When it comes to mass-marketing of electric vehicles, mileage counts. The more miles per charge, the less range anxiety potential customers tend to feel. For those who can’t afford or need more versatility and capacity than an expensive all-electric car such as the Tesla Model S and want a little more than a range of about 100 miles per charge, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt offers an immediate opportunity to go all-electric.

With the announcement that the affordable electric Chevy Bolt achieves an EPA-estimated 238 miles on a single charge, a figure that will appear on the window sticker of the Bolt when it goes on sale later this year, General Motors is getting out a year ahead of the Tesla Model 3 – and with more estimated range. The Tesla Model 3 isn’t due out until late 2017 and estimated range is 215 miles.

With the just-released price of $37,495 for the well-equipped 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, consumers will wind up paying just under $30,000 ($29,995) after a potential federal tax credit of $7,500.

Tesla Model 3 - Photo credit: Tesla Motors

Tesla Model 3 – Photo credit: Tesla Motors

In contrast, the Tesla Model 3 will carry a starting price at $35,000 before any tax credits, which would put the 215-mile-range Model 3 below the Chevy Bolt’s starting price.

It should be noted that Chevrolet also sells the Volt plug-in hybrid, which has a range of 53 miles on all-electric power and a total range of up to 420 miles when the gasoline-powered generator begins powering the battery.

Range for other electric vehicles currently in the market:

  • BMS i3 – 114 miles
  • Fiat 500e – 84 miles
  • Ford Focus electric – 76 miles
  • Nissan Leaf SV – 107 miles
  • Volkswagen eGolf – 83 miles

As it stands now, the 238-mile range of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt puts the vehicle smack in the consideration set for consumers looking for an affordable EV with a range that’s comfortable enough to handle daily driving.

Chevrolet Bolt custom-fit charging: Photo courtesy Chevrolet

Chevrolet Bolt custom-fit charging: Photo courtesy Chevrolet

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Details

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will be offered in LT and Premier models. The starting price on the LT model is $37,495.

The LT will include a rear vision camera, 10.2-inch diagonal color touch screen, electronic precision shift and Michelin® self-sealing tires.

The Premier model of the Bolt features surround vision, rear camera mirror, and heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Chevrolet’s website says that the Bolt’s estimated 238-mile range on a single charge is five times the amount needed for the average 40-mile commute.

Safety features include 10 airbags standard, and available front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, side blind zone alert, and rear cross-traffic alert.


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