Chevrolet Bolt Electric Car Preparing to Enter Production

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.”

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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.

Faraday Future Officially Confirm Launch Date for Their First Electric Car

First thing’s first… who is Faraday Future? According to their website, they may be a soon-to-come competitor for Tesla Motor’s electric cars. But this is not why they are so interesting to talk about. What is more interesting is when they plan on releasing their first car and who they have on their side.

Faraday Future, commonly known as FF for short, may become the leading pioneers of electric cars in the near future. Oh sure, they follow the same “100% electric, zero-emission, fully-connected” principle as Tesla Motors and the rest of the electric car manufacturers, but there are two things that set them aside from the rest.

One of the things worth mentioning is that they plan on allowing customers to customize their vehicles “in ways you’ve never even considered possible”. We don’t know any specific details at the moment, but when you hear something like that and take into account the possibilities of what could be done to an electric car, your mind sparks, doesn’t it? Still, anyone could say that, but what makes their plans a bit more ‘believable’? Now we come to the second important bit.

According to sources, FF already has important people working for them. From Tesla’s chassis designers and the director of Wal-blue Chevrolet Volt, to the engineering staff who worked on BMW’s i8 concept car. This is probably what sets them aside from everyone else on the market right now. Also, when you get together people who worked on important projects like the ones previously mentioned, you pretty much can expect anything.

However, we still need to see more of what they plan to bring to the market. At the moment, all we know officially is that they will be releasing their first electric car in 2017. There is also a picture of what looks like their first model, though we don’t know if it is a concept or the actual car they are working on. More details about the company can be found over at their website here.

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The Bolt, Chevrolet’s Claim to Green Fame

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.

Full details on the Bolt can be found here.

Thanks to Chevrolet for providing this information