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Pared-down electric experience: Driving one of the first Model 3s off the line

July 29th, 2017


FREMONT, CA—On Friday at Tesla’s factory, Ars got behind the wheel of one of the first Tesla Model 3s off the factory line. It was a quick, 5-minute guided drive around the factory, but it gave a quick impression of what may be Tesla’s most important car.

After all, Tesla has been working up to the launch of the Model 3 for years. CEO Elon Musk’s dream has been to build an affordably-priced electric vehicle for mass production, and he’s consistently framed the the Roadster, the Model S, and the Model X  as luxury vehicles destined to subsidize a lower-priced electric car for the masses.

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Chevrolet’s Bolt makes its ride-sharing debut in Los Angeles with Maven

February 16th, 2017


Everybody who’s anybody in the car industry is getting down with mobility, and General Motors is no exception. GM has invested heavily in Lyft and it also has Maven, an in-house mobility brand that offers car-sharing in 17 cities across the US and Canada. Today, Maven and the City of Los Angeles announced they’re collaborating to make over 100 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles available in the city.

The EVs will be available for people to drive themselves, and they’ll also be accessible to Lyft drivers through the Lyft Express Drive program (which offers weekly rentals of GM vehicles for using with the service).

“Maven is a smart, seamless and flexible mobility platform providing sharing solutions that meet the different needs of unique communities,” said Julia Steyn, Vice President of General Motors Urban Mobility and Maven. “Starting with Los Angeles, Maven will focus on collaborating with cities and municipalities to co-create smart transportation solutions that enhance mobility, create jobs and ease parking and congestion.”

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It’s a really good car: Our first 100 miles in a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

February 1st, 2017

Jonathan Gitlin

PALO ALTO, Calif.—After what has felt like an interminable wait since our brief taster at CES last year, we finally landed some proper seat time with the new Chevrolet Bolt. It’s the most convincing battery electric vehicle (BEV) to emerge thus far from one of the traditional automakers, a ground-up design with clever packaging and a 60kWh battery that gives it a range of 238 miles (383km). And until Tesla’s Model 3 goes into production later this year, it’s the only reasonably affordable long-range BEV on the market.

It’s not entirely surprising that Chevrolet was the first of the traditional OEMs to respond to Tesla. Parent General Motors tried to make EVs viable in the early 1990s with the EV1, perhaps a little too soon before battery technology made the leaps it has. More recently, it has sold more than 110,000 plug-in hybrid EVs in the form of the first– and second-generation Volt. While the Bolt obviously benefits from this institutional know-how, the new car is a ground-up design, not an evolution of its PHEV platform.

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Chevrolet’s Bolt configurator goes live, deliveries before year’s end

December 1st, 2016

Want a long-range electric vehicle ASAP and don’t want to spend $68,000 on the cheapest Tesla Model S? You’re in luck! Chevrolet’s configurator for the Bolt EV is now live, and the company intends to keep its promise of cars on the road before the end of 2016. (If you live outside California, you might still have a bit of a wait.) We drove a pre-production Bolt at CES in January; now it’s the vehicle we’re looking forward to spending some time with more than any other in the coming months. In the meantime I amused myself building a Bolt with the specs I’d want in an electric commuter.

The base Bolt starts at $37,495 before any federal or local incentives and rebates, but you need to find another $4,285 to get the Premier trim if you want the various driver assists, some of which are still optional extras even then. An eye-catching paint job will also cost you extra; soothing silvery grays or blues are the default choices. Equipped with a few choice options—OK, the Premium and all its toys, plus DC Fast Charging and some funky red paint—my Bolt would cost me a tenner less than $44,000 before incentives.

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The numbers are in: the Chevrolet Bolt will have a 238 mile range

September 13th, 2016


The Chevrolet Bolt is one of the most anticipated cars of 2016. GM’s first long-range battery electric vehicle is due to hit dealerships before the end of 2016 and beat Tesla’s Model 3 to market as the first mass-market long-range BEV. There’s been speculation until now as to the Bolt’s actual range; on Tuesday morning, Chevrolet confirmed that you can expect an EPA-estimate of 238 miles on a full battery.

We’re still not entirely sure how much the Bolt will cost, but Chevrolet says the MSRP will be under $37,500 before any rebates or tax incentives are taken into account. Since its 60kWh battery qualifies the Bolt for the most generous federal tax credit ($7,500), that means you should be able to pick one up for $30,000—slightly under the average US car price of $33,000.

“While range is important, we knew Bolt EV owners would want more—more space and more power—and the Bolt EV delivers,” said Bolt EV Chief Engineer Josh Tavel. “Our team took special pride in optimizing every aspect of this vehicle, especially its impressive range and ride dynamics.”

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Tesla’s Model 3 is here—these are the details you’ve been waiting for

April 1st, 2016

HAWTHORNE, CA—Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk took the stage at the Tesla Design Studio to reveal the Tesla Model 3. “It’s very important to accelerate the transition to sustainable transport,” Musk said. “The last time there was this level of carbon concentration in the atmosphere was 11 million years ago.”

“Beyond global warming there are 53,000 deaths per year from auto emissions,”Musk added.

Tonight, Musk released the first official details on the company’s most important car to date, the Tesla Model 3. The base version of the all-electric vehicle will have a range of 215 miles., a continuous pane of glass on the rear roof, and front and rear trunks. Musk added that the car could comfortably fit a 7ft surfboard.

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Chevrolet Bolts are about to start rolling off the production line

March 22nd, 2016

One of our highlights at CES this year was an opportunity to get behind the wheel of Chevrolet’s Bolt electric vehicle. Priced at under $30,000 after a $7,500 IRS tax credit, it’s set to be the first mass-market EV on sale in the US with a battery big enough to take you 200 miles (321km) between charges.

Chevrolet promised that the Bolt would go on sale later this year, and the company looks set to meet that goal—pre-production vehicles are already working their way through the production line in Orion Township, Michigan.

“We’re at another critical and important point in the development of the Bolt EV,” said Josh Tavel, Bolt EV chief engineer. “We’ve moved from working in math and building cars by hand to building Bolt EVs on the line. We’re now testing the tooling used in the plant so that we deliver high quality 200 plus mile EV that our customers are eagerly anticipating.”

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Chevrolet’s Bolt is an electric vehicle for the masses—and we’ve driven it

January 6th, 2016

Jonathan test drives a pre-production Chevy Bolt. Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn, additional camera by Nathan Fitch. (video link)

LAS VEGAS—Today at CES, General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra will formally unveil one of the most significant new cars in the company’s history. It’s called the Chevrolet Bolt, and when it goes on sale later this year it will be the first long-range battery electric vehicle that’s truly affordable. In fact, GM says that after the $7500 IRS EV tax credit, the Bolt will cost under $30,000, making it cheaper than the average new-car price ($33,560 in 2015, according to Kelley Blue Book). Not bad at all for an EV with a 200-mile range.

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