The Chevrolet Bolt EV, if you noticed it at all before, was a homely little electric hatchback. Neither here nor there, really—just a generically styled, Chevy-badged tall hatch. In other words, inoffensive automotive wallpaper. Looks were never the point because the Bolt delivered where it counts for EV customers: It was the first truly affordable “long-range” electric car, and it beat Tesla’s long-promised affordable Model 3 sedan to market. We named the impressive 238-mile Bolt EV our 2017 Car of the Year, and the game was supposed to be done changed by this pioneering Chevy.