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(Posted 1:30 p.m., Feb. 19)
Myers Orléans unveils first all-electric Chevy Bolt in Ottawa

By Mike Beasley
The Orléans Star

The next generation of electric cars was unveiled at the Myers Orléans Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership on St. Joseph Blvd. on Friday with the official unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt.

GM's first all-electric car is sub-com pact in size, but with a standard interior. (Ottawa Redblacks' offensive lineman Jon Gott, at 6-foot-3 and 294 lbs., was able to climb into the driver's seat with room to spare.)

Orléans MP Andrew Leslie and Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-Farnce Lalonde were on hand for the launch of the all new Chevy Bolt at the Myers Orléans Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership on Friday. They are seen here with Eric Chenier from Time to Electify. Fred Sherwin/Photo

More importantly is the fact that it can travel up to 383 km on a single charge. More importantly than that for Ontario car buyers is that the Ontario government will provide a rebate of up to $14,000 on the purchase of a Bolt and another $1,000 rebate on the installation of a home charging station.

The generous provincial rebate reduces the after tax sticker price on the base-model of the Bolt from $44,273 to $31,434. But the real savings in owning an all-electric car is in fuel savings. The Chevy Boly gets the equivalent of 2.2L/100km. By comparison the Honda Civic gets 8.5L/100km and the Hyundai Elentra 8.7L/100km.

In dollars and cents it means that it costs roughly $5.22 to fully charge the Bolt's 60 kWh battery during the off-peak period. If your family car has a 50-litre fuel tank it costs roughly $50 to $55 to fill it up depending on the price of gas. That's a savings of roughly 90 per cent.

And now for the downside. The 2017 Chey Bolt is already sold out. That means you will have to wait at least a year to get one, and even then, you should order it now to make sure you're in the queue.

Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde and Orléans MP Andrew Leslie were both on hand for Friday's unveiling, as was Orléans Ward Coun. Bob Monette. All three local politicians were impressed with the Bolt's styling and the potential savings that can be realized by its owners.

"I love cars, so for me I'm proud of the fact that Ontario is leading the way in providing incentives for people to purchase electric cars and I'm proud of this dealership that is challenge everyone to consider purchasing an electric vehicle," said Lalonde who hinted that more news is still to come on improving the number of charging stations in Ottawa and across the province.

At present, there are fewer than 30 charging stations in Ottawa. When you consider that it takes an hour to fully charge a car using a fast charge station, they remain essentially impractical. The best solution is to intall a home charging station.

For more information about the Chevrolet Bolt visit www.chevrolet.ca/bolt-ev-electric-vehicle.html.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)


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