2017 Chevrolet BOLT EV first drive: The first electric car truly for the everyman

I’m not convinced with the new BOLT EV’s tail-lights, but in just about every other way this all-electric car is a knock-out. A no compromise, zero-emissions vehicle capable of delivering up to an EPA-rated 238 miles on a full charge, it’s fun and dynamic to drive, with plenty of interior space.

If you take nothing else away from this article, just know that for a family of four or five, you can’t go wrong purchasing or leasing the Bolt EV as the family’s daily hauler. In my opinion, for the first time in electrical vehicle history, this is the car for mass market. For the majority of buyers in this segment, the price is just right – especially after federal and state tax rebates.

Gone are the days of weirdly-shaped EVs and, more importantly, cars that are simply priced to high for the average consumer. That the Bolt EV starts at $29,995 is frankly spectacular, considering we’re talking about a car capable of delivering 238 miles from a 60kWh battery. This isn’t hair shirt motoring, either, with the electric motor producing 200 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque.

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