Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 15, 2015

Besides the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, General Motors also brought the Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The small vehicle previews an affordable, yet long-range all-electric vehicle that was designed to offer more than 200 miles (320 km) of range.

According to the official press release, the Bolt EV features unique proportion, with practically no front or rear overhang, which means plenty of interior space. As you can see from the photos, the interior features lightweight materials such as aluminum, carbon fiber and magnesium as well as woven mesh.

In addition, the Bolt EV features a frosted glass roof with unique, faceted design elements. Moreover, there is a high beltline that sweeps upward with the D-pillar, which culminates in an integrated roof spoiler. The advanced nano-composite rear hatch as well as the stylish wraparound rear window also give the Bolt EV a distinctive appearance.

The Bolt EV also features high-intensity light-emitting diode (LED) headlights and taillights, housed behind jewel-like faceted lenses. As we said, the interior offers plenty of room for the passengers and features a minimalist center console and slim-architecture seats mounted on exposed aluminum pedestals.

What’s more interesting is that the Bolt EV Concept allows the driver to use a smartphone as the key fob, allows ride-sharing management such as reservations, vehicle location and even payment processing via smartphone and also incorporates the automatic park-and-retrieval technology. The design is completed by the 10-inch diagonal capacitive-touch screen.

Press Release

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept

Chevrolet made a significant statement on its commitment to electrification with the introduction of the Chevrolet Bolt EV concept - a vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000.

"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."

Leveraging the electrification prowess established by Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept is designed to offer long-range performance in all 50 states and many global markets.

Drivers will be able to select operating modes designed around preferred driving styles such as daily commuting and spirited weekend cruising, for uncompromising electric driving. 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."

The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept also pushes the envelope for crossover aesthetics. Its unique proportion, with practically no front or rear overhang, makes the most of interior space and was designed to create a roomy environment for four that feels expansive. Lightweight materials, including aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and even woven mesh, complement the design, while driving down the curb weight to help maximize range. Aero-optimizing features such as vented rear fenders also help contribute to range.

 

"Form and function have never meshed so well together," said Ed Welburn, vice president, GM Global Design. "No compromises were made when it came to aesthetics and the elements that contribute to the Bolt EV concept's range, resulting in a unique proportion that's sleek, efficient and obviously a Chevrolet."

The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept's airy interior ambience is enhanced with bold use of glass all around - as well as a full-length, frosted glass roof with unique, faceted design elements. A high beltline sweeps upward with the D-pillar, culminating in an integrated roof spoiler, for a lean, athletic stance. An advanced nano-composite rear hatch and wraparound rear window give the Bolt EV concept a distinctive appearance and flood the interior with more natural light.

High-intensity, efficient light-emitting diode (LED) headlamp and taillamp elements are housed behind jewel-like faceted lenses in which translucent elements illuminate evenly to create the signature lighting effect.

Airy, intuitive interior

Inside, the Chevrolet Bolt EV concept has a large feel reinforced by generous headroom and legroom dimensions. A flat, flow-through floor adds to the roominess, while a contemporary, light color scheme adds to the feeling of an open, airy cabin and conveys warmth.

The cabin's airy, high-tech environment is reinforced with lightweight, slim-architecture seats mounted on exposed aluminum pedestals that create a floating effect. The minimalist center console "floats," too, suspended from the front seats.

"The Bolt EV concept's interior is intended as a sanctuary, with materials and technologies that reinforce the airy ambience and help contribute to the vehicle's overall efficiency," said Welburn. "It also incorporates technology in a subtler and simpler manner, for a more soothing driving experience - particularly in busy, urban environments."

Chevrolet's signature dual-cockpit interior layout incorporates easy-to-use technology designed to make the driving experience easier and more enjoyable. It wraps into the door panels and features a frosted and translucent appearance - and a subtle glow at night.

The concept's technological intuitiveness can be accessed via 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.
A large, color 10-inch-diagonal capacitive-touch screen, with interface features, complements the concept Bolt EV Connect app. It even allows the projection of all the application and other smartphone data onto the screen.

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