Tesla Model 3 & Chevy Bolt EV: Price vs Availability

Tesla Model 3 & Chevy Bolt EV: Price vs Availability
The electric vehicle market continues to expand as the months roll by and units like the Chevy Bolt EV are already availale. Is Tesla's Model 3 even worth waiting for? Photo : ColdFusion/YouTube

Tesla may exclusively manufacture electric cars, but there are competitors in the market that are gaining grounds with the public. So while the Model 3 is a big name in the affordable EV conversation, there is also the Chevy Bolt EV that is making waves in the industry as well. Both units are brimming with great features and promises, but they do still have their differences.

As Forbes reports, the Model 3 is not as upscale as the current Model S and Model X, but it still has all the makings of a Tesla-made electric vehicle. But because of the more affordable price, the upcoming unit does come with its changes. The second display behind the steering wheel, for example, will no longer make its way to the EV.

Nevertheless, it still has its features that are remarkable on their own. The Model 3, as shown in the demo last year, has a giant panoramic glass roof and comfortable seating. All in all, interested buyers will be getting the same style and status that all other Tesla vehicles have already accomplished.

One major drawback of the Model 3, however, is that it is still not available in the market. And while the publication claims that the unit will begin rolling out of Tesla's Gigafactory within the year - as the company has promised themselves - there is no way to confirm when the car will actually start being delivered to its owners. Moreover, with a 400,000 unit backlog to fulfill, it is unclear how much time it will take the company to meet orders.

On the other hand, the Chevy Bolt EV already is available in the market. The publication even claims that several dozens are already being sold every month at just one of LA's Chevy dealers. But despite its growing demand, General Motors is able to counteract this with a heavy flow of stock.

In comparison with the Tesla Model 3, the Chevy Bolt EV is definitely something else entirely. There is a reason why it has been named Motor Trend's 2017 Car of the Year and the 2017 North American Car of the Year. For one thing, the unit is a crossover vehicle that is likely to appeal to a larger audience, as small families will be happy with its size.

But more than that, it has a 240-mile range on a single full charge. For the price of the unit, owners get more than they bargained for. The acceleration of the unit is smooth but the handling holds up very well. And unlike most cars its size, it is exceptionally quiet.

As Seeking Alpha notes, almost 600 Chevy Bolt EVs were sold in California and Oregon in just the last few days of December 2016. This is a pretty impressive number considering General Motors only recently began rolling out the unit to other states. The vehicle is a great one to own and it is available now, which some argue almost makes waiting for the Tesla Model 3 irrational.

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