Following its reveal at the Consumer Electronics Show, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt makes its auto show debut in Detroit with details about car. Chevy sees this new compact hatch as a true game changer in the EV realm thanks to its combination of a 200-mile-plus per-charge range and a sticker the automaker claims will be “about $30,000” after various government incentives. Coupling that formidable 1-2 punch with contemporary styling, a high level of content and built-in and upgradable connectivity should ensure a warm reception for the new Bolt after it goes into production late this year at GM’s Orion Assembly plant in Michigan.

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Spun from a dedicated platform, the new Bolt EV offers room for five along with nearly 17 cu ft of cargo space behind its rear seat – accommodations made possible by incorporating the car’s advanced, liquid-cooled 60kWh lithium-ion battery pack into the chassis beneath its passenger compartment to yield a totally flat floor. Motivation for the new Bolt comes from a single front-mounted motor that develops 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Driving the front wheels via a single-speed transmission, it can propel this new Chevy from 0-60 mph in less than 7.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 91 mph. The Bolt comes with a standard 7.2kW on-board charger that can fully replenish its battery overnight using a conventional 240V home system. It also offers optional DC Fast Charging capability via an industry-standard SAE Combo connector that can pump in 90 miles of range EV range in 30 minutes. 

The Bolt’s cleanly rendered cabin features configurable digital main instrument cluster along with a 10.2-inch MyLink color center touchscreen that boasts a customizable “flip-board” style format as well as an available navigation system with EV-specific mapping  that can help optimize range and point out recharging spots. Also in the mix is an advanced range predictor that can accurately estimate real-world range based on topography, temperature and the owner’s driving habits. Other advanced tech touches include a rear-facing camera linked into the inside mirror that can provide an unobstructed view of what’s behind as well as 360-degree Surround Vision capability to simplify parking.

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Like most other GM products the Bolt EV also will offer OnStar with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hotspot which can better support the latest mobile app technology and advanced GPS routing. The technology also opens the door to future enhancements like car sharing and ultimately, autonomous operation. Chevy notes it’s the first pure EV to offer both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The new Bolt features a low-energy Bluetooth system that minimizes energy draw and instantly pairs with the owner’s smartphone when it senses the device is approaching the vehicle. In addition to personalizing the home screen and cueing up selected music choices, it can start preconditioning the cabin and dial up info on remaining range and charge status. The setup also integrates with a new MyChevrolet Mobile App that controls and monitors a variety of functions at a distance. This includes remote starting and scheduling dealer service. Bolt owners with a competitive streak will be able to match eco-performance stats with others using a new “gamification” capability.


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