LACar on the state of the affordable long range electric car
"It’s been almost two years since the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV yanked the mantle from the Tesla Model 3 as the first affordable long-range electric car stage. While the 3 has finally arrived, the affordable version is still a ways off.
The Bolt EV took the electric car manufacturers by surprise. None, probably, more so than Nissan, who just introduced its second-generation Leaf, falling about 88 miles short of the Bolt in the range department (Nissan promises a mid-stream update that exceeds 200 miles).
Tesla has finally reached its self-imposed goal of making 5,000 Model 3s per week. It did so in the final week of the last quarter. In the words of its CEO, Elon Musk, Tesla “just became a real car company.” But the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 is still nowhere in sight. Tesla’s future remains a mystery, as the high production demands keep the company strapped for the working capital we hope it continues to have.
So, for those looking for an affordable, long-range electric vehicle, from an established (“real”) car company, the Bolt EV remains the only show in town."
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