General Motors CEO — and Chairwoman! — Mary Barra unveiled on Wednesday the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The compact electric car had already broken cover earlier in the day (oops), but the first look at Chevrolet’s “production” electric car raised more questions than it gave answers.
According to Barra, the car will be produced sometime late this year and sell for around $30,000 after tax incentives. The Bolt will run for 200 miles, either on a charge that will take “overnight” for a full battery, or one hour to 80 percent using a DC fast charger.
It’s unclear when and where it will go on sale, or what its batteries are made of. Oh well, at least we can talk about its “gamification!”
Barra covered all the bases for the CES crowd, however: the Bolt will sport a 10.2-inch touchscreen with “flip-board” style operation, which may be the next generation of MyLink; the car’s rear camera mirror and “top-down” view at low speeds; and, Chevrolet’s new mobile app.
Given the advertised range, it’s hard to imagine how the Bolt would suffice with anything less than 60 kWh Li-ion batteries, but I guess we’ll have to wait until Detroit to know for sure.