The Chevrolet Bolt Is GM's EV For The Masses

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Hopefully it does better than the Volt.

Chevrolet has unveiled its new entry into the electric vehicle market: the 2017 Bolt. Slated for production in late 2016 the Bolt is designed as an affordable long-range electric vehicle for the masses. The five-door hatch boasts 200 miles from a single charge. Sadly that is about all the technical specifications GM was willing to share; more information is expected to be delivered at Detroit. Unveiled at CES, much of the reveal focused on the technological features the car will be offered with. Basically, widgets and gizmos for the i-Generation.

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GM CEO Mary Barra said "the Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification, all designed to enhance the ownership experience now and into the future." Couple that with GM's OnStar 4GLTE and this seems a millennial's wet dream, that is what GM is hoping for of course. Gamification, seemed to be the "it" word GM kept touting, the idea being for Bolt EV owners to compete with each other by comparing driving styles to see who is driving most efficiently.That sounds like Jeremy Clarkson and this authors idea of pure hell.

So GM, this tech savvy entry seems all fine and dandy for the touchscreen inclined, but we tire murderers will wait until Detroit for something a bit more naughty.

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