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At the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, General Motors' volume-leading division Chevrolet made a bold presentation of a concept representing the notion of the bowtie brand's first serious production vehicle not to be powered by an internal combustion engine. Besides the existence of the all-electric Bolt EV Concept, Chevrolet made a bold-looking pledge of an affordable battery-powered vehicle that can be driven to a range beyond 200 miles (320 kilometers). The original Bolt EV Concept quickly morphed into the production-ready all-electric concept car preserving a surprisingly hefty account of the design features touted on the auto show floor almost two years ago. A subcompact hatchback with a share of economy and technology, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will soon need to face the test of persuading a mass market to realistically consider an option to gasoline power.
As the early 2017 arrival of the all-electric Chevy is being prepped, the remaining formal details of the Bolt EV is being released. The two factors of range and price boasted through the creation of the concept car are the primary attributes that must transfer to the production car to be successful. Earlier this month, the pivotal range numbers for the potentially game-changing electric car was released exceeding expectations. Through EPA testing in the United States, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV reach a maximum estimated distance of 383 kilometers (238 miles).
On September 20th, Chevrolet finally announced the price consumers will accept in the decision for an electric car future. For the Canadian market, the base LT trim version of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will wear an MSRP of $42,795. Initially appearing somewhat staggering for a small car, several provinces offer electric vehicle incentives that will reduce the overall cost by more than one-quarter. In the province of Ontario, the estimated cost of the Bolt EV LT after benefits is calculated at $31,434. In addition to Ontario, provinces of British Columbia and Quebec will also provide major rebates to buyers of the Bolt EV.
Standard features included with the base sticker price of the 2017 Bolt EV LT includes DC Fast charging compatibility, Michelin self-sealing tires, 10.2-inch diagonal color touch-screen control center, rearview camera and a steering wheel paddle system called 'Regen on Demand'. Chevrolet's electric car will also incorporate a function allowing drivers to match and compare their driving styles against other drivers in a manner to promote greater range efficiency. A Premier version of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is also going to be available with a higher price that adds surround camera as well as leather seating featuring heated comfort for both front and rear passengers.
Proving to be an effective answer as a relatively affordable electric vehicles suited for a large sum of everyday drivers, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is seen as direct competition to the Model 3 that was heavily-publicized by Tesla Motors.