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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Is The Unsexy EV You'll Still Want To Take Home

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From the dealership, that is.

First things first, the just launched 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is a game-changer. After federal tax credits, the well-equipped entry-level LT trim costs just a hair under $30,000. The average new car in the US right now sells for around $33,000. Well done, GM. But the Bolt itself, with its 238-mile range on a single, a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds, and plenty of interior space, is literally the complete opposite of GM's first foray into EVs with the EV-1. We recently got to spend some time with the new Bolt and, despite a few flaws, it's hands-down better than the Nissan Leaf.

And the VW e-Golf, Kia Soul EV, and Ford Focus EV. There's also the all-electric version of the BMW i3, but that'll cost you more. But what about the Tesla Model 3? Well, it doesn't exist yet.

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Until it does, the Chevrolet Bolt is the go-to affordable EV. With standard features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE WiFi, and a large, 10.2-inch color touchscreen, the Bolt can easily be driven daily while you charge it at night. Does it look as sexy as a Tesla Model S? No, but it's still a very impressive package that will making competing automakers – including Tesla – take notice.