Motor Trend is getting in it for the long haul as the publication has taken delivery of its long term 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. With its delivery, the publication will have one full year to study just how livable the Bolt EV is and how much ownership may actually cost.
Upon the Bolt EV’s arrival, the publication opted for a 240 volt home charger. Including installation and the final sale price of the home charger, it cost an additional $1,398 to ensure the Bolt EV always has a place to juice up.
MT also chose the Bolt EV Premier model, loaded with the most content available from the vehicle. Included are fancier wheels, leather seating, a heated steering wheel and a 360-degree camera. The optional DC fast charging capability was also selected for an additional $750, premium Cajun Red paint for $395, the $495 Driver Confidence package and the $485 infotainment package, which includes a Bose stereo, wireless phone charger, and rear USB charging ports.
Total cost out the door totaled in at $43,905 before any incentives. The federal government provides a $7,500 tax rebate, and the state of California adds another $2,500. With those incentives, $33,905 was the final cost. That’s not terrible considering the average price for a new vehicle these days hovers around $32,000.
Of course, a lower trimmed Bolt EV can be had for under $30,000.
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