The race is on – sort of. As more and more vehicle owners and buyers are considering electric vehicles, big manufacturers like General Motors become more determined to gain a better foothold in the industry. The hope is that its 2017 Chevy Bolt is enough to trump the Tesla, especially the upcoming Model 3. Well, polls are weighing in and the results can be surprising.
It has been some time since Tesla founder Elon Musk said anything about the Model 3, cryptic or otherwise, even as he had promised to give everyone more than a peek at the new car at the end of the month. It is an electric vehicle that will be lower in price range compared to the Model S and Model X. In fact, it is believed it will have a starting price of about $35,000.
Moreover, during the IHS Energy CERAWeek in Houston, Tesla co-founder and Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel told Fuel Fix that the upcoming Model 3 will be compact, much like the size of the Audi A4. Nonetheless, he hinted, “I think it will surprise people with the level of features it includes.” For one thing, it is rumored to have Tesla’s “next generation” technology, including new cameras, sensors to support autonomous driving.
Meanwhile, the Chevy Bolt is an all-electric vehicle that will debut in late 2016, months ahead of Tesla’s plans to deliver their Model 3 to customers. It is a smart compact car that is described to be “Overprotective. In a good way.” And in fact, it even comes with Surround Vision, allowing the driver to get a virtual bird’s-eye view of the vehicle.
Despite Bolt’s earlier release date and greater available information, it seems customers are still opting to get the mysterious Model 3. A recent poll from Clean Technica revealed that 55.28 percent prefer to buy or lease the Tesla Model 3.
Moreover, LearnBonds reports that Model 3 may gain an advantage against the Chevy Bolt when it comes to supercharging. Although as of the moment, it is believed that Bolt will soon have a quick-charge outlet wherein a 30-minute charge can let the car drive up to 90 miles. It’s possible that Tesla will come out with something better.
One thing is clear, in this battle of electric vehicles, the customers emerge as total winners. After all, there’s more than one car maker to choose from and the price points have become more reasonable than they had ever been.
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