SANTA MONICA, California – Spy photographers today caught the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle completely undisguised during a marketing photo shoot in California.
Chevy unveiled a concept version of the Bolt EV earlier this year at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, touting a starting price of approximately $30,000.
Designed to travel more than 200 miles between charges, the 2017 Bolt, which goes into production in Michigan in late 2016, should provide car shoppers with an affordable, battery-powered compact alternative to the BMW i3, the Nissan Leaf and Tesla’s upcoming Model 3.
Roughly the size of a Buick Encore, the Bolt should have ample space for five passengers and their gear.
At the Detroit auto show, Chevy said the Bolt will offer selectable driving modes for cruising and sport, LED head- and taillights and a floating center stack with a 10-inch touchscreen.
Spy photographers have yet to snap photos of the new EV’s interior.
Korean LG Electronics invested more than $250 million in an engineering-and-manufacturing facility in Incheon, near Seoul, to develop and build components for the Bolt, including electric motors, batteries, power inverters, onboard chargers, instrument clusters and infotainment systems from various LG subsidiaries.
Edmunds says: If Chevrolet hits all of its goals with the production version of the Bolt seen here, it could be a game-changer in the small, but growing market for pure electric vehicles.