2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Chevy's Electric Car Reaches 383 Km Range; Tesla Plans for 600 Km Super-Long-Range

By Regin Olimberio , Updated Sep 15, 2016 08:14 AM EDT

War of environment-friendly cars is on after General Motors unveiled 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. Expect other green car manufacturers to follow suit, including Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf 2nd Gen, BMW and Volkswagen.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt marked 383 km total distance during test drive administered by US Environmental Protection Agency in Tuesday, Sept 13. Bolt achieved this feat by using 60 kilowatt-per-hour lithium-ion battery. Further, 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is not a slob either because it packs 200 horsepower engine under the hood.

To compare Chevy Bolt with other electric vehicles, Bolt shatters Tesla's record by roughly 40 kilometers. Tesla Model 3 achieved 346 km range in April's EPA-sanctioned test drive. Nissan Leaf is the current in-production EV but most consumers still prefer fuel cars because of range limit. Nissan Leaf will only reach 29 km under real driving conditions, Yibada said.

One interesting point of comparison is the single-pedal system of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. This user-friendly feature was seen on several Tesla models and i3 BMW. Another adopted feature is availability of secondary camera that is similar to Cadillac, another GM model.

Meanwhile, 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is estimated to cost at less than $37,500. This price range is almost half compared to cheapest Tesla electric car at $66,000 current value, according to Business Insider. Because environment-friendly rides are qualified to receive tax credit, Chevy Bolt can have another $7,500 price cut.

Now to hype up the competition a bit, watch out for next Tesla model because of substantial mileage upgrades. Tesla is going to shock competition with 100D and P100D-type batteries that they canonically-dubbed as "super-long-range." According to rumors, a single full-charge of this battery is enough to last for over 600 km road trip. Come to think of it, that distance translates to 6-hour non stop driving without ever dropping the speed of 100 km per hour - that is, if someone has the heart to do it.

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