It has been a while since we reported on Chevrolet’s new all-electric car, the Bolt, but now Chevy has declared that the electric vehicle is still set to make its 2017 release. The Bolt’s production will begin before the end of 2016 and with a range in excess of 200 miles as well as a modest price tag at $30,000 after tax credits, it seems to be setting up as a major rival to Tesla’s new Model 3 mass-market electric vehicle. To accompany this announcement, Chevrolet released teaser video of pre-production Bolt vehicles already travelling through its production line in Orion Township, Michigan before production kicks off with Bolt EV Chief Engineer Josh Tavel stating that, “we’re at another critical and important point in the development of the Bolt EV. We’ve moved from working in math and building cars by hand to building Bolt EV’s on the line.”
With the Bolt expected to be in showrooms by the end of 2016, the battle for the electric vehicle mass market between Chevrolet and Tesla appears to be heating up. Chevy may be able to have vehicles on the road sooner than Tesla’s projected late 2017, but Tesla have hype on their side and with reservations for the Model 3 costing $1000 and starting next Thursday, part of the market may be taken before any cars are even produced. Whether Chevrolet or Tesla manage to get more customers, 2017 looks to be a great year for anyone looking to purchase a new electric car.
In theory, the notion of an electric motorbike is a good idea and brings benefits which include easy charging, being cheap to run and eco-friendly. The problem lies with both choice and also the life and charge time of the battery; this is where a start-up by the name of Bolt Motorbikes comes to the fore.
The Bolt M-1 is designed with two driving modes which are helpfully named Economy and Sport mode. Firstly Economy mode, this is the setting which will go up to a speed of 20 mph while utilizing far less of the battery, this means that an average consumer can travel further without needing to stop for a charge. The second setting is the sports mode; this is designed to be used for off-road purposes, i.e. similar to a mountain bike.
The Bolt M-1 can go as far as 50 miles on a single charge, which is quite impressive considering an average petrol powered car is around the same in distance. The charge time depending on how you use it, is between 90 minutes and 5 hours, which is pretty good considering it’s an improvement on earlier generations of electric-powered motorbikes.
That’s not all; the bike also comes with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, which means that it’s possible to connect a phone to your bike, it’s going to be a surreal moment when scrolling through the connect options for it to then say, “connecting with motorbike” Images are below of what it intends to look like.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are slowly becoming the norm in today’s society. It all started off with the hybrid Toyota Prius back in the late 2000’s, but now it seems every manufacturer and their brother makes EVs or at least a hybrid. The newest kid on the block is Chevrolet with the “Bolt”. This particular model is to directly compete against Tesla and their future commercially affordable “Model 3”.
Chevrolet first presented this at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was brought as a concept, but Alan Batey, president of GM North America, states that the interest from the public has convinced them to bring the car into production with estimated launch of 2017.
Details are still a little thin on the ground, but released figures show the car will sell for around $30,000 and have a plentiful range of around 200 miles on a single charge; much better than the BMW i3 which would also be in the running for the EV town car title.
Chevrolet is not only looking at producing possibly one of the greenest cars to date, but production will also take place at on of the most economical production plants; based at GM’s Orion Assembly near Detroit, powered by gas from nearby landfills and boosted by a 350 kW solar array.