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Is the Chevy Bolt the Best Affordable Electric Car Ever?

Is This Chevy Electric Car The Most Economical On The Market?

Updated September 30, 2018

Rumors have been circulating for quite some time hinting at an affordable and long-range electric car coming from Chevrolet. Now, many companies have made bold claims about what their coming hybrids or electrics would offer in terms of range and power, so the rule most follow is that nothing is set in stone until the car is on a dealer’s lot.

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Well, the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show is no dealer lot and this production-ready model is not set to be manufactured until late 2016. Still, this is a huge step forward. The Bolt represents something very big: the realization that, after decades of talk and prototyping, major auto manufacturers will begin to make inexpensive electric cars with a long range that can be practical enough for normal people to buy.

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It takes nine hours to fill the battery from empty using a 240 watt source and the range is a very impressive 200 miles. This is also impressive given that surely the upgraded trim levels and future models will all be improving on that number. I think this car has all the makings of a hit.

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It is a car that a lot of people have been looking for. And these customers have waited quite some time. There are going to be a ton of sales right off the bat, and Chevy really has to put the time in in order to not screw it up. The price as announced is $37,500, which seems pretty convenient considering the federal rebate for buying an electric car in the US is $7,500. Meaning the real price should be in the $30,000 range.

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So how can it go wrong? For one, there will be bugs and issues. Luckily, the have-it-first tech crowd is pretty forgiving as long as the company acknowledges the mistake and fixes it promptly. The tech that goes along with this car looks promising too, with a couple of screens and touch screens making p the entertainment center.

Through these, the weather, driver preferences, driving style, and overall driving skill can be used as factors in determining how the car will perform at that moment. Skill can even be determined by on-board games that keep track of overall skill in driving safely and efficiently and then compare the score to other Bolt owners around the world.

This car could be revolutionary, and I hope that it is both every bit as good as promised and that it is not a buggy, gimmicky mess of a thing that people will look back on with a chuckle. I want the Bolt to work.

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