Hooniverse Asks: The 2017 Chevy Bolt – Brah! Or Blah?

cq5dam.web.1280.1280 This month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, GM debuted what is probably the company’s most important product of this decade, the 2017 Chevy Bolt. Featuring an all-electric drivetrain and a promised 200 mile range, the modestly priced five-door hatch is a shot across the bow of Tesla and others, and may bring just be the ride that brings electric cars to the masses. Okay, a lot of that is marketing hype, but the truth be told, this is a real car – sales start in late 2016 – and that “optimal conditions” 200 mile range means that even if it’s so cold out that you have to keep the brass monkeys in at night, your Bolt should still have enough miles in it to get you to work in the morning. Not only that, but after government givebacks for being so eco-friendly, the out the door price for a Bolt should be in the neighborhood of just $30K. That’s not all that bad. Or is it? We haven’t had the chance to get behind the wheel of a production bolt because such a beast simply doesn’t yet exist. Is this both GM’s and the automobile’s second coming? Or, do you think it’s the case that the hype machine is far more effective than the Bolt ever could be? What’s your take on GM’s “cheap” all-electric car, brah! or blah? Image: GM Media

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