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Chevrolet Bolt EV First Look

30 Nov

The 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year was awarded to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, GM’s first all-electric car that provides a range of 238 miles from its lithium-ion battery pack, before needing a recharge:

www.chevrolet.com/bolt-ev-electric-vehicle.html

Chevrolet Bolt EV on display at Motor Trend International Auto Show at Las Vegas Convention Center

Chevrolet Bolt EV on display at Motor Trend International Auto Show at Las Vegas Convention Center

During the Motor Trend International Auto Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center last month, local Nevadans got a first look at a production model of the Chevrolet Bolt EV close up.

Under the hood of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Under the hood of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

The Bolt EV battery pack has an energy capacity of 60 kilowatt-hours, compared to competing 2017 electric car models like the Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, Ford Focus EV, Volkswagen e-Golf, and Hyundai Ioniq Electric that have battery pack capacities of less than 40 kilowatt-hours and a coinciding range less than 130 miles.

Chevrolet Bolt EV  "body in white" shows aluminum construction before paint is applied.

Chevrolet Bolt EV “body in white” shows aluminum construction before paint is applied.

The structure of the battery pack is built beneath the floorboard and creates a low center of gravity for better handling. The Bolt EV also features an aluminum body for lighter weight, with plenty of headroom in all passenger seats. The electromagnetic torque of the motor and drive train can accelerate the Bolt from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds.

Chevrolet Bolt EV charging port features SAE Combo connector that can accommodate three levels of charging - AC Level 1, AC Level 2, and DC Fast Charge.

Chevrolet Bolt EV charging port features SAE Combo connector that can accommodate three levels of charging – AC Level 1, AC Level 2, and DC Fast Charge.

The electric car’s battery pack can be recharged from the SAE Combo connector located just in front of the driver’s door. This new standard electronic feature specified by SAE International allows three levels of recharging speeds from just one connector. These include AC Level 1, AC Level 2 and DC Fast Charge. A dedicated DC Fast Charge station can replenish the Bolt EV battery pack for a range of over 200 miles in less than one hour.

Interior of Chevrolet Bolt EV  featuring a touch-screen console.

Interior of Chevrolet Bolt EV featuring a touch-screen console.

Base price is $37,495, but the car is also eligible for a federal tax credit of $7,500 that can be deducted from personal income tax returns.

According to a Chevrolet regional sales representative at the Motor Trend exhibit space, shipments of these new electric cars should be arriving at local dealerships during the first quarter of 2017. However, larger markets like California, Washington and Oregon may receive priority, first-tier shipments ahead of Nevada customers.

Nevada GM Chevrolet dealerships include Findlay Chevrolet, Fairway Chevrolet, Henderson Chevrolet, Ed Bozarth #1 Chevrolet, and Pahrump Valley Auto in southern Nevada. Wild West Chevrolet, Champion Chevrolet, Riverton Elko Chevrolet, and Michael Hohl GM are located in northern Nevada.

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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