The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was perfect for introducing GM’s brand-new and technology packed electric vehicle, the Bolt EV.
The most significant aspect about the five-door, five-passenger subcompact is that it will offer a driving range of up to 320 kilometres on a full charge – roughly twice as much as the BMW i3, Ford Focus Electric, Kia Soul EV and Nissan LEAF. It will count on plenty of connectivity technologies for making the daily commute easier. Among them will be a driving range projection based on time of day, topography, weather and driving habits.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will also include features such as a MyLink infotainment system with 10.2-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, a surround vision camera system, MyChevrolet mobile app connectivity, navigation and on-board Wi-Fi. The Bolt’s cargo area boasts a volume of 479 litres.
GM promises a base price of just under $30,000 US, although that includes Federal tax credits, so figure an MSRP of about $38K. Obviously, Canadian pricing hasn’t been announced, but we expect it to start in the low 40s before applicable government rebates available in certain provinces.
Production of the Bolt EV will start at the end of 2016.