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Judges at Cars.com has named the Chevrolet Bolt EV as the Best New electric Car of 2017 and it has been nominated for the Car Of The Year award.

No surprise there as the Bolt EV has an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles and an affordable starting price in the neighborhood of $30,000 after federal tax credits. That’s around half the cost of a bare bones Tesla Model S 60.

What won over the judges was of course the Bolt’s 150-kilowatt electric motor and its instant torque delivery at the press of a foot, drive dynamics thanks to the battery pack's low center of gravity, and responsive brakes. Completing the package is the car’s usable range, spacious cabin for passengers, DC fast charging capability, plenty of multimedia technology and cargo space.

“The Bolt doesn't skate; it flies. GM has hit a home run.”


And what a home run it is. In the first month alone, Chevy has sold 579 Bolts and those sales were mostly made in just two States, California and Oregon.

We’ll know the final verdict soon as they plan to hold the 2017 Best of Awards ceremony in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. There’s some stiff competition as the Bolt will be going up against the Chrysler Pacifica, FIAT 124 Spider, Genesis G90, GMC Acadia, and Kia Sportage.

Which model do you think will win?
 

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By all rights, the Bolt should win their Car of the Year award. It is the only one that is a true breakthrough. The others are merely evolutionary improvements on older designs. However, advertising dollars often sway these decisions, so it wouldn't surprise me if one of the other cars wins. If it can't be the Bolt, please let it be the 124 Spider. That thing is sexy!
 

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It's a good thing it gets exposure as EVs need bolstering like never before. It's going to be a rough year for alternative energy and into the next few years given the clown who's in office shortly and the crooks he's selecting as his cabinet members. Good luck with that.
 

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It's a good thing it gets exposure as EVs need bolstering like never before. It's going to be a rough year for alternative energy and into the next few years given the clown who's in office shortly and the crooks he's selecting as his cabinet members. Good luck with that.
It's true that in the coming years, the EV will be asked to stand on it's own. It's sink or swim time as I doubt there will be a lot of government money, or incentives coming for the next few years and frankly, it's probably time for that to happen. The good news is, the Chevy Bolt is here now, the Tesla Model 3 will be here by year's end and not long after that, likely a gen 2 LEAF. Regardless of what happens next, the top of the line, luxury EV, the Tesla S and X, the Lucid Air maybe, the Jaguar iPace and more are still going to push the technology. People expect it now.

There's no doubt about it, the mass consumer EV as the norm is still a dream and that dream is fragile, but it's roots are now in the American consciousness and there is no going back. The more Bolts, Volts, M3s, LEAFs, etc people get their hands on, the less people like Trump can do about it.
 
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