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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Available In Canada, at Long Last [Photos]

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 Chevy recently announced the first Bolt EVs have been delivered to Canada

Select customers in Toronto and Quebec were among the first Canadians to receive the new Bolt EV

While the build up for the new Chevrolet Bolt EV has been extraordinary, the slow release of the vehicle has customers asking when the Bolt will finally become available in their state or province.

Well, that time has finally come for a handful of Canadian customers who live in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec. One of these excited customers was Samantha Mesrobian, who bought the Bolt EV to replace her Land Rover SUV. Mesrobian works as the director of corporate responsibility at Scotiabank and she seemed quite pleased with her vehicle purchase.

“I chose the Bolt EV because I was impressed by the technology and innovation built into the car,” said Samantha Mesrobian, new Bolt EV owner. “It is the perfect car based on my current driving habits, and has a long range battery.  There is no impact to my lifestyle other than reducing my carbon footprint. And that’s what my goal was.”

Chevy recently announced the first Bolt EVs have been delivered to Canada

Samantha Mesrobian picks up her 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Photo: © General Motors

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt features an all-electric driving range of 383 kilometers (238 miles) and carries a starting MSRP of $42,795 in Canada, which includes the $1,600 freight charge and $100 air conditioning tax. However, an eligible Ontario Provincial incentive of $12,389 can lower the Bolt’s price down to $30,406 in that region.

The new Chevy Bolt receives its power from an electric motor that’s fed by a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The engine provides a total of 200 horsepower, 266 lb-ft of torque, and a top speed of 91 mph. Furthermore, the 2017 Bolt has already earned a number of prestigious industry awards, including the Motor Trend Car of the Year trophy, the North American Car of the Year crown, and also the Car of the Year title from the Detroit Free Press.

With its starting MSRP of approximately $43,000, the 2017 Bolt costs significantly less than its closest competitor, the Tesla Model S 60. The entry-level Model S does offer a much higher top speed of 130 mph and a quicker 0-to-60 time of just 5.5 seconds, but even the most affordable Model S still carries a starting MSRP of $68,000 in the United States.

California, Oregon, and Canada were among the first areas to receive deliveries of the Bolt EV. There are currently plans to begin delivering the electric vehicle to Northeastern states like New York, Virginia, and Massachusetts.

GM delivered a total of 14,605 vehicles in Canada last month, but the American automaker hopes the Bolt can soon increase those sales figures.

“This is a truly satisfying moment as our customers begin to experience this ground-breaking technology and overall fun-to-drive vehicle,” said Laura Pacey, brand director for Chevrolet in Canada.  “Standard features include DC fast charger capability, Regen on Demand steering wheel paddle, a 10.2 inch colour touch screen and MyChevrolet smartphone mobile app, ensuring Canadian customers are more connected than ever.”

Gallery: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Photos


Tim Shults likes to play golf and spend time with his four daughters.