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Chevrolet unveils Bolt EV Concept

‘The Bolt EV concept is a game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity,’ said General Motors CEO, Mary Barra. ‘Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers.’

Building on the expertise established by Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept is engineered to offer long-range performance in all 50 states and many global markets.

Drivers will be able to select operating modes designed around preferred driving styles such as daily commuting and spirited weekend cruising. The modes adjust accelerator pedal mapping, vehicle ride height and suspension tuning as needed. The Bolt EV concept is also designed to support DC fast charging.

‘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.’

The vehicle is proportioned to give virtually no front or rear overhang to make the most of the interior space, and the advanced nano-composite rear hatch and wraparound rear window gives the concept a distinctive appearance.

The cabin environment is reinforced with lightweight, slim-architecture seats mounted on exposed aluminum pedestals to create a floating effect. The minimalist center console “floats” too, suspended from the front seats.

The concept’s technological intuitiveness can be accessed via a smartphone with the concept Bolt EV Connect app, which is designed to allow a smartphone to perform as the key fob, allow ride-sharing management and incorporate the concept automatic park-and-retrieval technology.

A large 10-inch touch screen complements the concept Bolt EV Connect app. It also allows the projection of all the application and other smartphone data onto the screen.

The EV Bolt range is expected to start at $30,000.

Katie Beck

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