The range of electric cars have been steadily improving over the past few years, and we are now at a point where a small electric hatchback like the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV can deliver a range of 238 miles (383 km). This EPA-estimated range gives the Bolt user enough peace of mind to almost venture out of the city, but still not very far.
It is great that the range these EVs are capable of is getting better and better, but the improvement comes at a cost. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, for instance, starts at $37,500 which is a lot, even after taking into account the $7,500 federal tax credit. It is especially a lot when you realize that as a hatchback the Bolt is actually no better or worse than a 17 grand car. On the upside, this thing does help you reduce your carbon foot print which, if you live somewhere like L.A., is considered cool and helps you get more tail. So it’s not all bad.
Chevy Bolt EV will go on sale towards the end of 2016.
“While range is important, we knew Bolt EV owners would want more — more space and more power — and the Bolt EV delivers,” said Bolt EV Chief Engineer Josh Tavel. “Our team took special pride in optimizing every aspect of this vehicle, especially its impressive range and ride dynamics.”