2017 Bolt EV Is The Center Of GM Long-Term Vision; How Soon Will The Model Come Out For Drive Tests? [VIDEO]

Dec 20, 2016 08:27 AM EST | Leonora Puno

2017 Bolt EV, General Motors's centerpiece in its development of electric vehicles and self-driving cars, will be launched in the latter part of this year. Its capability to perform consistently in any type of weather will be tested in Michigan. The test will show whether cold weather will affect the lidar, cameras and sensors which are needed for the 2017 Bolt EV to operate independently.

The 2017 Bolt EV is the first electric car made by General Motors that has a long range of 200 miles and, with all the discounts and benefits customers can enjoy when buying an electric car, it might cost nearly half of the $37,500 starting price. This is especially in states where the tax discounts are high, according to Elektrek.

The first delivery of the 2017 Bolt EV was made to customers in California after which production fleet of the car will follow, expected to be seen on the roads of Detroit. Michigan has the most liberal laws for self-driving vehicles and so it was chosen as an excellent location for the test fleet. This means that customers here can get big discounts when buying the 2017 Bolt EV, considering that without the discounts, they might find the price a little bit too high, according to Automotive News.

The 2017 Bolt EV brought pride to General Motors when it won three awards in a row. The car won the Green Car of the Year Award, the Car of the Year Award from Motor Trend, and it was also included in the top 10 cars of the year list of Car and Driver, according to Auto Blog. These awards simply showed that GM has succeeded in making an electric vehicle that can easily compete with other hybrids.

With the growing reputation of GM's latest electric car, there is hope that it will be able to make up for the losses it incurred from electric vehicles it built prior to the 2017 Bolt EV.

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