DETROIT -- Tesla's game plan includes the 2015 North American International Auto Show here, Chevrolet looks set to beat Tesla to the punch, unveiling its Bolt concept, a hatchback using lightweight body materials and a pure electric drivetrain., a compact and affordable electric car with a 200-mile range. At the
The Bolt is similar in size and shape to the, although the seating looks limited to four passengers. A small cargo area behind the rear seats allows for luggage. The structure seems to be a test bed for lightweight materials, as Chevrolet notes that it uses "aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and even woven mesh" in the body.
Details on the drivetrain were slim, although Chevrolet says this pure electric cars should go 200 miles on a charge. It also allows Level 3 fast charging, although the charging port only shows a J1772 connector. Chevrolet is leveraging the electric drivetrain development it has already done for theand production cars.
Helping out the driving range, Chevrolet says the Bolt will adjust its ride height for differing driving conditions, also suggesting it has an adaptive suspension.
Cabin design employs a flat floor, taking advantage of the elimination of the transmission tunnel, made unnecessary by the electric drivetrain. That flat floor and the dashboard, sporting two LCDs, look similar to those in theelectric car.
Chevrolet places an LCD in front of the driver, presumably for a virtual instrument cluster, and a 10-inch LCD on the center dash. This capacitive touchscreen shows infotainment functions.
Surprisingly for a concept car, Chevrolet suggested it was designed for a price point of around $30,000 (roughly £20,000 or AU$37,000 converted) and could be sold in all 50 US states, along with countries around the world.
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