Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Takes on Tesla and Nissan Leaf (+VIDEO)
Chevrolet hit the Detroit auto show with a one-two fuel-efficiency punch by showing the 2016 Volt and a concept vehicle called the Bolt EV. The Bolt is designed to have a range of more than 200 miles, at a base price of about $30,000. In contrast, the Tesla Model S offers a total range of 265 miles and its price starts at over $70,000 (for a 2014), and the Nissan Leaf has an 84-mile range and starts at just under $30,000. If the Bolt EV were to go into production, the plan would be to make it 50-state legal and saleable worldwide. It would also be compatible with DC fast charging.
The Bolt EV builds on the research and development done for the Volt and the Spark EV. As GM CEO Mary Barra explained, "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."
This concept was designed with small front and rear overhangs, making the interior as roomy as possible. The Bolt was also designed with lightweight materials to increase range, and aerodynamics was a high priority. The concept has driving modes for the type of driving you're doing, such as daily commuting, weekend cruising and more. The modes change the vehicle ride height, suspension tuning and accelerator pedal mapping.
Cool tech includes use of a smartphone app that can allow the phone to serve as the key fob. The app can also assist with managing ride sharing and can have the Bolt EV park itself and return to the driver's location. The Bolt app also works with the concept vehicle's 10-inch touch screen and helps display vehicle and app data.