LAS VEGAS -- Chevrolet's Bolt electric vehicle will feature connectivity galore and an airy interior that belies its modest size, which is slightly smaller than a Chevy Trax subcompact.
Several features in the production version, unveiled last week at the Consumer Electronics Show here, were designed to allow for easier car sharing. Last week GM announced an alliance with the networked taxi service Lyft that includes the creation of a fleet of shared GM vehicles available for Lyft drivers to rent.
"The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing," General Motors CEO Mary Barra said.
GM showed a concept one year ago of the Bolt, which is to go into production by year end and will get around 200 miles on a full charge. It will cost less than $30,000 after federal tax credits.
The Bolt comes with a low-energy Bluetooth system that can detect an approaching driver's smartphone, unlocking the doors and setting the infotainment system and other features for that user.
The battery pack is flat and mounted beneath the floor, freeing up interior space. GM designed the interior to maximize the ease of entry and exit via a low floor and slimmed-down seats that it developed in-house. The materials have a refined feel but were made to withstand the additional wear and tear that might come from shared use, lead designer Stuart Norris said.
The interior includes features not found at the price, including a 10.2-inch color touch screen in the center stack.