Chevrolet Bolt EV News

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

    Year-end roundups are an unavoidable necessity of the media business. They let editors and writers opine, and they fill space when there may be little real news. They also serve the more valuable function of forcing a longer-term perspective on the hundreds of news items a month that flow through any given writer's feeds. DON'T MISS: Tesla Model 3: impressions of a BMW i3 driver (and reservation holder) We'll offer our own assessment of the year's most important green-car news story in a few days. But we decided we'd poll our Twitter followers to get their views, offering up four major...

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    What was the most important green-car story of 2017? Take our Twitter poll

    Lists, news roundups, and general reflections are the usual order of business as a calendar year comes to a close. We've published more than 1,600 green-car news stories so far during 2017, and it's proven to be quite a year. In the car market at large, the most notable trend was a continued move...

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    Four of Wards' Top 10 Engines are actually electric or electrified powertrains

    The industry trade journal WardsAuto has been giving out "Best Engine" awards for 24 years now, and this year's list includes some interesting choices. For starters, there are no engines from German manufacturers on the list: The sole luxury recipients this year are Infiniti and Jaguar. But more...

  • First 2018 Nissan Leaf produced at assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, Dec 2017
    Could Tennessee top Michigan in U.S. electric-car production (if not California)?

    Today, battery-electric cars are built in volume at only three locations across the entire United States. Tesla builds its three different electric models in Fremont, California; the new 2018 Nissan Leaf has just gone into production in Smyrna, Tennessee; and the Chevrolet Bolt EV is built at the...

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    Electric car buyers' struggle: practicality vs luxury, Chevy vs Tesla

    Competition for the title of most popular electric car has sparked a long and highly charged race between Tesla and Chevrolet. Though these brands offer vastly different versions of electric vehicles, they seem to be the two dominating electric vehicle sales in 2017. Reports show that top monthly...

  • GM Cruise Automation self-driving Bolt EV
    What's a self-driving Chevy Bolt EV electric car like to ride in? Jerky, says one report

    While such autonomous players as Uber, Tesla, and Waymo have already opened their car doors to the public, GM's autonomous subsidiary Cruise Automation has held its cards close to its vest. This past week, the Detroit-based automaker and Silicon Valley-based subsidiary allowed select members of the...

  • GM Cruise Automation self-driving Bolt EV

    General Motors officials made a bold announcement on a Thursday conference call with investors: the automaker plans to launch commercial autonomous fleet operations beginning in 2019. The Detroit-based automaker's vision for commercial, autonomous ride sharing will begin with self-driving Bolt EV robo-taxis operating in dense urban areas in multiple cities. “If we continue on our current rate of change we will be ready to deploy this technology, in large scale, in the most complex environments, in 2019,” said GM President Dan Ammann on the conference call. DON'T MISS: Self-driving...

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    2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV preview

    The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car is now arriving at Chevy dealers with no major changes—though drivers may find the heated steering wheel now turns itself on and off. Otherwise, the deletion of the map pocket on the back of the passenger seat from the 2LT trim level is the sole other...

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    2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV: minimal changes, same range and price

    With sales of the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car rising every month, shoppers are inevitably curious about any changes to the Bolt for the 2018 model year, its second. Now the information is out, and buyers will find the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is virtually the same car as the 2017 model—with...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf, Denver, Colorado, Mar 2016  [photo: owner Andrew Ganz]
    Old Nissan Leaf vs new Chevrolet Bolt EV: owners weigh in

    Sometimes, the best information comes straight from the horseless carriage-owner’s mouth. If you want to learn just how good or bad an electric vehicle is, it makes sense to ask people who live with and drive them every day. READ THIS: 2018 Nissan Leaf squares off against 2018 Chevrolet Bolt...

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    Don't be fooled: only some electric cars are sold nationwide, even now

    Almost seven years after modern electric cars entered the mass market, there are now more than two dozen battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models on sale in the U.S. But that impressive number shouldn't disguise a fundamental truth about those vehicles: only about half of them are widely...

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    Costco members now get GM Supplier Pricing on Chevy Bolt EV, Volt

    Costco members in the market for a new vehicle now have a new round of incentives to consider as they head into the final car-buying months of 2017. Specifically, shoppers interested in a General Motors vehicle will discover Supplier Pricing on nearly every car—including the Chevrolet Bolt EV...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017

    OK, now the 2018 Nissan Leaf has made its debut, and we know the prices, specifications, and standard and optional features of the updated electric car with a projected 150 miles of range. Deliveries of the 2018 Leaf will start early next year, but meanwhile the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has been on sale throughout the U.S. since the end of July and its monthly sales figures are climbing. Then there's the Tesla Model 3, which began deliveries in low volumes in July. DON'T MISS: 2018 Nissan Leaf review Production of Tesla's least-expensive electric car is expected to ramp up continuously in the...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016
    Chevy Bolt EV, Sonic, Bolt, Sonic: GM mingles gas, electric cars on same assembly line

    General Motors didn't have to construct an all-new assembly plant to build its affordable, mass-market Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. In fact, it produces the electric car at the existing Orion assembly plant in Michigan, which opened in 1983. That's not the most interesting aspect of Bolt EV...

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    2017 electric cars with more than 100 miles of range (updated)

    These are the 2017 electric cars with more than 100 miles of range.

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016
    2017 Chevy Bolt EV battery may fail due to faulty cell; new pack needed for a few GM electric cars (updated)

    General Motors has informed "a few hundred" owners of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars that their cars could suffer from a problem with the lithium-ion battery pack that could cause it to fail without warning. The cars were among the very earliest Bolt EVs produced for public sale, so are...

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    Chevy Bolt EV vs Tesla's Model 3, Model S: CNET, Consumer Reports compare electric cars

    Five years ago, the only true battery-electric cars on the market were the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf, while the Chevrolet Volt offered a plug-in hybrid solution. A lot has changed since then, and choices for those interested in an electric car have become more abundant. Specifically, the...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3
    What car is closest Tesla Model 3 competitor? Poll results

    Much of the electric-car world is waiting to see how quickly production of the Tesla Model 3 will ramp up over the balance of this year. Will it reach the remarkable level of 5,000 cars per week by December 31 that CEO Elon Musk has set as a goal? Analysts and industry commentators are skeptical...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

    The electric car that became the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV reset industry norms overnight when it was unveiled as a concept car at the 2015 Detroit auto show. The most important parts wasn't the car's shape, or its interior space, or hatchback configuration: it was the combination of price (below $40,000 before incentives) and range (200 miles or more). Today, monthly sales of the 238-mile, $37,500 Bolt EV are growing steadily, and its two main competitors are either still entering production (Tesla Model 3) or about to be launched (2018 Nissan Leaf). DON'T MISS: Is this the country's first...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier and 2017 BMW i3 electric car, Aug 2017        [photo: Tom Moloughney]
    Chevy Bolt EV reviewed by BMW i3 driver: electric cars compared

    Owners of specific electric cars sometimes tend to become boosters and fans for their particular EV as well as plugging in to drive in general. So it was with Tom Moloughney, whose purchase of the very first 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car in the U.S. he wrote about for us three years...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV vs Lunar Rover
    Electric cars after 46 years: Chevy Bolt EV vs lunar rover

    President John F. Kennedy challenged the United States to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s, and the country's space agency met his challenge with five months to go. However, in 1971, NASA sent a remarkable piece of equipment into space with astronauts—the Lunar Rover—which...

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    Chevy Bolt EV user interface: reviewer calls it best of any electric car

    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is an amazing, long-range electric vehicle that won multiple awards for good reason. Driving the EV for an extended test for the first time, it’s obvious this is the future of driving. (Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently predicted that 50 percent of new cars will be...

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    All-electric Buick small SUV to be based on Bolt EV: report

    The Chevrolet Bolt EV, initially intended to be adapted from the next-generation Chevy Sonic subcompact, ended up with unique underpinnings designed solely for use as a battery-electric vehicle. Carmakers virtually never limit dedicated architectures to a single vehicle—they're simply too...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars outside dealership    [photo: Patrick Reid]
    Chevy Bolt EV plant shutdown extended, due to slow Sonic sales (updated)

    One of the biggest tests of an automaker's discipline is what it does when sales start to ebb and inventories of unsold cars swell. Does it keep the production lines churning, and dial up its incentives to keep new-vehicle deliveries flowing? Or does it prioritize profitability and suspend...