Car & Driver’s list of the 10 Best Cars for 2017 only includes one electric vehicle, and that’s the Chevrolet Bolt.
The Bolt isn’t an excuse-free electric car, but it earns its place on the 10Best list by being the one that comes closest to rebutting two of the biggest criticisms that have been levied against the genre: expense and range.
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Welcome to the Chevy Bolt.org Forum! We hope you’ll take a minute to look around. Check our articles on the specifications of the Chevy Bolt and also the availability page.
If you are interested in the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, consider joining the forum – it only takes a minute to sign up! There are already many Bolt owners you can ask questions, or you can direct questions directly to a Chevrolet representative in the ‘Ask Chevrolet’ section.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is the first long range affordable electric car that is available worldwide (well, mostly). The Bolt has an EPA rated range of 238 miles on a single charge, and the 60 kWh battery pack can be fast-charged to 80% capacity in as little as 1 hour!
With a battery warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first), the Bolt is built to last and General Motors is committed to supporting it.
The Bolt.org electric motor is rated at 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, and can propel the Bolt from 0-60mph in less than 7 seconds.
Since first selling a handful of units in December 2016, the Chevrolet Bolt.org Forum has been tracking availability. The electric vehicle is now available in Norway since April 2017, in Canada since early 2017, and in the USA in California and Oregon, in New York, Massachussets, and Virginia with plans to be available nationwide by mid-2017.
GM’s North American President Alan Batey has confirmed that the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle will begin shipping to dealers in the fourth quarter of this year.
GM and Chevrolet have not yet released the vehicle’s expected range or price, so we still only know that it will have “more than 200 miles” range, and will be somewhere around $37,500 before incentives. Continue reading
GM will be sending the Bolt EV to Europe, but will sell it under the Opel brand, with the name Ampera-e. It’s name is a throwback to the Volt which was sold in Europe as the Opel Ampera.
The Opel Ampera-e will compete directly with the BMW i3, which is actually selling very well in Europe. Continue reading
Today, January 6th, is the day that GM set to unveil the Chevrolet Bolt EV in production form at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Yesterday, GM confirmed that the 200-mile 2016 Chevrolet Bolt EV would be available in ‘late 2016’. In an email sent out by GM yesterday to those that had expressed interest in the Bolt EV, there was a line attached that said “The all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will be available late 2016.”
Then, late last night, ahead of today’s reveal, CNET posted a video on YouTube of their test drive of the Bolt, and then quickly took it down, and then re-posted it this morning.
Next, details about the Bolt were leaked out ahead of today’s reveal at 1pm PST/4pm EST. Continue reading
Nissan’s corporate officer Hiroto Saikawa says that electric cars will ramp up to 5 percent of total vehicle sales somewhere around the year 2020. The enabling factor in the sales increase will be a breakthrough battery that permits a range of 200 miles, which Nissan will launch in the next few years.
Many are expecting that battery to be offered in a second-generation Nissan Leaf, which will likely be introduced as a 2017 or 2018 model.
However, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is set to launch before the end of 2016 and has a promised range of 200 miles, so will Nissan’s offering a year or two later be enough to keep their position as the world’s highest volume producer of electric cars?
There’s been a bunch of back and forth about the name of GM’s upcoming 200 mile electric vehicle. GM itself admitted there was confusion about the Bolt vs Volt naming, and wasn’t sure what to do.
Well, now it’s official. Chevrolet’s marketing boss Tim Mahoney has said “The decision is made. The name won’t be changed.” He even mentioned how synergies between the Bolt and Volt name can help with marketing, as everyone already knows the Volt is a Chevrolet.
Mahoney didn’t give any updates on the vehicle production schedule, so we’re still sticking to what we’ve been told – production for late 2017/early 2018.