Popular Science magazine is showing the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV some love in its 2016 Best of What’s New Awards. Magazine researchers put the all-electric vehicle on its top ten auto technology innovations list of the year.
The car, due to hit the road late this year, is what Popular Science dubs the “EV for Everyone”. It will offer a more than 200-mile range on a single charge. Researchers also note it does so before even Tesla can get around to it. (The Tesla Model 3 is at least still a year away.)
Popular Science gives the credit to the Bolt’s 288-cell, 60-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. Researchers note it’s heavy in nickel, which boosts energy density and extends range to 238 miles.
The price tag for the 2017 Chevy Bolt, without any available federal tax credits, starts from $37,495. Depending on tax situations, some customers can receive a federal $7,500 tax credit which drops the price to $29,995.
By the way, the Bolt will also offer one-pedal driving mode. Drivers can essentially control both acceleration and braking with one pedal under some conditions. One-pedal braking allows for the highest level of regenerative braking, which captures otherwise lost energy from deceleration. The energy is sent back to the Bolt’s battery pack for the greatest total vehicle range.