This year’s CES is proving to be a popular platform for automakers, with GM choosing the Las Vegas consumer electronics show for the world premiere of the production 2016 Chevrolet Bolt.
You could call the all-electric Bolt America’s answer to the BMW i3 at a much lower price tag, as GM has previously said that it will be priced under $30,000 after federal tax credits when it goes on sale in the USA before the end of 2016.
The production car remains (mostly) true to last year’s concept model gaining a bit of height for improved passenger space and a more mainstream-friendly interpretation of the study’s face with less aggressive headlamps and a dual grille.
While most details are likely being withheld for next week’s Detroit show, GM said that the Bolt will offer more than 200 miles (+320 km) of range on a full charge.
It will also feature advanced connectivity technologies “that make owning a long-range electric vehicle easy”, such as a navigation system that shows routes that maximize range and provides locations of nearby charging stations. Other connectivity and infotainment features include:
- 10.2’’ MyLink color touch-screen display
- Customizable, widget-based “flip-board style” operation
- Rear Camera Mirror
- Rear-facing camera provides a wide-angle view of the environment behind the vehicle.
- Surround Vision
- Provides a bird’s-eye view of what’s around the Bolt EV for improved safety during low-speed driving and when parking.
- All-New MyChevrolet Mobile App: Combines important owner and vehicle information and functions, such as:
- Vehicle charge status
- OnStar Map service
- Remote start
- Cabin pre-conditioning
- Owner’s manual information
- Dealer service scheduling
- EV Navigation Mapping
- EV-specific navigation capability that designs routes to maximize range and provide locations of nearby charging station locations if needed.
- In the future, Bolt EV owners will be able to “compete” by comparing driving styles to determine who is driving most efficiently.
The Bolt will be produced at GM’s Orion assembly facility in Michigan, near Detroit.