The two biggest factors holding back electric cars are price and driving range – fortunately, Chevrolet just solved both problems wth one vehicle. Meet the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV – a next-gen electric car that goes over 200 miles on a single charge, costs under $30,000, and could very well be the first electric car for the masses. The 2017 Bolt is set to hit the streets later this year – will it kick off an electric vehicle revolution?
While many electric car owners aspire to get their hands on the Tesla Model S, the reality is that until the Model 3 arrives, Tesla’s current sedan is priced far out of reach for most buyers. On the other hand, there are other electric car options, but because most only having a driving range of about 80 miles on a single charge, they aren’t really viable for most people. Enter the 2016 Chevy volt: the first electric car for the masses.
The 2017 Bolt is a technological feat – so Chevy has chosen to unveil the production version of the vehicle at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Chevy gave us a preview of the Bolt exactly a year ago at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and now we have our first look at the production version. Overall the 2017 Bolt’s styling is pretty close to the concept version, with some of the bigger changes happening to the front and rear of the EV.
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Inside the Bolt’s interior has room for up to five passengers and 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, which is more than the BMW i3. The interior also features a “floating” instrument panel with a large 10.2-inch touch control screen and a bright color palette that emphasizes the open passenger environment.
As of right now, Chevy is hoping to start production of the Bolt EV by the end of this year, which is when we should also know the official pricing and performance specs.
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