Chevrolet reveals all-electric Bolt EV concept

General Motors finally unveiled the much-anticipated Chevrolet Bolt EV at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The concept, which is expected to reach dealerships across the U.S. and in global markets in 2017 and retail for $30,000, is GM’s answer to Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 in making electric vehicles affordable to more consumers.

The Bolt EV embodies GM’s vision for a future where electric cars are standard and builds upon the Volt and Spark EV. The 200-mile driving range on electric power exceeds both of the other models and GM’s CEO Mary Barra called it “game-changing … designed for attainability, not exclusivity.”

Seating four adults, the Bolt’s design does away with front or rear overhangs to maximize interior room. The interior features a 10-inch touchscreen display to enable the driver and passenger to control the car’s features and infotainment system. The Bolt EV Concept app works with smartphones, making them work as key fobs and direct the car to auto-park through the concept’s park-and-retrieval technology.

The Bolt’s body is made from aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and woven mesh to keep the curb weight down and maximize range. The interior prominently features glass to provide an airy feel and the car’s beltline sits higher and rolls into the D-pillar, with an integrated roof spoiler.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV has several operating modes for drivers to choose for best efficiency during daily trips or longer cruising. “The modes adjust accelerator pedal mapping, vehicle ride height and suspension tuning” and the Volt is adapted for DC fast charging, according to a GM statement.

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