Chevrolet designed a new Bolt which can be a solid option if you want an electric car.
First, a noticeable difference is a range. Chevy Bolt offers a range of 238 miles on a single charge whereas Model 3 is supposed to have a range of 215 miles per one charge. Bolt managed to beat Tesla in a category that should be specific for them. However, there is more to these cars than just range.
An estimated price for the Chevy is $37,500 and it is supposed to go on sale before the end of this year. As for the Model 3 it should come out at the end of 2017 or at the beginning of 2018 and it will be priced about $40,000.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk is not good at respecting deadlines. According to a Wall Street Journal article, since 2011, Tesla has not been successful at meeting deadlines and they have been late in more than 20 projects. Moreover, the Model X was postponed by three years. Thus it is possible that we will have to wait more than expected for Model 3 to come out.
So if you are in a rush to buy an electric car the Bolt is a better option. This car has an outstanding range if you consider the price. Although Model X and Model S top the Chevy when it comes to range, the Bolt is still better than the Nissan LEAF.
As we mentioned before it is not all about the range. The tech features in the Bolt are outstanding. It has a digital rearview mirror. In addition, there are numerous safety features such as blind zone warning, front pedestrian braking and an alarm that sounds when you are about to collide. These are only some of the components.
In terms of acceleration, the Model 3 can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds whereas the Bolt takes slightly under 7 seconds, which is not a poor time among electric cars.
The difference in range is not that significant, indeed. If you drive for thousands of miles it doesn’t matter where you will take a break and recharge. The significant difference would be if the Chevy had a range about 300 miles comparing to Tesla’s 215. But that is not the case. It is possible however that Tesla exceeds 215 miles per charge range, considering that they have models with a few battery options.image source: motortrend.com
What gives the edge to Tesla is technology. Both cars have an automatic braking system and blind spot warning. However, Tesla comes with the Autopilot pack which has many perks. This mode has automatic lane switch, parallel parking and if you cannot reach your car you can summon it from a distance. It has not been known how much these upgrades will cost, but it should be around $3000.
Overall, every car has its advantages and whichever you choose you won’t make a mistake. However, the Chevy will be available really soon, whereas you will have to wait for the Model 3.