Chevy Bolt Panel Van Is The Electric Cargo Hatch Of Our Dreams

OCT 31 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 42

Check out this Chevrolet Bolt EV panel van.

Leave it to the SEMA show for automakers to reimagine vehicles such as this. The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV as a panel van? Why yes, of course. We should actually be asking, “why the heck not.” Anything to draw eyes to EVs and to show that they can do anything that ICE cars can do, as well as more.

The 2018 SEMA show is currently underway in Las Vegas, and this is not the only development we have to share with you. Stay tuned for a killer Tesla Model S and a 1977 Porsche 911 that is sure to impress.

Back to the Bolt EV featured here. As GM Authority points out, it’s outfitted with over $1,000 worth of accessories from the Chevrolet catalog: black Chevy bowties, door sill plates, a black all-weather custom driver’s side floor mat, an illuminated charge port, and a wall-mounted 240V/32A EV charging unit. Pretty sweet, right? However, these GM add-ons don’t tell the whole story.

This Chevy Bolt EV has been transitioned to a utility “van” of sorts, complete with window panels and a uniquely lined cargo area. What better to follow the battery-electric eCOPO Camaro and carry its spare electric motor, along with other tools and parts? Yes, this Chevy Bolt EV may be used as a race support van for the upcoming, Tesla-killing Camaro, which is also on display at SEMA 2018.

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Bruce Sanders
Of interest also: Autoblog.com You may wish to write up. Hyundai Motor Group said Wednesday that future Hyundai and Kia models will be equipped with solar panels capable of generating electricity as a way to increase fuel-efficiency and range and lower CO2 emissions. Hyundai says the solar panels will feature in the rooftops or hoods of select vehicles “after 2019” and will supplement traditional internal combustion, hybrid and battery-electric vehicles. The parent group said it’s developing three different types of solar roof charging systems comprised of a solar panel, controller and battery. The first generation will be a silicon solar panel system mounted to the rooftops of hybrid models and capable of charging 30 to 60 percent of the battery per day, depending on weather conditions and other factors, starting as early as 2020. The second generation involves a semi-transparent solar roof system applied to a panoramic sunroof and capable of charging an electric-vehicle battery or a battery mounted on a gasoline engine. Hyundai says the latter configuration will help it increase vehicle exports, since solar-equipped ICE vehicles will be able to adhere to regulations limiting CO2 emissions. A third-generation system is being tested right now. It will add solar… Read more »
Do Not Read Between The Lines

So, that’s another one. The Prime has an option but not available in the USA, possibly due to rollover safety. Might end up the same for HyunKia.

MikeG

Window dressing. Must be an insignificant battery capacity if you can recharge 30-60% in a day. Maybe if you park under some grow-lights.

daniel a cashmer

donk…. Solar panel densities have increased dramatically over time. Since the Kona EV and Niro EV are available now, and the Kia Soul EV is getting the battery/drivetrain of the Kona EV, with a range of 250+ miles, I’m fairly confident that they would be talking about charging those systems that are available on their cars now.

Ron

SunPower panels are touted as being the most efficient panels on the general market. Their website lists the premium panel (SPR-E19-320) as 19.8% efficient. It is 1559 x 1046 mm (5 feet x 3-1/2 feet) and produces 320 watts. This would produce enough power to move a Tesla 1 mile every hour.

According to https://phys.org/news/2017-04-solar-cell-energy-conversion-efficiency.html the current world record is 46% for 4-junction solar cell.

If we were to assume commercial availability of this record-setting efficiency (currently achieved only in labs) the panel would produce about 740 W – enough for about 3 miles every hour. Assuming 14 hours of bright sunlight daily, we get 42 miles/day for 20 sq feet of solar cells. Even assuming 40 sq feet available on a Hyundai, this is slower than the 110V trickle charger which comes with the car.

TheCyberKnight

Be realistic.
Above 30% solar cell efficiency is usually done using concentrators and at temperatures you don’t want to be close to.

Nothing practical for a car.

james

Ford actually talked about a Tent like thing you’d park under and the car rolled forward over 4 hours to stay under a concentrators (a Frenzel lens thingee). https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/transportation/systems/fords-solarpowered-hybrid-car-displays-suntracking-technology

scott

No way in hell you’re going to ever get 320 watts with a horizontally mounted solar panel baking on the roof of a car. Moreover, whatever you do get is not going to be consistent throughout the day. From a 320 watt horizontally mounted panel you might get 1.5 kWh a day during the summer in SoCal.

james

And worse the SunPower panels at least try to be on one axis of the sun, a flat car roof would only do this on the equator and maybe at noon you get some decent production. I have e20’s on my roof at a near perfect 30 degrees. They start at 327 watts the first year and degrade only about .5% a year (assuming you clean them annually).

dan

There isnโ€™t enough energy coming from the sun to the surface area of a car to recharge the batteries to 30% in a single day. Usually, it is some quirky Dutch company that floats such thermodynamically illiterate ideas. You too, Hyundai? A 250W peak panel that faces the sun head on instead of contoured the way a car is is about 5 feet by 3 feet. That will generate about 5 miles of driving on a good day. People who donโ€™t have solar panels donโ€™t realize how big they need to be.

Benedictus

That Dutch company is hardly illiterate, it’s a spawn from the Eindhoven University Solar Team (3 times world champions). It’s called Lightyear and is very clear about the fact that their car is about reducing charging moments and maximizing efficiency with a ground up design.
Source: https://lightyear.one/

A different company trying to bring a solar panel car is German, it’s called Sono Motors. Which is more of a practical car with solar panels stuck wherever there is space left.
Source: https://sonomotors.com/

scott

Sorry, physics disagrees.

Rafal

I think they are talking about 30% capacity a day in a hybrid cars.
They’ve smaller battery.

scott

No way in hell a roof mountain solar panel is going to generate 30 to 60 percent of battery charge per day. Unless maybe the battery is 1 kWh or less.

William

Or, if you really go Big Solar, and have a DIY penchant for panel installation, that ascribes to “function follows form”, then there is this:

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Dan

USPS, here’s your new LLV. Or take the ID Buzz, cargo version. You can supplement with a few larger Chanje step vans if you really need them.

RIght? Why they wouldn’t just buy 100,000 of these is beyond me. Cost I suppose? Not sure how a custom USPS vehicle could ever be cheaper.

menorman

Too bad GM doesn’t actually provide it at a lower price despite it missing a lot of stuff. It would really sell like hotcakes.

What lots of stuff is it missing? A couple windows and seats? The items deleted must surely be made up for by the items added. That steel floor can’t be cheap.

Chris

I’ve read — probably here — the GM already sells a Bolt “incomplete” model which omits the back seat. It was probably pretty simple to remove the rear doors and make it a mini-cargo van.

Joel

Would love to see a sprinter van body strapped on to a Model X sled. Even if they use it just for the mobile service vans… at first.

Andy

There is already an EV version of the sprinter.

https://electrek.co/2018/04/13/mercedes-benz-esprinter-all-electric-van/

Tech01x

Yeah, but that one is crappy.

ffbj

Looks better than the Bolt.

Vexar

A bit too small for all but urban parcel delivery. They didn’t even bother to remove the handles and door treatments on the rear doors. I see this competing with the UPS ebike that was recently revealed, from a cargo capacity..

Andy

Probably not a big market in North America but in Europe it would sell well (depending on price). That sort of vehicle is used by a lot of builders, maintenence people etc, and most manufacturers have designs like that.

Get Real

Too bad GM pulled out of Europe which is the Western world’s biggest auto market.

Andy

You’re right. I forgot about that…!

amt

That’s Nice ! ๐Ÿ™‚

VTLeaf

Can we do away with the kneejerk “Tesla killer” phraseology please.

BoltUp

They sure left a lot of space unused, that new floor sits way higher than the standard Bolt trunk floor, guess they couldn’t find a way around the battery stack under the back seat.

dimitrij

It would be great if the “humpy’ section of the battery stack that sits under the rear bench disappeared altogether, sacrificing maybe 10 kWh and 40 mi of range. Which should still be plenty for an urban delivery van, but the low, flat cargo floor would be a huge benefit. But this isn’t going to happen.

Chris

Since GM is making fewer that 100 of those eCOPO Camaros, don’t you think it’s a little disingenuous to call it a “Tesla Killer”?

bjrosen

It’s unfair to both Chevy and Tesla. The eCOPO is a purpose built drag racer, it serves the traditional function of a factory built race car, to promote the brand and to test new technologies, it’s not meant to be sold as a general purpose vehicle. If you were to compare it to anything it would be the Dodge Hellcat, except that the eCOPO is forward looking and the Hellcat is backward looking. While the Hellcat is the ultimate expression of the best of WWII technology, the eCOPO looks to the future. 800V drive trains might very well make it into mainstream Chevy EVs at some point and certainly there is going to be an electric Camaro sometime in the next decade, hopefully sooner rather than later. What’s more if there was an electric Camaro you would want one, how many people want a car with a giant supercharger like the Hellcat for every day use, as opposed to drag racing?

ModernMarvelFan

Perfect for pizza delivery vehicle.

AnonyMouse

Nah. For pizza delivery, the Toyota Tundra Pie Pro SEMA concept rules. It comes with an robotic pizza oven in the bed that will bake, cut, and box a pizza pie on the go. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•

The only downside (to some) is that it’s not a BEV, but a HFCV. [cue the sad trombone] Whah, whah, whaaaaah. . .

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Z67RI5CXRDk

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/toyota-tundra-pie-pro-sema-concept-pizza-hut/

mzs.112000

Maybe Tesla Model X would make a nice van…..
Model X has far more interior room to start out with than this.

John Doe

They need to make larger chassis changes to increase loading capacity, and make it easier to load larger and heavy objects.
Check out the image of this Renault: https://renault.no/elbil/kangoo-ze

They have the range, and have done all the hard work. Just add a more box like shape to it, to make it practical.
Add proper seats (almost all panel vans have lousy seats, because they are not bought by the driver – but by a bean counting company.
I know some people who own panel vans that install better seats. If GM could brag about best seats in their class AND they would have the best range, and would be the most modern one.
I read that VW will make a panel van based on the MEB platform, but that is probably 2-3 years in the future.
GM could make the changes to this car in 6 month, and rule the market – if they wanted to.

Milfan

Chevy Bolt Van makes perfect sense for small business who needs to travel too many miles / day in transporting stuff. Without 1 row of seat, 2 doors, 2 windows, the cost can be reduced by few 1,000$ while at the same time, the range could top 240 because of lesser weight.

In fact, Nissan can also try the Leaf Van.

james

“Tesla-killing Camaro”? Really? If it wasn’t a one trick pony that was custom built, how many are there going to be? Not sure how it would register even a blip on EV car sales. At least you can buy the Dodge offerings and even in their quantities, didn’t kill Tesla.

offib

I could only blame Brexit which caused the 20th consecutive financial loss for Vaux/Opel and thus why we can’t even expect this in Europe. This is the forbidden fruit for us!

rey

What an ugly panel van ,,out of proportion and a panel van with rubber bands for tires?