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Detroit 2015: Behold Chevrolet's new Bolt EV concept

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Josée Paquet

Today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chevrolet unveiled its all-new Bolt EV concept, which is designed to offer long-range performance (about 320 kilometres) in all 50 U.S. states and many global markets. As a production model, it is expected to start at around $30,000 USD.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept is also designed to support DC fast charging. Moreover, drivers will be able to select operating modes designed around preferred driving styles such as daily commuting and spirited weekend cruising, for uncompromising electric driving. The modes adjust accelerator pedal mapping, vehicle ride height, and suspension tuning.

Draped in striking orange, the Chevrolet Bolt EV shown in Detroit uses lightweight materials, including aluminum, magnesium, carbon fibre and even woven mesh. Inside, the airy interior is enhanced with bold use of glass all around, as well as a full-length, frosted glass roof with unique, faceted design elements. Four people will enjoy generous headroom and legroom. 

There's also a 10” colour display interface that allows the projection of all the application and other smartphone data onto the screen. Through the Bolt EV Connect app, said smartphone can perform as the key fob and even allows ride-sharing management, including reservations, vehicle location, digital key, and payment processing via the smartphone. It incorporates the concept automatic park-and-retrieval technology, which enables the driver to exit the vehicle and tell the Bolt EV concept to park itself – and when errands are completed, the Bolt EV concept can be summoned to return to the owner’s location. 

Josée Paquet
Josée Paquet
Automotive expert