Woz posted a picture of himself, smiling, next to a new, white Chevy Bolt. General Motors gave Woz the fully electric sedan for an extended test drive. He liked it.
“I expect to be switching cars soon!” Woz wrote in a photo caption.
The Bolt is due for release late this year. The four-door hatchback has an advertised range of 200 miles per charge, with a sticker price around $37,500. The EV will compete head-to-head with the Tesla Model 3.
The Tesla entry-level sedan, expect to start at $35,000, will be released late next year. Analysts expect full production to gear up in 2018. But that hasn’t stopped about 370,000 fans from placing $1,000 deposits for the EV.
The move will see Tesla’s making a big step from luxury vehicles to a broader market. But it looks like GM will have at least a year’s head start on the Model 3.
Woz’s approval for GM might indicate that there will be some major competition in the EV sedan market.
After seeing the interior and user interface, Woz wrote, “Tesla will have a difficult time selling me a Model 3. A lot of things wrong with the Tesla model S are done correctly (my opinion) in this car. But it’s still missing a place to put your sunglasses.”
The experience left the Los Gatos resident impressed with the design and function. “I was surprised and blown away. I had passed on the Volt when it came out but this one hits my sweet spot,” Woz said.