Chevrolet Bolt News
The media this week heaped much-deserved praise on General Motors for its new 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. The car was rated by the US Environmental Protection Agency for 238 miles of driving range on a single charge—handily surpassing GM’s long-held target of 200 miles. Yet, there are still obstacles to overcome.
Here's the first thing. Alan Batey, General Motors North America President, said the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will begin shipping to dealers in the fourth quarter. It had been previously reported that the Bolt would ship in October. Bolt has been in “pre-production” since about March. What else should you know?
Tesla is nearly two years away from selling its first relatively affordable model, and the first set of Model 3 units will likely be expensive upper-level variants with price tags well beyond the so-called affordable $35,000 range. In the meantime, now that we’re in the second half of 2016, you can start the six-month countdown to the truly affordable Chevy Bolt.
The unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week was widely viewed as a watershed event in the evolution of electric cars. It signaled the rapidly approaching availability of a $30,000 car that can provide 200 miles of driving range.
The once feverish news cycle for stories about electric cars has mostly subsided. But that’s starting to change with an emerging high-profile race for the first relatively affordable EV with 200 miles of driving range. The competition will pit old-school General Motors (and its Chevy Bolt) against iconoclastic Tesla (and the Model 3).
General Motors is fully committed to building a 200-mile all-electric vehicle. The company introduced the Chevrolet Bolt as a concept car at the Detroit auto show—and then, in a matter of about five weeks, took swift steps to “confirm production” of a car “based on” the concept.
With the recently unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt concept car—and quick replies from Nissan and Tesla—the race for an affordable long-range electric car reached a new level of competition. All three companies are targeting 200 miles on a single charge, thus establishing a new industry-wide target for a relatively affordable vehicle running solely on batteries.
General Motors today unveiled a new and improved version of Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid at the 2015 Detroit auto show. The second-generation Volt will travel about 50 miles purely on electricity stored in a new lighter 18.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack. That’s up from 38 miles in the 2015 Volt.
It’s been exciting to watch the release of one new plug-in model after the next. But the most promising developments could be just around the corner: new and improved second-generation battery-powered models, starting with the Volt.