Affordable Chevrolet Bolt loads in latest technology


The Detroit automaker Chevrolet unveiled the Bolt on Wednesday Jan 6 at a press conference at the CES technology show.

Chevrolet hopes its all-new Bolt EV will be an affordable option that will eliminate electric cars range anxiety.

The General Motors chief executive, Mary Barra, threw down a challenge to competitors on Wednesday when she launched the production version of the vehicle GM hopes can bring pure battery-electric cars to the mass market.




The General Motors Co. officials said that the five-seater Bolt will have a range of more than 200 miles and take nine hours to fully charge. It can get to an 80 percent charge in 60 minutes. The Bolt starts at $30,000 including a federal tax credit and will go into production late this year at the automaker’s Orion Township plant alongside the Chevy Sonic.

“As with the Chevrolet Volt (a plug-in hybrid EV), it has D and L driving modes: The second of those ups the amount of regenerative braking (something you can increase further with a paddle on the steering wheel), letting you drive the Bolt with a single pedal (similar to BMW’s i3). And for the racers out there, there’s even a sport button, although as with any car electric or conventional, expect a heavy right foot to cut into your range. It’s 0 to 60mph takes less than seven seconds, and with most of the car’s mass so low down, it corners well with little body roll.

Officials touted the Bolt’s large interior space as 94.4 cubic feet with much room in the front and back. It features a deep center console that’s big enough to store an iPad or purse and there’s plenty of space underneath its 10.2-inch color touchscreen, which offers a new version of Chevy’s My Link infotainment system.

The neat touches of chevy include the way the door sills drop down to improve access to the front seats (a bit like the Mc Laren 570S) and the rather clever rear-view mirror which uses the car’s rear view cameras to offer an 80° field of view of what’s going on behind you. This eliminates the traditional blind spots caused by the c-pillars.

US car-makers have been pouring billions of dollars into developing new, cleaner vehicles to meet strict new fuel-efficiency standards and local rules in California. Pure electric vehicles, however, commanded only 0.4 per cent of vehicle sales in November, the most recent month for which figures are available, as consumers continued to prefer more traditional vehicles.

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