Mashable was one of the first new outlets to test the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV on the small demonstration track at 2016 CES.

First of all, the Bolt EV, with range of some 200 miles and a price of around $30,000 after incentives, could certainly be a game changer, because there are no other affordable, long-range EVs on the market.

Around half of the range can be replenished in 30 minutes using 50 kW Combo DC fast chargers (we don't know yet whether Bolt EV will accept more power if 100+ kW CCS chargers become available).

There is 10.2-inch touchscreen in the middle and an interesting rear view mirror with option to be a display for the rear view camera.

Mashable notes also advanced Bluetooth implementation:

"Chevy has also fitted the Bolt with low-energy Bluetooth. That means its Bluetooth is always on and always searching for your smartphone. Get within 100 feet of the car and it'll pair with your car. As if to show you it knows your coming, as soon as the Bluetooth connection is made, the car's lights will come on. This, as you might imagine, will be helpful finding your Bolt in a dark parking lot.

Moreover, it aides in switching to your car's Bluetooth in the middle of a call. Although it taps into your phone, the Bolt won't takeover the call until you tell it to on the MyLink screen. The low-energy Bluetooth also allows owners to pair as many as 10 devices and the onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot supports up to seven devices at once."

Below you'll find CNET's video of the Chevy Bolt:

And yes, neither of these videos were supposed to be released before CEO Barra's keynote speech and reveal today at 1PM(PT)4PM(ET)...big media FTW!

Source: Mashable

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