The ’17 Chevrolet Bolt is the all-electric, high-roofed car previewed in January at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the redesigned ’16 Volt, and the second prong in GM's electrification strategy. The company claims the Bolt will have a 200-mile range and cost from $30,000 after tax credits.
Being underpinned on the Gamma platform, the Bolt is expected to be built at the Orion Township, Michigan, plant that also makes the Chevy Sonic. It will serve as a replacement for the Chevy Spark EV, which has been on sale in limited markets but will not be renewed as the redesigned Spark enters production.
Design changes from the concept version are expected to be minimal, and the family lineage from the Volt should be strong. The name "Bolt" also appears to be sticking, despite questionable responses from the media and even some within GM since the concept was shown in January, and even a trademark dispute last month.
Expect the Bolt, or whatever it's called, in showrooms late next year as a ’17 model.
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