Chevy Set to Unveil 2017 Bolt EV at ICES
The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV is set to be unveiled today at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Chevrolet will be teaming up with Facebook, showing the vehicle to the world via the website’s new “Facebook Live” technology.
This will be another “electrified” vehicle from the brand, joining the 2016 Volt, 2016 Malibu Hybrid and Spark EV. No other brand on the market offers this assortment of electric vehicles, proving the company’s willingness to be innovative and stretch the boundaries.
To learn more about Chevy’s newest technology, continue reading after the break. After all, we’ll probably see these engines eventually hit all of the brand’s vehicles, and it’s only a matter of time before we see electric pickups offered by Chevy truck dealers…
“The Bolt EV truly embodies the ingenuity that is at the core of everything we do at Chevrolet,” said Alan Batey, president of General Motors North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “The technologies and the engineering expertise behind the Bolt EV are tremendous examples of the kind of innovation we intend to offer our customers, across an array of products at a tremendous value – something only Chevrolet can deliver.”
As the press release notes, the engineers relied on the “expertise” that was established when developing the Volt. The vehicle is expected to deliver an incredible 200 miles of range, and customers can once again expect an affordable price. After full Federal tax credits, the Bolt EV is expected to be sold for less than $30,000.
As anticipated, the vehicle will include the most innovative and advanced features, including “connectivity and infotainment technologies.” The engineers were specifically focused on integrating the entire system with their customer’s smartphones, allowing drivers to access many of their phone’s basic capabilities. To emphasize this point, the company is taking to Facebook to show off their latest electric car. Four million users will have the opportunity to check out the Bolt EV via a live video and “an immersive 360-degree interior video experience.”
Electric vehicle sales appear to be trending the right way for Chevy. Sure, the Volt may have only sold 15,383 units in 2015, an 18.1-percent drop from the 18,805 units sold the year before (via Sebastian Blanco of AutoBlog.com). However, the writer is quick to point out that sales improved dramatically following the release of the second-generation model towards the end of the year. When comparing the 2,114 units sold in December of this year to the number of units sold in December of 2014, the brand actually saw a 41.9 increase, a clear indication that consumers are certainly interested in what Chevy and electric vehicles have to offer.
The International Consumer Electronics Show has been around for over four decades, highlighting the latest “technologies” and the brightest innovators from around the world. The convention is an excellent opportunity for companies to show off their next-generation vehicles (like the Bolt EV).
This isn’t only exciting news for Chevrolet, but it’s significant for the whole industry. Sure, electric vehicles may not be mainstream, but it’s only a matter of time before these cars get a significant boost in popularity. Furthermore, it’s important that these brands continue to produce innovative automotive technology. That way, we can be assured that future engineers will continue to push each other and produce the best possible vehicles.