The Chevrolet Bolt Is Now Available Throughout The United States

Chevrolet is apparently feeling the pressure from the redesigned Nissan Leaf as the automaker has announced the Bolt is now available throughout the United States.

Priced from $37,495 before incentives, the Bolt features a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery which powers an electric motor that develops 200 hp (150 kW) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm) of torque. This enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds and have an EPA-estimate range of 238 miles (383 km).

Besides the eco-friendly powertrain, the Bolt comes equipped with automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, and a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The range-topping Bolt Premier goes even further as it adds leather upholstery, heated seats, and a surround vision system.

The Bolt will soon be facing stiff competition from the 2018 Nissan Leaf which will arrive at U.S. dealerships early next year. The redesigned model features an upgraded powertrain that consists of a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor that develops 147 hp (109 kW) and 236 lb-ft (319 Nm) of torque. This gives the car an EPA-estimated range of just 150 miles (241 km).

While the Leaf’s numbers fall short of the Bolt, it starts at $29,990 before incentives. That’s a difference of $7,505 which could make the trades off more justifiable.

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  • Craig

    Of all of the smaller EV’s – this is the one I’d get. I’m not a big fan of the new Leaf.

  • Honda NSX-R

    This thing does 0-60 in 6.5 seconds…that’s seriously much quicker than I thought. This can embarass BRZs.

  • eb110americana

    This site seems to have an unnatural bias against the Bolt and for the Leaf. When Doug DeMuro had almost nothing but positive things to say about it (and this is the same guy who absolutely slammed the ELR), the article was “2017 Chevy Bolt Review Shows Why It Didn’t Break The Internet” (even though it is currently sold in only a small fraction of the country). When the Leaf was spied, the articles were about how it would have over 300 miles of range. Well it has less than half that. The Bolt goes nearly 100 miles further per charge. That’s 59% more range for those $7.5K. In the non-enthusiast market, all-new models take a while to reach market penetration–especially when that model is sold in just SEVEN states.

    As you noted in your own article back in April, “As Jalopnik points out, a key explanation for the slow sales is that the Bolt won’t be introduced to all U.S. states until September.” So the country-wide rollout was actually planned from the start, rather than a reaction to the Leaf. Let’s give it a year before proclaiming the failure of the model.

    • Deckard_Cain

      The Leaf will also have a 60kWh battery option

  • carlbolt

    Who would buy this thing when you have he new Leaf with much better exterior looing, bigger size, and a much better interior?

    • diesel_vdub

      The new Leaf won’t be on the market for 6 months. If you want/need a new vehicle now, the Bolt is light years beyond the current Leaf.

      Better looking exterior depends on who you ask, I wouldn’t say either is exactly gorgeous. Better interior, I’d disagree. The Bolt comes with CarPlay and Android Auto standard, that gives the Bolt a leg up in my opinion.
      The new Leaf, barely has better range than the model it replaces. The Bolt has over 200 mile range. That makes the Bolt the only option if you want to do road trips and not have to rent a car.

      • carlbolt

        Who would do a road trip with an electric car even though you can have over 200 mile range? I’d only do daily commuting with an EV so in this way 150 mile or 238 mile range doesn’t matter to me.
        BTW, the new Leaf does double its range (from 75 to 150 mile).

        • diesel_vdub

          My mom lives about 110 miles away. The Bolt would allow me to make that round trip without needing to recharge at her house. The Leaf I wouldn’t trust, not even the new one with 150mile range, to make the trip one way.

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