5 Things About the New Bolt That May Surprise You
The newest addition to the Chevrolet lineup has the whole world buzzing, and one technology company shaking in its all-electric booties. The 2017 Chevy Bolt represents so much more than a car with alternative propulsion technology – it symbolizes a shift in the electric vehicle segment. Up until this point, high quality all-electric cars were reserved for the elite members of America, who could shell out close to $100,000 as a way to get around town on the cheap. As impressive and as well equipped as those vehicles are, they were not accessible to the average driver. While affordably priced hybrid vehicles have been sold at car dealerships for nearly a decade, the elusive budget-friendly all-electric vehicle has been noticeably absent from the mainstream automotive market – until now.
Chevy Breaks the Mold with the 2017 Bolt
Chevrolet is the all-American brand that strives to represent all Americans. While other automotive brands have been busy fussing over the few percent of car buyers who can buy an $80,000 all-electric car without blinking an eye, the bowtie brand has kept the rest of America in mind.
Rumors regarding a long-range all-electric model from Chevy have been swirling for quite some time now. The brand finally broke its silence and calmed the eager nerves of anxious buyers when it unveiled the new 2017 Chevy Bolt at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. At that point in time, the Bolt was merely a concept, but it represented a promise that Chevrolet intended to keep. Close to one year later, Chevy introduced the production-ready Bolt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January of 2016. Since that day, the Bolt has been exceeding expectations around every corner, and is finally making its way into dealerships here in the United States.
5 Things You Should Know About the Chevy Bolt
The 2017 Bolt is currently being delivered to California and Oregon, while the rest of the country will have the opportunity to purchase the all-electric car sometime early next year. As we patiently await its arrival, here are some facts about the Chevy Bolt that are worth knowing. Whether you have heard them before or not, each one represents an incredible certainty about the Bolt that is causing premium brands like Tesla to quiver in fear.
- It’s Affordable: Not only is the 2017 Chevy Bolt affordable, it is the most affordable all-electric car ever produced. With a starting MSRP of just $37,495, buyers will end up paying just shy of $30,000 after federal and state tax credits. While Tesla has plans to release its more affordable Model 3 sometime in the next year, the brand’s least expensive offering at the moment is the Model S, which comes at a cost of around $70,000 before tax incentives. As much as Tesla hopes that buyers will wait out the arrival of its Model 3, it seems that the Chevy Bolt is providing more than enough intrigue and value to snag some of the premium brand’s buyers.
- It’s Got Incredible Range: The first electric cars to hit the market were incredibly limiting. With small range capabilities, drivers found themselves unable to venture too far from a trusted power source. With the new Chevrolet Bolt, all of that changes. With an all-electric range of 238 miles, the Bolt can go farther than even Chevy originally predicted. Part of the reason why the Bolt earned the coveted title of Car of the Year from Motor Trend, is because of its outstanding range capability. While Tesla has not released its more affordable Model 3 to the public just yet, the company has reported that the car will max out at a range of just 215 miles. With the Chevy Bolt’s 238 mile range, drivers can now confidently venture outside of their comfort zones, with complete peace of mind that they can arrive at their destinations, and get home without running out of charge.
- It’s Award Winning: Even before the Bolt was delivered to its first few owners, the all-electric car had already gained global attention and a slew of awards to match. Perhaps the most impressive accolade that the Bolt has managed to tuck into its trophy case thus far is Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award. Beating out the Tesla Model S, and a long list of other highly impressive cars, the Bolt was the clear choice of industry judges and automotive experts.
- It’s Surprisingly Capable: While all-electric vehicles are known for their exceptional ability to save drivers from fuel costs, what they aren’t always known for is power and performance. The 2017 Bolt may not be breaking any records in this department, but it is certainly holding its own when it comes to capability. With an estimated 200 horsepower rating and 294 lb.-ft. of torque, the Chevy Bolt offers more power and performance than many gasoline cars in the same size category. The new Bolt is capable of jogging briskly from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 91 miles per hour. Not too shabby for a compact car without an actual gasoline engine, and has more than enough power to impress the most renowned experts in the industry.
- It’s Got an Impressive Amount of Interior Space: The 2017 Chevy Bolt may not be able to haul large pieces of furniture or be the top choice for helping your neighbor move across town, but it is more impressive in the cargo capacity area than many other similarly-sized cars. With a maximum cargo capacity of 16.9 cubic-feet, General Motors has claimed that the Bolt is twice as big on the inside, as it is on the outside. With enough space to seat five passengers comfortably, the 2017 Bolt is more accommodating than it lets on. The hatchback design includes a flat cargo floor, so that large items can be loaded and unloaded with ease. Simply put, there is no other car on the road with as much space and all-electric range, as the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.
The Chevy Bolt is starting to arrive at dealerships on the West Coast, and should make its way to the Northeast states by the beginning of next year. Keep checking back for more information about the Bolt’s arrival at DePaula Chevrolet, and find out how you can secure your very own model as soon as its released.