Chevrolet’s new Bolt concept EV designed in Melbourne

Chevrolet’s new Bolt concept EV designed in Melbourne

The first Aussie-built Chevrolet Bolt EV concept car has been unveiled today at GM Australia’s advanced design studio in Port Melbourne.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept is a long-range all-electric vehicle constructed in collaboration with GM Korea and GM North America.

Meanwhile, 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.

With the Bolt EV concept, drivers will be able to select operating modes designed around preferred driving styles such as daily commuting and spirited weekend cruising. 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, says the Chevrolet Bolt EV signals a significant commitment to electrification by the brand but also demonstrates GM’s commitment to the Australian Design Centre.

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“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,” Ferlazzo says.

“The products revealed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit 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 different countries.

The Bolt EV concept 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.

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Lightweight materials, including aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and even woven mesh, have eben used in the design, while the curb weight has ben lowered to help maximise range. Aero-optimizing features such as vented rear fenders also help contribute to range.

Ed Welburn, vice president GM Global Design, says: “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.”

Chevrolet’s dual-cockpit interior layout incorporates 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 car’s technology can be accessed via a smartphone with the concept Bolt EV Connect app, which is designed to:​

  • ​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 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 screen.

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