Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV

General Motors and Lyft Inc. today announced a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S.

General Motors and Lyft Inc. today announced a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S.

We now learn that the recent long-term strategic alliance between General Motors and Lyft with $500 million investment is related to the all new Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Turns out that Bolt EV has been designed with Lyft ride-sharing in mind. There are two important bits of news here:

  • Bolt EV was purposely built for ride sharing
  • Bolt EV is a five seater
Pamela Fletcher, GM's chief engineer for electric vehicles, said to USA Today:

"This really is the first car purposely built for ride sharing," says Fletcher. She highlights an exterior "that seems shrink-wrapped around the interior," which provides rear-seat passengers with ample room for three; large door openings and flat floors, which make entering and exiting the car easier; and on-board cameras that on command project an image of a wide field behind the car onto the car's rearview mirror, which helps with safety when dropping off or picking up passengers in city traffic."

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Aside from the Lyft connection, USA Today made a few comments after spending a brief time behind the wheel of the Bolt:

"USA TODAY test drove one of the Bolts that GM brought to the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, where the company set up a small test track in the shadow of the Westgate Hotel. The Bolt's dash and door panels were covered in fabric, suggesting that more design work was being done on those parts of the vehicle."

"The test drive was at relatively slow speeds, but it conveyed the typically responsive acceleration provided by torque-filled EVs. One interesting feature Fletcher called "one-foot driving" took place when the automatic car was shifted from Drive to Low gear. In this setting, the regenerative braking force is stepped up significantly so that when the foot lifts off the accelerator the car immediately starts braking, a boon in stop-and-go traffic."

We'll have more info on the Chevrolet Bolt later today when General Motors officially present the car at CES 2016.

Source: USA TODAY