Except for the Tesla Model 3, electric cars might not be all the rage just yet, but that might change with the most recent pricing for the nimble, long-range Chevrolet Bolt. The MSRP is $39,988, which might be off-putting to those who see the Bolt as an overpriced subcompact EV. Well, that tide could turn with the huge $8,980 discount going on right now. That brings the price of the average Bolt transaction to barely over $30K, making the Bolt super-appealing for those wanting to switch over from fossil fuels.
This monster of a price cut doesn't even include the $3,750 federal tax credit that should sweeten the pot nicely (the credit is good from April 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019). Note that the Bolt is really the first truly long-range mainstream consumer electric vehicle with a 238-mile electric-only range. That means if you have a 40-mile round-trip commute 5 days per week, you could drive it to and from work without plugging in and then drive home on Friday and still have range to spare.
The Bolt has a 60kWh lithium-ion battery that's situated in the floor of the vehicle giving it great handling properties due to the low positioning. A single electric motor drives the front wheels and provides the equivalent of 200 horsepower for zippy thrusts (0-60 takes less than 7 seconds). Plus, Level 2 charging will give it a 50 percent charge in less than two hours. If you have access to a DC fast charger, you can get 90 miles of range in only 30 minutes. The Bolt also uses the Combined Charging System (CCS), which means it can use virtually all charging stations except ones from Telsa.
One-pedal driving allows you to accelerate and slow down the vehicle by pressing and lifting off the accelerator, making the Bolt easier to drive than a conventional gas vehicle. Inside, the Chevy Bolt might just be the brand's most futuristic interior thanks to a floating center stack with a big 10.2-inch color touchscreen. There's also a wireless phone charger, built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and excellent visibility due to big glass all around and a higher seating position like a crossover. The Bolt also has a very practical 56.6 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down. That's just 3 cubic feet less than a Mazda CX-5 crossover.
The discount amounts to a whopping 23% off the MSRP, which is virtually unheard of for a car that's not slated to be replaced anytime soon. It's the right time to switch to an EV, especially with the backing of General Motors. The Bolt has been well-reviewed across the board and could very well be your next vehicle thanks to this great deal.