10 Essential Facts About the Chevy Bolt 200-mile Electric Car

By · August 02, 2016

1. Available Before the End of 2016

Alan Batey, General Motors North America President, said the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will begin shipping to dealers in the fourth quarter. It had been previously reported that the Bolt would ship in October. Bolt has been in “pre-production” since about March.

2. Base $37,500 Comes Standard with Many Features

The Bolt is expected to offered at a starting price of $37,500, and will eligible for a $7,500 tax credit to yield a net price tag of $30,000 (before local incentives). There will be some options available with the Bolt, but many of the connectivity and active safety features will come standard with the base trim.

3. 25,000 Units in the First Year

The initial annual global production target is likely to be about 25,000 cars. It will available to buy in all 50 states. It’s not known how many of the 25,000 units will be targeted for sale in the US. (For reference, the second-generation Chevrolet Volt, with a V, plug-in hybrid is on pace to sell nearly 25,000 units this year in the US.)

4. Produced at Green Facility

The electric five-seat compact is being produced at the company’s Orion Assembly Plant—35 miles north of Detroit. About 54 percent of the energy used at the assembly plant, which is an EPA Green Power Partnership Partner, comes from renewable sources.

5. 200 Horsepower

The Bolt is expected to carry 60-kWh battery pack—providing more than 200 miles on a single charge. Its 150-kW electric motor will produce 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque to the front axle. That output is enough for the Bolt to go from zero to 60 mph in less than seven seconds.

6. Small Hatch

The Chevy Bolt is a hatchback. It is promised as a compact car with the interior space of a mid-size vehicle. When the rear seats are folded down, the interior cargo space is 55 cubic feet of cargo space. With the seats up, you get just under 17 cubic feet in back—in addition to 94.4 cubic feet of passenger volume and seating for five passengers.

7. Crisp But Conventional Styling

The Chevy Bolt employs a styling in line with the marque’s lineup of crossovers and small cars—rather than the futuristic look used by well-known small EVs, like the BMW i3 and Nissan LEAF. The Bolt has a raked window, aggressive front fascia and low-profile tires.

8. Lots of Connectivity

In terms of infotainment, the Bolt is expected offer personalized settings and pairing for up to 10 devices, Wi-Fi connectivity for up to seven devices, cabin pre-conditioning, EV-specific routing for the navigation, and the MyChevrolet App to check in on the car’s status, such as charge level and estimated range. GM’s OnStar system will be the primary communications platform.

9. Use for Ride-Sharing

The 2017 Bolt will be made available for use in the Lyft ride-sharing program—potentially for about $99 a week and 20 cents per mile. (If drivers complete 65 rides or more in a single week, the rental would be free.)

10. Self-Driving Features Coming Soon

GM says a self-driving variant of the Bolt could be completed by early next year.

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