Chevrolet Bolt Debuts At CES
The "Big Three" Confirmed
The Chevrolet Bolt debuted Wednesday from CES in Las Vegas, and GM wasn't shy about getting all the major talking points out of the way.
*- 200 miles range *- priced from/slightly below $30,000 *- available in late 2016
"Building on the electrification expertise established by the Volt, the Bolt EV is a game-changing, long-range electric vehicle. Not only will it deliver more than a GM-estimated 200 miles of range, it will break the affordability barrier with a price below $30,000 after full Federal tax credits."
(Full live Chevy Bolt reveal/debut streaming footage can be found at bottom of article, as well as GM's press blast)
Chevrolet Bolt - Fast Charging (Which As One Would Expect, Is Standard On The 200 Mile EV)
Chevy Bolt Shows Off Its "Bigger Than An i3" Cargo Area
What else do you need to know? Ok there is more than a few things we would still like to suss out that went unanswered today.
Like the exact pricing structure; what do you get for the base $30k? What are the trim level options and pricing?
Then there is some details to be learned on the technical side; what is the exact EPA rated range? How large is the battery in kWh? Specific charging speeds and times? etc., etc.
The majority of those "unanswered questions" and more will be known shortly, GM apparently is looking to keep some powder dry for the big NAIAS show on its home turf in Detroit next week.
Everybody Always Wants To See The Rear Seats When It Comes To GM Plug-Ins
But here is some of the new things we did learn (in and around the presentation):
Chevrolet Bolt Interior (click to enlarge)
*- 9 hours for a L2 charge/25 miles regained per hour (via 32A) *- 0 to 60 mph in under 7 seconds *- 0 to 30 mph in under 3 seconds *- smart range estimating using driving history of the car, weather, time of day, terrain - navigation to assist in enhancing range routes and to show local charging station inside that range *- 10.2" MyLink screen, with wide-angle rear camera viewing and surround/bird's eye viewing *- 4G LTE and wifi hotspot *- normal array of apps - time of day charging, state of charge, environment preconditioning, etc. *- "gamification" of conservative EV driving *- SUV-like seating (which we assume is a nice way of saying the battery is in the floor) *- 102.4" wheelbase *- 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space (which GM points out is 1.8 cu ft larger than the BMW i3)
GM CEO Mary Barra With Chevy Bolt On Stage
GM CEO Mary Barra made the presentation, and seemed pleased with the final product:
"It was less than a year ago that we revealed the Bolt EV concept and promised to deliver a long-range electric vehicle attainable by the masses. The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification, all designed to enhance the ownership experience now and into the future.”
Chevrolet Bolt EV Gallery:
Is there more information we missed? Probably...but you can check it all out (and more) at Chevy's newly minted micro-site dedicated to the Bolt EV here.
Video Below: GM's Pam Fletcher On The Chevrolet Bolt
Video Below: Some pretty unexciting B-Roll
Full GM Press Blast below:
Chevrolet Bolt Debut At CES (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)
LAS VEGAS – As Chevrolet’s first ground-up, long-range electric vehicle, the 2017 Bolt EV offered designers unprecedented freedom, resulting in a vehicle that crosses boundaries and challenges expectations in the electric vehicle (EV) segment.
“We were given a blank canvas – a rare opportunity with a unique platform to recast EV design for customers across the spectrum,” said Stuart Norris, managing director of Design. “The team answered the challenge with a progressive design distinguished by dramatic graphics and exceptional passenger space.”
The Bolt EV’s styling centers on its unique proportion, which is driven by a flat battery pack mounted beneath the interior floor. A 102.4-inch wheelbase and wide track give it a solid stance and the look of a small crossover. A short front overhang indicates that driving power comes from next-generation technology.
The large windows, plunging beltline and steeply raked windshield contribute to the progressive profile and emphasize the interior’s spaciousness and bright airy feel.
The large greenhouse offers a panoramic view from upright, SUV-like seating positions. The rear-window glass extends all the way to the license plate and integrates with LED taillamps on the liftgate. By integrating the taillamps into the full-width liftgate, the Bolt EV’s architecture enables a wide opening that makes it easier to slide boxes and other items in and out of the vehicle.
LED headlamps wrap around the forward edge of the front fascia, creating an aggressive character. The signature Chevrolet dual-element grille has been reimagined and features a smooth, clean and integrated design incorporating graphics with depth and a three-dimensional quality. It is offered with two signature colors, harmonized with the exterior color choices.
Functional, spacious interior Due to the packaging of the battery pack, the Bolt EV interior offers seating for five passengers and 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat.
“The flat-pack orientation offered the flexibility to make the most of the proportions while creating a clean, sculpted design,” said Norris. “This really opened up the interior and created a fantastic view from every seating position. All of this additional space gave us a lot of opportunities to play with creative design and storage solutions.”
Chevy Bolt Infotainment System
A “floating” instrument panel, for example, features a 10.2-inch-diagonal capacitive-touch control screen which creates a horizontal feel to the interior. Maximizing knee room and cross-vehicle spaciousness.
Additionally, a multipurpose, connected center console features side-by-side cupholders, a wireless charging location and a sliding armrest covering a storage compartment large enough to store a tablet device.
In the rear, the Bolt EV’s 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space is more than offered in the Honda Fit (16.6 cubic feet) and the BMW i3 (15.1 cubic feet).
Chevrolet Bolt Rear/Around View Camera
Artful engineering solutions complement the practical use of space, with features such as thin-frame seats that enhance rear-seat roominess. The seats also incorporate the side air bag modules as design elements.
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The interior is offered in a fresh, bright color palette that emphasizes the open passenger environment – with signature-color Electrification blue ambient lighting emanating from beneath metallic white decorative trim.
“The Bolt EV’s design elements are designed for everyday life and the space inside accommodates it all, whether you and your friends go shopping for the day or take off for the weekend,” said Norris. “Inside and out, this game-changing vehicle makes a dramatic statement with a distinctive identity that can only be a Chevy and challenges expectations for what an affordable EV can offer.”
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV goes into production in late 2016.
Videos (below): Live Bolt EV reveal from GM (via Facebook stream), and from audience (thanks to Ambulator)