Is an Electric Vehicle for You

Blog #8 Is an Electric Vehicle for You


With the price of gas rising, a lot of people have started looking at electric cars. An electric vehicle can cost more upfront, but they may offer long-term financial benefits due to lower operating costs and government incentives. The Canadian Government has passed a federal mandate to increase the supply of electric vehicles in Canada. By 2035 the goal is to have 100% of new cars imported and manufactured to be electric. Currently there is $5,000 in tax rebates for buying qualifying zero-emission vehicles.

The cost of charging an EV at your home or at a charging station is cheaper than fueling a gas or diesel engine. The cost of electricity also tends to be more stable than the cost of petroleum products. The average cost to charge the Bolt with electricity prices at 17.8kWh, is $8.74 from a totally empty battery. That will get you a range of 417km.  A year of driving a Chevrolet Bolt is estimated at $419.

Not only do Electric Vehicles, EVs, save you money in fueling, they also save you money in the service department. EV’s have less moving parts. You don’t have to worry about drive belts, alternators, oil changes, complex cooling systems, and fuel delivering systems. All of these require maintenance or replacing with a combustion vehicle.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV features outstanding efficiency, cutting-edge technology and amped-up style.  The Bolt has a 10.2 inch colour touch screen that features four energy screens that allow you to track your driving habits and improve your efficiency and range. You can also customize charging based on your location, schedule and utility rates.

The Bolt EV has Dual Level Charge Cord that allows you to switch between Level 1 (120-Volt) and Level 2 (240 volt). Plugging in your Chevrolet Bolt is as easy as plugging in your smartphone.

Elective driving technologies like One Pedal Driving, Regen on Demand and Sport Mode give the Bolt EV a boost when it comes to fun, function and capability. One Pedal Driving captures energy by using regenerative braking to slow the vehicle. It is controlled by using only the accelerator pedal to speed up or slow down, not the brakes. Regen on Demand is where you generate and restore energy with a simple pull and hold of a paddle. Sport Mode delivers more excitement with a more responsive acceleration.

There are many benefits to driving an Electric Vehicle, the most talked about ones are the financial and environmentally benefits. However, another benefit is the Chevrolet Bolt is a fun drive. It accelerates quickly due because they do not have a transmission like a gas powered car. EVs have horsepower and torque that rival exotic sports cars. You can go from 0-96km/h in 6.5 seconds.

If you commute for work, or do a lot of driving, an EV could benefit you in multiple ways. Stop in to Tom Smith Chevrolet and let’s take a look at the Chevrolet Bolt and see if it’s the right for you and your lifestyle.

is an electric vehicle for you
Tom Smith Chevrolet is a Chevrolet, Buick & GMC dealership located in Midland ONT. We also have a wide selection of certified pre-owned vehicles. Just a 30 minute drive from Barrie, ONT, or 90 minutes from the  GTA we know you will get the best service from our small town dealership you can’t get from bigger cities.