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.
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.
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.