Specs:

Range – up to 383 kms
Acceleration – 0 to 100kph approx 6.5 secs
Top Speed – 145 kph
Cargo Volume – 478L
Seats – 5 adults

Pure Electric
Charge Time 240v – 80kms in less than 2 hours
SAE Combo DC Fast Charger 144kms in 30 mins
Powertrain – 150kW electric motor
Drivetrain – front wheel drive
Battery Warranty – 8 years/160,000kms

Price: Around AUD $40,000 (after incentives)

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In Brief

The Chevy Bolt has won a lot of praise in the motoring world and it’s rightly deserved. It was voted car of the year at the 2017 North American International Motor Show and this was icing on the cake on top of other accolades from motoring magazines and the press in general.  From concept (that was incidentally designed and built in Port Melbourne Australia) to production model took just 2 years and has beaten the Tesla Model 3 to launch as an affordable long range EV. The Bolt will be sold throughout North America and comes to Europe in June 2017 as the Opel Ampera E. There are no stated plans to produce a right hand drive model and it’s doubtful it will ever reach Australian shores. The Chevy Bolt from GM is the second iteration of electric cars and as such demonstrates the typical advances in technology of cheaper and better. In the US after federal and state incentives this car can be had for as little as USD $25,000. Well done GM and congratulations to the Australian design team for coming up with such a great vehicle.