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2017 CHEVROLET BOLT EV Review

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Last year, live before the world, we crowned the Chevrolet Bolt EV our 2017 Car of the Year. Not because it’s a good EV, not because it’s a good car, and not because it’s the first electric car to offer anxiety-free range at a price middle class folks can afford. It’s for all of those reasons. Luckily, we have a full year to see if the Bolt can live up to the high bar we set.

The Bolt is one of the more significant long-term cars we’ve had in recent years. Tons of people were interested in our long-term Tesla Model S, but most of them couldn’t afford it. Plenty of people were interested in our long-term Nissan Leaf and Kia Soul EV but were turned off by their limited range and long charge times. As such, the Bolt will be many people’s first real exposure to an EV that finally meets their needs. It goes 238 miles on a charge, according to the EPA (we’ll test that), and it can add 90 miles of range in about 30 minutes on a DC fast charger.

As I was sitting down to write this introduction, I received a press release from a Chevy dealer in Georgia, which bought a Bolt in California and trucked it back home to use as a demo until it gets its allocation later this year.

2017 Chevy Bolt EV long term car. (Photo by Brian Brantley/Brian Brantley Media, ©2017)

2017 Chevy Bolt EV long term car. (Photo by Brian Brantley/Brian Brantley Media, ©2017)

Because this car will attract folks who’ve never owned an EV before, we’re going to document it all the way. We purchased a 240-volt home charger to install at my house in order to ensure the Bolt stays juiced up. The charger, an AeroVironment EVSE-RS, pulls 30 amps and retails for $999 to $1,099 depending on the length of the cable and whether it’s hardwired into your house or plugs into a 240-volt outlet. At the time of this writing, it’s on sale for $599 to $749. Installation was arranged through AeroVironment, which will send a local, factory-approved electrician to my house. He or she will install a 40-amp circuit breaker in my electrical panel, run up to 30 feet of wiring, and install the charger all for a flat $799 fee. If I need it more than 30 feet away or if my city requires permits and fees, I’ll pay those on top of the flat fee.

Including the charger and installation, we’re in it for $1,398, exactly the price of the bundled deal AeroVironment is currently running. If that’s too rich for you, AeroVironment also sells the TurboCord, which will plug into a NEMA 6-20 240-volt outlet such as the one your clothes dryer might use, for $599 to $699. If you don’t have a free plug, AeroVironment will install one as part of a bundle, which costs exactly the same as the wall charger bundle I got. On the plus side, you can take the TurboCord anywhere. Minus: It charges at 16 amps, significantly slower.

Then there’s the car itself. Our Bolt is the range-topping Premier model, which starts at $41,780 before tax credits. A federal tax credit takes $7,500 off the price, bringing it down to $34,280. The state of California offers an additional $2,500 tax credit, bringing the real-world sticker price of our car down to $31,780. Not dirt cheap, but it’s worth noting the average transaction price of a new car in the U.S. is $32,000. A standard LT model starts at $37,495, or $29,995 after federal credit and $27,495 after the additional California credit. As of this writing, 33 states offer some form of incentives on EV purchases and/or charger installation.

Getting the Premier trim package netted us fancier wheels, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, a 360-degree camera, and more on top of the standard automatic climate control, HID headlights, rearview camera, keyless entry, and 10.2-inch touchscreen, among other things. To that, we added both the $485 Infotainment package (Bose stereo, wireless phone charger, and rear USB charging ports) and the $495 Driver Confidence package (collision warning, emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and adaptive headlights). We also wanted DC fast-charging capability, which set us back another $750, and Cajun Red paint, which cost $395. All told: $43,905 out the door, $36,405 after federal tax credit, and $33,905 with the California credit, too.

Add the cost of the home charger, and we’re out $45,303 up front, $37,803 after federal tax credit, and $35,303 with the California tax credit.

Depending on where you live, there might be additional rebates and incentives. For example, my electric utility offers special rates for EV owners who charge at off-peak hours, such as overnight. Some states and municipalities offer rebates on the purchase of a Level 2 charger to offset the cost, and some also offer financing programs to reduce the upfront cost of installing a charger.

We’re eager to report what it actually costs us to run the Bolt over the next 12 months.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier
BASE PRICE $41,780*
PRICE AS TESTED $43,905*
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback
MOTOR 200-hp/266-lb-ft AC permanent magnet
TRANSMISSION 1-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,555 lb (56/44%)
WHEELBASE 102.4 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 164.0 x 69.5 x 62.8 in
0-60 MPH 6.3 sec
QUARTER MILE 14.9 sec @ 92.9 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 128 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.78 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.4 sec @ 0.63 g (avg)
REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 28.6/26.3/27.8 kW-hrs/100 miles
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 128/110/119 mpg-e
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 26/31 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.00 lb/mile (at vehicle)
EPA RANGE 238 miles
*Before applicable tax rebates

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From Europe to Silicon Valley: McLoughlin and Rein on their journey at Disrupt Berlin

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Graffiti on Berlin Wall, Berlin, GermanyTechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, our premier European event is fast approaching this December. And that means some of the top players from Silicon Valley will be coming over.
In this context, we are always interested in the experiences of European entrepreneurs who have made the transition from a successful European startup to joining the ecosystem in Silicon Valley. So we’re delighted to announce two new speakers for the conference who have been through that very journey. And not only that, one ended up investing in the other, making for an even more fascinating conversation.Andy McLoughlin
Partner
SoftTech VC

Andy is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of Silicon Valley’s most active seed-stage venture capital firms where he primarily invests in SaaS, vertical industry solutions, and developer tools.
Prior to joining SoftTech, Andy was co-founder of London-headquartered Huddle, an enterprise SaaS collaboration platform that was acquired in 2017. Andy’s angel investment portfolio includes innovative B2B products like Pipedrive, Intercom, Apiary (acquired by Oracle), Buffer and Bugsnag, as well as consumer services including Postmates, Secret Escapes, HER, and Calm.
Andy co-founded and is the US Trustee for the Founders Pledge, a charity that promotes altruism in early-stage entrepreneurs by enabling them to donate a percentage of personal proceeds following an exit. He was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s birthday honors list for services to the UK technology industry. Follow him on twitter @bandrew

Timo Rein
Co-founder/CEO
Pipedrive

Timo Rein, co-founder and CEO of Pipedrive an activity-based simple sales management tool that helps over 60,000 sales teams to get more organised and focused, has 15+ years of experience as a salesman, sales manager and software entrepreneur. Timo is passionate about sales tactics and has always had a knack for reading people.

As CEO, Timo is responsible for setting long-term product vision and business-critical strategy goals. While Pipedrive has grown to over 300 employees working from different locations in New York, Lisbon, London and Estonia, Timo is still closely involved in the hiring process of new people and helps to find the best possible professional and personal fit between the new employee, the job or the rest of the team.

Prior to founding Pipedrive Timo worked for eleven years as one of the three partners at Vain & Partners, a sales consulting and training company with clientele like PwC, Coca Cola and Nissan. Timo’s goal was to create programs that would help different companies and people sell more, and manage better. Timo worked with about 30-40 companies, and 500 people each year to figure out ways to better sales results in different industries.

Timo also considers selling books door-to-door for 3 months in 2000 (in California, US) with Southwestern Comp, crucial to his sales experience that was eventually put to use as the architecture of Pipedrive. He was in top 1% performers among 4,000 sales people and while he never thought he was the type of person who could sell, he pulled off 14-hour-long days, 6 days a week, and 12 weeks in a row.

Timo’s first full-time job as a university student was a recruiter when he worked for four years interviewing people applying for managerial and specialist positions in different companies. Timo studied psychology at Tartu University and completed his BA studies in 1999.


Disrupt Berlin 2017 takes place December 4-5 at the historic Arena Berlin in the heart of Berlin, Germany.

Get your Disrupt tickets ASAP or rather right now to save 30% off of your tickets. You’ll see the Startup Battlefield competition, in which a handful of startups pitch our judges with the hopes of winning the coveted Disrupt Cup and a massive cash prize.

And you’ll get to chat with representatives from scores of promising startups in Startup Alley, see amazing on stage content, and unwind after a long day at the show with a cocktail and some new friends at the Disrupt after party.

Are you a startup? The Startup Alley Exhibitor Package is your best bet to get the greatest exposure by exhibiting your company or product directly on the Disrupt Berlin show floor and if you get your exhibitor package before this Friday 29 September you’ll get an additional general admission ticket! Check it out.

 

 

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Man goes temporarily insane after wife gives birth to conjoined babies in Lagos.

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A man was so distraught when his wife gave birth to conjoined twin baby boys that he became temporarily insane.

Mr Obinna Ugwuoke, from Ebonyi state, and his wife Mrs Amarachi Ugwoke welcomed their sons at First Covenant Hospital in Satellite Town, Lagos on the 8th of May 2 017. The couple, who have two other children, were shocked when they saw that their sons were joined at the stomach and it took a toll on the husband.

The boys have four separate legs, two separate heads, and four hands but are fused from the chest down to the stomach. They have been named James and John.

The parents are awaiting a surgery to separate their sons and their parish has begun raising money to help pay for the medical expenses.

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Kcee – ”E-money Is The Youngest Billionaire Of All Times”

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Its official Kcee may be the Elder bro in real life, but Emoney is the one feeding him! It is No Longer News that Even though Kcee is the Older bro to Emoney.

He worships him like his god Because of the money he gathers, Kcee once said he made Emoney popular, But There’s no better reasons why he will serve his younger brother than his Cash, With the photo and caption he just posted few minutes ago, the rumors that Emoney is the one feeding him, might just be true..

Proudly going below your younger bro, wasn’t such a bad idea, was it?

He called him the Youngest Billionaire of all times.

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