The rumor mill was true, and the Chevy Bolt Concept did indeed make its world debut this morning at the North American International Auto Show promising 200 miles of range per charge and a price tag of $30,000 (AFTER the $7,500 tax rebate. – Ed.). True, it looks like a BMW i3 (even more so considering the orange hue they chose for the debut), but if GM does actually build the Chevy Bolt, it could be the EV gamechanger we’ve all been waiting for.
GM has loaded the Bolt concept with technology, including two large LCD screens, 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, and allowing a smartphone to be used as a key fob, just like the Tesla Model S. There’s also aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber integrated into the body to keep weight down, and a new self-parking-and-retrieval system, which allows owners to tell the Bolt to park itself, and return to the same location to pick the driver up.
And of course there’s the 200 mile range, crossover-like utility, and extremely attractive $30,000 starting price…but remember, it’s still just a concept! A lot can change between no and (potential) production, and while GM seems pretty hot-to-trot on the Bolt, I’ll be much happier when there’s a confirmed plan to build and sell such a vehicle.
Still, all-in-all I am pretty damn happy to see that GM is indeed pursuing a long-range electric car. With the Tesla Model III still at least two (and probably more likely three) years away, GM has some time to beat Elon Musk’s electric automaker to market by a sizable timeframe.
But will they?