New all-electric five-door hatchback has a claimed range of more than 200 miles but won't be coming to the UK
11 January 2016

The new Chevrolet Bolt is on display at the Detroit motor show, ahead of the start of US sales for the compact five-door hatchback in October. 

Previewed by a concept of the same name in early 2015, the Bolt is based around a unique front-wheel-drive platform structure and uses the same lithium ion battery technology as the second-generation Chevrolet Volt, providing it with a claimed zero-emission range of “more than 200 miles”.

"The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification, all designed to enhance the ownership experience, now and into the future," said General Motors boss Mary Barra at the car's unveiling.

Chevrolet is remaining coy on further details until next week’s Detroit motor show, although officials have confirmed Chevrolet is developing an advanced navigation system for the car to maximise range and provide information on the location of nearby charging stations.

Further features include 4G OnStar LTE connectivity, which turns the Bolt into a wi-fi hotspot.

The Bolt will be produced at parent company General Motors’ Orion manufacturing plant in Michigan alongside the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano. The plant is currently undergoing a $160 million (£110m) upgrade to handle production of the new hatchback.

The Bolt, which will be priced at around $30,000 (£20,500) in the US after electric car incentives are taken into account, is the first dedicated production electric car from General Motors since the pioneering EV1 ceased production in 1999. Chevrolet officials have previously confirmed that the new car won't be coming to the UK.

Key among the rivals for the new car is the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and upcoming Tesla Model 3.

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7 January 2016
I bet Tata isn't too happy they've stolen the name of their small hatchback...

7 January 2016
With EV sales rising why not re-label it a Vauxhall and sell it against the Leaf

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

7 January 2016
What strikes me more about the Bolt is how great it looks on the outside IMO. It also looks like a quality and expensive looking car, something that couldn't be said too often about some of Chevrolet's other small offerings. The interior's simplicity looks great too.

7 January 2016
Are you kidding? It looks hideous. Theres so many different angles, lines and materials it's hard to tell whats going on.

7 January 2016
Are you kidding? It looks hideous. Theres so many different angles, lines and materials it's hard to tell whats going on.

7 January 2016
Too bad that GM has given up prematurely selling EVs in Europe. This one might have done the job.

7 January 2016
Can't understand why GM don't sell this (or the new Volt) over here. I had a Vauxhall Ampera on a 48 hr test a while back and was very impressed (dash-board apart). Range extender range hybrid is the way to go for those who can't have a pure EV as a second car.

13 January 2016
Looks good inside and out. They should give it a go over here.

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