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The All-Electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Is a Game Changer

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2017 Chevy BoltYou might not have heard, but GM has been hard at work on an all-new, all-electric hatchback—the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. Giving drivers up to 200 miles of drive range and 200 hp, this new model electric vehicle lets you go gas-free while also connecting you to some of the most exciting cabin tech in the industry. Take a closer look at what this hatchback EV will have to offer when it hits the market later this year.

Powertrain Specs

What sets the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt apart from the competition is its electric motor, which gets its power from a powerful 60kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This isn’t your typical all-electric model, though, because the total output on this hatchback is a confident 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough power to reach a max speed of 91 mph and motivate the Bolt from 0 to 60 mph in less than seven seconds.

Charging and Drive Range

The Chevrolet Bolt is an all-electric vehicle, which means you won’t ever have to spend money on gas again as long as you’re driving this car. The electric motor does have to be charged, though, and you can do that via this model’s 7.2 kW charger. When plugged into a 240-volt outlet, this charger can add around 50 miles of driving range in under two hours. If you opt for more high-speed connection, you can get up to 90 miles in only 30 minutes. A fully charged Bolt has a total driving range of 200 miles, which is plenty of mileage for most day trips.

Cabin Features

This four-door car has seating for up to five passengers, which is great for a family ride—especially when you factor in the extra storage space from the hatchback design. Add to that some high-end tech features, and you’re set up for plenty of comfort, entertainment, and safety. The Chevy MyLink touchscreen interface offers smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The OnStar telematics system keeps you safe thanks to its emergency roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, and stolen vehicle assistance. Also attached to OnStar is a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection that allows up to seven devices to connect to the Internet at one time. Topping it off is a suite of advanced driver assist safety features, including lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and forward collision warning.


Should You Buy or Lease an Electric Car?

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There are plenty of good reasons to get behind the wheel of an electric car. The most noticeable bonus is that you’ll never have to stop at a gas station again: just park it in your garage, plug it in, and it’s ready to go in the Electric car in chargingmorning. You’ll also spend less money fueling and maintaining an electric car, since electricity is cheaper than gas and electric motors are much more resilient than internal combustion engines. Many people also find electric vehicles more fun to drive than their gas-powered counterparts due to their near-silent operation and instant torque. If you think you might be ready to take the plunge, there’s just one question to answer: will you buy or lease?

Buying has its Benefits…

If you buy an electric car, you’re putting yourself in the minority of EV drivers – since over 90% choose to lease rather than buy. That doesn’t, however, mean there aren’t reasons to purchase – so long as you’re willing to stick with your electric vehicle for the long haul. If you prefer to trade in your vehicles after a few years, you’ll be better off leasing. But if you’re the kind of person who likes to put 300,000-plus miles on their cars, an electric car may very well fit your needs. You’ll save lots of money over the years on gas and maintenance, and many automakers are now offering battery replacements, greatly extending the expected lifetime of your car.

…But Leasing is the Way to Go

The problem with buying an electric car is that they are significantly more expensive than comparable gas-powered vehicles, and the savings on gas and maintenance won’t necessarily put more money in your pocket. On top of that, EV makers are offering some pretty insane leasing deals, with perks like unlimited mileage, free chargers, no money down, and monthly payments well under $300.

All the evidence indicates that electric vehicles just a few years from now will be significantly better than the ones we have today, and people who buy an EV today will likely be tempted by updated versions in just a few years, thereby negating the benefits of purchasing.