The long awaited all-electric Chevy was finally unveiled yesterday at the CES in Las Vegas and we are more excited about it than we expected. No range-extending gas engine a la Volt this time or retrofitted design; we’re talking genuine electric power! For over 320 km. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is ready to start kicking some electric butt.
The look of the car is more appealing than the concept introduced last year. The silhouette might remind you a bit of the Mercedes-Benz B200, but the front portion is definitely Chevrolet, with the two-level grille, the golden bow tie and an interesting set of headlamps with a design that extends on the lateral fenders up to the A pillar. A straight belt line leads to an interesting rear portion, with cat’s-eye taillights gracing the hatch.
It will of course feature a handful of technologies, including GM’s 4G LTE wifi connectivity, a 10.2-inch touchscreen display, remote start, navigation and pretty much any feature you’d expect in an EV. CEO Maria Barra also added during Wednesday’s presentation that “The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification, all designed to enhance the ownership experience now and into the future.” What that means is that the car will eventually be able to predict the range according to factors such as the time of day, traffic and weather conditions, and will enable owners to compare their electric performance with other drivers, and such.
What gives the Bolt an advantage over its other, already well-established competitors (like the Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV and Smart Fortwo ED) is its range, which is almost double the typical offering on the market. GM managed to cram enough charge in the Bolt to average 320 km on a full charge (though GM has curiously not yet divulged the exact battery specs), which is no small feat considering the initial promise of a small price tag. That’s another specification we have yet to hear more about: whether GM managed to keep the selling price close to $30K like they initially wanted to. Well, that’s one thing we’ll know for sure once the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt hits production later this year.