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GM Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV Concept

January 12, 2015

Photo of the Chevrolet Bolt EV concept courtesy of GM.
Photo of the Chevrolet Bolt EV concept courtesy of GM.

General Motors has launched a shot across the bow toward Tesla Motors by unveiling a concept battery-electric car with a range of 200 miles that will start at $30,000, the automaker has announced.

GM envisions the Bolt EV concept, which is being shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, as a global vehicle that would support various driving styles and support DC fast charging.

General Motors is upping the technology ante with the Bolt, offering greater smartphone connectivity. Drivers can use a Bolt EV Connect app to turn their smartphone into a key fob. The vehicle will provide ride-sharing management, a concierge function, vehicle location, digital key, and payment processing.

The Bolt EV will also allow smartphone users to use new technology known as "automatic park and retrieval." A driver can exit the Bolt EV and give a command for the vehicle to park itself. The technology will also allow an owner to summon the vehicle to their location.

The Bolt EV will come with a 10-inch diagonal capacitive-touch display that will allow users to project smartphone data onto the screen.

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