Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept: GM’s Green Breakthrough

General Motors has prepared a big surprise for the 2015 NAIAS. Reportedly, they will introduce the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle in Detroit. Although there are a lot of loose ends in this EV saga, it seems that all the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place on Monday at the Detroit Auto Show.

The new Chevy Bolt EV is going to be released by 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal report. The automaker’s plan is to release a Tesla Model 3 rival which will offer competitive performance and price. The new electric vehicle targets 200-mile driving range and a price tag with $30,000 on it.

Chevrolet Stand 2015 NAIAS

2015 NAIAS Chevrolet Stand | John F. Martin for Chevrolet | © General Motors

Despite the fact that the Bolt will be displayed as a concept version, there’s no doubt the automaker has a pretty solid plan to release the production model very soon. The expectations are that the production model will be available by the end of 2016. It’s going to be released as a 2017 model.

This means that we can confidently assume that the concept prepared for the Detroit Auto Show introduction is in a high stage of development and that the production Bolt won’t depart far from the concept. Some of the details are already known.

Chevrolet Bolt 2015 NAIAS Premiere

2015 NAIAS Chevrolet Stand | John F. Martin for Chevrolet | © General Motors

The GM’s electric vehicle will have a battery pack manufactured by LG Chem. The same OEM makes the batteries for the new 2016 Chevy Volt. It’s not clear whether the Bolt will borrow some of the Volt’s powertrain elements, but it’s obvious that the technology behind the plug-in hybrid can be utilized for the all-new EV.

In the same report Wall Street Journal said that the Chevy Bolt will have a body style which that blends a hatchback and a crossover, according to the unnamed sources that are close to the development of the car. The Green Car Reports article quoted another source that witnessed setting up the GM stand and said that the veiled is “shaped like a BMW i3”.

We will find out more about the Chevrolet Bolt in a couple of days. The unexpected premiere will be held on Monday.

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