This moment could qualify as one of the worst kept secrets of the year past – right alongside the looks of the Mercedes E Class – Chevrolet has officially announced what we already knew: the Bolt EV in production form will premiere during the 2016 CES.
So, today during her keynote speech at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Mary Barra – the company’s chief executive officer and newly appointed Chairwoman – will officially introduce to the worldwide audience the production series Bolt battery electric vehicle. The Chevrolet Bolt, which should also bring affordability into the game – tipped at under $30,000 after federal tax credit – is the first attempt by a mainstream automaker to deliver a long-range electric vehicle. That’s because the automaker believes the final range figures confirmed by the EPA in the near future will have the Bolt go for around 200 miles on a single charge – which is way more than what mainstream vehicles currently offer, including the world’s top selling BEV, the Nissan Leaf.
“The Bolt EV truly embodies the ingenuity that is at the core of everything we do at Chevrolet,” said Alan Batey, president of General Motors North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “The technologies and the engineering expertise behind the Bolt EV are tremendous examples of the kind of innovation we intend to offer our customers, across an array of products at a tremendous value.”
Said to cost less than $30,000 after the $7,500 federal tax credits are factored in, the prototype Bolt was presented last year in January during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit – but now the production version trumps the traditional show for the increasingly automotive-prone CES in Las Vegas.