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Chevy shows affordable 200-mile electric car (pictures)

DETROIT -- The Chevrolet Bolt offers a large and practically designed interior space, along with a pure electric drivetrain good for 200 miles of range.

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Chevrolet Bolt concept car
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The Bolt concept shows Chevy's idea for an affordable electric car with practical range.

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Building on development from its Volt and Spark EV cars, Chevy intends the Bolt to go 200 miles on a charge. Aerodynamic design and a suspension that lowers at higher speeds enhance potential range.

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The Bolt is designed as a four-seat hatchback with a high roof for expansive interior space.

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Lightweight construction includes aluminum and carbon fiber.

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LED headlights provide strong illumination and excellent efficiency.

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Wheels retain a spoked design but Chevy filled in the gaps to improve aerodynamics.

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A flat floor enhances the sense of interior space and makes access easier.

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Rear bucket seats limit passenger capacity, keeping the gross vehicle weight low to enhance range.

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Large glass panels around the cabin make for better visibility and a sense of space.

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The interior design uses concept styling, although BMW put something very similar on the road with its i3 electric car.

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Chevy minimizes the dashboard's intrusion into the cabin space, so that the steering wheel appears to float in front of the driver.

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An LCD behind the steering wheel shows the driver speed, range and other essential driving information, while a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen sits in the center of the dashboard.

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Chevy keeps its driver selector on the console, the traditional place for a shifter.

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This screen would likely show a futuristic version of Chevy MyLink. Chevy also says the car's associated app would not only let the driver check the charge status, but also serve as a remote control for self-parking the car.

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