The Chevrolet Bolt EV has garnered immense success over its closest rival – the Nissan Leaf – with sales reports indicating that General Motors sold Chevy Bolt EV to 1,162 buyers compared to Nissan that managed to sell just 772 vehicles in January 2017.
If we look at the sales of Chevy Volt compared to sales of Nissan’s American plug-in vehicles, there has been substantial gains for the former indicating that Nissan needs to work on a Leaf update otherwise its market share will continue to decline. While Nissan has revealed that it has a Leaf update in pipeline that will offer a range of more than 200 miles on a single charge, there is not indication on when this particular update will be rolled out. The Bolt can go as far as 238 miles on a charge or more than double the Leaf’s current charged range. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV delivers 383 km range on a single charge and that makes it one of the best long-range electric vehicles out there.
General Motors has started delivering its Bolt EVs and according to reports it delivered around 30,000 cars per year, but the numbers are no where near those of Chevy Volt. Most of the delivers for Bolt EVs were done in California and Oregon till now, but GM has recently started delivering the first Bolt EVs in Canada as well.
Delivers of the Bolt EV will commence in European market under the brand name of Opel and they are expected to commence in second half of 2017. The price for the Chevy Bolt EV starts at $37,500 but some dealerships in California have been bumping the price for up to $5,000 because of the quick sales.
Bolt EV’s drive system uses a single, high-capacity electric motor for propulsion. The motor is capable of producing up to 266 lb.-ft. (360 Nm) of torque and 200 hp (150 kW) of motoring power. Combined with a 7.05:1 final drive ratio, that helps propel the Bolt EV from 0-96 km/h in less than seven seconds. Some of the safety features include ten standard air bags; standard rear-vision camera; available active safety features including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert and Forward Pedestrian Alert; and extensive use of high-strength steel throughout the body structure.
The Bolt EV has won quite a few accolades including Motor Trend Car of the Year; Car and Driver 10 Best Cars; Car Connection Best EV to Buy, and Best Hatchback to Buy; The Car Guide / Le Guide de L’Auto Best New Car of the Year; Green Car Reports Best New Car to Buy; and Green Car Journal Green Car of the Year.