Okay, so we pretty much knew this already. But now it's officially official – like, so super-duper official that Chevy made a special press photo just for this news. The all-important 2017 Bolt EV will cost $37,495 in the United States. That price includes the destination fee, and Chevy points out that with up to $7,500 in federal tax credits, some customers could see a base price as low as $29,995.
The standard Bolt LT comes with a regen-on-demand steering wheel paddle, rear vision camera, 10.2-inch infotainment display, and more. Opting for the fancy Premier trim adds heated, leather seats; a 360-degree surround camera; and a rear camera mirror (if you've never seen this trick piece of tech in action, here's a video). It's unclear how much money the Premier trim adds over the base Bolt.
Not that it really matters – either way, you're getting a heck of a car. Chevy recently announced the Bolt's EPA-estimated electric range of 238 miles, which might even be a bit conservative. Sure, a Volkswagen e-Golf starts at $28,995, and a Nissan Leaf costs $29,010, but those hatchbacks only offer 83 and 84 miles of range, respectively. The Bolt is expected to compete directly with the upcoming, $35,000 Tesla Model 3. But don't get us started on the whole Tesla vs. Chevy thing again.
"Value is a hallmark for Chevrolet and the pricing of the Bolt EV proves we’re serious about delivering the first affordable EV with plenty of range for our customers," Alan Batey, global head of Chevrolet, said in a statement.
Pricing for the Bolt's European cousin, the Opel Ampera-e, hasn't been announced just yet. We'll officially see that car in person at the Paris Motor Show later this month.
The 2017 Bolt will arrive at select U.S. Chevy dealerships later this year. Scroll past the gallery to read the automaker's full, official press release.
Gallery: 2017 Chevy Bolt performance specs announced, has 200 hp
2017 Bolt EV Priced at $37,495
Customers could see value of $29,995 after potential federal tax credit
DETROIT – The Chevrolet Bolt EV set the range benchmark for an affordable EV capable of going the distance by offering an EPA-rated 238 miles on a full charge. Now, Chevrolet is keeping its promise to offer the Bolt EV at an affordable price by confirming a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $37,495 including destination charge. Depending on individual tax situations, customers may receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for a net value of $29,995.
“Value is a hallmark for Chevrolet and the pricing of the Bolt EV proves we’re serious about delivering the first affordable EV with plenty of range for our customers,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and leader of Global Chevrolet. “We have kept our promise yet again, first on range and now on price.”
Bolt EV buyers will find range, cargo space, technology and safety features standard in a great vehicle with crossover proportions. The thrill of driving an EV, along with the sales and service support of a nationwide network of Bolt EV certified Chevrolet dealers, makes the Bolt EV a smart buy for any customer.
The well-equipped LT trim starts at $37,495 and comes with standard features that include, among others, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle, rear vision camera, 10.2-inch diagonal color touch screen and MICHELIN™ Self-sealing tires (in certain circumstances). The top trim Premier includes all LT equipment plus additional standard features such as leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, surround camera and rear camera mirror. Pricing includes destination and freight charges and excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. The Bolt EV will be available at select dealerships in late 2016.
More information on the benefits of driving electric can be found at www.ChevyEVlife.com. More information about the Bolt EV can be found at www.Chevrolet.com/bolt.