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?