New 200-Mile Chevrolet Bolt CUV To Debut At NAIAS
TTAC was the first to report on a new 200-mile EV being developed by GM, based on the Chevrolet Sonic. This low volume model , said to be a compliance car, is getting closer to reality, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that a concept version will debut at Monday’s Detroit Auto Show – though according to the WSJ, plans have changed.
The model will apparently be dubbed the Chevrolet Bolt, and be designed as a competitor to Tesla’s upcoming volume EV. The Bolt will apparently not be an “economy car” per the WSJ, but a crossover-like vehicle big enough to carry a family of four, but smaller than a Model S. The battery will still be built at the LG Chem plant as previously reported. A crossover-style Volt has previously been shown, but this would be a pure EV vehicle.
I'm left wondering where this whole "-olt" naming series in going to lead. Volt, Bolt, Jolt, Dolt... then what? Revolt?
What makes this different from the barely sellable RAV4 EV? The potential of not being California only appears to be the only difference. Judging by the fact that the RAV4 EV used Tesla powertrain and batteries and was still a major money loser, I have my doubts that this will be very cheap if it has a 200mi range.
I read this elsewhere. Apparently "Bolt" is a delusional cartoon dog: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolt_%28character%29
Will the voice of the Nav system be John Travolta?