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.