There is a lot of competition among car manufacturers to create the latest and greatest in green vehicles. As 2017 approaches, industry insiders and car enthusiasts alike have been awaiting the announcement by the Green Car Journal about which car would win the coveted Green Car of the Year for 2017. Valley Chevy in Spencer was thrilled to find out that the all-electric Bolt that will soon be on their lots was named Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Car Show.
Longest Driving Range of Electric Cars
Ron Cogan, publisher and editor of Green Car Journal announced, “From the time modern electric vehicles emerged in the 1990s, limited driving range has presented a core challenge to the commercialization of electric cars affordable to everyday driver. The Bolt overcomes that challenge with a 238-mile driving range, the first production electric car to achieve this milestone.”
There were 5 finalist vehicles competing in factors like efficiency, performance, affordability, environmental achievement, safety, and other categories. There are some luxury Tesla vehicles that go farther, but the key to this award is that the Bolt is a mass produced and affordable green vehicle. The starting price of $37,495 (not including the numerous tax credits) is about half the price of the Tesla Model S or Model X.
What’s So Good About the Bolt?
Besides the amazing driving range for an all-electric vehicle coupled with the relatively low price tag, there are many other features that will make this car fly off dealer’s lots.
- 10 airbags
- Self-sealing tires
- Rear vision camera
- Surround vision
- Rear camera mirror
- Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel
- Forward collision alert
- Front pedestrian braking
- Blind zone alert
- Rear cross traffic alert
Electric for Everyone!
The idea of a fully electric car that can be used as the main transportation for a family has long been a dream. Now that Chevy has introduced the Bolt, that dream is an affordable reality. There is no reason why new car buyers can’t afford to purchase a vehicle that is better for the environment.
The amount of competition in this segment means that prices will keep going down while features and performance go up. This recognition also opens the door for Chevrolet to integrate this all-electric technology into other models to provide more versatility for shoppers.
Many people have avoided hybrid and electric vehicles because they fear a loss of power, less speed, and, of course, shorter driving times. Now that there is so much competition to provide consumers with truly green vehicles that can be affordably used as daily drivers, there is no reason why everyone shouldn’t at least take a test drive and see what all the fuss is about.
Head over to Spencer Chevrolet and check out the 2017 Chevy Bolt or one of the other hybrid electric models we have in stock. You’ll be able to take a test drive and see how the cars really perform before you make a decision. We’re willing to bet that you’ll find that hybrid and all-electric vehicles give you all the performance you need for day-to-day driving and that the pricing meets your budget as well.