Chevrolet’s 2017 Bold EV production car has been spotted before its big reveal on the upcoming CES 2016. If you still haven’t got an inkling of what Bolt EV is, then know that it is General Motors’ first pure electric vehicle since the EV1.
Taking the Bold concept, GM aims to get the goal of a 200-mile range at the starting price of $30,000. In case that this could be met by the carmaker, then Bolt EV may be the most affordable EV just yet. Aside from that, Bolt will be sharing some of its features with Sonic only that it will be a crossover version. The platform simply explains that the spotted production car bears black fender trim and muted roof rails. Besides the crossover proportions can possibly help hide the extra height for the batteries.
As for the design it appears that the Bolt takes the crossover of Honda Fit, BMW i3 and the 2016 model of Chevrolet Volt. Noteworthy features involve the visually floating roof, the BMW-ish sheetmetal and a colossal front-quarter window.
Unfortunately, there is little info about the Bolt’s powertrains except that it has the lithium-ion battery pack from LG Chem that bears the energy of at least 50 kWh, making the 200-mile range goal possible for GM.
The production model is expected to be due by next month via 2016 CES in Las Vegas or the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Its production will begin in the latter part of next year (2016) and the price starts at estimated $30,000 after federal tax. After its release, it will directly complete with BMW i3, Kia Soul EV, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3, Fiat 500e and Volkswagen e-Golf.