National Drive Electric Week had its largest year yet in early September, logging over 200 events across the United States. However, one of the largest events was held in Los Angeles–which comes to no surprise, really, as California is one of the most receptive markets for electric cars. The LA event featured two new, unreleased vehicles: the 2016 Nissan Leaf, and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.
Electric cars are becoming more popular among drivers who want to do their part in being environmentally conscious, and vehicles like the Leaf and Bolt are helpful in reducing emissions. Every time an EV is bought, the air gets a little cleaner. And with new, longer ranges on our electric vehicles, EVs are slowly becoming more and more convenient.
The 2016 Nissan Leaf will have an unprecedented range of 107 miles. However, if buyers wait one more year for the 2016 Chevrolet Bolt, which was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this past January, they can get a 200 mile range for a base sticker price of $37,500. The two cars lured in over 800 test drives for National Drive Electric Week, despite the Los Angeles heat.
The Bowtie brand has come up with a new EV model that should knock Tesla off its perch atop the EV world. Chevy already has the Spark and Volt EVs in its lineup, but the new Chevrolet Bolt EV will bring Chevy’s EV technology to a bigger market than ever before. The Bolt started life as a concept, revealed just last month, and now is already slated for production to hit the market by 2017.
“The message from consumers about the Bolt EV concept was clear and unequivocal: Build it,” said Batey. “We are moving quickly because of its potential to completely shake up the status quo for electric vehicles.”
Here’s how the Bolt EV will shake up that status quo: it will have a 200 mile range, a starting price of $30,000, and more. Those numbers make it affordable and practical for people from coast-to-coast, not just in California.
Of course, there’s a whole lot we still don’t know when it comes to the Bolt EV, but we do know Chevrolet Bolt EV production will take place at the Orion Assembly facility in Detroit. We also know it will have several driving modes; it will work with DC fast charging technology; and, it will sport progressive and stylish design elements. Share your thoughts about the upcoming Bolt with us at College Chevrolet Buick.