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Tesla Model 3 gets a real competitor, the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV

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General Motors Co. announced Tuesday that its 2017 Chevy Bolt EV will be able to go 238 miles per charge on a fully-charged battery. This is impressive, considering its rival Tesla Motors Model 3 sedan which promises 10 percent less.

GM originally said the 2017 Bolt EV would be in excess of 200 miles on a single charge. An electric range of 238 miles is a critically important number of GM, which has committed to efficient and affordable electric cars.

2017 Chevy Bolt EV

GM is treading on Tesla’s Turf

Earlier this year, General Motors CEO Mary Barra promised the 2017 Bolt EV would be an affordable, connected electric vehicle built for everyone. Interestingly, the remark made it seem like Barra was pulling the trigger at Tesla, which is seen as a leader in the North America plug-in electric vehicle market.

It’s highly likely that the Model 3, which isn’t expected to be shipped until late 2017, will range above 215 miles. Even if Tesla manages to range more from its battery, the competition will then come down to each car’s performance and built-in tech. This also includes the geographic reach and brand recognition. The Tesla Model 3 has some interesting features, notably the upturned snub nose and the huge rear windshield. It is also decked with fascinating tech, including a 15-inch touchscreen and the company’s semi-self-driving system called Autopilot. Tesla offers swift acceleration from zero to sixty in six seconds. The ludicrous acceleration acts as a bonus point for customers who want no slouch with speed.

The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV could beat Tesla’s Model 3

2017 Chevy Bolt EV dashboard

The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV is expected to be about $37,000. While Tesla's Model 3 is supposed to be below $35,000. Both the electric cars should be eligible for government clean energy incentives of up to $7,500. Although, the Tesla Model 3 is sitting on 400,000 reservations since its unveiling in March 2016. Although, the legislative banning Tesla from selling cars directly in some states may act up to GM’s advantage.

The 2017 Bolt EV has some interesting features too. This includes tech features such as a 10.2-inch touchscreen and inductive charging. Using inductive charging, Chevy Bolt owners can power up their smartphone wirelessly. The Chevy Bolt EV will also have OnStar 4G LTE, which turns the Bolt EV into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard.

At some point in 2017, the Bolt will launch in Europe, marketed as the Opel Ampera-a. Although, it won’t be unveiled until the Paris Auto Show which is only a few weeks away.

Volkswagen is also expected to pull the curtains off a long-range electric car at the Paris Auto Show. Ford CEO Mark Field has also indicated that the company will be producing its own affordable plug-in EV.

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