Thursday, January 07, 2016

I drove the Chevy Bolt, GM's electric car for everyone | The Verge

More pleasant surprises from GM

"My test drive of the Bolt ahead of its introduction today took place on a closed, walled-off course just a few hundred feet from the stage where GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra will unveil it. The course wasn't nearly as big as I would've liked — I need to stretch the Bolt's legs before I issue a fleshed-out opinion on it — but I had enough laps to get the sense that this is a very unremarkable car on the road. And I mean that in the best possible way: GM is trying to make a car that real people want to buy. This isn't a parlor trick, it's not for speed freaks, it's not for tech nerds (well, maybe it is — more on that in a bit). The Bolt just needs to feel like a good, usable, everyday car that happens to be fully electric. Unlike a $100,000 Tesla Model S, "unremarkable" is high praise for a car in this category.

"You'll hear me say it's for anybody who wants to save time, money, and the environment," Barra told me in a conversation before she took the stage today. "We wanted it to be a great car, and to really separate it... I think it's going to have wide appeal.""
I drove the Chevy Bolt, GM's electric car for everyone | The Verge
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