Chevy’s Electric Volt Rated for 383 KM Range on a Single Charge
Chevrolet has happily announced just how far it’s Bolt electric might go— the EPA has rated the Bolt for an estimated range of 383km on a single charge. For many commuters, that means the car will get them to and from work, with several errands in between before plugging the car in for the night. Of course, the grid you plug into makes a very large difference in how clean the technology really is.
But range is just one factor: “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.”
Chevrolet likes to call the plug-in Bolt the first affordable electric vehicle, though the distinction doesn’t mean much here in the Middle East where hybrids are still relatively novel. That said, GM would love to take Tesla down a peg or two in its home market, and it’s interesting to watch the technology progress. In the long run, electric cars are likely to have a greater presence in every car market, even our own.
Meanwhile, the car should appear in the US before too long: “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.”
Chevy says Bolt buyers in the States can expected to pay below $37,500, and may receive a tax credit that further lowers the expenditure by as much as $7500, putting the car close to Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3. GM set out to build an EV with ample range, cargo space, technology and safety features— it will be interesting to see how the buying public reacts. One thing Tesla has that will be difficult to replicate is the halo factor, the Silicon Valley carmaker has a bleeding edge appeal that 105 Chevy may find hard to match.