GM has high hopes for the hatchback EV, which is expected to offer a 200-mile range for a price of $30,000 (about £20,000). But it won't be made in right-hand drive and subsequently won't be sold in the UK.
Chevrolet said the car - first revealed in the concept form at the Detroit motor show at the start of 2015 and subsequently confirmed for production - represents its "vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle" and is an indication that it is committed to electrification as a power source for cars.
The Bolt's lithium ion battery pack provides a claimed range of 200 miles in optimum conditions. The car will be built at the GM Orion Assembly facility in Michigan, USA. The 197bhp, 266lb ft Bolt is also good for a sub seven second 0-60 time, claims Chevrolet.
Allied with the projected cost, it could make electric vehicles more attractive to consumers. General Motors boss Mary Barra said the Bolt was "an electric vehicle for everyone" and believed it would "raise the bar for EVs".