Chevy Bolt Proves Itself as 2017 ‘Car of the Year’

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Chevy Bolt might be the newest addition to the Chevrolet lineup, but it has been getting more attention than the rest of the 2017 Chevy nameplates combined. The all-electric Bolt is a true game-changer, with a maximum range of 238 miles. Priced under $30,000 – it is the most capable and most affordable EV to ever hit dealer showrooms. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt has yet to arrive at Chevy dealers in Ohio, but you can bet that when it does, it will bring with it the same enthusiasm and gusto that it has embodied from the moment it first debuted

Showered With Awards

Before the 2017 Chevy Bolt arrived at dealerships out in California and Oregon where it was first released, the compact all-electric car had already begun collecting plenty of awards and accolades. Now that the new Bolt is beginning to make its way into dealer showrooms across the nation, the impressive little car is not slowing down its full-speed momentum in the least.

Let’s check out a list of awards that the new Bolt has already collected, before we talk about the newest addition to the car’s already-full trophy case.

  • Car of the Year – Awarded to the 2017 Chevy Bolt by Motor Trend magazine, this particular award also happens to be one of the industry’s most prestigious and sought-after honors. The Bolt easily earned the coveted title, impressing industry expert judges both on paper, as well as out in the field.
  • Green Car of the Year – Green Car Journal bestowed this little gem on the 2017 Bolt after it was introduced to the world in late 2016. The honor is an impressive one, especially in an industry full of Tesla models.
  • Best Hatchback to Buy 2017 – Awarded by Car Connection, this honor was a welcome addition to the growing number of accolades already stacking up for the new Bolt.
  • 10 Greatest Automotive Innovations of 2016 – This honor came from the esteemed Popular Science publication, which recognized that the Bolt was one of the greatest innovations in the automotive world in 2016.
  • 25 Best Inventions of 2016 – The Bolt made the top of this list published by the highly respected Time Magazine. With such a reputable source honoring Chevy’s latest nameplate, it’s no wonder why more and more people are turning their attention toward the new 2017 Bolt EV.

Named North American Car of the Year

At the 2017 North American International Auto Show in early January, the Bolt took home the highest honors in the industry. Named the North American Car of the Year, the 2017 Bolt is the first long-range all-electric car to earn this highly coveted title.

The North American Car and Truck of the Year annual award show kicked off the start of the Detroit Auto Show, and marked the 24th year for the celebration. General Motors’ global product development director, Mark Reuss, accepted the award for the 2017 Bolt saying that, “The market is taking notice of this car, the first to offer a no-excuses reason to drive an electric vehicle.” Reuss is right. The 2017 Chevy Bolt delivers a range of 238 miles per charge, which is the most car-like range available at a mainstream sticker price. The new Bolt will end up costing drivers just shy of $30,000 after government tax incentives, a more than impressive price for all that this EV delivers. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt took home the top honor of Car of the Year, beating out impressive contenders like the all-new Genesis G90, and the premium Volvo XC90 SUV.

The Chrysler Pacifica minivan took home the Utility of the Year award, while the Honda Ridgeline nabbed the title of North American Truck of the Year – an outcome that shocked everyone, Honda included. John Mendel is the executive VP for Honda, and noted that, “We’ve never really been known as a truck company. It’s nice to get this sort of recognition going up against some very tough competition.” This type of recognition may mean that Honda intends to keep up its competitive edge with big names like the Silverado and F-150, and we assume that only time will tell if this is true.

3 Reasons Why the Bolt is Worth Waiting For

If you are in the market for an all-electric car, and aren’t sure if you can wait for the Bolt to arrive here in the Cincinnati area later this year – here are a few reasons why you should practice a bit of patience, and wait it out a little bit longer.

  • No More Fuel Stops: Not only will you be skipping every gas station on your route into the office, you will also be plugging in less often than you would with other EV cars. With an all-electric range of 238 miles, you won’t be tied to an outlet, and will be free to roam and wander as you please.
  • Low Cost: The 2017 Chevy Bolt starts at $37,995, but drops below the $30,000 mark after government tax incentives and credits. Not only does this make the Bolt the most affordable long-range electric car on the market, it makes it downright affordable, regardless of its EV standing.
  • Unparalleled Safety Features: To put it lightly, the 2017 Bolt will keep you and your most precious cargo safe. To elaborate on that general statement, the Bolt will enhance every moment you spend behind the wheel with intuitive safety features like Surround Vision, Rear Camera Mirror, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Forward Collision Alert. With a large touchscreen display at your fingertips, harnessing the power from all of this advanced safety tech is not only easy, it’s second nature.

There are obviously more reasons why the new Bolt is worth waiting for, just ask the countless industry experts who have already showered the 2017 Chevy Bolt with awards, accolades, and high honors. Vehicles don’t earn the Car of the Year title for nothing, which is reason enough to wait it out and drive home in the most capable all-electric hatchback ever made. Whatever you choose to do is ultimately up to you. Will you miss out on the most impressive car of 2017 or wait for its arrival at Chevrolet dealerships later this year?