The very first thing I noticed when I stepped into the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt was the gear selector. Upright, situated between the two front seats, familiar P-R-N-D-L markings. That gear selector speaks volumes about what this electric car is trying to be.
Lots of love for electric vehicles on Jalopnik lately. First a quick drive of the Tesla Model 3 Performance (a full week-long test of the regular one is coming soon) and now we find ourselves in the Chevrolet Bolt until the end of the week. What do you want to know about it?
General Motors’ electric vehicle tax credit may soon run out, Fiat Chrysler’s new boss meets America’s boss, doubt over whether revised fuel economy standards will help workers—all this and more await you for The Morning Shift of Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.
It wasn’t scary at first. “It will be fun,” my friends at Jalopnik said. But I was anxious. I’d never done autocross before. I’ve barely driven new cars, and I’d never driven an electric vehicle at all.
General Motors builds lots of “incomplete” commercial vehicles that can be outfitted by fleets to be turned into things like limousines or moving vans. Now it’s doing the same for the Chevrolet Bolt, making for an electric vehicle that will become the smallest and most efficient member of this commercial family.
General Motors is taking precaution and has begun alerting customers who purchased early-production Chevrolet Bolts that they may experience sudden loss of propulsion in certain low-voltage conditions.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt was supposed to be the electric car of the people—around $30,000, about 240 miles of range per charge and decent space in a little package. But nobody’s really feeling that, and the company has such a backlog of Bolts that it had to extend the summer shutdown of the car’s manufacturing plant.
General Motors’ new Bolt EV was set to be rolled out for sale nationwide in September, but the automaker decided to push that date up by a month, according to Automotive News. The move coincides with Tesla’s planned date to start production on the Model 3 sedan, widely seen as the Bolt’s biggest competitor.
It’s 2017 and a car company ‘Murican enough to get its name shouted in a country music song finally sells an all-electric car. Well... again. This time they promise not to snatch it back and crush it. Which is nice, because the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is pretty decent to drive, and it could take electric vehicles…
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According to a Chevrolet dealer in Southern California, the all-new, all-electric Chevy Bolt will not be available for pre-order until November of this year—three months later than the original August date announced at the vehicle’s launch, according to a report by CleanTechnica.
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CES has been all about the future of cars this year, so it makes a fitting home for General Motors’ most serious entry into the all-electric car game ever. At last, meet the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. It looks pretty good!