Chevy Bolt EV Concept Features: Future is Here
General Motors unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt concept at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. One of the most surprising models at the Cobo Center, since it’s premiere has been secret until a couple of days before the official debut, is the automaker’s trump for the expanding EV market niche.
Developed as an attractive hatchback with some crossover and MPV design elements, the Chevy Bolt concept utilizes the brand’s contemporary design and bold lines of tomorrow. What’s more important than the striking exterior design is that the Bolt will be a very confident rival to the upcoming Tesla Model X within the EV market segment.
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Chevy Bolt Concept Exterior Design
The Chevrolet Bolt is a brave attempt to reinterpret a modern hatchback. Since its design team got more liberty thanks to the green powertrain and the fact that this futuristic approach has to be expressed somehow, the Bolt looks really extraordinary.
“Form and function have never meshed so well together,” said Ed Welburn, vice president, GM Global Design. “No compromises were made when it came to aesthetics and the elements that contribute to the Bolt EV concept’s range, resulting in a unique proportion that’s sleek, efficient and obviously a Chevrolet.”
The body has been made of lightweight materials – aluminum, carbon fiber, magnesium and woven mesh. The first thing you’ve probably notices is that the Bolt concept comes with, virtually, no overhangs. Aside from the attractive appearance, the designers got very large cabin space to develop a modern interior.
Minimalistic and Airy Interior Design
Inside the cabin of the Chevy Bolt, they placed minimalist futuristic elements in order to provide airy feel. One of the most distinctive features of the interior design is the light tone of the interior and floating effect of the seats and the center console.
“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 Welburn. “It also incorporates technology in a subtler and simpler manner, for a more soothing driving experience – particularly in busy, urban environments.”
Needless to say, the Chevrolet Bolt concept has great connectivity with all the kinds of mobile devices. There’s the Bolt EV Connect app which gives three very useful functions to the driver’s smartphone: with this app, your smartphone can become a key fob, a control device to the vehicle’s automatic parking feature (similarly as the recently introduced BMW solution) and a ride-sharing platform.
Chevrolet Bolt Release and Price
The automaker’s plan is to roll-out a production electric vehicle which will be distributed in every single state as well as globally. It’s going to have a driving range that exceeds 200 miles and its base price will start at approximately $30,000 after incentives. The first production units of the Chevrolet Bolt EV might be released sometime during 2017.