5 Reasons To Buy The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: The Chevy All-Electric Car Racks Up Awards & Good Reviews [Range, Price, Specs & Release Date]

By Christon Jervil Ligon - 10 Dec '16 06:03AM

Looking for an all-electric everyday vehicle that is not as cost-prohibitive as its Tesla counterpart? Then, you might want to take a look at the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. For one, it has already earned the vote of confidence from some of the leading pundits in the automotive industry.

The Awards Just Keep Piling Up

And, for good reasons. The recognitions that the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV received include "The 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year," the best EV and the best hatchback to buy says Car Connection, "2017 10 Best Cars" from Car and Driver, "Best New Car to Buy" from Green Car Reports, "Green Car of the Year" from the Green Car Journal, Time Magazine's 25 Best Inventions of 2016, and the list goes on with the compilation courtesy of Hybrid Cars.

It's The Best When it Comes to Range and Cost Consideration

"Chevrolet has made affordable long-range electric transportation available to the masses," says Motor Trend executive editor Mark Rechtin. "Elon Musk should be afraid. Very, very afraid."

And, this was seconded by the reputable auto magazine Car and Driver. They said that the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a standout performer overcoming the two biggest faults of a pure electric vehicle--- range and cost.

Driving Experience: Check!

Apart from affordability, Motor Trend also cited that the driving experience the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV offers is on par, if not better, than that of the ordinary hatchbacks. The team believes that it's a world-class vehicle that delivers smooth riding experience with minimal road noise.

It's A Reliable Companion For The Everyday Commuter

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV can go as far as 238 miles (EPA-estimated) for a single charge. Considering the average round trip distance for one's daily commute, that means, the Bolt EV can be your everyday buddy for at least three days without having to recharge the battery. There is also the option for DC Fast Charging for around 90 miles of range in as short as half an hour.

It's Surprisingly Spacious on the Inside

It's not something you'd expect from a compact hatchback vehicle. But, according to NY DailyNews, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is quite roomy and airy. The seats and door armrests were designed to be space-savers, not to mention the 56.6 cu. ft. of cargo space at the back.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Specs, Price, & Release Date

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is powered by a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery, and it delivers 266 pounds per foot of torque. It can go as fast as 60 mph from rest in just 6.5 seconds. The price starts at $36,620 MSRP (or just under $30,000 after the $7,500 federal tax credit applies). After its launch in California, the Bolt EV will be made available in more than 1000 Chevrolet dealerships in all the U.S. states.

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