CARS.COM — Electric-vehicle enthusiasts can start getting charged up for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The production version of the Bolt concept we saw at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is set to bow Wednesday at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
With an automaker-estimated electric-only range of 200 miles, the Bolt still trails segment leader Tesla by roughly 70 miles — but its $30,000 projected starting price after federal incentives also puts it at well less than half the price.
Chevrolet says the Bolt EV will also offer connectivity and infotainment technologies that seamlessly integrate smartphones and other electronic devices. One technological feature we saw on the concept version in Detroit — unlikely to appear on the production model — was the automatic park-and-retrieval system that allows the driver to exit the vehicle and tell the Bolt to park itself, and then return later.
Still unknown is how exterior and interior styling will translate to production. The concept rocked an EV-fabulous look with an aerodynamic wedge shape and vented rear fenders. Inside the look was minimalist, with slim, aluminum-pedestal-mounted seats; a small, “floating” center console; and a 10-inch capacitive touch-screen.
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