Contrary to early reports, the new Chevrolet Bolt turned out to be not a rival for the Tesla Roadster, but rather a BMW i3 rival. The five-door hatchback does look indeed like the i3, only less crazy and more, well, car-like!
The futuristic looks of the Chevrolet Bolt, set to enter production in the near future, is complemented with clever aerodynamics, LED lights, and a blend of lightweight material such as aluminum, carbon fiber, magnesium and woven mesh.
The interior is equally minimalistic and efficient, with “floating” slim-architecture seats mounted on exposed aluminum pedestals, panoramic roof, and a floating center console. The cockpit boasts a 10-inch-diagonal capacitive-touch screen packed with connectivity features including smartphone integration.
As for the electric powertrain, Chevrolet Bolt should get something similar to the EV motor in the 2016 Volt, and the same sort of batteries. GM has claimed a preliminary range of 200 miles (322 km) for the Bolt. The biggest advantage of the Bolt over the BMW i3 will be its reasonable price tag which is said to be no more than 30 grand.