2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV news: Revelation of unveiling, production dates, price tag, specs

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Mark Ruess, the executive vice president of General Motors, revealed that the Chevrolet Bolt EV will be unveiled next year, according to The Verge. This will be timed to coincide with the International Consumer Electronics Show, which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2016. The “car of the future” has been presented as a concept early this year during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, marking barely a year for the company to develop the concept and get into production design, something of an achievement in the auto industry. 

Alan Batey, president of GM in North America, is quoted on the official Chevrolet website as saying, “The message from consumers about the Bolt EV concept was clear and unequivocal: build it.”

He went on to say, “We are moving quickly because of its potential to completely shake up the status quo for electric vehicles as the first affordable long-range EV in the market.” 

Traditionally speaking, a new car takes years to develop and transition from being an autoshow concept to a fully equipped production vehicle. But times have changed. In today’s increasingly digital world, a new generation of automakers is changing the way cars are made, shortening auto development cycles to bring alternative cars such as electric cars to a market full of fuel-dependent cars. 

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV product line development has taken an incredibly short time frame made possible by an unprecedented collaboration between Chevrolet, GM, and the South Korean company LG Corp. This includes other LG Corp companies like LG Chem, its battery arm; LG Innotek; LG Electric Vehicle Components; and LG Electronics. Engineers from GM and LG Electronics work on critical components side by side. 

Although the specs for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV are as yet hard to come by, what is known is that it will deliver a 200-mile range, as Chevrolet has revealed, with DC fast charging priced at the $30,000 level, in what will be a car “for the masses.” It will be available throughout the United States and selected international markets.