Woz gets an early Christmas gift – a white Tesla

Woz gets an early Christmas gift – a white Tesla

Maybe Steve Wozniak’s flirtation with a Chevy Bolt was just a tease.

The Apple co-founder posted a photo on Facebook this week with his wife Janet’s Christmas present to him — a 2016 Tesla Model S. “Present from Janet!” the caption reads, with the couple embracing in front of the new, snow white sedan.

The license plate reads “Batt Czy.”

Wozniak, or Woz, tested the Chevy Bolt this summer and posted a glowing online review. The Los Gatos resident, who already owned a Tesla, praised the Chevy’s interior design and user interface.

“I was surprised and blown away. I had passed on the Volt when it came out but this one hits my sweet spot,” Woz wrote in September.

The Chevy Volt is a hybrid plug-in released in 2010. The Bolt is GM’s plug-in electric hatchback, with about 230 miles of range, room for five passengers and a sticker price starting at $37,500. The vehicle won Motor Trend’s car of the year for its design and function.

GM delivered its first three Bolts to Bay Area customers this month in Fremont, which also happens to be the home of the Tesla factory. The vehicle will be in broad release next year.

Tesla plans to roll out the Model 3, a lower-cost sedan to compete with the Bolt, late next year. A widespread release for the $35,000 electric model is planned for 2018.

Woz said his Christmas present doesn’t mean he’s given up on the Bolt.

“I’m still considering the Bolt. It had a lot of things nicer about it than the Tesla. But I’m concerned about how it would work on our favored road trips,” Woz posted. “So far, Tesla’s the only game in town for that.”

Photo: Steve and Janet Wozniak with a 2016 Tesla Model S.  (Photo courtesy of Steve Wozniak via Facebook).

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Published at Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:42:58 +0000