GM eyes to launch Chevrolet Bolt EV with 200-mile range

Article by Christian A., on January 22, 2015

By 2017, General Motors will have an electric car that has a range of 200 miles, a person privy with the carmaker told Automotive News. GM unveiled a concept of the EV -- the Chevrolet Bolt -- at the ongoing Detroit Auto Show. The car will be larger than the Chevrolet Volt and will feature a hatchback body style, the source disclosed.

It will be sold at a starting price of between $30,000 and $35,000 – similar to the range planned for the Tesla Model 3, which the Bolt is pitted against.

Both the Bolt and the Model 3 are expected to be launched in 2017. The net price of the Bolt would go down under $30,000 after a federal tax credit. GM registered for the Chevrolet Bolt trademark in August, according to GM Authority.com.

AutoPacific analyst Dave Sullivan, however, sees the Bolt as more than just a Tesla rival. He remarked to Automotive News that GM will use the Bolt to learn “how to market extended range alternative fuel vehicles,” adding that the model is the incremental step to fuel cell vehicles.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the new Chevy Bolt would be feature "more capable" batteries from LG Chem, the same South Korean supplier that provides the battery cells that in the Volt. GM global product chief Mark Reuss remarked to analysts in October 2014 that Chevrolet was planning to add an EV to its lineup, in addition to the Volt and the Spark EV minicar.

Chevrolet made a noteworthy declaration on its dedication to electrification by introducing the Bolt EV concept, a revelation for a long-range, all-electric, reasonably priced vehicle engineered for a range of more than 200 miles, starting at around $30,000.

The Bolt EV concept changes the game for designing electric vehicles with a focus on attainability, not just exclusiveness. Chevy believes electrification is fundamental in the future of transportation and must be affordable across a wider customer base.

Benefitting from the electrification ability that the Volt and Spark EV established, the Bolt EV concept’s design should offer longer-range performance in every US state and across global markets.

Drivers can choose operation modes engineered for select drive styles like a daily commute and lively weekend travels, for stable electric drives. The change in modes makes adjustments to the mapping of the accelerator pedal, ride height, and the suspension’s tuning. The Bolt EV concept’s design also supports fast DC charging.

Chevy made incredible advances in technologies, making it easier and more reasonably priced for brand customers to incorporate an all-electric automobile in their lives every day. The Bolt EV concept establishes GM’s dedication to electrification and to the abilities of the company’s advanced EV expertise.

The Bolt EV concept also extends the limits in the aesthetics found in crossovers. Its singular proportions, with almost no overhang in front or back, maximise the interior room with a design meant to fashion a spacious environment for four passengers. Light materials, including aluminium, magnesium, carbon fibre, as well as woven mesh, complete the design, all while decrease the curb weight, helping to maximise range. Streamlining features like ventilated rear fenders also aid in increasing range.

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