September 13, 2016

YOUR NEXT CAR WILL BE A VOLT:

We Drive the $30K Bolt, GM's Tesla-Walloping Electric Car (Alex Davies, 9/13/16, Wired)

FOR NEARLY TWO years, General Motors has promised that the Chevrolet Bolt, its affordable, long-range electric car, would deliver at least 200 miles on a charge and cost no more than $30,000 after the requisite federal tax credit.

Those two numbers are in many ways the Bolt's raison d'ĂȘtre, because they are widely seen as the key to overcoming range anxiety--the fear of being stranded with a dead battery--and pushing electric vehicles into the mainstream. "The 200-mile mark is huge, it's a huge thing in customers' minds," says Josh Tavel, the Bolt's chief engineer. "They believe they need it. So we gave it to 'em, in surplus."

Indeed. The EPA pegs the Bolt's range at 238 miles, General Motors announced today. I saw even more driving a pre-production Bolt down the California coast from Monterey to Santa Barbara. I put the car in park having added 239.9 miles to the odometer, and the range indicator said the battery had another 23 miles to go.

Nicely done, GM.

Delivering exceptional range is essential to GM's goal of beating Tesla in the race to deliver an EV for the masses. The Bolt is expected in showrooms within months; Musk & Co. plan to start producing the Model 3 late next year and offer it for around $35,000. Tesla has said the car will offer a range of 215 miles.

What's really remarkable about the bowtie-badged hatchback is it also tops Tesla's entry-level Model S 60 sedan, which delivers 208 miles and goes for $50,000.

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