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Chevy Bolt EV has 200HP and will race from 0-60 in under 7 seconds

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The Chevy Bolt EV, with its affordable $30,000 price tag was one of the stars of the most car-centric CES show ever.

Now Chevrolet has revealed the full spec sheet for this potentially game-changing 200-mile range fully electric auto.

Firstly, the Bolt EV will benefit from 200 horsepower and 266 foot-pounds of torque, giving it a top speed of 91mph. This allows it to travel from 0-30mph in 3 seconds and 0-60mph in just under 7 seconds.

As previously mentioned, the battery can last for 200 miles on a single charge, but will take 9 hours to completely replenish.

However, you can get 50 miles along the road in just two hours using a 240v power supply. Access to a DC Fast Charging power will achieve an 80 per cent charge in just an hour.

Showing off its new electric baby at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday, the company said the 60kWh lithium-ion battery weighs a whopping 960 pounds, which is probably around the same as 5 passengers, plus luggage.

The company says the battery, which is made up of 288 individual cells, will be positioned on the underside of the passenger compartment in order to help it achieve a lower centre of gravity.

Beyond the basics, there's all sorts of bells and whistles, including a 10.2-inch touchscreen in the centre console with 4G LTE connectivity, while the “EV Navigation Mapping” feature will direct drivers towards charging stations.

There are also four cameras positioned around the vehicle giving drivers a 360 degree view around the car while parking.

The five seater vehicle will go head to head with the forthcoming Tesla Model 3, which promises to be the e-car pioneer’s first mainstream affordable vehicle.

Elon Musk’s latest motor is set to be unveiled in March and will retail for around $35,000.

See also: 5 Secret Tesla Model S features to get excited about

It’ll also compete with other EVs such as the Kia Soul EV, VW eGolf, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, BMW i3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric.

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January 11, 2016, 4:44 pm

Welcome to EV revolution. First, I would like to thank GM for joining the EV revolution.
The Volt, and now the Bolt are good steps, however from the corporation that brought us built in obsolescence in the 70's, they are again trying to short change the american public. For failing to truly compete in fear of competing against their own gas models. GM is again trying to deceive the market. Thanks to Japanese automakers their plans in the 70's failed costing them billions of dollars, and tremendous market share lost. Once again GM is being short sighted.
In the 70's quite a few corporation had adopted this principle which led to a vigorous decline in demand for american made goods. Capitalism work best when it is free and open. Large corporations attempt to control, latest example is Boeing and Lockheed United Alliance Launch. These failures are not the workers (GM), or lack of technology (UAL), but rather corporate greed.
GM did a good job, but it was not their best. The revolution will not be televised, but it will be electrified. Bolt gets 2.5 stars out 5

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