Latest on the Chevy Bolt EV
We’ve been taking in all of the Chevy Bolt EV news we can possibly get, and the latest rumblings have to do with the vehicle’s interior. Before you head out to a Chevrolet dealer like Dan Cummins, see why you may want to await the release of the electric vehicle…
Brandon Turkus of AutoBlog.com got a look inside of the electric sedan, and we’ve passed along all of that information to you, which you’ll find below.
Turkus describes the interior as a blend between the Chevy Sonic and Volt. The traditional instrument cluster has been replaced with a digital display, and that will accompany a large display in the center stack.
Furthermore, the center display is reportedly using different software than that of other vehicles, particularly the MyLink system used by Chevy. This may ultimately end up being insignificant, as Turkus is unsure whether the system is solely being used as development software (which would indicate it’s not intended for production) or if it’s actually the future of the brands “connectivity suite.”
The writer focuses in on the car’s shifter, which he describes as “BMW-like.” A “dedicated” park button can be accessed via the driver’s thumb, and a trigger on the front presumably can switch the vehicle to either drive or reverse.
On the disappointing side, the prototype that Turkus was allowed to check out doesn’t seem to have many exterior changes from the previously released spy photos.
The car, which was introduced as a concept in January at the Detroit Auto Show and later confirmed in February, is a part of Chevy’s electric car grouping, which includes the Volt (plugin hybrid), the Malibu (non-plugin hybrid) and the Spark EV. The Bolt is reportedly capable of going about 200 miles on a single charge.
“We have experienced 200 miles. We’re pretty confident in that,” Pam Fletcher, General Motors’ executive chief engineer for electric vehicles, told Greg Gardner of the Detroit Free Press. “You can imagine we’re going to eke out every mile of range we can.”
While traditional battery-electric cars with similar range have a starting price tag of $75,000 (the Tesla Model S 70D holds that distinction), the Bolt is estimated to sell for about $30,000 after tax breaks. This is part of General Motors’ desire to cater to all car buyers.
“We’re going to continue to make great cars and let the cars speak for themselves to people who want them,” Fletcher said. “And we’re not doing it with just one. Look at this from a showroom perspective. This is an incredible statement of the commitment of Chevrolet to electrification.”
We still have to wait some time for the car, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be excited! In the meantime, head down to Dan Cummins Chevrolet and check out their vast selection of vehicles. You could be driving off the lot today in a new car!