Interested in the 2017 Chevy Bolt? Here are its Global Warming Emissions…

, Senior policy and legal analyst | February 4, 2016, 11:41 am EDT
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TL;DR: See our handy tool that calculates electric vehicle emissions by zip code.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, which I recently checked out at the DC auto show, will deliver a GM-estimated range of 200 miles on a single charge (a conservative estimate) and a price as low as $30,000 after the federal tax credit. If you’re scoffing at the price tag, don’t forget that driving on electricity is still cheaper than driving on gasoline, even with today’s low gas prices. Available nationwide in late 2016 (according to the sales rep at the auto show), the Bolt will fully charge in just 9 hours, seats 5, and looks like a small crossover SUV. These features and the impressive range could make the Bolt a great choice for the millions of Americans who could use an electric vehicle today.

The 2017 Chevy Bolt has an estimated 200 mile range and will debut at around $30,000, after the federal tax credit.

The 2017 Chevy Bolt has an estimated 200 mile range and will debut at around $30,000, after the federal tax credit. Photo credit: Josh Goldman

So the Bolt has excellent all-electric range and a decent price, but what about the emissions? As I’ve previously discussed, the emissions of electric vehicles vary depending on where you plug them in—but no matter where you charge an EV in the U.S., the average battery electric vehicle sold today is responsible for less than half the global warming emissions of comparable gasoline-powered vehicles.

The emissions from driving a 2017 Chevy Bolt will vary across electric regions. Regardless of where you live, the car’s carbon footprint will compare extremely well with the average gasoline-powered vehicle.

To help you estimate how much global warming pollution you would avoid by driving the Bolt, head on over to our handy EV emissions tool that calculates electric vehicle emissions for every zip code in the U.S. and now includes the Bolt (based on preliminary figures of 60 kWh battery capacity and estimated 200 mile range). Stoked about your results? Share them with your networks and let everyone know about the benefits of driving on electricity.

Screenshot of new UCS EV emissions calculator. Click to check it out!

Screenshot of new UCS EV emissions calculator. Click to check it out!


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  • llaumann

    We are really interested in the Chevy Bolt. I have driven an electric vehicle exclusively for 5 years, and leased a second one for 3 years. Electric vehicles are mechanically simple, and require no maintenance. Since there are few moving parts, there is nothing to repair or replace. No belts, coolant, oil changes or tune ups. There are no smog checks, because there are no emissions! Just plug it in, and drive it. This is a fascinating time in transportation history, and it will only get better with longer range, affordable electric vehicles.

  • DrRaeMD

    Can UCS possibly give similar data for Canada?