Chevrolet Unveils Production Bolt at CES


Chevy unveiled its production 200-Mile $30K all-electric Bolt compact car during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in January. CES is an annual event that brings nearly 200,000 people from more than 150 countries to Las Vegas to view the latest in cutting-edge technology. A growing number of auto manufacturers and automotive technology companies are showing off their newest products to the early adopters who frequent this show.

Showing a production-intent version of the 4-door hatchback demonstrates that Chevrolet is sticking to its announced timeline for having the car ready for the 2017 model year. Sales are expected to begin in Fall 2016.

The prototype was originally unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was the first concrete evidence that a manufacturer had a battery EV that would reach the 200-mile range mark and come in at the $30,000 price level after federal incentives are applied. The prototype was also shown at the Los Angeles National Drive Electric Week event where thousands of Southern Californians were able to get an up-close look at the vehicle.

Industry observers have speculated that an electric car with a 200-mile range and mainstream price point will move the electric car from niche to mass market and ultimately become the dominant form of vehicle propulsion. Tesla Motors has long talked about their own 200-mile sub-$30k vehicle, but with this announcement, it appears that General Motors might be able to beat the Silicon Valley innovator to market.

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