I don’t often post on other vehicles, but today GM announced the Chevrolet Bolt. It looks interesting. The Bolt is a concept vehicle. An official release date wasn’t mentioned but the Wall Street Journal states it will be available in 2017. GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, said, “Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers.” The Bolt will be an all-electric crossover with more than a 200 mile range and a starting price around $30,000 according to GM. It will be sold throughout the world and in all 50 states. GM said the Bolt concept uses a smartphone rather than a key fob, has a 10-inch touch screen and a panoramic sunroof. GM also announced the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt at the Detroit auto show. The Volt has an 18.4 kWh battery (the current model has a 17.1 kWh). GM estimates that the 2016 Volt will have an all-electric range of 50 miles. They also stated that the 1.5L ICE engine will have a combined fuel economy rating of 41 mpg.
There is a tax credit for installing a charger (EVSE) that will expire on December 31st, 2014, assuming President Obama signs HR 5771 that was passed on December 16th, 2014. This tax credit is applicable for chargers for the C-Max Energi but also other plug-in vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Prius Plug-in Hybrid. If you missed out on this tax credit in 2013 and bought a charger this year, it applies to any purchase and installation in 2014. The tax credit is for the purchase and installation costs, so quick action is required. The tax credit expires after December 31, 2014 – you have less than two weeks if you didn’t buy a charger and install it in 2014 already. There are several J1772 Level 2 choices at HomeDepot.com. Some states, such as Maryland, have tax credits or rebates for buying and installing an EVSE too.