Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Revealed: 200-mile-range EV Going into Production in 2016

By | 03/15/2015

The Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The subcompact electric car brought up numerous rumors, speculations and disputes as it was announced as a rather revolutionary model. Reportedly, the concept will get its production version in late 2016, and the new hatch will be really impressive. The concept itself came with a new and modern design, which was a little over the top, which is common with all concept cars, and equally impressive interior. The basic architecture of the model will be similar as that used for the Chevy Sonic, while the powertrain is still a mystery. However, the manufacturer stated that the new Chevrolet Bolt EV will come with a driving range of 200 miles, which is really impressive. Furthermore, the new electric vehicle will also come at a really affordable price, thus becoming possibly one of the most interesting models in its market niche. Therefore, there is a lot to look forward to with the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EV – even if it doesn’t bring all the rumored novelties, it will surely represent an interesting addition to this fast growing community of green cars.

Chevrolet Bolt Concept Exterior Front Fascia

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Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Design

Like we said already, the Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept had its premiere at the 2015 NAIAS. The new model looked really impressive there and drew a lot of attention. The hatchback was painted in an orange colour, similar to that seen on the premiere of the BMW i3 three years ago. In addition, it came with some futuristic details which will most likely not be used for the production model, such as a full-glass roof and the wraparound rear window. However, the bumper, a narrow grille and LED headlights will likely stay. The concept looks bold, aggressive and dominant. Its design is in no way inferior to any other model, green or not. The car is tall, agile and striking. The rear end is a bit more modest, but we must say we love the new taillight design.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Glass Roof

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Platform Rumors

The Chevrolet Bolt EV will probably use the same platform as the Chevy Sonic. It is the Gamma architecture which is made out of lightweight materials, such as aluminum and carbon fibers. Of course, this platform will not be as impressive as, for example, the one carrying BMW models, since such underpinning would drastically raise the model’s price. However, it will provide excellent support and agility without adding up unnecessary weight. The new platform will be altered in order to fit the car’s powertrain setup – it will come with a flat bottom, instead of the current configuration that leaves the space for the Sonic’s engine.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Rear

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Interior Design

The Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept came with an impressive interior design. The cabin looks really minimalistic, with its two-tone interior scheme. The dashboard is touch-sensitive and the overall impression is rather elegant. The exact interior design might not come with the production hatchback, but it should be used as a base for it anyway.

Chevrolet Bolt Concept Interior

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Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Powertrain Rumors

The new Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept comes with a rather mysterious powertrain. The manufacturer only announced that the new hatchback will come with a 200 mile driving range. This is really impressive, but at this point, the Chevy didn’t say how it is planning to accomplish that. On the other hand, the new model won’t go into production for more than a year now, so they have plenty of time to elaborate their plan. If they do manage to deliver a 200 miles target range, the new Chevy Bolt EV would then be the fiercest rival to the new Tesla Model 3. Moreover, if the car keeps a low price as hinted, than it will surely with the race against the aforementioned green beast.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept 2015 Detroit Auto Show Premiere

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Release Date of Production Model & Other Speculations

The Chevrolet Bolt EV debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Its production counterpart should enter production in October 2016, so the first units will be released early in 2017. It still isn’t clear whether the Bolt EV will be a 2017 or a 2018 model. The production will take place in Orion Township plant, where Buick Verano and Chevy Sonic are also assembled. The new Bolt EV will be sold in all fifty states, unlike Spark EV which is only available in California and Oregon. As for the price, the Chevy Bolt EV should cost around $38,000 pwith the $7,500 tax included.

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