Chevrolet’s New All Electric Bolt EV

The Chevy Bolt EV is an all new model—not to be confused with the similarly named Volt which is a plug-in hybrid with far less electric range. The new Bolt EV boasts a 238-mile EPA-certified driving range with surprisingly powerful electric motor. The Bolt is also a roomy, practical hatchback with lots of leg room and cargo space all at a very affordable price.

The LT base model includes: a 10.2 inch touchscreen (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready); proximity-key entry and push-button start; backup camera; 4g LTE with mobile Wi-Fi. That is a lot of modern features in a base model. Coming in at just under $40,000 dollars (and considering the $7,500 tax credit available for electric-vehicle buyers) Chevrolet potentially has a real winner on their hands—ultimately not as “cool” as a Tesla, but the pricing and feature set seems set to place a lot more drivers behind the wheel of an electric car than more expensive competitors.

At these prices many might consider the DC fast-charging package for $750 (recommended by Car and Driver). There is also the $555 Comfort and Convenience package that includes heated front seats and steering wheel. And finally the $495 Driver and Confidence package that favors features like blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alerts and rear parking sensors.


Ford Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Update Available

Ford 2016 model-year vehicles now have a Sync 3 infotainment system update available. Owners have several update options. The software can be downloaded to a USB drive or a Wi-Fi connection can be used to download the update directly to the vehicle.

Customers must upgrade their USB hubs in order to receive Apple CarPlay support. Android Auto support is available with the existing hardware. Both infotainment services allow users to access smartphone features such as navigation, music, phone, and messaging through Sync 3.

This is Ford’s first attempt at a Wi-Fi enabled update and their hired a specific team of engineers to for the project. Wi-Fi enabled vehicles will update automatically. 2017 model-year Fords are already equipped with Sync 3 that supports Android and Apple.