NAIAS Detroit: Chevrolet Bolt

January 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

chevy boltFollowing the Mk2 Volt and Spark EV, here comes the Chevy Bolt: General Motors’ all-electric mainstream model. It’s to cost from around $30,000 and promises a range of over 200 miles. No word yet on its powertrain tech, and how that range is going to be achieved (at that price), but features we do know about – on this concept if not to appear in the first production models – include selectable operating modes (commute, weekend cruising) for throttle response, ride height and suspension settings, a smartphone app enabling ride-sharing management (vehicle location, reservations, digital key, payment), automatic park-and-retrieval (self-parking and autonomous return to driver when summoned) and projection of all app/smartphone data onto a 10-inch touchscreen display. The Bolt itself (thought to give more than a few clues as to the design of the upcoming ICE Viva small car too) is a one-box minivan-like crossover. More details here.

GM CEO Mary Barra has also issued a statement of intent: “The Bolt EV concept is a game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity,” she said. “Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers… We have made tremendous strides in technologies that make it easier and more affordable for Chevrolet customers to integrate an all-electric vehicle in their daily lives. The Bolt EV concept demonstrates General Motors’ commitment to electrification and the capabilities of our advanced EV technology.”

  • On a rather more rarified note, the Acura NSX: its hybrid powertrain (550bhp+ turbocharged V6 plus three electric motors) enables AWD, with torque-vectoring and a 9-speed CT gearbox. AutoblogGreen has the lowdown. OK, it’s not exactly a ‘green’ car, but the words “halo effect” do spring to mind.
  • And why’s electrification important anyway? Just one example: a new study linking diesel exhaust inhalation with DNA methylation – impacts upon genetic material due to particulate matter,  implications for asthma, heart arhythmia, blood pressure. More details plus academic references here.

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