avatarby Brian ReighNovember 21, 20160 comments

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General Motors has promised to launch its electric vehicle Chevrolet Bolt by the end of 2016, and it will meet its commitment by offering the vehicle in California and Oregon in the next few weeks.

Its initial launch will be limited to California and Oregon

The Chevrolet Bolt will be an ambitious first step for General Motors in the realm of electro-mobility. The company announced that its first long-range electric car would be on sale before the year was over, and it looks like GM will keep that promise after all. But there is a catch.

Initially, the Chevrolet Bolt will be available only in California and Oregon. Although the automaker hasn’t specified when exactly it will be on sale, we expect to see it in the coming weeks. The company seems to be planning on expanding its market next year, but keep in mind that the Bolt is expected to be met with high demand, so its availability is likely to be limited even in 2017.

The Bolt and the rest… is it worth it?

The vehicle itself will be priced around $30,000 and is capable of driving around 230 miles on a full battery charge. That means the Bolt is way more efficient than the current Nissan Leaf model as well as BMW’s i3, and is significantly cheaper than either, thanks to its $7,500 tax credit.

Of course, Tesla’s Model 3 will probably the most serious competitor to the Bolt: it’s arguably sexier and boasts a similar price tag as well as a similar range. But fortunately for GM, the Model 3 won’t be available until late 2017. And quite frankly, I wouldn’t expect it to be widely available until 2018.

Nissan has specified that the Japanese automaker is revamping the Leaf, and rumor has it, the new Leaf will sport a brand new design as well as a battery range that is similar to the Bolt. The crucial question then would be its price point. GM says that the company saw the highest demand for its Volt – a plug-in hybrid car – from California, so we will see how the Bolt will fare in its two initial markets.

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