One of the larger announcements this month at the Detroit Auto Show was the unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt EV concept a long-range, all-electric vehicle designed to drive more than 200 miles per charge.
“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 estimated price for the vehicle is roughly $30,000, after applicable tax credits.
Chevrolet unveiled the Bolt EV concept during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Credit: © General Motors.
Bolt drivers will be able to select operating modes designed around preferred driving styles such as daily commuting and weekend cruising. The modes adjust accelerator pedal mapping, vehicle ride height and suspension tuning. The Bolt EV concept is also designed to support DC fast charging.
“We have made tremendous strides in technologies that make it easier and more affordable for Chevrolet customers to integrate an all-electric vehicle in their daily lives,” said Barra. “The Bolt EV concept demonstrates General Motors’ commitment to electrification and the capabilities of our advanced EV technology.”
Many of the vehicle’s features can be accessed using a smartphone with the concept Bolt EV Connect app, which is designed to: * Allow a smartphone to perform as the key fob * Allow ride-sharing management, including reservations, vehicle location, digital key and even payment processing via the smartphone * Incorporate the concept automatic park-and-retrieval technology, which enables the driver to exit the vehicle and tell the Bolt EV concept to park itself and when errands are completed, the Bolt EV concept can be summoned to return to the owner’s location.
Chevrolet indicates that the Bolt will be available for sale in the United States sometime in 2017.