Bolt boasts range of 383 km


General Motors says its Chevrolet Bolt will boast an EPA-estimated range of 383 kilometres when it hits select Canadian dealerships in early 2017.

Executives said that range is certainly enough to handle most average daily commutes and is likely to increase interest in the slowly growing market of electric vehicle sales.

“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.”

Though pricing hasn’t been announced yet, GM continues to describe the Bolt as the “first affordable electric vehicle.”

Nissan’s 2016 LEAF starts at $32,698 and Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, with current programs, costs $29,183, both before provincial incentives are added. Given the rhetoric from GM on price, it will be interesting to see if Bolt’s MSRP can come in under $29,000.