Tesla Rival, 3D-Printed Car Make Waves At Detroit Auto Show – 13 January 2015

RT logoWith the 2015 North American International Auto Show well underway in Detroit, automakers are revving engines by taking the all-electric line-up of Tesla head-on and showcasing the very first 3D-printed vehicle.

All eyes were on General Motors, as the company revealed a new concept car that is scheduled to become reality by 2017: the Chevrolet Bolt. Not to be confused with the Volt – a gas/electric hybrid that first made its debut in 2010 – the Bolt is an all-electric vehicle that will reportedly be capable of traveling more than 200 miles on a single charge.

Just as important as its range, though, is the price point, and in that category Bolt also promises to be competitive, if not cheaper, than the products of other manufacturers – namely Tesla. According to GM, the car will sell for about $30,000.

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So far, there is no precise release date for the vehicle, though it’s possible the Bolt could arrive some time in the next year or year and a half. Plunging gas prices have made some question the wisdom of investing heavily in electric vehicles, but automakers like GM believe prices will eventually spike again and are looking towards the future.

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