Davison (WJRT) - (9/8/17) - GM's all-electric car is beginning to arrive at Mid-Michigan Chevy dealers. There is no gas tank. It runs strictly on battery power.
"It's our first completely electric vehicle. You get about 238 miles on one single charge," said Theo Deming, a Graff Chevrolet sales and leasing consultant.
The Chevy Bolt has been sold in California and Texas and a few other states but GM recently expanded the territory to the whole country.
"It's an incredible car. We're really excited about it," said Deming.
It may look small but it can seat five. Trunk space is limited but the rear seats fold down to make more room. The car has surround vision, a screen that lets you see anything within a few feet of the car.
We took the car for a test drive.
"It's completely silent. You won't hear any engine noise, motor noise if you will. It's very peppy. Surprisingly, it's one of the quicker cars on the lot," said Deming.
GM says it can do zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds. The instrument panel is different than most cars and there are a number of safety features that you might not expect on a small car, like lane keeper assist.
The Bolt can be recharged with 110-volt power. Prices start at just over $37,000 but there is a $7,500 tax credit available. For the driver who uses a car for commuting and short trips, the Bolt may be ideal for them.
"It definitely is not a car for everybody. but for the person who is going green, trying to save on fuel economy, this gives you the option with zero emissions," said Deming.
Chevy Bolts are assembled at GM's Orion Assembly.