The 2017 Chevrolet bolt battery electric vehicle has been officially introduced by the Gm brand during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas during a keynote speech by CEO and Chairman Mary Barra.
The model is slated to reach the production line later on this year, with the production Bolt being very closely related to the prototype we saw last year during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It’s a compact five-door hatchback with electric propulsion, and its key design elements include ED-infused headlights and an aerodynamic dual-element grille. We also noticed it sporting black hue accents, a sleek greenhouse, a tailgate-mounted spoiler, and LED taillights. There’s also a bespoke styling in the cabin, with the never before seen on a Chevy dashboard that comes packing a digital instrument cluster and a 10.2-inch MyLink infotainment system with “customizable, widget-based ‘flip-board style’ operation.”
“We were given a blank canvas – a rare opportunity with a unique platform to recast EV design for customers across the spectrum,” said Stuart Norris, managing director of Design. “The team answered the challenge with a progressive design distinguished by dramatic graphics and exceptional passenger space.”
The 102.4-inch wheelbase and wide track will ensure enough interior space for the passengers, with the large greenhouse delivering a panoramic view from upright, SUV-like seating positions. The owner also gets a multipurpose, connected center console with a wireless charging location and a storage compartment big enough for a tablet. The cargo space – 16.9 cubic feet – is larger than what is offered in the closest competitor, the BMW i3 (15.1 cubic feet).
“The Bolt EV’s design elements are designed for everyday life and the space inside accommodates it all, whether you and your friends go shopping for the day or take off for the weekend,” said Norris. “Inside and out, this game-changing vehicle makes a dramatic statement with a distinctive identity that can only be a Chevy and challenges expectations for what an affordable EV can offer.”
The EV-specific navigation system is tailored to show the charging stations in close proximity and even delivers routes specifically designed to maximize battery range, while Chevrolet also confirmed it would deliver even a gaming mode that pits owners against each other to find the most efficient driver. Little technical specifications were actually delivered with the company only stating the flat battery pack is tucked away beneath the floor and the range will indeed exceed 200 miles on a single charge.