say Mazda or Subaru.....or VW for that matter....VW lags in electric technology.

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    :metal: This is AWESOME and really rocks and now we also have 350+ mile EV Buses too

    @Drew Dowdell I agree that Nissan Leaf has a bigger name recognition with the Leaf, but the BOLT will be out much longer and if Chevy does the right thing in marketing, this should have no problem selling big time. American Products have allot more respect then they did back at the start of the Prius days or even the Leaf days.

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    Just now, dfelt said:

    :metal: This is AWESOME and really rocks and now we also have 350+ mile EV Buses too

    @Drew Dowdell I agree that Nissan Leaf has a bigger name recognition with the Leaf, but the BOLT will be out much longer and if Chevy does the right thing in marketing, this should have no problem selling big time. American Products have allot more respect then they did back at the start of the Prius days or even the Leaf days.

     

    Yeah, but people know the Nissan LEAF by name... all Nissan has to do is say, "Nissan LEAF, now with an estimated 250 mile range".  Some ad exec somewhere will get paid $45,000 to write that line too.  And it will work. 

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    In reviewing the Packages, The BOLT I would buy is the Premier with the Infotainment Package, Pass on the Driver Confidence II package. no need for all those damn nanny safety crap.

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    2 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    In reviewing the Packages, The BOLT I would buy is the Premier with the Infotainment Package, Pass on the Driver Confidence II package. no need for all those damn nanny safety crap.

    It doesn't look like it offers active cruise control.... if it had that, I would spring for it. 

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    3 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    It doesn't look like it offers active cruise control.... if it had that, I would spring for it. 

    Wonder if that will be a 2018 add on?

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    2 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    It doesn't look like it offers active cruise control.... if it had that, I would spring for it. 

    Wait, how does the Volt get active cruise control and the Bolt doesn't?

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    Could it be that GM does not think people will take the BOLT on road trips compared to the VOLT? Good question to ask GM. :scratchchin:

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    "About a half hour or so later, the little Chevy Bolt and I rolled into the restaurant parking lot. I parked at a Level 3 fast charger and plugged in. Without particularly trying, I’d covered 241.4 miles, averaging 4.6 miles/kW-hr with an estimated 38 miles of range left. According to a screen I can’t specifically talk about, I’d used 51.9 kW-hrs of the battery’s 60-kW-hr capacity. Chevy says the Bolt, supported by Level 3 chargers like the one I’d plugged into, can gain 90 miles worth of range in 30 minutes, 160 miles worth in 60 minutes, and a full 238 miles of range in about two hours."

    MT Bolt "Review"

    I thought that was way cool. Sounds VERY promising!

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    The Leaf isn't a good looking car, in fact it is an ugly car, that hurts it sales just as much as the range does.  The Bolt isn't a very good looking car either, it looks kind of like a lifted Sonic hatchback.  Tesla makes a good looking car that can accelerate like a Lamborghini, that's why it sells.  

     

    I think 200 miles of range is enough to squash range anxiety, most people are not driving 200 miles in a day, you'd have to spend 4 hours in the car to get to that.  The Bolt has the range it needs, I don't think it has the looks.  When the Tesla comes, it will look cool, and the Tesla brand  name is like Apple when it comes to phones.  People just want it.

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    7 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    The Leaf isn't a good looking car, in fact it is an ugly car, that hurts it sales just as much as the range does.  The Bolt isn't a very good looking car either, it looks kind of like a lifted Sonic hatchback.  Tesla makes a good looking car that can accelerate like a Lamborghini, that's why it sells.  

     

    I think 200 miles of range is enough to squash range anxiety, most people are not driving 200 miles in a day, you'd have to spend 4 hours in the car to get to that.  The Bolt has the range it needs, I don't think it has the looks.  When the Tesla comes, it will look cool, and the Tesla brand  name is like Apple when it comes to phones.  People just want it.

    Your comparing a $30K ish car to a $134k car, or you're comparing a $30k car that we can see today and buy in a few weeks to a $40k car that no one has yet seen and very few can buy until 2019 or 2020..... 

    The $66k Model S 60 does 0-60 in 5.5 seconds... or roughly the same as a Honda Accord V6.

    Do your comparisons get any more absurd?

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    The Accord V6 isn't that fast, but regardless, the Model S has appeal due to the brand name and the looks and top trim performance.  I am not comparing the Bolt to the Model S, I am just saying the Bolt isn't that good looking of a car, which I think will hurt sales.  It isn't a spacious crossover either, the people spending $35-40k on vehicles have a dozen crossovers to pick from, that will look better and do a lot of things better than a Bolt does.

    What Tesla did was make a car that looks as good as any of the competitors, better than any Lexus or the Panamera, it has more cargo space than a 5-series or Lexus LS460 or Panamera or Ghibli, and the Model S is faster than all those cars too in a similar price bracket.  The Model S isn't selling because just because it electric, it is selling because it is better than many of the competitors cars.

     

    Bolt shoppers can get an MKC, Envision, Edge, Tiguan, GLA, X1, Q3, Q5, 3-series, Lexus NX, RDX, Q50, QX30, QX50, CX-9, Volvos, Subarus, etc.  There is a ton to pick from in the $30-40k range, the Bolt can't beat the field on looks, performance and cargo/passenger space like Tesla does with the Model S.

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    Bolt is really growing on me. Saw a test one shooting down 1-94...and it does catch your eye.. Having a 210 in my garage would make this an easy choice....

     

    A base one is very tempting indeed....

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    On 9/13/2016 at 7:18 PM, smk4565 said:

    The Accord V6 isn't that fast, but regardless, the Model S has appeal due to the brand name and the looks and top trim performance.  I am not comparing the Bolt to the Model S, I am just saying the Bolt isn't that good looking of a car, which I think will hurt sales.  It isn't a spacious crossover either, the people spending $35-40k on vehicles have a dozen crossovers to pick from, that will look better and do a lot of things better than a Bolt does.

    What Tesla did was make a car that looks as good as any of the competitors, better than any Lexus or the Panamera, it has more cargo space than a 5-series or Lexus LS460 or Panamera or Ghibli, and the Model S is faster than all those cars too in a similar price bracket.  The Model S isn't selling because just because it electric, it is selling because it is better than many of the competitors cars.

     

    Bolt shoppers can get an MKC, Envision, Edge, Tiguan, GLA, X1, Q3, Q5, 3-series, Lexus NX, RDX, Q50, QX30, QX50, CX-9, Volvos, Subarus, etc.  There is a ton to pick from in the $30-40k range, the Bolt can't beat the field on looks, performance and cargo/passenger space like Tesla does with the Model S.

    While ignoring that Tesla has a $35K competitor coming out eventually that also looks kind of fugly. 

    And all those cars you mention at the end run on gas. Knowing that and willfully ignoring that, as you are here, is just silly to the pointless of sadness. This is by far the best option for the EV crowd right now. If you want an EV and want a nice range (both of which the Bolt offers), there simply is no better choice right now. 

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    4 hours ago, surreal1272 said:

    While ignoring that Tesla has a $35K competitor coming out eventually that also looks kind of fugly. 

    And all those cars you mention at the end run on gas. Knowing that and willfully ignoring that, as you are here, is just silly to the pointless of sadness. This is by far the best option for the EV crowd right now. If you want an EV and want a nice range (both of which the Bolt offers), there simply is no better choice right now. 

    How big is the EV crowd?   My point is the Model S is better than many of its gas counterparts.  Is the Bolt better than most gas cars at $35k?

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    11 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    How big is the EV crowd?   My point is the Model S is better than many of its gas counterparts.  Is the Bolt better than most gas cars at $35k?

    It's alot better at not burning gas than all of them.... And there is a market for cars like that.

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    Nissan sold 17,500 Leafs last year, BMW sold 11,000 i3's.  That is about the size of the EV market for this price point. It is less than 50,000 cars a year, vs how many million gas cars are sold between $30-45k?  Bolt has to steal sales from gas burners, therefore it has to be better than gas burners, at least some of them. 

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    49 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Nissan sold 17,500 Leafs last year, BMW sold 11,000 i3's.  That is about the size of the EV market for this price point. It is less than 50,000 cars a year, vs how many million gas cars are sold between $30-45k?  Bolt has to steal sales from gas burners, therefore it has to be better than gas burners, at least some of them. 

    Both of those cars have less than half the range of the Bolt.  Even if you get the regenerator on the i3, the range is pitifully small, 100 miles even when using gasoline. 

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