Around four months after Chevrolet commenced selling the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt in the United States, this accessible electric crossover has already reached a new milestone. As Chevrolet disclosed, as of April 2, 2017, 3,492 Bolt owners in the US have driven a cumulative 4,570,300 miles since its sales began in December 2016.
Considering the Bolt’s economy and the average EPA-estimated fuel consumption of 2017 vehicles in the US (26 mpg), the total electric miles driven on the Bolt means that over 175,000 gallons of fuel have been saved.
On a single charge, the Bolt EV could be driven as far as 238 EPA-estimated miles. Thus, it was amazing that one owner reported having continually driven a new Bolt for a record 310 miles without recharging. This new record is way beyond how far a Bolt could go in average (electric range), but thanks to efforts its owners, it is possible to make the EV exceed its EPA-estimated range. The fact that an average Bolt owner driving around 53 miles daily shows that the EV is suitable not just for day-to-day drives, but also when going on a road trip.
The new Chevrolet Bolt is now available in several states like California, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey as well as in New York, Oregon, Washington and Virginia. The 2017 Bolt will be available across the country by summer 2017.
Steve Majoros, director of marketing for Chevrolet cars and crossovers remarked that the Bolt’s flexibility, functionality and long-range capabilities are being proven by its owners daily. He noted that the Bolt represents Chevrolet’s commitment to offer a game-changing vehicle. Majoros added that the Bolt should make electric driving accessible to more drivers.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt is being manufactured at the Orion Assembly Plant, which also serves as the assembly home for the Chevrolet Sonic sedan and hatchback. The new Bolt EV marks a result of Chevrolet's effort to make electric vehicles more appealing to more customers. Aside from its 238 miles of electric range, the new Bolt also has a reasonable price. The Bolt EV has an initial price -- before government incentives – of $37,495, which is essentially half the price of Tesla Motor’s EVs like the Model S and Model X. When tax rebates are taken into account, the price could be lowered to just $29,995.
Awarded as the 2017 North American Car of the Year, the new Chevrolet Bolt EV features a progressive design with exceptional graphics and a larger passenger space. Thanks to its small battery packing, the new Bolt EV could accommodate up to five passengers and a large cargo space of 16.9 cubic feet.