2017 Chevy Bolt EV debuts - w/video

This was an intro that I was looking forward to...and why not? A good-looking EV (electric Vehicle), with style and a dedicated EV platform from a major US manufacturer for $30k. I got most of what I wanted (the Detroit Auto Show is this week so maybe more info...). The Bolt (does this mean I'm the nut when driving it?) is very attractive, of a decent size, looks well built, has gloss-black grille inserts instead of the shiny bits (is this just for the production concept?), and has a lot of interior room for its size which is where that special platform comes in. The platform mounts the batteries below the floor lowering the car's center of gravity and maximizing space utilization. Expect to see more new GM models use this base. Yes Monica, the EV is the future (whether you like it or not, I mean we will run out of oil one day). The Chevy Bolt is a very well-done addition to add to their line up of electrified models. Here's the down side. According to early reports, the Bolt's prices will start at $37,500. Now Chevrolet likes to say that the Bolt costs $30,000 when you factor in the government's $7,500 tax incentive (some states have incentives as well) for EVs, but unless your tax situation allows for the use of the incentive, you might get no tax break from Uncle Sam. How about direct down payment cash like the "cash for clunkers" incentives (with new rules to stop shady dealer practices). If the Bolt had the lower starting price point, many fence sitters might have taken the EV plunge, cause really, an EV can meet the needs of many folks. Oh yeah, and the Bolt is expected to have a 200 mile range. So the questions I have for the Detroit intro are, Is the car shown what you get for your $37,500 or is it heavily optioned? Is the 200 mile range standard or are updated battery packs required as an optional extra? and so on... Check back for updates in this space...

Source: Chevrolet - Press release and video after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:

Chevrolet is introducing the 2017 Bolt EV at the Consumer Electronics Show, fulfilling its promise to offer a long-range, affordable electric vehicle for the masses.

The Bolt EV, which will go into production by the end of 2016, will offer more than 200 miles of range on a full charge. It also features advanced connectivity technologies designed to enhance and personalize the driving experience.

“It was less than a year ago that we revealed the Bolt EV concept and promised to deliver a long-range electric vehicle attainable by the masses,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said. “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.”

Connectivity Simplifies Ownership Experience

The Bolt EV benefits directly from the suggestions and ideas of Volt owners and features technologies that make owning a long-range electric vehicle easy.

The Bolt EV’s connectivity innovations will provide smart, personalized solutions for managing the driving experience. For example, in the future an accurate driving range projection will be based on the time of day, typography, weather and the owner’s driving habits.

Bluetooth low-energy – designed specifically for the Bolt EV to minimize energy draw – seamlessly connects a smart phone to the car while the owner approaches the vehicle.

Many of the Bolt EV’s driver-focused technologies are supported by OnStar 4G LTE, which turns the Bolt EV into a Wi-Fi hotspot, giving owners easier access to apps and services via a high-speed wireless connection.

Other connectivity and infotainment features include:
  • 10.2’’ MyLink color touch-screen display
  • Customizable, widget-based “flip-board style” operation
  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Rear-facing camera provides a wide-angle view of the environment behind the vehicle. 
  • Surround Vision
  • Provides a bird’s-eye view of what’s around the Bolt EV for improved safety during low-speed driving and when parking.
  • All-New MyChevrolet Mobile App: Combines important owner and vehicle information and functions, such as:
  • Vehicle charge status
  • OnStar Map service
  • Remote start
  • Cabin pre-conditioning
  • Owner’s manual information
  • Dealer service scheduling
  • EV Navigation Mapping
  • EV-specific navigation capability that designs routes to maximize range and provide locations of nearby charging station locations if needed.
In the future, Bolt EV owners will be able to “compete” by comparing driving styles to determine who is driving most efficiently.

The Bolt EV will be built at GM’s Orion (Mich.) Assembly facility, near Detroit.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.