January 7, 2016

YOUR NEXT CAR WILL BE A VOLT:

First Drive: Chevrolet Bolt Is A Shocker That Might Convince You To Buy An Electric Car (Joann Muller, 1/07/16, FORBES)

General Motors Wednesday introduced the Chevrolet Bolt, the first long-range, plug-in electric car that real people can afford to drive.

Priced around $30,000 (after government rebates), the five-passenger Bolt has an electric range of around 200 miles, more than enough for families to use as their daily driver without fear of running out of juice. Most people would never need to recharge anywhere but home. But if you do, you can refill the battery to 80 percent of capacity in about 30 minutes.

I got an opportunity to drive an early production version Wednesday morning, before its official debut at CES, the huge consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, and it's fair to say the Bolt exceeded my expectations. By a lot.

It's peppy and responsive as you'd expect an electric car to be, and handles corners like a little rally car. Braking feels, well, normal, which is somewhat unique for an electric car. In stop-and-go traffic, you don't even need to use the brake. Shift into low and it's capable of one-pedal driving. Lift your foot off the accelerator and it stops. Touch the pedal again and you're off.

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