For most consumers, the thought of owning an electrical vehicle has been uncharted territory because of various kinds of concerns regarding functionality, pricing as well as range limitations. There are many automakers who have tried to deliver a mainstream electric vehicle but in recent years, that idea seems to have fallen flat.
Therefore, EVs were struggling in an otherwise robust market. During CES Las Vegas, the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt was revealed by General Motors.
This is an electric vehicle that has been designed to deliver the development team’s mission. This meant engineering the new EV in order to crack the mainstream consumer code.
There are various areas in which the earlier EVs had to compromise and these included competitive pricing, engaging performance along with seamless connectivity options. Thankfully, the Bolt eliminates any form of worrisome situations that are associated with battery-powered vehicles.
The Bolt is manufactured in Orion Township, Michigan and according to GM’s estimates, it has a range of more than 200 miles and furthermore, it comes with multiple charging options from a 60kWh rechargeable energy storage system.
Besides the standard 120 volt system, the options further included in Bolt are a 240V system and this provides an average range of around 25 miles an hour. Meanwhile, the SAE Combo DC Fast Charge generates 90 miles of range in 30 minutes.
Presently, national gas prices are hovering around $2 a gallon a range for about 200 miles and this further helps the cause. At the same time, competitive pricing is also a factor to be considered.
The Bolt is quite well under the average new car transaction price since it is priced as low as $30,000.
A car can be great when it comes to range and affordability but it means nothing if the vehicle isn’t going to excite you whenever you have the opportunity of getting behind the wheel, as noted by Josh Tavel, chief engineer of Chevrolet Bolt EV.
The car does manage to impress in terms of functions, capability as well as responsiveness. The single high capacity electric motor on the Bolt can produce up to 266 lb.-ft. of torque and 200 HP, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of less than seven seconds and a top speed of 91 mph, which is much more than just impressive for an EV.
The interiors in this five-person crossover are quite spacious and it also comes with 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space located behind the rear seats. It is much more when the rear seats are folded down but the exact number is yet to be confirmed by GM.
The all-electric Chevrolet Bolt made its debut at CES Las Vegas recently and a lot of details have emerged since then. After production begins this fall, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is expected to go on sale nationwide and furthermore, it will have a top speed of 91mph while accelerating from 0 to 60 in under seven seconds.
These along with other facts were revealed by General Motors about Chevrolet’s answer to the BMW i3. The fully electric vehicles comprise of only a small part of the overall car market and a lot of them are sold at losses as so-called compliance vehicles.
In other words, they are produced in order to meet with the emission standards which keep getting stricter in developed markets all over the world.