Why Is Apple's Co-Founder Switching His Tesla for a Chevy Bolt?

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Steve "Woz" Wozniak is one of the founders of Apple, so it's no big surprise that he gravitates toward advances in technology. Woz demonstrated his love for his Tesla Model S electric car by publicly praising not only the vehicle, but the innovative nature of the company itself. Some found it surprising then, that he posted a picture of himself on Facebook with the new Chevy Bolt along with the declaration, "I expect to be switching cars soon!"

                 
SCREEN CAPTURE FROM WOZ ON FACEBOOK

To understand Mr. Wozniak's move to the Chevy Bolt, it is important to note what he loves about his Tesla. His Tesla Model S has a large touchscreen interface, and is big enough to comfortably hold his family. The Tesla has Internet, and he can play the songs he likes through internet radio via voice command. When discussing his Tesla in a past interview, Mr. Wozniak said, "Like many owners, we love it the most of all our cars — ever. But I think the Model 3 that Tesla talks about will be the big one." This is where it gets interesting, because the Tesla Model 3 that Woz referred to will be a competitor of the Chevy Bolt, the car that he has since identified as his next vehicle.

In response to questions on his Facebook post about switching cars, Woz explained that, "A lot of things wrong with the Tesla Model S are done correctly (my opinion) in this car." In further explaining his decision, he indicated that luxury is not the biggest consideration for his family, but rather they value the user conveniences and functionality that he believes give the Bolt the edge. Woz even went as far as to write, "A lot of complaints about the Tesla that my wife and I have are solved in this car."

What is it about the Chevy Bolt that has people like Woz talking? For the tech savvy, the Bolt offers advanced electronics that rival current Tesla models. The Bolt has a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a digital instruments panel, and Chevy's newest version of its entertainment system. Chevy also partnered with LG to give the Bolt a powertrain that produces up to 200 horsepower, allowing the vehicle to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in under seven seconds. Another feature of the Chevy Bolt that impresses potential buyers is that it will be the first electric car priced under $40,000 with a 200-mile battery range. After national and state incentives, the price of the vehicle is lowered even further.

PHOTOGRAPH BY CHEVROLET

2017 Chevy Bolt EV

The Bolt EV, which will go into production by the end of 2016, will offer more than 200 miles of range on a full charge. It also features advanced connectivity technologies designed to enhance and personalize the driving experience.

To up the ante even further, the Chevy Bolt has an innovative regenerative braking system that lets drivers use a Regen on Demand paddle behind the steering wheel to slow the vehicle, and in turn send energy back to the car's battery. In conjunction with easing off the accelerator, use of the paddle can add up to another 5 percent to the car's battery life. In certain conditions, owners who have mastered use of Regen on Demand can drive the Bolt without using the standard brakes except in emergencies.

If all that isn't enough to convince Tesla owners or those new to the market to consider the Chevy Bolt, the car is also produced in a green facility, has a seating capacity of five with plenty of interior space and headroom, and it has a hatchback for people who need additional storage space. It is a hard decision for people like Woz who love their Teslas to make a switch, but Chevy has certainly made the electric vehicle innovation race an interesting one with the introduction of the Bolt.

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