Time to Bolt
While Tesla continues to invent and engineer cutting-edge electric vehicles, they are often in an unreachable price range for many. And, while the Tesla’s Model 3 has made many headlines with its technological advances and competitively comparable price point, GM’s latest triumph, the Chevorlet Bolt EV (or Chevy Bolt, for short), has been making some serious waves. Priced at around $30,000 (post tax-credit), the Bolt can drive over 320 km (200 miles) on a single battery charge.
Production of the Chevy Bolt began in October of 2016 and has been taking away some (well, quite a bit) of the limelight from the Model 3. Now, the Model 3 already has 400,000 preorders and is bound to be a massive success. However, the specs of the Chevy Bolt are impressing many.
Named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 2017, the Chevy Bolt is more than just an affordable alternative. The comfortable compact vehicle can go from 0-97 kph (0-60 mph) in just over 6 seconds. And, while that is slower than all of the Tesla vehicles currently on the market, it is fast enough for the average car owner.
GM has also included OnStar 4G LTE connectivity in the Chevy Bolts. They also plan to equip the electric car with Cruise Automation’s experimental self-driving technology (to what extent it has not been made clear).
Despite whether the GM or Tesla vehicle “wins” (though most are certain that the Bolt will not outsell the Model 3), this surge in electric vehicles is a good sign. As climate change becomes an ever-growing reality, it is imperative that we lessen and eventually cut our dependence on fossil fuels. And, while a lot of electricity is still produced using coal, renewable energy sources are becoming more feasible and powerful by the day. And so, as the technology for renewable energy resources advances, it is a hopeful thing to see, similarly, a rise in the production of electric vehicles.