Chevy may have finally done what automakers have been trying (and failing) to do for decades—create an electric vehicle that’s practical, fun to drive, and affordable.
The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV checks off all those boxes and achieves much more, providing a comfortable and safe automobile for consumers. The root of the vehicle’s success, however, is its quick-charging capability, which makes it a more viable vehicle for consumers.
The key limitations that have held back electric car technology have been limited range and slow charging times. What possible use is a vehicle that can only go 90 miles between charging and which takes 24 hours to charge? The Bolt has a greater range and can charge much more quickly than its predecessors.
The Chevy Bolt EV has a 60-kWh battery and a range of 200 miles. The Bolt offers four charging options: You can plug the vehicle into a regular household outlet which charges about four miles of range per hour, you can plug into a 240 volt/32 amp connection that provides 25 miles of range per hour, and owners can also use DC Fast Charging Stations that can provide 90 miles of range in 30 minutes.
The 240-volt option is pretty practical for most Bolt owners who can plug the vehicle into special outlets in their garage or outside their home, allowing them to charge their vehicle each night for the next day’s commute. DC Fast Charging Stations are becoming increasingly common in urban areas throughout the country, and they provide a faster charging solution.
Another neat feature of the Bolt is its Regen on Demand mode, which causes the car to slow down and come to a complete stop when a driver takes their foot off the accelerator. Energy created from slowing the vehicle down generates energy that’s transferred to the battery, extending vehicle range.
Manufacturers estimate that the Bolt can save consumers about $1,400 in fuel each year. Thanks to the increased range and quicker charging times, the Bolt offers consumers a truly viable electric automobile.
Pricing & Features
Unlike other electric cars, the Bolt is a very affordable product. The starting price for a new Bolt is around $37,495, but a federal tax credit lowers that price to $29,995.
The Bolt has many great features that would make it an excellent choice even if it were a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle. The four-door hatchback comes standard with 17-inch wheels and Michelin self-sealing tires, a backup camera, keyless ignition and opening, a 10.2-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, HID headlamps, and more.
The Bolt produces a surprising amount of get-up and go. The vehicle can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
Consumers searching for an eco-friendly American-made automobile can find Bolts and fuel-efficient traditional gasoline vehicles at Community Chevrolet of Spencer. Community Chevrolet of Spencer’s sales and finance staff can help consumers find the best values on new and pre-owned vehicles, including the Bolt, making the dealership the right choice for Spencer auto buyers. Call today 812-829-4843.