There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the compact electric vehicle from GM for quite some time with most people having clicked it off as a simple hoax long ago. Well, rejoice since Chevrolet has finally come out into the open about the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Boasting a compact body and an unheard of mileage, this is all set to usher in the next age of electric cars.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Rumors and Features
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is poised to debut as a crossover which means that it will most likely retain the subtle roof rails. Moreover, the overall dimensions, while reminiscent of the BMW i3, has a distinctly Chevrolet touch in the form of more pronounced LED headlamps. The SUV will also likely retain its more aerodynamic body in the form of the vented rear fenders and other features which are poised to maximize fuel efficiency as well. Unlike the other cars in the segment, Chevrolet did not go with the full carbon fiber body either. Most experts feel that this is a move in order to reduce the cost of production. However, with a mix of aluminium and magnesium combined with carbon fiber, not only does the car look sleek enough to win us over, it is supposed to provide excellent mileage as well. Rumors say that the car will likely go through a few major modifications before the final release which include a full glass roof with a glass hatch.
The basic idea about the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is minimalism. Thus, in keeping with this concept, the interiors are a subtle two tone affair. The seats are pedestal mounted and are featured in high finish upholstery. The central dashboard is a twin LCD grand affair fully replete with a touchscreen. On the software angle, in order not to be left out, along with the single button start feature, the Bolt features an app that you can use to jump start the car. On the more exciting front, the car also has something that GM is touting as the auto valet feature. It does exactly what you imagine it should: it drives the car, by itself, to the garage, and retrieves it at your command. Interested yet? Well, there is more: the feature can apparently be used to plan ride shares as well.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Drivetrain Specs
GM has been rather tight lipped about what the car will actually feature. However, most experts in the industry feel that it will not replace the concept car’ suspension, which has been described by most as very well equipped at the least. However, the point where the 2017 Bolt EV will apparently shine bright is the single charge range. Chevrolet claims that on a full charge, the car can cross the 200 mile mark. This is leaps and bounds ahead of the 81 mile offered by the BMW i3 and are the same as the Tesla Model 3 which is on the works as well.
2017 Chevy Bolt EV: Price and Arrival
At release, Chevrolet has claimed that it will be available across all 50 states. At a reported $30,000 price tag, it might be pricey, but well below others in the same range. Be ready to wait till mid 2017 for the car to hit your garage though.