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New Chevy Bolt EV finally makes long-range electric cars affordable


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The financial barrier to saddling up for the electric car revolution continues to fall with the launch of Chevrolet’s newest e-car at CES 2016.

During the General Motors press conference (via Wired), the firm announced the Chevy Bolt EV, which boasts a 200 mile range and a price tag that makes brings it within the reach of mainstream drivers.

With the tax credit advantages for buying an electric car, the new electric Bolt will cost under $30,000. By comparison, the cheapest Tesla vehicle starts at $70,000. Tesla plans to reveal its Model 3 in March this year, which will probably arrive in the $35,000 range.

Meanwhile, the existing Chevy Spark electric vehicle is less expensive than the newly-announced Bolt, but can only travel for around 80 miles before needing a power boost.

The 200 mile range also beats that offered by soon-to-be rivals like the Nissan Leaf, which only runs for 100 miles before requiring a charge.

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Other features include 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.

It also brings support for both Apple Car Play and Android Auto, while the smartphone experience will be integral, thanks largely to a fast-charging mode.

The full details will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

Taylor Marks

January 7, 2016, 3:42 am

You can't give the price of the Bolt after tax incentives but then only give the price of the Tesla before incentives.

The Tesla Model S 70 is $70K before incentives, drops to $62.5K after federal incentives, and further drops to $60K if you're in a state that offers its own incentives, like CA or MA.

The Tesla Model 3 will start in the $30Ks range before tax incentives, meaning it'll be in the $20Ks range after tax incentives, a comparable price to the new Chevy Bolt.

The real question now is this: What day will Chevy actually start delivering the Bolt, and what day will Tesla actually start delivering the Model 3 (as in, you can order it and expect to be driving it within 90 days of placing your order. So Model X isn't really delivered yet because the lead time is currently nearly a year if you order today.)

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