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Chev Bolt shoots down battery-car range record

  • Price promise kept by Chev in Canada
  • ‘We’re first on range, now on price’
  • ‘Thrill of ownership for a smart buy’
DISTANCE RECORD FOR BOLT: Long-distance drive, so automaker keeps promise.
DISTANCE RECORD FOR BOLT: Long-distance drive, so automaker keeps a promise. Image: Chevrolet Canada

OSHAWA, Ontario – A Chevrolet Bolt battery car has set a one-charge range benchmark in Canada for an affordable EV running under regulated conditions – 383km.

Now Chevrolet US is keeping a promise to retail the Bolt EV for $42 795 though in Ontario there’s a provincial incentive discount of more than $11 000 which will in effect cut the retail price to about $31 500 (about R440 000).

Alan Batey, president of GM North America and leader of Global Chevrolet, told The Corner in a media release: “We’ve kept our promise – first on range and now on price.

DISTANCE RECORD FOR BOLT: Long-distance drive, so automaker keeps
DISTANCE RECORD FOR BOLT: Long-distance drive, so automaker keeps a promies. Image: Chevrolet Canada

“Value is a hallmark of Chevrolet and our pricing proves we’re serious about delivering the first affordable EV with plenty of range for our customers.”

Bolt EV buyers, Chev says, will find range, cargo space, technology and safety features standard in a vehicle of crossover proportions. In Canada the DC fast-charging provision and a tyre inflator kit are standard equipment.

“The thrill of driving an EV, reduced ownership costs and the support of a nationwide network of dealers,” Chev adds, “make the Bolt EV a smart buy.”

Also standard on the Bolt EV are rear-vision camera, 26cm colour touchscreen and Michelin self-sealing tyres (hence the included inflator). The Premier model adds leather-trimmed and heatable seats (front and rear, it is Canada, after all! – Ed) surround camera and rear camera mirror.

The cars will start shipping in early 2017.

DISTANCE RECORD FOR BOLT: Long-distance drive, so automaker keeps
DISTANCE RECORD FOR BOLT: Long-distance drive, so automaker keeps a promise. Image. Chevrolet Canada

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