According to a Chevrolet announcement, the very first Chevy Bolt EVs have been delivered to customers in Fremont (located in the San Francisco Bay Area). The 2017 Chevy Bolt offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range per charge and has a ‘nickel-rich’ 60 kWh battery pack, which is impressive for an electric car costing under $40,000.
It was just a few years ago that the most impressive mass-market EVs achieved 40–90 miles of range per charge, and they cost roughly the same. Back then, you would have to purchase a Tesla to get over 200 miles per charge.
That’s why the release of the Chevy Bolt is a milestone. It made waves in the media earlier this year and changed even optimists’ outlook on the future of electric vehicles. The fact that the Chevy Bolt achieves a reasonable 0–60 MPH acceleration time of 6.5 seconds doesn’t hurt either.
— Mary Barra (@mtbarra) December 14, 2016
If this is your first time hearing about the Chevy Bolt, it is Chevy’s 100% electric alternative to the Volt, which (unlike the Bolt) uses a gasoline-fueled generator for backup. The Bolt’s MSRP is currently $37,495 ($29,995 after federal tax credit).
It’s also worth noting that the Volt was itself a milestone when it first came out in 2011, as it was one of the first mass-market electric cars (not 100% electric, but an extended-range electric car).
A GM spokesperson said that their reason for choosing the Bay Area was:
“The Bay Area is one of the largest markets for the Chevy Electric family and Fremont Chevrolet (dealership) is the number one store for Volt sales this year, making it the perfect location for Bolt EV to make its debut.”
I can’t help but agree. However, I hope the Chevy Bolt is rolled out to the rest of the country (and the world) soon, as there are millions of people who could benefit greatly from this car. We’ll have to be patient, though. The rollout to the rest of the country is expected to take several months.