Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Shows Up In Detroit

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Front

Chevrolet has lifted the covers off its highly anticipated Bolt EV Concept, which it presented this week at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

“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.”

Long-range all-electric Bolt EV concept revealed

The Bolt EV concept is said to be a five-door hatchback designed to offer long-range performance in many global markets. According to the company, the Bolt will further offer drivers a number of operating modes from “daily commuting” to “spirited weekend cruising”, with changes to the mapping of the throttle as well as the suspension height and tune.

The concept was built using a combination of lightweight materials such as aluminium, carbon fibre, magnesium and woven mesh. It additionally comes with aerodynamically-optimised features such as vented rear fenders which, help increase range while high-intensity LED technology was used for both headlights and taillights.

Airy, intuitive interior

The cabin’s airy, high-tech environment is reinforced with lightweight, slim-architecture seats mounted on exposed aluminium pedestals that create a floating effect, to which the centre console is attached and houses a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen display with interface features.

“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.”

Technical specs are yet to be released, however, Chevrolet has said the Bolt is capable of providing a range of more than 322 km on a full charge of electricity.