For most in North America, seeing a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV out zipping around on your local street is not an everyday occurrence. After all, the 238 mile all-electric car is not officially scheduled to arrive until later this year.
Chevrolet Bolt EV at the Sanata Monica ALT Energy Event In September (via Warren M)
However, if you reside in Orion Township/Detroit, Michigan, the Durham Region of Ontario, Canada in San Francisco, California, or in Scottsdale, AZ...you very well could have, as they are all development areas for the car.
And if you have see one in San Francisco (thanks to GM's acquisition of Cruise Automotion for ~$1 billion dollars this Spring), it was probably out driving autonomously - or at least attempting to.
Such was the case in the above picture snapped yesterday by InsideEVs reader Glen Lym (and props to Glenn for sending it in to us). In this case, the Bolt EV was out just tooting around behind the Uber and Square headquarters.
One assumes the name "PLATYPUS" emblazoned on the rear bumper, is the identifying symbol for Cruise/GM's autonomous field testing license.
When will Cruise technology break cover in a public way with the Chevrolet Bolt EV (and possibly in conjunction with GM's other partner Lyft - of which gets the first allottment of Bolts in December)? Who knows.
Chevrolet Bolt EV With Cruise Automation Tech
GM President Dan Ammann said of the deal with Cruise Automation, and what led GM to acquire the outfit (via Fortune):
Chevrolet Bolt EV - in production now, arriving in December
“Every time we went there (to visit the progress at Cruise) they’d moved along another nine steps. We were super excited with what the guys there had achieved already technically, but also the caliber of the talent and speed of development.”
As for what Cruise achieves with GM (besides a boatload of money for its founders), Kyle Vogt (one of those founders) noted:
"If we truly want to do what brought us to work on autonomous vehicles in the first place, we need to do something that is going to achieve scale. With GM we can build and deploy it at scale. We want to have the highest possible social impact.”
Hat tip to Glenn Lym!