2017 Chevy Bolt EV price: electric car starts at $37,495 before incentives (as promised)

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car will carry a price of $37,495 for the base LT trim level, including the mandatory destination charge, before incentives.

The Bolt EV Premier model, which will include standard DC fast charging, starts at $40,905 before incentives.

The Premier trim includes front and rear heated and leather-appointed seats, a surround camera, and rear camera mirror as standard.

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Following on last week’s announcement of a 238-mile EPA range rating and combined efficiency of 119 MPGe, pricing was the next important piece of information for the Bolt EV.

What became the Bolt EV was unveiled as a concept by General Motors CEO Mary Barra at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2015.

At that time, a huge screen behind it gave the price as $30,000—with an asterisk.

That asterisk, of course, indicated that the given price was the “effective price” after a $7,500 Federal income-tax credit for buying an electric car was netted out.

Chevrolet, appropriately, is now quoting the sticker price that the consumer must pay to purchase the car, regardless of the later tax credit—which can’t necessarily be claimed by every single buyer, depending on the specifics of the tax return in question.

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Standard features on every 2017 Bolt EV LT include Michelin self-sealing tires, which eliminate the need to carry a spare tire or a tire inflator kit, a 10.2-inch touchscreen display in the dash, and a rear-view camera.

The paddle behind the steering wheel that allows drivers to increase the Regen on Demand braking is also a standard fitting.

But the Bolt EV’s real hallmark is its range, roughly three times that of its smaller predecessor, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV.

It is the first mass-priced electric car offered with 200 miles of range or more, and its 238-mile range rating came as a surprise to many advocates and potential buyers.

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Assuming it goes on sale before the end of the year, as Chevy says, the Bolt EV will beat two significant competitors to the market.

Those are the second-generation Nissan Leaf, expected to be shown within the next six months and to go on sale for the 2018 model year, and the Tesla Model 3.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

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The latter, for which Tesla Motors got more than 350,000 deposits of $1,000 each, is supposed to go on sale by the end of 2017.

But for most of next year, the 2017 Bolt EV will be the sole electric car offering 200 miles of range at a price below $65,000.

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Final features, options, packaging, and pricing information for the Bolt EV were to go live on Chevrolet’s website at 12:01 am today.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will go on sale “at select dealerships” in late 2016, according to the company, which hasn’t yet detailed the national rollout plan for its electric car.

The earliest sales are almost sure to be in California, the nation’s largest market for cars that plug in, followed by those Northeast and other states that follow California’s stricter emission rules.

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