Chevrolet on March 30 introduced the 2017 Bolt EV at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show, illustrating its long-range, affordable and functional electric vehicle for the masses. Customer deliveries will start in April.
The Bolt EV offers 383 km of certified driving range on a full charge. “The Bolt EV is a revolutionary product that was developed based on the deep expertise of GM engineers worldwide and years of customer feedback and innovative partnerships,” said Michael Lelli, chief engineer of the Bolt EV. “With its affordability, long range and exciting new technologies, it will enable more consumers to experience a true EV life.”
In particular, due to the packaging of the battery pack, the Bolt EV interior allows seating for five passengers and vast cargo space behind the rear seat.
The large windows, plunging beltline and steeply raked windshield, also contribute to the progressive profile and emphasize the interior’s spaciousness and bright, airy feel.
The large greenhouse offers a panoramic view from upright, SUV-like seating positions. The rear-window glass extends all the way to the license plate and integrates with LED taillamps on the liftgate. By integrating the taillamps into the full-width liftgate, the Bolt EV’s architecture enables a wide opening that makes it easier to slide boxes and other items in and out of the vehicle.
The Bolt EV’s high-capacity electric motor produces up to 204 ps (150 kW) of power and 36.7 kg.m of torque. It propels the vehicle from 0-100 km/h in under seven seconds, providing sheer driving pleasure.
Power delivery is controlled by Chevrolet’s first Electronic Precision Shift system – a shift and park-by-wire system that sends electronic signals to the Bolt EV’s drivetrain. It takes up less space than a traditional mechanical shifter, resulting in more interior room and an improved layout for passengers.
Having more than 1.3 billion miles of EV experience from the Chevrolet Volt helped Bolt EV battery engineers and strategic partner LG Electronics to develop an all-new cell and battery pack consisting of 288 lithium-ion cells that include 10 modules and 96 cell groups.
The Bolt EV energy management system includes a Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle and the regenerative braking feature for one-pedal driving and an efficient driving experience. This enables the vehicle to slow down and come to a complete stop without using the brake pedal in certain driving conditions.
Along with the extensive use of aluminum and high-strength steel throughout the body structure, the Bolt EV has adopted active safety features that include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Forward Pedestrian Alert and the Smart High-Beam System to help the driver avoid and minimize accidents.
A standard large 10.2-inch-diagonal color touchscreen Chevrolet MyLink display along with an 8-inch cluster suggests a new way of smartphone connectivity and a new infotainment experience through the MyChevrolet mobile application, which combines key vehicle information and functions such as vehicle charge status, remote start and owner’s manual information.
The Bolt EV is available in four exterior colors: Pure White, Sky Mint Blue, Metallic Grey and Brick Orange. Premium features include perforated leather seats, HID headlamps, Advanced Park Assist and a wireless phone-charging system.
The Bolt EV is priced at 47.79 million won (US$41,500). The price drops below 30 million won (US$26,000) with government subsidies.