Earlier we reported that the price for the battery electric 2017 Chevrolet Volt in base LT trim is $37,495 including destination charges.
Then we found out Canadians will pay far less.
The same Bolt LT has a U.S. dollar sticker price in Canada of $32,400 ($42,795 CAD) plus destination charges, bringing the total to $33,632 ($44,395 CAD).
And that price includes a DC fast charger, which is a $750 USD option in the US, and is before any Canadian incentives for purchasing an EV.
As for incentives, in the states the Bolt EV qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit available to many buyers, lowering the cost to $29,995. Plus, there are a variety of incentives from state governments.
While the under $30k sounds like a very good price, depending on the Canadian province, government EV incentives can significantly lower the out of pocket dollars.
In Ontario after incentives, the base Bolt LT is an almost ridiculous $22,918 ($30,217 CAD); in Quebec the price tumbles to $26,583 ($35,049 CAD); and in British Columbia it drops to $28,885 ($38,086 CAD).
Whether its Canada or the U.S. the Bolt has earned a surprising EPA estimated driving range of 238 miles (383 km) on a full charge of its 60-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
That makes the Bolt the least expensive electric vehicle with a range of more than 200 miles, potentially besting the upcoming Tesla Model 3 range of at least 215 miles.
But in this age of cheap gasoline and consumers moving to crossover SUVs, the Bolt will still have to confront all the same challenges of any EV that’s trying to become a success.
The 2017 Bolt will arrive at select U.S. dealers by December and and Canadians will see their first Bolts after the first of next year.