Chevrolet is one of the most innovative brands on the market. In fact, the brand has been celebrating the anniversary of the Lunar Rover trip on the moon to showcase just how long it’s been developing electric vehicle technologies.
Dating all the way back to July 1971, the first Lunar Rover trip has been cemented in US history. As part of the Apollo 15 mission to explore the moon, the Rover was an electric-powered vehicle developed by GM engineers to help astronauts explore the lunar surface with limited weight, optimum battery life, and speed. Believe it or not, the Rover had a range of 57 miles when fully charged, and it cost a whopping $38 million.
Luckily, you can get your hands on that technology for much less. How does the Rover stack up compared to modern Chevy EV technology? According to Chevy, the Rover could hold two people and it could travel at about 8.7 mph. It had 1 horsepower when the four motors were combined, and it weighed just 492 pounds. It also had a cargo space of 4.6 cu ft.
The 2016 Bolt EV may share some of the basic electric technology as the Rover, but it has plenty of upgrades. For instance, the Bolt has a range of 238 miles*, up to 200 horsepower, and it can reach speeds of up to 92 mph. It can also seat five people, and it has up to 56.6 cu ft of space. It does, however, weigh 3,500 pounds, though weight isn’t quite as much of a big deal if you’re not travelling to the moon in a rocket.
Chevy EV technology has come a long way. Here at Diamond Auto Group, we can’t wait to see what the brand comes up with next.