Motor Trend Lists Tesla Model S 60/75, Chevrolet Bolt EV Among 2017 Car Of The Year Finalists

NOV 2 2016 BY MARK KANE 40

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S w/75 kWh battery on board up for a “Car of the Year” award

The Tesla Model S has chance to grab another Motor Trend Car of the Year (its first win was in 2013), as the 60/75 kWh version was mentioned among other 2017 Car Of The Year Finalists.

Not to be outdone the Chevrolet Bolt EV is also on the short list of eligible finalists, and looks to take home its first award. The 2nd generation Chevy Volt was also considered in the perliminary round (the only other plug-in to be included), but failed to make the final cut.

Results to be announced on November 14.

On the Tesla Model S 60/75:

One of the most liked features in Tesla Model S 60 is its upgradibility from 60 to 75 kWh using over-the-air software update to expand available energy.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Tesla retails the 60 kWh version for $8,500 less than the 75 kWh trim level, despite the S 60 already having larger capacity on board.  As a result owners of the base model Telsa can upgrade to the full 75 kWh capacity at any time – for a cost of $9,000 after the initial point of sale.

“That’s perhaps the biggest reason why the Model S was a finalist this year.

As Frank Markus said, “I’m awed by the upgradibility. Go to sleep with a 60, wake up with a 75.” Kim Reynolds explained further: “The Model S’ entrée to this year’s COTY field was primarily via a whole new doorway to eligibility—its significantly updated software—since what was essentially the same car had won COTY in 2013.””

Another positive thing noted with the nomination for the Model S was the Autopilot functionality, but only on the freeway.

Read more on Motor Trend’s coverage of the Model S 60/75 as a finalist here.


As for the Chevrolet Bolt EV:

Motor Trend a big fan of the 238 miles of range found the Chevrolet Bolt EV...as well as the price-point

Motor Trend a big fan of the 238 miles of range found the Chevrolet Bolt EV…as well as the price-point

Motor Trend likes the driveability of the car, its “roomy” interior for the overall size of vehicle, as well as just the value proposition of the car inside the long range, all-electric segment.

On the flipside, MT doesn’t like the corresponding charging infrastructure the all-electric car is attached too, and the “fussy styling details”.

“Two numbers—238 and 29,995—define the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The first is the number of miles the EPA has certified the Bolt EV will travel on a full charge. The second is its price, in dollars, after allowing for a $7,500 federal tax rebate. By offering that range, at that price, the Chevy Bolt EV has sent a new benchmark for electric vehicles. “It’s twice the car for half the price of a BMW i3,” guest judge Chris Theodore said.”

Read more on Motor Trend’s coverage of the Bolt EV as a finalist here.


As a sidenote:  How can the Model S be up for another win is a interesting question, to which Motor Trend explains:

Kim Reynolds explained further: “The Model S’ entrée to this year’s COTY field was primarily via a whole new doorway to eligibility—its significantly updated software—since what was essentially the same car had won COTY in 2013.”

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40 Comments on "Motor Trend Lists Tesla Model S 60/75, Chevrolet Bolt EV Among 2017 Car Of The Year Finalists"

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The Bolt is also a finalist btw. 😉

Sussing out Bolt news/quotes now – will be added into the story momentarily.
/touch quick on the publishing of this one, lol …apologies to Mark

Update (10:07): done/updated

Model S is an awesome car! 🙂 Chevy Bolt is also up for Motor Trend car of the year:

http://www.motortrend.com/news/chevrolet-bolt-2017-car-of-the-year-finalist/

Gen II Volt was a contender but not finalist.

*loads Boromir “Brace Yourselves” meme*

Time for another GM vs Tesla fanboy flamefest! :p

I don’t think so. It’s really obvious that the Bolt will be the car of the year. If Tesla can deliver the Model 3 in 2017 it would likely be 2018.

“If Tesla can” is how you do flamebait.

Tesla is just an awesome car!!! Check out my last Tesla video.

Bolt: “twice the car for half the price of a BMW i3,”

Bolt, or Tesla. Sounds like a ‘Merican Top 10.

Also Noteworthy…

Tesla Model X was a MotorTrend 2017 SUV OF THE YEAR FINALIST:

http://www.motortrend.com/news/tesla-model-x-2017-suv-of-the-year-finalist/

Although Model X made it to the finalist list it did get some negatives among the Motor Trend judges for the Falcon Doors and other X innovations as being gimmicky. I don’t own an X but have occasional use of an X; the more time I spend with Model X the more I like the Falcon Doors and now prefer them to standard doors. The recent software updates have improved the doors.

…even though I love my Model S likely my next Tesla will be the X…I like most of the so called “gimmick” innovations of X.

The other thing about the X is it has a higher stance. You aren’t sitting on the floor like in the Model S….better for old pucks.

This same thing could be said about the BoltEV. Not to mention that it appears that the little BoltEV has more rear seat leg room and headroom than the Model S!!

Way to go GM. When you get a little more serious about EVs. Put this outstanding power train in a more desirable body and you could sell a million of them!!

Congratulations to both Tesla and Chevrolet!
🙂 🙂 🙂

Go USA!

Yeah! Looking back on this decade, the Model S and the Bolt EV will be seen as hugely important transitions for the industry.

The other cars on the list will be mostly forgotten.

Precisely the way to look at it!

Why not the 100DL? Is cost factored in or something?

Personally the P100 regardless of variety, or heck even the 90 would be better than the 60/75 I would think.

Yep, there is a cost limit for this award, IINM.

According to Motor Trend, the ability to upgrade the 60 to a 75 is one of the main reason for the inclusion of the 60 as a finalist:

“That’s perhaps the biggest reason why the Model S was a finalist this year.

As Frank Markus said, “I’m awed by the upgradibility. Go to sleep with a 60, wake up with a 75.” Kim Reynolds explained further: “The Model S’ entrée to this year’s COTY field was primarily via a whole new doorway to eligibility—its significantly updated software—since what was essentially the same car had won COTY in 2013.”

This was supposed to be a reply to DJ 🙂

So if you buy the Model S with the 60 kWh batteyr and upgrade it later to 75 kWh, you lose $500? Tesla Motors deserved to be penalize, not awarded!

Where is sven I can’t wait to read his/her comments!! lol

Twice the car for half the price?! Didn’t know that the Bolt EV fits in 8 people 🙂

car = battery

Didn’t know the Bolt was up gradable to a higher capacity pack.

That would be nice if GM surpised us with that.

It doesn’t need to be.

Bolt EV = 60kWh
BMW i3 = 22/33kWh

Yup. There’s no need to upgrade, but I see a need for option to downgrade: 20kWh for about $20K, 40kWh for about $25K, all post subsidy price.

Then the dealer option to install more batteries later down the line could be more attractive dealers.

20 kWh Bolt would shed about 600 lb (or 2900 lb total, about that of SparkEV) while having more room. If they can keep the power at 150 HP (10 more than 18 kWh SparkEV), that will be the quickest car on the planet at that price. I’d say that’s pretty compelling if they bothered to advertise as such.

$9,000 for an extra 15kWh of battery is kinda pricey.

Makes the replacement 24kWh LEAF battery seem cheap in comparison at $6,000. ?

Musk would be smart to offer temporary battery capacity increases for a fixed cost. Going on a trip? Pay say $100 for a weeks increase. Can’t see that many springing for the $9,000 software upgrade.

It is know as “market segmentation”.

I see that as a legal theft!

Putting a 75 KWH battery into a car and charging you for only 60 KWH is not theft….

Bolt EV should win, first EV over 200 miles for $35k, but my money $1000.00 is in Elon’s pocket for model 3.

Same here – agreed.

You will regret giving Musk that money soon. Get it out and buy the Chevy Bolt EV!

Give it to the Bolt! GM deserves recognition for this nice new EV. Tesla already has a trophy case full of awards.

Motor Trends is all about “trends”. The Bolt EV is the ground-breaker of the Next Big Car Trend – the affordable long-range EV. 2017 MT Car of the Year. It will be the Bolt EV.

GM did it first with the Chevy Volt winng the 2011 MT COTY award.

2017 Chevy Bolt
2018 Tesla Model 3

Ooops! A bit of slap in the chops for Consumer Reports’ take on things!

The car is not released and it is COY finalist? I suppose when GM’s bribe, excuse me “Ad Purchase” is as high as it is, anything is possible in the Magazine World. What is Tesla’s ad budget?