The Chevy Bolt Concept has been revealed this morning alongside the 2016 Chevy Volt at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS 2015). According to the Wall Street Journal, the Chevy Bolt is slated to offer direct competition to Tesla’s forthcoming Model-3 sedan, which Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stated will offer a $35,000 MSRP.
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With an MSRP starting around $30,000 and a range of 200 miles, the Chevy Bolt concept will have the ability for access to many, positioned as an affordable long-range EV.
“The Bolt EV concept is a game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity,” said General Motors CEO Mary Barra. “Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers.”
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. The Bolt EV concept is also designed to support DC fast charging.
“We have made tremendous strides in technologies that make it easier and more affordable for Chevrolet customers to integrate an all-electric vehicle in their daily lives,” said Barra. “The Bolt EV concept demonstrates General Motors’ commitment to electrification and the capabilities of our advanced EV technology.”
The Chevy Bolt’s technological intuitiveness can be accessed via a smartphone with the concept Bolt EV Connect app, which is designed to:
- Allow a smartphone to perform as the key fob
- Allow ride-sharing management, including reservations, vehicle location, digital key and even payment processing via the smartphone
- Incorporate 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.
A large, color 10-inch-diagonal capacitive-touch screen, with interface features, complements the concept Chevy Bolt EV Connect app. It even allows the projection of all the application and other smartphone data onto the screen.