I recently reported that, despite earlier comments of praise for the Chevy Bolt EV, tech industry veteran Steve Wozniak got a Tesla Model S as his newest car, rather than a Bolt EV. There’s an update…
It seems that in addition to the new Tesla Model S P100D, Wozniak is also getting a new 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. So, Tesla didn’t win the “battle” over Wozniak, but it seems rather to have ended up in a tie with GM/Chevy.
The “news” is the result of yet another recent post by Wozniak on Facebook (I know, reporting has taken quite a fall over the last few decades …). That post stated: “Our fully EV Chevy Bolt arrives January 3 and I expect that to become our main car.”
He also posted about a recent road trip he took in the new Model S P100D … and about getting a Tesla for a baby grandkid:
Green Car Reports provides some background, commenting on the initial (seeming) backing away from the Bolt EV: “However, Woz may have had reservations about making the Bolt EV his sole car because of perceived issues with taking longer trips. In comments on his December post, Woz wrote that he was ‘concerned’ about how the Bolt EV ‘would work on our favored road trips,’ calling Tesla ‘the only game in town for that.’ That likely referred to to the Bolt EV’s lower maximum DC fast-charging rate, as well as the currently sparse availability of charging stations that use the Bolt EV’s Combined Charging Standard (CCS) protocol.”
Below are more direct quotes from Woz regarding the Bolt and Model S from those older Facebook posts.
“Knowing myself, [the Bolt] may replace the Tesla. A lot of complaints about the Tesla that my wife and I have are solved in this car. It’s not just some name where you have to take a side. The user conveniences are well thought out and the functionality is great. I tell everyone that the most valuable, useful car of my life was the Prius that I drove for 10 years. I don’t need top-of-the-line luxury. We have a Tesla but there is no other EV choice that’s good for road trips. The Bolt will need some personal testing by Janet and myself to find out how it is on road trips. Otherwise, it’s what we want. Extra features aren’t the big picture, or we’d have skipped the Tesla for a Mercedes.”
“My personality is not to have the top of the line. Except for iPhones, ha ha. The Tesla model S is costly but it was the only EV that could suffice for our long road trips. This new BOLT, when it’s out, may do the trick, but it doesn’t have access to chargers as fast as Tesla’s superchargers, so the jury is still out.”
In the end, it seems Wozniak just decided to get the Model S for road trips and a Chevy Bolt EV for around town. As noted above, Tesla’s Supercharger network is the only real long-distance EV fast-charging network out there right now.