Chevy Designed Bolt EV with Ride-Sharing in Mind
Chevrolet made clear its intentions to be at the forefront of the sustainable vehicle movement this week by revealing its Bolt EV at the International Consumer Electronics Show. According to a company official, the new Bolt is also indicative of Chevrolet’s plans to be the first name in ride-sharing.
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In an interview with Detroit Free Press, General Motors’ chief engineer for electric vehicles, Pamela Fletcher, stated that the design of the 200-mile EV was purpose-built for ridesharing, noting the ample interior space and the ease with which passengers can enter and exit the vehicle. This notion rather conveniently lines up with GM’s newly-struck $500-million accord with Lyft, with whom the automaker intends to build a fleet of autonomous vehicles for ride-sharing purposes.
Even with this purpose, the Bolt maintains its position as the first EV truly aimed at appealing to all consumers. The Bolt is likely to carry a price range at or around $30,000 after tax incentives, making it less than half the price of a new Tesla Model S.
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News Source: Detroit Free Press