Chevrolet Bolt- Cheaper Than $30,000 But Is It Worth It?
The Chevrolet Bolt, GM's answer to Tesla, just announced that it's new electric vehicle will cost $37,495. However, a federal tax break of $7,500 would drop the cars price to $29,995, making it one of the cheapest electric vehicles that a new car buyer could buy.
GM claims that the Chevrolet Bolt has a driving range of 238 miles on a single charge, and features 200 HP and 266 lb/ft of torque, along with a 102 inch wheelbase measuring out about 160 inches. In my opinion, that's not bad for a little electric car. GM even has its own website to compare your driving habits with the Bolt, and shows estimated savings by buying a Bolt. Clearly, the car is being marketed very hard.
General Motors hasn't revealed how many orders there are for the new Bolt, but they have mentioned that there are interests for corporate and government fleets. Not to mention, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said on Facebook that he planned to buy one. Keep in mind, however, that electric car sales make up less than 1 percent of the total number of cars sold in the United States.
As mentioned earlier, GM is releasing this car in hopes of competing with the latest Tesla, the Model 3. The Tesla Model 3 is the latest automobile to be designed by Tesla and is expected to be released by years end. The Model 3 is going to be priced around $35,000 and Tesla has already received well over 100,000 pre-orders. Clearly a large crowd of people can't wait to get their hands on this car.
Personally, I feel as though electric cars need more work before I would drive one. I would love to see a high-performance version of an electric car, or even something with more "sport" to it. I've always mocked those little cars, but the electric cars of today are changing for the better. It excites me to see this happening, and I can't wait to see what the future holds.