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Chevy Bolt EV Concept alludes to future Tesla fighter


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  • By Zane Merva

    Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com

    1/12/2015

    No, you're not reading it wrong. Bolt, just like Volt. Both share plug-in electric motors but the Bolt goes farther. Much farther. 200 miles. Better yet, the claim is it could only cost $30,000. It's only a concept today but is Chevrolet teasing a future Tesla Model III competitor?

    Introduced at this year's 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, the Chevy Bolt EV Concept draws from the brand's experience producing the Volt and the Spark EV.

 

The Bolt EV Concept champions the following:

  • 200-mile electric range

  • Proposed $30,000 price tag

  • Designed to be 50-state legal

  • Selectable operating modes designed around driving styles such as commuting and cruising

  • Supports DC fast charging

  • Sleek exterior style with virtually no front or rear overhang

  • Lightweight materials, including aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber, and woven mesh keep curb weight down

  • LED headlamps and tail lamps

  • Uses a new "Bolt EV App"

  • A smartphone can be used as a key

  • Allows ride-sharing management, including reservations, vehicle location, digital key, and even payment processing

  • Incorporates automatic park and retrieval technology, which can summon the Bolt to the owner's location from a parking spot.

"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."


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Here's an idea. Create a badass design FIRST, then drop in the electric drivetrain. $30K for something that ugly won't bring the masses. Look at Tesla. They're charging over $100K for their cars, but they're also drop dead gorgeous. If it looks like a toaster, smells like a toaster...

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Here's an idea. Create a badass design FIRST, then drop in the electric drivetrain. $30K for something that ugly won't bring the masses. Look at Tesla. They're charging over $100K for their cars, but they're also drop dead gorgeous. If it looks like a toaster, smells like a toaster...

 

the problem is, GM and Nissan think that with a Radical new Powertrain, that it needs to be wrapped in an equally radical body. the reason why the Tesla Model S is beautiful and is selling well, is because they designed it to look like an ordinary car. at first glance you would assume its a regular gasoline powered car, you have to look MUCH closer to see that there is more than meets the eye.

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