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Electric car race heats up with Chevy Bolt

General Motors unveiled its Chevrolet Bolt at the Las Vegas CES on Wednesday, which will be available in the United States for $US 30,000 (after tax credits).

According to the car maker, the 2017 Bolt EV will be a game-changer, beating Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 in delivering an affordable electrical vehicle. It has a claimed 320 kilometre range and, according to Fortune, can reach an 80 per cent charge in 60 minutes (around twice as long as Tesla’s Supercharger takes).

“It was less than a year ago that we revealed the Bolt EV concept and promised to deliver a long-range electric vehicle attainable by the masses,” CEO of GM Mary Barra said in a statement.

“The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification, all designed to enhance the ownership experience now and into the future.”

Entrepreneur magazine points out that CES has seen a number of electric car announcements, and the Volt follows the Tuesday Faraday Future concept car announcement and an all-electric bus by VW shown the same day.

According to GM, the car will be in full production this time in 2017, and production will begin this year. notes that there is no word on Australian availability.



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