2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Debuts in Production Form at CES

GM makes good on its promises.

General Motors is making good on promises from almost exactly a year ago when it said it would produce an "affordable" electric vehicle with a 200 mile driving range. The production version of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt makes its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and will enter production by the end of 2016.

Technical details on the Bolt EV are relatively slim at this point, but Chevy is firm that the car will meet the targeted 200-mile EPA driving range. We learned earlier this year that electronics company LG will be supplying many components of the Bolt, including the batteries, the interior displays, and the electric drivetrain. As for the price, previous estimates hovered around $30,000, though we'll see what exactly Chevrolet means by "affordable" closer to the Bolt's on-sale date.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt's 102.4-inch wheelbase puts it roughly between the Sonic and the Cruze in size, and the claimed 16.9 cu ft of cargo space is slightly bigger than the cargo area in the Honda Fit (16.6 cu ft). The overall design doesn't come as much of a surprise given spy shots from earlier this month, but the hatchback shape looks relatively fresh and modern. The interior features a large 10.2-inch display that will use an LG interface, and will offer all sorts of smartphone and app connectivity features.

Stay tuned to automobilemag.com for a forthcoming first drive of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, and for more news on this new electric car.

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