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Chevrolet unveils the Bolt EV

6 January 2016

As promised, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra unveiled the production 2017 Bolt battery-electric vehicle at CES 2016. The Bolt EV, which will go into production by the end of 2016, will offer more than 200 miles of range on a full charge. It also features advanced connectivity technologies designed to enhance and personalize the driving experience.

GM said that the Bolt EV benefits directly from the suggestions and ideas of Volt owners and features technologies that make owning a long-range electric vehicle easy. The Bolt EV’s connectivity innovations will provide smart, personalized solutions for managing the driving experience. For example, in the future an accurate driving range projection will be based on the time of day, topography, weather and the owner’s driving habits.

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With more than 200 miles per charge and a cost of around $30,000 after government incentives and an unparalleled level of connectivity with the ability to upgrade with the mobility and transportation solutions we all will demand in the future, the Bolt EV is truly the first EV that cracks the code of long range at an affordable price.

—Mary Barra

Bluetooth low-energy—designed specifically for the Bolt EV to minimize energy draw—seamlessly connects a smart phone to the car while the owner approaches the vehicle. Many of the Bolt EV’s driver-focused technologies are supported by OnStar 4G LTE, which turns the Bolt EV into a Wi-Fi hotspot, giving owners easier access to apps and services via a high-speed wireless connection.

Other connectivity and infotainment features include:

  • 10.2" MyLink color touch-screen display.
  • Customizable, widget-based “flip-board style” operation.
  • Rear Camera Mirror; rear-facing camera provides a wide-angle view of the environment behind the vehicle.
  • Surround Vision; provides a bird’s-eye view of what’s around the Bolt EV for improved safety during low-speed driving and when parking.
  • All-New MyChevrolet Mobile App: Combines important owner and vehicle information and functions, such as Vehicle charge status.
  • OnStar Map service
  • Remote start
  • Cabin pre-conditioning
  • Owner’s manual information
  • Dealer service scheduling
  • EV Navigation Mapping; EV-specific navigation capability that designs routes to maximize range and provide locations of nearby charging station locations if needed.
  • Gamification; In the future, Bolt EV owners will be able to “compete” by comparing driving styles to determine who is driving most efficiently.
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The Bolt EV’s styling centers on its proportion, which is driven by the flat battery pack mounted beneath the interior floor. A 102.4-inch wheelbase and wide track give it a solid stance and the look of a small crossover. A short front overhang indicates that driving power comes from next-generation technology.

Due to the packaging of the battery pack, the Bolt EV interior offers seating for five passengers and 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat.

The Bolt EV will be built at GM’s Orion (Mich.) Assembly facility, near Detroit.

Chevrolet unveils the Bolt EV

As promised, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra unveiled the production 2017 Bolt battery-electric vehicle at CES 2016. The Bolt EV, which will go into production by the end of 2016, will offer more than 200 miles of range on a full charge. It also features advanced connectivity technologies designed to enhance and personalize the driving experience.

GM said that the Bolt EV benefits directly from the suggestions and ideas of Volt owners and features technologies that make owning a long-range electric vehicle easy. The Bolt EV’s connectivity innovations will provide smart, personalized solutions for managing the driving experience. For example, in the future an accurate driving range projection will be based on the time of day, typography, weather and the owner’s driving habits.

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With more than 200 miles per charge and a cost of around $30,000 after government incentives and an unparalleled level of connectivity with the ability to upgrade with the mobility and transportation solutions we all will demand in the future, the Bolt EV is truly the first EV that cracks the code of long range at an affordable price.

—Mary Barra

Bluetooth low-energy—designed specifically for the Bolt EV to minimize energy draw—seamlessly connects a smart phone to the car while the owner approaches the vehicle. Many of the Bolt EV’s driver-focused technologies are supported by OnStar 4G LTE, which turns the Bolt EV into a Wi-Fi hotspot, giving owners easier access to apps and services via a high-speed wireless connection.

Other connectivity and infotainment features include:

  • 10.2" MyLink color touch-screen display.
  • Customizable, widget-based “flip-board style” operation.
  • Rear Camera Mirror; rear-facing camera provides a wide-angle view of the environment behind the vehicle.
  • Surround Vision; provides a bird’s-eye view of what’s around the Bolt EV for improved safety during low-speed driving and when parking.
  • All-New MyChevrolet Mobile App: Combines important owner and vehicle information and functions, such as Vehicle charge status.
  • OnStar Map service
  • Remote start
  • Cabin pre-conditioning
  • Owner’s manual information
  • Dealer service scheduling
  • EV Navigation Mapping; EV-specific navigation capability that designs routes to maximize range and provide locations of nearby charging station locations if needed.
  • Gamification; In the future, Bolt EV owners will be able to “compete” by comparing driving styles to determine who is driving most efficiently.
Image

The Bolt EV’s styling centers on its proportion, which is driven by the flat battery pack mounted beneath the interior floor. A 102.4-inch wheelbase and wide track give it a solid stance and the look of a small crossover. A short front overhang indicates that driving power comes from next-generation technology.

Due to the packaging of the battery pack, the Bolt EV interior offers seating for five passengers and 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat.

The Bolt EV will be built at GM’s Orion (Mich.) Assembly facility, near Detroit.

January 6, 2016 in Batteries, Electric (Battery) | Permalink | Comments (31)

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The 200 miles range is big progress relative to all the 100 mile range BEVs that also cost 30k USD. The sale of the Leaf and the e-Golf will drop to nothing. You still need to be a diehard environmentalist in order to pay 37.5k USD before incentives for a car that is actually worse than a 15k USD gasser in terms of range and time to refuel. So this is no revolution by any means.

We need self-driving BEV taxis for the economy to make sense for the mass consumer.

The Verge has a test drive and they already conclude the drive is unremarkable. So no fun factor either. Tesla's will be able to sell many more Model 3 for 45k USD than this Bolt at 37.5k USD simply because Model 3 will be fun and luxurious by comparison and not that much more expensive.

"Tesla will be able to sell many more Model 3 for 45k USD than this Bolt at 37.5k USD simply because Model 3 will be fun and luxurious by comparison and not that much more expensive."

A remarkable judgment for a car whose external design has never been shown and whose performance characteristics are entirely unknown to anyone outside of the manufacturer... a manufacturer that required three and a half years to deliver the first production version of a largely derivative auto after the first prototype was made public. (Model X prototype was made public in Feb 2012, first delivery October 2015.)

So, knowing that the Model 3 will see first light as a prototype in March of this year (yes?) and according to JB Straubel is a COMPLETELY new battery and motor architecture (yes?) alongside a much different and much less expensive structure than X and S, I look forward to seeing the first one delivered at the beginning of 2020, three and half years and $Bs of dollars hence.

I have to wonder how much range they gained by developing a new version of Bluetooth...twenty feet? Fifty? I can't imagine it was worth the cost.

It's TOO SMALL! The two leading BEV's are both larger. The rear cargo area is 70% of the Leaf's, which is only adequate. I've been driving one for almost two years. I wouldn't buy a smaller car. This doesn't seem like a formula for success given U.S. tastes. I suspect there are people in management that want this car to fail, but they have to put on a good show. If they'd done their homework the car would be at least the size of a Leaf.

@Alan, GM is balancing the size of the car with the smallest battery size that will achieve the 200 mile goal post. It's the only way to make a car thats also affordable. Plenty of single occupant commuters will snap this up over the next few years, and pay next to nothing in monthly fuel costs.

It may not fill every need, but I predict this will be a very popular car.

I'll almost certainly buy one to replace my Ford Focus Electric, as it will beat almost any other contender to market by at least a year, probably 2 or 3.

But, does it have radar collision prevention?

For all the critues, for most of world this car is idle solution for pollution problems, conjestion and oil replacement. Per km running cost is only 1/5 of petrol and with passge of time cost can be halved.congrats GM for being first with this range small car.

Nissan, with a 5 year head start, finally has succeeded in moving slow enough and waiting long enough, the others have caught up. Was this their plan all along or poor management in throwing away their advantage?

At second thought I am disappointed the Bolt does not seem to have any sophisticated safety or autopilot features. It better come (at least as a configuration option) in the final production version. Also I agree that this car is too small for the US market. The Verge has a video test drive that shows how cramped the cabin is. The reporter is a big guy and he barely fit in the front seat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONfPm7OdTVs

Herman true the Model 3 might not enter production in late 2017. It may be late 2018. Musk has said the real engineering problems is not designing a new BEV which is not that complicated (at least compared to a gasser) but rather engineering its production. Tesla's engineers are mostly occupied with designing the production lines rather than the cars they make. For Model 3 the biggest challenge will be the 50Gwh factory. If that factory is not ready to make the battery packs for the Model 3 say because of extreme demand for Model S and X and power packs its introduction will be delayed. Model X was foremost delayed because Panasonic did not have the capacity to supply batteries for both the Model S and Model X.

I predict the Model 3 will be delayed until late 2018 because of extreme demand for Tesla's other products. Expect 80k units of model s and x for 2016, then 130k units in 2017 and 200k units in 2018. Then for 2019 300k units including 100k units of Model 3 and 500k units for 2020 of which 300k will be Model 3. Tesla will also launch a Porsche 911 killer in 2020 that could sell 60k units per year when distributed globally. I expect Tesla to launch a dedicated driverless taxi service between 2020 to 2022. That will become Tesla's main focus and business going forward and it will change the entire world of transportation unlike the Model S, X and Model 3 which is essentially practical toys for the wealthy.

It looks like they made a lot of the right decisions with Bolt.

Tesla's strategy is only to make a BEV if it can be made better than a comparable gasser and for the same price. E.g. the Model S is better than Porsche Panamera and they cost the same. Like Model X is better than Porsche Cayenne and they cost the same. The problem with the Bolt is that it compares to Chevrolet Sonic that costs only 15k USD has full range and fuel nearly instantly. This is why the Bolt will also be a failure. It can't compete with comparable gassers and only have appeal with truly diehard environmentalist.

When Tesla launch the Model 3 it will cost the same as a BMW's series 3 and be a better car so it will sell ice-cream on a hot summer day. We will see if I am right but I am sure I am.

The strategy is all wrong by the old automakers because they keep making plug-ins that sucks compared to their gasser competition. If they can't change that strategy they will continue to fail and Tesla, Google(?) and Apple(?) will continue to eat their market shares. However, Tesla will not be a real and global thread until they start making millions of self-driving taxis that does 100k miles or more each per year for paying customers. That will change the world and it starts in 2020 to 2022. Hopefully, Tesla will not be the only such taxi service in that time frame. The more the merrier and the faster the global change.

Henrik, you might want to look into Ford CEO Mark Fields' recent comments about the difficulty of engineering autonomous driving solutions. The problem? Edge cases.

I'm just curious; why do you continue to inject your desire for autonomous electric taxis into every discussion thread here, no matter how irrelevent to the topic?

How would fitting autopilot capabilities be compatible with GMs goal of delivering a low cost 200 mile BEV, which is in itself an unprecedented achievement?

I get the distinct impression that some commenters on this website are here purely to either complain about the auto industry as a whole, or flog their own agenda, or are Tesla fanbois. Nothing is ever good enough until it's perfect for their own particular unique set of circumstances AND perfect for everyone else, too. Or maybe they are simply "anti car ownership". I don't get it. If EVERYONE relied on "self driving taxi" instead of their own vehicle, it would double the traffic on our roads, and surely we don't need that.

The Bolt is not a particularly small car. One of the video reviews online (the Verve one, mentioned above) has a person 6 ft 5 in tall fitting into it AND fitting into the back seat. It is roughly the size of Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore (and Honda HR-V and several others), and those have been selling very well.

Self-driving has nothing whatsoever to do with being an electric vehicle. The Bolt will have an optional safety package that includes a forward collision mitigation package. I want no part of self-driving.

There is absolutely no freaking way that Tesla will ever be selling 200,000 Model S and X per year. It is simply too expensive to ever be a mass market vehicle.

The Bolt is the first production EV that will be capable of handling my needs for a daily-driver vehicle (200 mi / 320 km is right on the edge) and is in a tolerable price range, and it also appears to have good performance (7 sec to 60 mph). I am seriously considering one, since my current daily-driver will be due for replacement in the same time as when this hits the showrooms. And yes, I would much rather deal with the local Chevrolet dealer than deal with Tesla's sales and service model.

GM is to be commended for making this happen. For EVs to become mainstream, the compromises have to be acceptable, and I think this one is the game changer.

Self driving cars are not a trivial design.
With radar, cameras, image processing and AI, it is QUITE a challenge.

E.c.i. as you probably can imagine I am enthusiastically interested in technology and the question of how we can use new technology to make a better world. Because I spend a lot of my free time to study and think about that I believe I get a few good ideas along the way. However, it would be sad if only a few people heard about them so I blog about it at GCC and else ware thereby potentially reaching thousands more. I sincerely think that creating driverless vehicles of all sorts are the fastest way to end oil and most of this planet's pollution and death by accidents and it frustrates me that the world's largest industry is not investing more money in making that happen. Instead, the go along investing in endless of micro improvements of existing combustion engines, fuel cells that will never happen and also BEVs that target the most impossible gasser segment to compete with - the 15k USD gasser. Maybe, if I keep arguing that this is all wrong and driverless BEV taxis is the fastest way to obtain mass market implementation of BEVs, then maybe, someone out there with real power reads it and I succeed in changing their mind and thereby actually make a difference for the better.

SJC it is a huge challenge but with regard to cars I believe it can be accomplished in a few years with a fairly small group of really good programmers (about 50) and a somewhat larger group of hardware engineers (about 150) because the right tools they need have finally become available: 1) supercomputers that can handle the computational burden of image processing in milliseconds using little power, 2) affordable high quality sensors and 3) AI programming tools like deep learning and object recognition software.

Everything that moves could become self-guided within the next 5 years: Vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers, space rockets (like Falcon 9), war drones and, of cause, cars, busses, trucks and airplanes.

So 200 miles, or about 55kWhrs of battery at $143 dollars per kWhr at cell level means slightly less than $8K in cells. I still don't see that there is $37K cost in this car. They can tell us that these cars are too expensive and they can make it the reality by pricing them to be too expensive. A Cruze is a $15K car that is profitable but a Bolt is a Cruze with the engine taken out (nearly) and an electric drive train put in. So maybe it cost them $23K to make the Bolt. I suspect the price is high to inhibit sales because they don't have the battery supply capacity to sell high volumes.

It's known that GM's battery supply is constrained for the moment. The added cost in this vehicle isn't just the batteries. This car has an equipment level that you don't find in a Trax, which is the closest platform-mate (not the Cruze). A Buick Encore is closer in equipment level and it's also a platform-mate, and those are $25k MSRP, and they're selling better than just about anyone expected.

I AM a software developer, and driverless cars are not difficult to do in software. I agree with Henrik that driverless cars are the likely and best future, and can't come too quickly for me and the 30,000+ people who die a year in auto accidents.

Liability costs add a $1,000/year to car insurance, which will drop off when the computer drives the car. This will make driverless car cheaper than gassers or close. Also consider all the old folks, the young folks, people with disabilities, drunks who lost their license and others, who will benefit from driverless cars.

I don't know if Tesla or GM will win this race, but I think Tesla may just become (with Google and Apple) the final nail in the coffin for the old guard (GM/FORD/etc). And I'm cheering them on!

@BK4 there is no conspiracy. It is a 15k USD car with 2.5k USD of extras and a 20k USD battery at 55kwh or 364 USD per kwh at the pack level including gross profit. The 140 USD rumor was just that a rumor. Tesla still has the lowest battery cost because they is the world's largest consumer of batteries. If anything Tesla seems to increase their cost advantage on battery packs.

@Alan and others complaining about the Bolt

From today NY Times in an article titled "Carmakers Forge Ahead With Electric Vehicles"

The Bolt is a roomy, four-door compact car that seats five people...

Maybe, just maybe, GM did not kill the electric car.

@Henrik, I understand you have good intentions, but ask you to consider if your redundant posts at some point become counterproductive to your own goals. Credibility is more important than repetition to convince someone of your argument.

I can say there will be self driving cars in the next 5 years, but that is just a guess with no evidence. Quit trying to seem like some prescient sage oracle and show evidence.

Self-driving cars have already logged a few million miles and will do at least 10X better in 5 years (2020/2022) or so.

By 2020/2022 it will be difficult to continue to fight progress and autonomous drive vehicles (ADV) will become common place. Most manufacturers will have one or more ADVs on the roads.

Keep the (positive) info coming Henrik.

Useful information; positive, negative or neutral, is welcome. Unsupported wishful thinking, repeated frequently, simply diminishes a posters credibility.

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