Building on the company’s experience developed with the Volt and the Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept will be soldin the US as well as many global markets.
Among the announced technical highlights are selectable driving modes and DC fast charging operation.
From an aesthetic point of view, the Bolt EV features a compact, one-box layout, with minimal overhangs that optimize interior space.
The surface language shares many elements with the 2016 Volt, also on display at the 2015 NAIAS. The face look is characterized by the slim, sleek headlights, integrated in a slim, upright fascia that empshasizes the absence of onventional grilles for air cooling.
The flanks are sculpted, with a lower sweeeping line and a bold bone line defined by a sharp edge running from the front fenders to the rear tail lamp.
A high beltline sweeps upward with the D-pillar, culminating in an integrated roof spoiler, for a lean, athletic stance. An and wraparound rear window give the Bolt EV concept a distinctive appearance and flood the interior with more natural light.
The dynamic look is also underlined by the rising line that defines the rear pillars, which frame a rear wraparound screen – a styling cue that has some reminiscences of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class 1st generation model.
The rear end also features an advanced nano-composite rear hatch, a distinctive lighting signature, and the original, aero-optimizing vented rear fenders.
The high-intensity, efficient light-emitting diode (LED) headlamp and taillamp elements are housed behind jewel-like faceted lenses in which translucent elements illuminate evenly to create the signature lighting effect.
The Bolt EV makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and even woven mesh.
Inside, the Bolt EV concept has a large feel reinforced by generous headroom and legroom dimensions. A flat, flow-through floor adds to the roominess, while a contemporary, light color scheme adds to the feeling of an open, airy cabin.
the airy interior ambience is enhanced with use of glass all around – as well as a full-length, frosted glass roof with faceted design elements.
The cabin’s environment is reinforced with lightweight, slim-architecture seats mounted on exposed aluminum pedestals that create a floating effect. The minimalist center console “floats,” too, suspended from the front seats.
“The Bolt EV concept’s interior is intended as a sanctuary, with materials and technologies that reinforce the airy ambience and help contribute to the vehicle’s overall efficiency,” said Ed Welburn. “It also incorporates technology in a subtler and simpler manner, for a more soothing driving experience – particularly in busy, urban environments.”
Chevrolet’s signature dual-cockpit interior layout incorporates easy-to-use technology designed to make the driving experience easier and more enjoyable. It wraps into the door panels and features a frosted and translucent appearance – and a subtle glow at night.
The concept’s technological intuitiveness can be accessed via a smartphone with the concept Bolt EV Connect app, which is designed to:
- Allow a smartphone to perform as the key fob
- Allow ride-sharing management, including reservations, vehicle location, digital key and even payment processing via the smartphone
- Incorporate the concept automatic park-and-retrieval technology, which enables the driver to exit the vehicle and tell the Bolt EV concept to park itself – and when errands are completed, the Bolt EV concept can be summoned to return to the owner’s location.
A large, color 10-inch-diagonal capacitive-touch screen, with interface features, complements the concept Bolt EV Connect app. It even allows the projection of all the application and other smartphone data onto the screen.