GM presents the new Bolt at the 2016 CES

Chevrolet has just released the new Chevrolet Bolt. It will have a 320 km range (200 miles) and will cost around US$ 30,000 after government incentives, according to GM CEO, Mary Barra. While presenting the car, she has not missed the chance to provoke Tesla by saying GM believes in the dealer model of sales and that she saw no point in “going to another State to buy or service” the car you want. Tesla does not have dealers. It owns all its stores. It has been forbidden to have such stores in many US States. And it has sold 50,000 units of an US$ 80,000 car, the Model S, effortlessly. It could have sold more if it had the capacity to deliver. This is what GM will try to attack, but it has a bigger problem to solve: the US$ 29,000 Nissan Leaf. The new Bolt must cost less than that.


The new Chevrolet Bolt will have a fast charging time of 60 minutes for a 80% charge and of 90 minutes for a 100% fast charge. It will be a five-seater, as we have predicted when we first showed you the final appearance of the car, last month. Its trunk will offer 481 l of cargo space just behind the rear seats. Its battery pack is placed on the floorpan, just like Faraday Future and VW said they were going to do with their new electric vehicles. One of the strategies to engage drivers is to promote gamification with other Bolt drivers in order to see who gets more mileage out of it. Check all the other pictures GM has already released below.

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Apart from that, GM has still not released many interesting facts about the Bolt. Barra has only said it will be a platform for GM, what indicates its architecture will be employed in other electric vehicles from Chevrolet. Or GM, underpinning a Cadillac, a Buick, a GMC or any of the brands it controls in other countries, such as Opel, Holden and Vauxhall. GM has created a space at CES for visitors to test the new EV. It can be seen below.

Barra has concentrated on the gadgets the Bolt will offer, such as a 10.2″ MyLink screen, a rear-view camera, Apple Play and that’s all. Dimensions, power, battery capacity and other really important information will be left for when the car goes on sale. And there is not a single indication of when that will happen. So why was the car shown now? Just to seize the CES exposition? OK…

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.

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