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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, January 31, 2015
Australian-built Chevrolet Bolt
concept signals GM s EV strategy
GENERAL Motors recently unveiled
the Chevrolet Bolt EV concept, an
affordable, long-range all-electric
vehicle constructed in GM Australia s
advanced design studio in Port Melbourne.
Collaborating with GM Korea and GM North
America, GM Australia Design contributed
to the development of the Chevrolet concept
and was responsible for the construction of
the functional show car, being one of only two
design centres within GM with this capability.
The Bolt EV concept melds the proportions
and functionality of a compact crossover with
Chevrolet s electrification prowess, established
by Volt and Spark EV.
Drivers will be able to select operating
modes designed around preferred driving
styles such as daily commuting and spirited
weekend cruising, for uncompromising electric
driving. The modes adjust accelerator pedal
mapping, vehicle ride height and suspension
tuning. The Bolt EV concept is also designed
to support DC fast charging.
Richard Ferlazzo, GM Australia Design
Director, said the Chevrolet Bolt EV signalled
a significant commitment to electrification
by the brand but also demonstrated GM s
commitment to the Australian Design Centre.
"Bolt EV clearly reflects GM s collaborative
approach to global design programs. Our
design centre is no longer focused on cars only
driven on Australian roads," Mr Ferlazzo said.
"We are a global design centre and as such
we have the talent and capability to lead,
collaborate and support global programs for
international markets such as this.
"The products revealed at the 2015 North
American International Auto Show in Detroit
clearly demonstrate our role within GM Design
today and showcases the breath of talent we
have here in Australia, enabling us to work
on different vehicles for different brands in
"We have a strong, hard-earned reputation
as a mature and highly experienced design
centre and it s fantastic to see the result of the
team s hard work on a global stage such as
The Bolt EV concept pushes the envelope
for crossover aesthetics. Its unique proportion,
with practically no front or rear overhang,
makes the most of interior space and was
designed to create a roomy environment for
four that feels expansive.
Lightweight materials, including aluminum,
magnesium, carbon fiber and even woven
mesh, complement the design, while driving
down the curb weight to help maximize range.
Aero-optimizing features such as vented rear
fenders also help contribute to range.
Ed Welburn, Vice President GM Global
Design, said form and function have never
meshed so well together.
"No compromises were made when it came
to aesthetics and the elements that contribute
to the Bolt EV concept s range, resulting in a
unique proportion that s sleek, efficient and
obviously a Chevrolet," Mr Welburn said.
The Bolt EV concept s airy interior ambience
is enhanced with bold use of glass all around -
as well as a full-length, glass roof with unique,
faceted design elements. A high beltline
sweeps upward with the D-pillar, culminating
in an integrated roof spoiler, for a lean, athletic
An advanced nano-composite rear hatch
and wraparound rear window give the Bolt EV
concept a distinctive appearance and flood the
interior with more natural light.
High-intensity, efficient light-emitting diode
(LED) headlamp and taillamp elements are
housed behind jewel-like faceted lenses in
which translucent elements illuminate evenly
to create the signature lighting effect.
Inside, the Bolt EV has a large feel
reinforced by generous headroom and legroom
dimensions. A flat, flow-through floor adds
to the roominess, while a contemporary, light
colour scheme adds to the feeling of an open,
airy cabin and conveys warmth.
The cabin s airy, high-tech environment is
reinforced with lightweight, slim-architecture
seats mounted on exposed aluminium
pedestals that create a floating effect. The
minimalist centre console "floats" suspended
from the front seats.
"The Bolt EV s interior is intended as a
sanctuary, with materials and technologies
that reinforce the airy ambience and contribute
to the vehicle s overall efficiency," Mr Welburn
"It also incorporates technology in a subtler
and intuitive manner, for a more soothing
driving experience --- particularly in busy,
Chevrolet s signature dual-cockpit interior
layout incorporates easy-to-use technology
designed to make the driving experience easier
and more enjoyable. It wraps into the door
panels and features a frosted and translucent
appearance --- and a subtle glow at night.
The concept s technological intuitiveness
can be accessed via a smartphone with
the concept Bolt EV Connect app, which is
• Allow a smartphone to perform as the key
fob• Allow ride-sharing management, including
reservations, vehicle location, digital key and
even payment processing via the smartphone
• Incorporate the concept automatic park-
and-retrieval technology, which enables the
driver to exit the vehicle and tell the Bolt EV
concept to park itself --- and when errands
are completed, the Bolt EV concept can be
summoned to return to the owner s location.
A large, color 10-inch-diagonal capacitive-
touch screen, with interface features,
complements the concept Bolt EV Connect
app. It even allows the projection of all the
application and other smartphone data onto
The Bolt is expected to have a range of 200
miles and the price is targeted for $37,500, and
if it appears, it will likely do so in 2017 as a
new model in the 2018 Chevrolet lineup.
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