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Chevrolet Bolt EV: 10 Things We Learned Driving the First Everyman EV

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An orange 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV sits parked in a parking lot overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

An orange 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV sits parked in a parking lot overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California Our first drive in the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV answered most of our questions about the breakthrough electric car | Eric Schaal/Autos Cheat Sheet

The race for the first affordable, long-range electric vehicle is over. General Motors is the winner, and the product is the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, the automaker’s deep dive into green driving. It has the range to make you stop counting miles and get back to your life, and it starts below $30,000 after claiming the tax credit — less if you live in one of the EV-friendly states.

We said we’d believe it when we’d see it, and that day has come. Over a fast-moving 24 hours, spanning from Palo Alto to San Francisco, California, we got a chance to take an extended drive in the new Chevrolet Bolt EV. Chevy made sure to plot a route that took us through narrow streets, winding mountain roads, steep descents, crazy California highways, and avenues covered in cable car tracks.

In other words, we faced just about every challenge a driver might encounter in a day’s travel. All the while, the Chevrolet Bolt EV held its own and pleasantly surprised us at some points. Here are 10 things worth knowing about the first everyman EV to land in America.

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