Chevrolet Bolt EV News

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

    With a base price of $37,495 and an EPA-rated range of 238 miles, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has no real direct competition at the moment. All other electric cars in its price bracket offer substantially lower ranges, while the 200-mile luxury electric cars sold by Tesla now start at $75,000. Just seven states into the Bolt EV's nationwide rollout, one side effect of that is that prices are variable as dealers try to read the market. DON'T MISS: Chevrolet Bolt EV: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2017 (Nov 2016) The Bolt EV is being discounted by some dealers, and marked up by others...

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    Has GM really 'already lost' the electric-car race to Tesla?

    Lots of people like horse races, win-or-lose competitions, and rankings. They're easy to understand, and definitive. They may also lose the forest for the trees, which is what we're tempted to suggest about a new article that addresses the launch of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. GM's...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016
    Chevy Bolt EV tested by Tesla Model S owner: his assessment

    Fleeing my home in New York’s Hudson Valley for California during February and March has a number of charms. Currently at the top of the list: reading about Winter Storm Stella while watching the surfers at Rincon Beach. For electric-car nuts like me, however, there’s another California...

  • Doug Kerr, daughter Andie Kerr, fiancee Barbara Gleason; Fiat 500e, Ford Focus Electric, Fiat 500e
    Why I canceled my Chevy Bolt EV electric-car order: a reader explains

    The advent of affordable 200-mile electric cars promises to increase public acceptance of cars with plugs—or at least that's the hope of both carmakers and advocates. The first of those, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, is now entering the market, state by state, to great acclaim. But not every...

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    Chevy Bolt EV, Hyundai Ioniq show slow, confusing state of 'fast' charging today

    When you drive into a U.S. gas station to pump gas, every pump works exactly the same way. The only choice to make is which grade of gasoline you want. If you want diesel fuel, of course, you may have to find one of the six out of 10 stations that offer it. DC fast charging for electric cars isn't...

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    Five electric-car questions to worry about this year

    It seems fair to say that the new presidential administration may have increased the generalized level of worry among many Americans, not to mention the rest of the world. Among the things to worry about are the future of incentives, infrastructure, and legislation encouraging the adoption of...

  • Owner Dawn Hall before 800-mile road trip in 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car

    With about twice the range of any non-Tesla electric car, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has generated a great deal of excitement and won numerous awards over the last year. In combination with a nascent DC fast-charging infrastructure, it offers the possibility of much longer road trips powered solely by grid electricity. One early Bolt EV owner is Dawn Hall, of San Jose, California, who has already taken an 800-mile road trip in her electric car—and written about it exclusively in this report. What follows are her words, edited by Green Car Reports for comprehension, style, and length...

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    'Thousands' of self-driving Bolt EVs to be deployed next year: report

    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a crucial car for General Motors in more ways than one. With an EPA-rated 238-mile range and $37,495 base price (before federal, state, and local incentives), the Bolt EV considered a groundbreaking electric-car game changer. But the Chevy hatchback is also GM's main...

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    GM's Maven car-sharing adds Chevy Bolt EV electric cars (in LA)

    With the 238-mile Chevy Bolt EV electric car now in its third month of sales and rolling out to additional states every month, the industry is focused on its sales numbers. Retail buyers have asked to what degree GM's plans to dedicate a number of the early Bolt EVs to its Maven car-sharing service...

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    Chevy Bolt EV electric range: can 238 miles stretch to 300 miles?

    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has an official EPA-rated range of 238 miles per charge on the combined test cycle. That gives it the longest range of any electric car currently on sale in the U.S. that isn't a Tesla, at a base price around half that of the least-expensive model from the Silicon Valley...

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    Chevy Bolt EV is basis for 'huge range of electric cars': GM CEO Mary Barra

    It's common practice in the industry for automakers to base multiple different models on the same basic platform or architecture. This allows them to amortize the development costs of new platforms across a wider range of products. It also means that two seemingly dissimilar models—such as a...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San Francisco
    GM releases second Chevy Bolt EV autonomous driving video

    The Chevrolet Bolt EV may very well turn out to be a game-changing electric car in more ways than one. With an EPA-rated 238-mile range and a base price of $37,495, the Bolt EV has the potential to appeal to a much broader range of customers than previous electric cars. At the same time, it's also...

  • John and Mimi Porter of San Diego, California, with their new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, in Feb 2017

    As the first mass-priced electric car with more than 200 miles of range to hit the market, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has attracted a great deal of attention. It's won numerous awards, including the Green Car Reports 2017 Best Car To Buy title, and received rave reviews from a wide variety of media outlets. But what do actual owners think? DON'T MISS: Chevrolet Bolt EV: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2017 While Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, Science Guy Bill Nye, and probably other celebrities have now taken delivery of their Bolt EVs, we wanted to hear from regular owners. Enter John and...

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    Strong demand for Opel Ampera-e in Norway moves up launch date

    Just as the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car is launching in North America, its European cousin is beginning deliveries across the Atlantic. In Europe, General Motors markets the U.S.-built Bolt EV as virtually identical Opel Ampera-e under its German Opel brand. An example of what is known in...

  • Bill Nye in new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Jan 2017 [photo: Oskar Liners, Community Chevrolet, Burbank]
    Science Guy Bill Nye buys Chevy Bolt EV, his seventh electric car

    Bill Nye, better known as "The Science Guy" on the popular PBS children's series that bears his name, loves electric cars. He drove one of only a few hundred original GM EV1 two-seat electric cars almost 20 years ago. Three weeks ago, he took delivery of a brand-new "Kinetic Blue" 2017 Chevrolet...

  • First 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV in Canada (photo by owner Joe Winkfein)
    First Chevy Bolt EV electric car delivered to Canadian buyer

    Following its launch last month in California's Silicon Valley, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is now rolling out in other regions of North America. Just last week, the first Chevrolet Bolt EV to be sold in Canada was delivered to its buyer. It proved to be a somewhat drawn-out process overseen by a...

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    How to figure out if your local Chevy dealer carries the Bolt EV electric car

    The first few Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars were delivered in California's Silicon Valley more than a month ago, marking the start of what will be a nationwide rollout. Electric-car advocates and buyers outside the Golden State are eager to know exactly when the 238-mile electric hatchback will...

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    When can I buy a Chevy Bolt EV electric car? See state-by-state schedule

    Last month, the first Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars were sold in California's Silicon Valley. Electric-car advocates and buyers across the U.S. now want to know when they too can expect to take delivery of their 238-mile electric hatchbacks. And as numerous comments and e-mails from readers...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

    Media days at the Detroit Auto Show always open with the announcement of the year's North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, and this year is no exception. But green-car enthusiasts had a special reason to follow this year's awards, now broken into three categories: car, truck, and utility vehicle. That was the chance that a battery-electric car, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, would be dubbed the North American Car of the Year—an award that doesn't often go to "green" vehicles. DON'T MISS: Chevrolet Bolt EV: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2017 This morning, the winners were...

  • Steve Wozniak and a Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Woz is getting a Chevy Bolt EV after all; it arrives today

    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak bought a Chevrolet Bolt EV to use as his "main car."

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    Electric cars lead to carmaker job cuts: new flashpoint?

    It takes people to make cars: to lift and install parts, check quality, test-drive them after assembly, and so forth. Automation has eliminated many of the jobs performed by humans a century ago on the Ford Model T line, and made the rest much less physically punishing for line workers. But...

  • Steve and Janet Wozniak with new 2016 Tesla Model S, December 2016  [source: Steve Wozniak Facebook]
    Woz got a Tesla, not a Chevy Bolt EV: Supercharging may be why

    In September, Chevy scored quite a publicity coup for its Bolt EV long-range electric car. The car's chief engineer, Josh Tavel, took a pre-production 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV to show Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple Computers—universally known as "Woz." He's a big electric car fan, and had...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype
    Electric Chevy Bolt EV will be GM's first autonomous car

    Prototype autonomous versions of the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car will test on public roads in Michigan.

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    Chevy Bolt EV will offer AeroVironment charging station

    AeroVironment charging stations will be sold through Chevrolet dealers for the Bolt EV.