Award winning long-range BEV is ready to take America by storm. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Jan. 9, 2016 DETROIT — The Bolt BEV’s has won yet another accolade at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. That being the much coveted 2017 North American Car of the Year. Founded in 1994, the NACTOY group is comprised of 60 professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who work for magazines, television, radio, newspapers and websites. NACTOY jurors evaluated dozens of new vehicles that went on sale this year before selecting the Bolt BEV as the 2017 Car of the Year. The Bolt provides an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge at a starting price of $37,495 before federal tax incentives of up to $7,500 depending upon your tax situation. The Bolt BEV adds the title of North America Car of the Year to a growing list of independent accolades. Motor Trend named the Bolt EV the 2017 Car of the Year and it earned a place on the 2017 Car and Driver 10Best Cars list. Green Car Journal also heralded the Bolt EV as the Green Car of the Year and Green Car reports named it the Best New Car to Buy. Standard Bolt BEV features include electronic precision shift, Regen on Demand steering wheel paddle and a 10.2-inch-diagonal color touchscreen. The top-trim Premier model adds leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, surround vision camera, rear camera mirror and more... The Bolt EV rolled out in California and Oregon markets last month, with additional markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States, including New York, Massachusetts and Virginia scheduled for early this year. The Bolt EV will be available at certified dealerships across the U.S. in mid-2017. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt in Detail The Bolt is a clean-sheet design with crossover-like proportions built around a single, 200 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque electric motor. Combined with a 7.05:1 final drive ratio, the Bolt EV can dash from 0-60 mph in under seven seconds. Power delivery is controlled by Chevrolet’s first Electronic Precision Shift system – a shift and park-by-wire system that sends electronic signals to the Bolt EV’s drive. The by-wire shifter requires less packaging space than a traditional mechanical shifter, resulting in more interior space and improved interior layout. Powering that motor is a large 60 kWh Li-Ion battery pack with 10 modules and 96 cell groups (three cells per group). The base charger is a 7.2 kW onboard unit for Level-1 (120V) and Level-2 (240V) is standard. An optional SAE DC Fast Charging system can charge the battery from flat to 38 percent in 30 minutes. Inside, a large 10.2-inch-diagonal color touch-screen display with “flip-board” operation, rear camera mirror, and Surround Vision are standard. LED headlamps and taillamps are also standard. 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Safety Ten standard air bags including front, side, side curtains plus both driver and passenger front knee and outboard side airbags. A first in the B-Segment. Optional active safety features including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert and Forward Pedestrian Alert.