Chevy Bolt Showered with Awards Ahead of Release
The first Chevy Bolt hasn’t even landed in its owner’s driveway yet, but that hasn’t stopped the bowtie brand’s first all-electric car from taking home some of the top industry honors. Earning the coveted Car of the Year title from Motor Trend was just the beginning for the 2017 Chevy Bolt, and it seems that before it makes its way into any Chevy dealer showrooms, it will be racking up even more accolades and awards.
Chevrolet introduced the Bolt as a preview model at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, before unveiling it in more detail at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past January. After waiting nearly a year in eager anticipation, the all new 2017 Chevy Bolt is expected to arrive at Chevrolet dealerships across the United States as early as this month. While the American-based auto brand is still keeping the actual release date of the Bolt on the down-low, it hasn’t stopped the all-electric subcompact from earning plenty of recognition and top honors.
8 Major Awards and Counting…
While most new cars at least make their way into dealer showrooms prior to earning top industry awards, the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV is not like most new cars. The subcompact all-electric car is the first of its kind to be offered by Chevrolet, and costs substantially less than other all-electric vehicles in the same segment. In fact, Chevy Bolt owners will pay right around $30,000 after government tax incentives, less than half of what other similar vehicles on the market ended up costing car shoppers in 2015. With a low starting MSRP coupled with an impressive 238 all-electric mile range, it is no wonder why the 2017 Chevy Bolt is earning awards ahead of its actual release date. In fact, as it stands, the newest addition to the Chevrolet lineup has already earned a total of eight major industry awards.
Discover what awards, accolades, and recognition the Bolt has managed to secure so far. The list seems to grow in length by the day, and will surely increase exponentially once the all-electric car makes its way into the hands of buyers.
- Car of the Year: Arguably the most prestigious automotive award available, Motor Trend bestowed this highest of industry titles onto the 2017 Chevy Bolt after extensive testing and vetting. The Bolt qualified for the award because it was all-new for the 2017 model year, and Motor Trend judges were thrilled with how much car the Bolt offered for the price. This award is regarded as one of the most trusted and reputable, because all contending models are taken out on the track for various drives and performance tests. Chris Theodor was one such judge, and he explained that the 2017 Bolt earned the Car of the Year title for this reason: “Simply put, it’s twice the car for half the price of a BMW i3. A better car, better package, much better handling, with twice the range.”
- 10Best Cars for 2017: This industry award came from Car and Driver, another expert on all things automotive. The Chevy Bolt made the list of the top ten best cars for 2017 due to its significantly improved electric range when compared to earlier GM EV models from the 1990s. The magazine also noted that the 2017 Chevy Bolt appeals to more people, and not just those interested in saving the world through decreased emissions.
- Best New Car to Buy: From Green Car Reports magazine, the Best New Car to Buy in 2017 went to the new Chevy Bolt. Citing similar reasons for choosing the 2017 Bolt for their annual award, Green Car Reports said that, “The all-electric Bolt EV is EPA-rated at 238 miles of range, at a base price of $37,495. That’s the range of a Tesla, for roughly half the price. Pretty remarkable less than five years after the first Tesla Model S rolled off the lines, no?”
- Green Car of the Year: Green Car Journal handed out this prestigious automotive award to none other than the 2017 Chevy Bolt. Since 2006, the publication has chosen a deserving winner for the title of Green Car of the Year, and have included hybrids, diesels, natural gas cars, and all-electric models in the past. Founder and editor of the magazine had this to say about the new all-electric Chevy Bolt: “I have been covering this for 20 years and ‘range anxiety’ has always been an issue. Suddenly, the Bolt at 238 miles of all electric driving…this car becomes a game changer.”
- 25 Best Inventions of 2016: Straight from the editor’s desk at TIME Magazine comes another high honor for the 2017 Chevy Bolt. TIME Magazine releases an annual list at the conclusion of each year, highlighting inventions and innovation that were achieved. From lightbulbs, new roof solar panels, and spinning tires, the 25 Best Inventions of 2016 is not a car-only award, yet the 2017 Chevy Bolt still managed to grab a top spot. TIME had nothing but praise for the all-electric offering from Chevy, saying that, “For most buyers, electric vehicles fall into two camps: too expensive (think the $66,000 Tesla Model S) and too limited (the Nissan Leaf gets just 100 miles per charge). General Motors aims to bridge that gap with the Chevrolet Bolt, which touts crowd-pleasing features, like more than 200 miles of driving on a single charge, at a relatively low cost.”
These five awards are only a few of what the 2017 Chevy Bolt has already achieved and is expected to earn in the next few years. Other notable accolades that have been given to the new 2017 Chevy Bolt also include the 10 Greatest Automotive Innovations of 2016 Award handed out by Popular Science magazine, AutoGuide Reader’s Choice Award, and the Hispanic Motor Press award for Best EV/Plug-In Vehicle.
Regardless of which industry expert you prefer to follow, there is a good chance that they will have nothing but exceptional things to say about the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. While the first models are expected to arrive in California and Oregon before New Year’s Eve, the new Bolt should be available at Chevrolet of Naperville in early to mid-Spring of 2017. Don’t miss a chance to test drive this award-winning subcompact car and drive one of your very own.