The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an industry-only tradeshow that is closed to the public. However, there are opportunities for the press to let us know what’s coming up for us in the way of new tech…and Chevy is convinced that it’s time to not disappoint. Tesla Motors has been leading the way with strong electric vehicles, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the only automaker in the game. Chevy — part of the General Motors family of brands — is trying to step things up with the Bolt EV. The public got to see a real version of the Bolt to be launched next year.
The prototype displayed was almost production ready, but certain features were masked to hide the look until it’s fully ready to be seen.
The major reason why people are excited about the Bolt would have to be the driving range — 200 to 300 miles, depending on the usual variables. Early tests showed that the Bolt has nice driving mechanics, even through stress driving such as hard acceleration and sudden braking. Daily drivers will enjoy how smooth the steering was in early tests, but people that are looking for sports-car type performance may find themselves a bit disappointed.
There were some features that we found most appealing, including the push-button start. Not having to deal with a key can be quite nice.
GM is pushing to get the Bolt launched before the Tesla Model 3, which is supposed to be more budget friendly than other versions. However, the Bolt is set to be priced at about 30,000 USD after incentives, where the Model 3 is still going to be five thousand dollars more expensive.
Some people are still on the fence about electric vehicles, especially in the light of cheaper gas prices. But it should be noted that gas prices are volatile. In other words, what’s cheap today might not be so in the future. EV’s, therefore, are a strong bet on the future. Breaking away from dependency on oil is never a bad idea, regardless of where we’re getting the oil from. Being able to actually have a mode of transportation that is good for the planet and the wallet is always beneficial, and each generation of EV seems to be improving.
One thing that we personally felt the Bolt had room to work on would have to be the look and the roominess. In its current form, four adults can sit comfortably. That might not be enough space for bigger families, so keep this in mind if you’re watching for the launch of the Bolt later on.
So, which camp are you in? Do you want to go ahead and get the Bolt or will you wait to see if the Model 3 is more your speed?