New Chevrolet Bolt EV is GM’s Vision of a $30,000 BMW i3

Joining the second generation Volt at Chevy’s Detroit Auto Show stand is the new Bolt, a concept for a $30,000 electric hatch that looks a lot like a BMW i3 competitor from the USA.

GM said it represents the brand’s “vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000”.

While there’s no word on production, Chevrolet says the Bolt was designed from the ground up to be a global market model.

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

GM did not reveal any specific details on the hatchback model’s powertrain, but it said that drivers can select from a number of different operating modes that adjust accelerator pedal mapping, vehicle ride height and suspension tuning, with the car also supporting DC fast charging.

It’s made from lightweight materials, including aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and woven mesh, to drive down the curb weight and help maximize range, while also sporting aero-optimizing features such as vented rear fenders.

“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.”

In concept form, it offers individual seating for four with an airy cabin aided by flat, flow-through floor, large windowpanes and a light color scheme.

“The Bolt EV concept’s interior is intended as a sanctuary, with materials and technologies that reinforce the airy ambience and help contribute to the vehicle’s overall efficiency,” said Ed Welburn, vice president, GM Global Design. “It also incorporates technology in a subtler and simpler manner, for a more soothing driving experience – particularly in busy, urban environments.”

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