The US automaker last week officially introduced with the help of GM CEO and now also Chairman Mary Barra the official production version of the Bolt electric vehicle.

The mass-market carmaker is joining the green foray with the Bolt, a model that might be a serious contender to the job of taking the green segment to new sales levels, thanks to one particular characteristic. The 2017 Bolt will have one major trump card when fighting off the competition – range. That’s because the Chevy Bolt is effectively the first mass-market EV vehicle that can claim a long range while running on batteries alone – around 200 miles on a single charge. Going back to the issue at hand, the automaker said the Bolt EV would be priced from $37,500 in the United States – not really cheap but since the federal government tax credit will be of $7,500 the base price actually reads a more manageable $30,000 – and remember that certain states and local communities offer even more incentives.

The CES novelty is a five-door hatchback with a battery-operated powertrain and aside from the range that will be of more than 200 miles we know little else in terms of technical details. The automaker said the battery will need around nine hours to recharge from zero if a 240-volt charging unit is used. The green vehicle also comes with a wide array of gimmicks – from the digital instrument cluster to the optional wireless smartphone charger or the 10.2-inch screen for the infotainment system. Safety hasn’t been neglected either, with Surround Vision, Forward Pedestrian Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, among others.



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