Chevrolet Creates a Commercial Version of the Bolt EV by Deleting Its Rear Seats
Automakers have been introducing an increasing amount of electric vehicles to their passenger vehicle lineups during the past few months. On the other hand, one area of the industry receiving fewer electric additions is the commercial segment.
However, recent reports suggest that Chevrolet is ready to expand its electric vehicle initiative in a rather unexpected way. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chevy will introduce a version of the Bolt EV that deletes its rear seats.
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Dubbed “the Chevrolet Bolt Incomplete,” the new version of the Bolt EV takes out the rear seats of the vehicle, leaving it a two-seater. Additionally, airbags and seat belts will be limited to the Bolt’s front row.
The reason why Chevy wants to create a version of the Bolt without a second row is for commercial purposes. Without the additional seats, the back area of the Bolt can be utilized as a larger cargo area.
“This is a new way for fleet customers to leverage the Bolt EV’s incredible range,” a GM representative told reporters from Jalopnik.
While most of GM’s “Incomplete” variants are limited to the automaker’s larger vehicles, like the Cadillac XTS, this wouldn’t be the first time that one of its smaller vehicles received a commercial model. For example, national pizza chain Domino’s recently used a commercial version of the Chevy Spark for its DXP specialized delivery vehicle.
Other commercial versions of Chevy vehicles, like the Chevy HHR, often had the rear row windows blocked out. There is no word yet on whether the Chevrolet Bolt Incomplete will receive the same treatment.
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The Chevrolet Bolt Incomplete is set to be built at GM’s Orion Plant, the same place where the passenger version of the Bolt is built. As GM plans to sell the commercial vehicle as a 2018 model, we can expect to see deliveries for it take place soon.
News Source: Jalopnik