Chevy Dealerships See First Signs of Bolt EV Allocations
Back in October, a few Chevy car dealerships saw the release of Chevy’s 2017 Bolt. It’s now November, but have we finally learned when it’s going to be released to a few other states aside from California and Oregon? No. While that’s disappointing, at least we have a pretty good understanding of what the Bolt will offer. Even if Chevy is a little behind releasing the Bolt EV — for some of us — it’s totally going to be worth the wait. At just a quick glance, it’s apparent the Bolt EV is set at a very competitive and affordable price, and is going to be stiff competition thanks to its huge driving range and abundance of standard features alone.
Let’s take a closer look at the Bolt EV by recapping some information about why the Bolt EV was only released in California and Oregon, and take a look closer look at how the Bolt EV is going to beat a lot of the competition.
The October Release
Even though we are well into November, there is still no report of when the 2017 Bolt EV is going to be shipped to dealers for sale to the general public. This scenario might sound familiar to you, since Chevy did this with its Volt when it was first released back in 2010. Based on past experiences and the anticipation ramping up, I think it’s safe to guess we’ll see a public Bolt release sometime in early 2017. Chevy is hopeful about releasing it by the end of the year, but have expressed fear of some delays with the release of the model. In all honesty, everything is up in the air right now.
Why was it just released in California and Oregon, though? Because both are states that have Zero-Emission Vehicle Mandates. These mandates require any automaker selling a vehicle within that state to sell a certain percentage of zero-emission vehicles out of their total deliveries. Therefore, Chevy didn’t have a choice, and it makes sense to make California and Oregon its first wave of deliveries.
Any Other Delivery Destinations?
Unfortunately, no. Like I said above, we still aren’t fully confident of when or where the Bolt EV will next be shipped. But, we do know that it’s going to happen sometime soon. If California and Oregon were considered the first wave of sales, then the next waves have to crest sooner rather than later.
For those who do live in California or Oregon, GM is offering a sweet deal on a Bolt EV right now: 2.9% financing. If you couple that low APR with the affordable price tag and exceptional driving range of the new Bolt, it’s got to be one of the hottest selling electric vehicles in either of those two states right now.
A Quick Look at the New Bolt EV
I know, I keep teasing about all the great things featured on the 2017 Bolt EV without actually discussing them. To banish the suspense, I’ll jump right into talking about Chevy’s 2017 Bolt EV.
An Impressive EV, at an Affordable Price
For a starting MSRP of $37,495, the price of the new Bolt is competitive with the other EVs on the market, including the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV, and BMW i3. The best part? It beats all of these in electric driving range, including the Tesla Model S. Finally, it looks like someone is going to dethrone that company.
But, it has much more than just double the driving range of its fiercest competitors to make it a worthwhile purchase. Along with an abundance of features, it also has bonus points for being a hatchback, which proved an extremely popular style in 2016. It’s also compact, so it’s easy to maneuver in and out of tight spaces, perfect for the city, and still perfectly viable for those living in more rural areas.
Huge Driving Range
No, I’m not talking about a landscaped establishment to practice your golf game. I’m talking about the electric driving range this vehicle offers its carbon-footprint conscious driver. The upcoming Bolt reportedly gets an estimated 238 miles of all-electric range. Which is absolutely insane, considering Chevy’s 2017 Volt only gets 53 miles of all electric range, and 420 miles when combined with a gas generator.
The Bolt EV’s 200-horsepower electric motor is powered by a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, able to max out at an impressive 91 mph and reach 0-60 mph in a very quick time of less than seven seconds. Although this might seem surprising, bear in mind that the Bolt only weights 3,600 pounds. Therefore, it’s understandable that it has such a quick driving time, and gets impressive range from just one charge.
An Abundance of Features
Somehow, the Bolt EV doesn’t sacrifice anything in order to get that insane amount of driving range.
For example, a floating center-dash design houses a 10.2-inch touchscreen display, which is the main interface for navigation, audio, and other technology functions. A lot of electric vehicles skip out on a touchscreen in order to conserve battery power. But, Chevy figured out a workaround apparently.
The Bolt also comes out of the box with an above-average amount of standard features. The base LT model has 17-inch wheels, xenon headlights, keyless entry and start, remote start, automatic climate control, review camera, height adjustable front seats, and even the much-lauded Teen Driver and OnStar safety technologies. On the entertainment side of things, you’ll enjoy Chevy’s MyLink interface with Bluetooth connectivity for listening to music with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot if you want to run Pandora or Spotify. It’s all powered through a six-speaker audio system, that has two USB ports and satellite radio.
Remember — those are just a few standard features found on the entry level trim. I haven’t even gone into detail about the other trims yet, or the optional features and packages available. Combine the crazy amount of base-level features with a competitive price, and a driving range that’s double that of the competitors, and the electric-vehicle market is going to have a new front-runner for the 2017 model year — the Bolt EV.