2015 NAIAS LIVE: Chevrolet Bolt Concept image

General Motors has entered the affordable electric race and together with the second-generation of the Volt plug-in hybrid model has also brought in for the 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show the battery-driven Bolt concept.

Every rumor surrounding the new concept that will son translate into a production series electric car designed to tackle the Nissan Leaf and the 2017 forecasted Tesla Model 3 seems to have panned out. That means Chevrolet indeed presented to the world its vision about an affordable electric car at this edition of the Detroit motor show and the model does come with a range of more than 200 miles. Following in the footsteps of the world’s best selling electric car – the Nissan Leaf – but also taking a page out of BMW’s i3 book, the Bolt concept is a five-door hatchback that features short front & rear overhangs to maximize interior and powertrain space (those batteries take a big chunk of the latter’s space). It has also been developed using a combination of weight saving materials which include aluminum, carbon fiber, magnesium and woven mesh. It also features aerodynamically optimized vented rear fenders that, according to the engineers, buoy available range and the concept status is supported by the LED technology used for the headlights and taillights.

“The Bolt EV concept is a game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity,” said General Motors CEO Mary Barra. “Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers.”

The interior features more concept touches, including a decisively minimalist approach with numerous high-tech features, including slim seats atop exposed aluminum pedestals, a floating console with an integrated 10-inch capacitive touchscreen display. Not much is known today about the technical specifications of the model, but Chevrolet did say the Bolt concept can travel at least 200 miles (322 km) and when in production series it would have an affordable price tag of around $30,000.