Chevrolet Video Featuring Production All-Electric 2017 Bolt


Introducing The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Introducing The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Revisiting the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt…

This is the first official video from Chevrolet that showcases the 2017 Bolt, an affordable, long-range electric car that goes on sale in late 2016.

The main focus of the video is that efficiency inspires every detail of the Chevy Bolt EV.  (further details and specs here)

As seen in the video, $37,500 is the target price and range remains at an estimated “more than 200 miles.”

Video description:

“With an estimated more than 200 miles of range on a single charge†, the Bolt EV redefines exclusive efficiency. Introducing the all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.”

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Bring it on GM the sooner the better, great car with 320km range.

Just start producing it already. It’s a milestone. It’s the first long range, affordable, mass produced EV for the global market.

It’s history in the making.

This is the tortoise and the hare fable allover again, tortoise GM wins the “long range affordable EV” race while hare Tesla is being distracted by Model X’s doors…

I disagree, there is room for both in market. It is not Bolt vs Model3. Bolt validates Tesla’s purpose.

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Quite the opposite there dude. The hare, trying to be first to finish line by all means possible. The Bolt is primarily made by LG (look it up yourself), in Korea, or at least the most important components are, practicaly all the “EV” related parts. GM merely stamped the sheetmetal and assembled the thing. Essentially not much different from their known processes. The #2 best selling vehicle in the US for 2015 was the Chevy Silverado. This is where GM’s heart is, their bread and butter. GM has little incentive to propogate EV acceptance, save for trying to stifle Tesla, et al. GM is likely going to take a loss on the Bolt, while gaining little experience, outsourcing the cars soul. Six weeks ’till Model 3 spectacle. Who’s the tourtoise and who’s the hare?

greencarreports: “GM designed the electric traction motor and the battery-control system, was responsible for all integration of the powertrain into the vehicle itself, and validated all systems.”

Nice first mainstream BEV domino. The rest will fall into place, or, by the wayside.

Congrats to both GM & LG for their work.

I really hope that the Bolt has in excess of 200 miles of highway range at 65 mph or more. Once you get a car with 200 miles of range, you are going to see a lot more people using it for road trips. If the Bolt has DC fast charging (50 kW charge rate max) and you let the Bolt usable range drop to 30 miles before hitting a charger then you will only need 35 minutes to add 130 miles of additional range and hit the taper point where you won’t be able to continue charging at a 50 kW rate. So you can drive for 2 hours/130 miles at 65 mph, grab a bite next to a DC fast charger for 35 minutes and then drive for another 2 hours. IF the chargers are nearly perfectly located… Or you can deplete a bit more or eat a bit more slowly… But that isn’t a bad road trip car. It isn’t as fast to refuel as a gasser but then again, neither is a Tesla. But if the highway range is 220 miles, then you can drive almost 3 hours/190 miles, refuel for 40-45 minutes and then drive… Read more »

I don’t understand what is “News” here.

This video has been on Chevrolet’s website since January 6th, almost 40 days ago!

Anyway, in adding to the discussion about road trips I hope that gas stations start adding these quick charge stations as they will be quite necessary for any sort of road tirp.

Chris, It would be Great! & I hope they would too. But, I’m afraid the oil companies will try their best to Inconvenience EV owners as much as they possibly can.


Actually this gas station has a DC fast charger in it.

It is not the only one I have seen but it is a start. Now we just need them in northern Michigan so I can go up north. And along Service plazas on Major Highways, I 90 in Upstate NY for example.

Totally agree Chris. Even Tesla doesn’t have charging capability along the I-75 corridor. Having a few CCS charging stations in a place like Houghton Lake would be ideal, especially since this is where US-127 and I-75 converge.

So Far, So Good!

Not sure why BEV’s are always held to the “road trip” standard. Most people drive daily but only road trip a few times a year. Why the incessant need to insist that in order for any BEV to be useful it must be able to traverse several States on a weekly or monthly basis. As has been said ad nauseum most families have more than one vehicle. Even BEV’s currently available are more than useful as bread and butter transportation. It’s like saying a car used as a daily driver is useless unless it can go 200 mph.

As a single person who lives a single life I have a SINGLE car. It needs to be able to do everything. That is why I have a volt. Its good most of the time. I only have to use gas when the weather is cold (My commute is 100 miles round trip I charge at both ends) or when I go on road trips. I can not afford to buy two cars. Sure I could rent a car to go on a road trip but then it’s some other car I’m not familiar with and less comfortable with. Not to mention the added cost of ~$40 a day to rent a vehicle.

I was single too when I bought the Volt. But, now I’m married in a 2 car household. So my wife will keep her gas car, and I’ll buy a pure EV as my next car.

You’re right. Good post.

I want to go from 1 phev + 1 ice to either 2 bevs or 1 bev + 1 phev some day. Faster charging is one thing I’d like to see, but when bringing that up it is important to clarify that AS IS these cars are great and are far from useless.

I took my FFE to three different events yesterday all over the DFW area. I planned my day based where I could find places to charge. I ended up charging my car five different times yesterday.

I could have these kinds of days many times over a year. Even though my day worked out fine, having more range and DCFC would have given me more freedom. Freedom to travel in the US and especially in Midwest where the distances are so great and DCFC stations are still rare is synonymous with freedom in general.

Constrict people’s freedom to travel and people feel violated. Even if people don’t need the added range or fast charging very often knowing that they can travel long distances without constrictions in this country is always going to be very important to people. As we have seen with the success of Tesla, people are willing to pay a premium for the freedom to travel.

The Bolt has been identified as a CUV or Compact Utility Vehicle. I sure hope the Bolt gets some of the features of other CUVs like AWD and trailering capability. The trailering capability would be especially useful.

All the BEVs I’ve researched except the Model X don’t recommend trailering. The Bolt has as much power as my old Sonoma and my Sonoma came from the factory with a Class 3 hitch. The Bolt has plenty of power to pull a trailer.

I’ve been trying to figure out looking at the pictures and comparing the Bolt to gas powered CUVs if it will have a hitch option. Being a CUV and having a hitch option would probably put it in a completely different class than the Model 3 and all the other BEVs except the now discontinued Rav 4. Does anyone have any insight as to whether the Bolt will have trailering capabilities?

No insight into trailer capabilities, but I second the request for AWD. Tesla extended range and increased power by adding AWD. Would love to see this option provided on the BOLT.

There are companies out there that will make a hitch for just about anything. you can get a hitch for Volt, so I suspect a hitch will be available for the Bolt (though that may not be recommended by GM). Would really love AWD here in MI. All boxes would be checked at that point, for me anyway.

Looks great… can’t wait to drive one!

Pricing seems a bit hinky to me, like it was established purely to gobble up the federal tax credit. “Here’s a $30,000 vehicle, but we’re going to bump it up to $37,500 because you’ll be getting that part back”. Isn’t that illegal?