Tesla has long touted their goal of bringing an electric car at a mass-market price. And while they’re still on track towards getting that done (two years was the last word), they’re, apparently, not going to be the first to market, with the 2017 Chevy Bolt slated to beat them soundly to the punch.
Starting at just $30,000 after federal incentives, the newly-unveiled compact four-seater puts affordability at the forefront, making it viable as an everyday car for a broad range of consumers. Even better, it retains the 200-mile range Chevy touted with last year’s original concept, ensuring a single full charge can see you through an entire day of driving in most situations.
Designed as a small crossover SUV, the 2017 Chevy Bolt optimizes space and legroom inside by mounting a flat battery pack underneath the floor and using thin sculpted backrests for the front seats. There are no specs available on the chassis or drivetrain yet, but the car will be getting plenty of tech to go with its all-electric credentials. The car, for instance, will use a variety of information in order to manage and predict its range, pulling data from the owner’s driving history, the current weather, the type of roads, and even the time of day, prompting the nav system to optimize its routes, as well as direct the driver to nearby charging stations, if necessary. Inside the cabin, drivers can enjoy a 10.2-inch flipboard-style touchscreen infotainment system, a wide-angle rear camera, WiFi hotspot, and a gamification feature that attaches a scoring system into individual driving styles. The battery requires nine hours of plugging in to acquire a full charge.
The 2017 Chevy Bolt is slated to go into production at the end of the year.