Chevrolet has officially begun production of the 2017 Bolt electric vehicle, General Motors announced.
The EV was previewed back in January during the Consumer Electronics Show followed the North American International Auto Show where more details were revealed.
Chevrolet did not hold back in terms of performance for the 2017 Bolt EV despite it being propelled by electric motors. It boasts an all-electric range of 238 miles per full charge and an EPA fuel economy rating of 119 miles per gallon of gasoline for rural road trips. Further specs include an electric motor that delivers 200 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 30 mph in 2.9 seconds and up to 60 mph in under seven seconds. Top speed, on the other hand, is at 91 mph. Charging is also marketed to be a breeze with the possibility filling its battery to up to 80 percent in just an hour.
In terms of its place within the all-electric subcompact car market, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV’s price places it in the more affordable spectrum, making it easier for those who have been wanting to go green without having to break the bank. More often than not, EVs and hybrid cars pack a punch in terms of price tags which usually make them inaccessible for normal consumers. A good example is the Tesla Model S. Sure, the car has been hyped due to its performance but its cost automatically makes it exclusive to the higher class. On the other hand, those that are more reasonable priced like the Ford Focus Electric and the Nissan Leaf are lacking in terms of range.
The base price for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is at $37,495 but it can drop to as much as $30,000 following state and federal tax credits and rebates. Since mass production of the aforementioned vehicle has already started, General Motors is looking at the possibility of the car hitting the U.S. market by the end of 2016 while Canada is scheduled for an early 2017 launch.