2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV front three quarters right

Near-production rendering of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

August 11, 2015

The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept was unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January and was confirmed for production in February.

In June, GM released a video which showed the company testing Bolt EV prototypes at the company’s Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan. Among other things, the prototypes were being tested for the handling dynamics, cabin comfort, quietness, charging capability, and energy efficiency.

The production version is expected to be nearly identical to the concept and digital artist Shoeb Kalania has depicted his impression of the same in a new rendering (featured image). Changes speculated include a restyled front bumper and grille, slightly bigger headlamps, bigger ORVMs and different LED taillights. The Bolt EV will have support for DC charging and will offer a range of over 200 miles (322 km).

Its price will start at around US$ 30,000 and it will be sold in all 50 states of the U.S. market and in many global markets too. A Euro-spec version bearing Vauxhall badge for the UK and Opel badge for rest of the Europe is a possibility too.

The Bolt EV will enter production some time next year and the car is slated to go on sale in H1 2017. GM has emphasised that the Bolt EV is meant for the masses, unlike the Tesla cars, which can only be afforded by the premium section of the society.

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