While folks are anticipating the Tesla Model 3, it is time to note that the first electric car promising a range of 200+ miles and priced from the mid-$30,000s will be in production by the end of 2016 — that’s the 2017 Chevy Bolt, of course. A year or more ahead of Tesla’s Model 3, the Chevy Bolt will be on the road.

The Chevy Bolt EV features a US EPA range rating of 238 miles (383 km) per full charge, making the model one of the only options out there for those who want an all-electric vehicle with a 200+ mile range.

The impressive range is the result of a 60 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack. The battery pack itself utilizes LG Chem nickel-rich lithium-ion battery cells.

The model also features a US EPA fuel efficiency rating of 119 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). Other specs:

16.9 cubic feet of cargo space — not bad for such a compact car
150 kW (200 horsepower) power
266 pound-feet of torque
238 miles (383 km) of range

The model is classified by the US EPA as “small station wagon,” with the fairly large hatchback opening being perhaps it’s most defining characteristic.

Check out our Bolt reviews from Chief CleanTechnica EV Reviewer Kyle Field, an owner 1,200 miles after purchase, an owner one year after purchase.

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Chevrolet Bolt User Reviews

  1. While the 2017 Chevy Bolt is an incredible low-cost option in the realm of electric cars, make sure you test the seats before you commit. They feel a bit small and, frankly, seem a bit cheap. They do allow for great adjustability and are supportive enough, but I wish they were a bit more comfortable. The interior of the car seems to be panelled with basic hard plastic, which is also a let down. It does seem that Chevrolet may have used cheaper materials to cut costs on the interior. This is pretty disappointing, because it is otherwise a fantastic car.

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  3. Obviously a classic in the world of E.V. Mine has definitely exceeded my expectations… particularly with the range. Would recommend.

  4. I test drove the Bolt and loved the ride and tech; especially the steeering wheel paddle. Bolts are few and far between in my area and are sold quickly, I just wish that they were a bit more affordable. I also have a reservation for the new Nissan Leaf, but they have changed ny authorized dealer twice and the new dealer doesn’t seem to know much about the car or promotion, so I am considering canceling and seeing what I can do to get a fair Bolt lease.

  5. People are saying this is the electric car for the masses and I think that’s 100% accurate. With a 240-mile range and affordable price tag, the Bolt is accessible and reasonable. For anyone uncomfortable with the dramatic changes electric cars might propose, the Bolt is familiar and dependable.

  6. I am a current Bolt owner with over 47k miles on my vehicle in roughly a year and a half, so as you can see I drive a lot. I am averaging 200+ miles on a charge. I drive mostly freeway at 70+ mph. This car could easily get more than the suggested 238 range, if you keep it at a combine 55mph and below. The car has held up quite well. The fit and finish of this car is very good. I too was a little concern with the interior, but it is also holding up and wearing well. It’s clean and simple. Yes, if you a large person the front seats might be a bit small width wise, but I’m not a small person (240lb 🙁 ) and I found them comfortable. The seats are firm and supportive. What I also like are the right amount of mix between touch screen and hard knob controls to the interior comfort.. I am not a fan of all touch screen controls. The Bolt controls are very user friendly. I love the hatchback style of my vehicle, because it holds a lot of our equipment and its easy to get the stuff in and out of the vehicle. The interior is very roomy for a small vehicle. I only wish it came with an electric sun or moonroof. It is also quicker than some of the on-line reviews, just “You Tube” Bolt vs VW GTi in a quarter mile race. If you do decide to buy an EV car spend the extra money to buy and install a 220v fast charger for the home. I tell my friends for the amount of driving that we do and what we use to pay a month in past fuel cost, this car is paying for itself. This was the first American car that I have purchased, since I was in my twenties, I am nearly 60, so I send GM many kudos for making a very nice functional EV vehicle. GM you need to do a better marketing job on this vehicle, plus train your sales people better on your Bolt EV or future EV vehicles. I could to do a better job selling this car for you guys.
    Sorry for the long comment. I could add more to my comments on this vehicle, but I wanted to give you my point of view from an owner’s perspective, who has driven this car a lot. Especially from a perspective buyer who was very hesitant to buy an EV car, but it’s been worth every penny. It fit our needs perfectly.

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