In January, Chevrolet’s electric Bolt concept made its world debut. Since then, we’ve learned it’s headed for production in late 2016 and should debut early the next year as a 2017 model.
Now we’ve learned the Bolt may be getting a new name, which we don’t think is a bad thing, especially since Chevrolet’s extended-range hybrid car is named the Volt.
“Some people think it’s confusing,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America, in an interview with USA Today. “People are having some fun with it. It is generating awareness, which is good. It’s so conversational. We’re still in the decision phase. It could go either way. We have a little bit more time [to decide on the final name].”
The production version of the Bolt is expected to have an electric driving range of 200 miles, which should be more than enough to ease most range anxiety. Chevrolet also plans to sell it in all 50 states so everyone will be able to enjoy the benefits of electric driving.
We at Bradshaw Chevrolet want to know—if you could choose the name for Chevrolet’s new electric car, what would you choose?
The buzz from the Detroit Auto Show is rising to a crescendo, even after the event has closed, about one car in particular. The clamor is coming from the extended-range electric Chevrolet Bolt, the most talked about car at the show. With an estimated 200-mile electric range, double the Nissan Leaf, this new concept-in-name-only car can outpace any EV currently available! Couple that with the configuration allowing for four-passenger room and a spacious trunk, and you have a mass-market contender.
Chevrolet has leveraged all its expertise on zero-emission technology into this car, making it production-ready as early as 2017. The smaller and more efficient fuel cells sit completely beneath the floorboards to make the interior as spacious as a crossover, seating four and still leaving room for trunk storage.
Perhaps the most appealing feature is the price. Though not official, the Bolt will find its way into the market at around $30,000-$35,000, after a federal tax credit. That low price—and the 2017 Bolt’s high capabilities—will make this Chevy a great car for almost anyone. “For most people, this car can be their daily drive,” stated Chevrolet CEO Mary Barra.
Keep an eye on Chevrolet and its goal of bringing advancing technologies right to your driveway—and to Bradshaw Chevrolet!