Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Chevrolet | posted January 07, 2016 12:21
Chevrolet extends EV lineup with the 2017 Bolt
After first debuting as a concept car during the 2015 North American International Auto Show, Chevrolet arrived at this year's Consumer Electronics Show with the production Bolt EV.
To be sold as a 2017 model year, Chevrolet described the new electric vehicle as an affordable, long-range hatchback that can travel up to nearly 322 km and feature advanced connectivity technology.
“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,” said General Motors Chairman & CEO Mary Barra.
Design-wise, the production version relatively retains the concept's overall look apart from subtle differences. These include the larger grill, tweaked front and rear bumpers, redesigned doors and altered C-pillar and taillights.
The interior also kept some of the original design but has been made to look more contemporary. It has a flowing dashboard design, digital instrument display, center-mounted 10.2-inch MyLink touchscreen, multifunction steering wheel and an engine start/stop button.
In terms of tech, it features rearview camera, EV Navigation Mapping that designs routes in maximizing range or provide locations of nearby charging stations and Gamification. According to the automaker, the said feature will enable drivers to 'compete' with one another by comparing driving styles so to determine who is driving the most efficient.
Completing the connectivity features are the OnStar 4G LTE, wi-fi hot spot function and a low-energy Bluetooth that can seamlessly connect to a smart phone when the driver approaches the vehicle.
Also present in the new Chevrolet Bolt EV is the MyChevrolet Mobile App. It provides owner and vehicle information such as: Vehicle Charge Status, OnStar Map Service, Remote Start, Cabin-pre condition, owner's manual and dealer service scheduling.
The electric powertrain however was not yet revealed but as previously mentioned, Chevrolet did say it has a total range of nearly 322 km.
Production of the 2017 Bolt EV will begin by the end of 2016.