The problem with electric cars, up untill today has been the range of the vehicle and the price. Tesla and many other car companies started with their first all electric models at a very high price point. This strategy made sense at the time as the technology was new and changing. It was also at a time when consumers new very little about the performance of an electric car.
Consumers today are beginning to realize that electric drive technology is not only as good as combustion vehicles when it comes to driving performance but that is actually better! So that just leaves the issue of range and price right?
Well it looks like both Tesla and General Motors have solved these two roadblocks to widespread consumer acceptance of electric cars. For 2017 GM has introduced the redesigned Chevy Bolt, with a range of 234 miles per charge and a price tag of $30,000.
The interior and dash for the 2017 Chevy Bolt all electric car
Charge time for a 90 mile drive is only 45 minutes using the fast charge feature. This means that while stopping at a resturant or grocery store you can be recharged to get home. Of course this means there needs to be rechargers located at these locations.
Many cities are agressively expanding their electric charge infrastructure.
Are You Ready To Buy An Affordable Electric Car?
Before you run out and buy one of these new electric cars, you check what is available for public charging at the locations you tend to visit regularily. The available 200 mile range for the Bolt is sufficient for most urban commutes in Europe and North America.
Here is a 2nd recent video from GM for you to learn more about the Chevy Volt.
Since the introduction of the Chevy volt several years ago the company has learned so much about electric drive systems. GM has used these lessons to create a car for the masses at a reasonable and competitive price point.
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About Gordon Smith Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.