Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept: A 200-Mile, $30K Dynamo
So we’ll dispense with the obvious: the Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept looks like what would happen if the BMW i3 and Honda Fit EV met at an old Irish pub, had five or six mojitos, and fell sloppily into one another’s arms for a tawdry tryst that led to an unexpected but beloved offspring. It’s by no means unattractive, but it certainly isn’t the most inspired or innovative exterior. Given that we want the Bolt EV Concept to represent something that will actually get made, we’re okay with it (and it’s still not without its charms).
With EVs, it’s never really about how it looks, it’s about what it can do. The Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept is capable of doing quite a bit, designed to project an affordable electric-vehicle for the masses that carries a 200-mile driving range and a $30,000 starting price. Take that, Musky.
“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.”
As with most new concepts these days, Chevrolet is really emphasizing tech in the Bolt. The Bolt EV Connect app allows drivers to use their phone as a keyfob and use automatic park-and-retrieve tech.
The interior is made to feel open and airy with a dual-cockpit layout and a minimalist floating center console.
“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.”
With any luck, we’ll be hearing more about a production version of the Bolt sooner rather than later. Early projections would have it coming to market some time in 2017.