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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has been launched at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The all-electric five-door hatch, which will go into production by the end of the year, will offer more than 320 km of range on a full charge, as suggested by the Bolt EV concept from Detroit last year.

The Bolt will come with a 240 volt charging unit as opposed to a 120 volt one – the company says the supplied unit is the fastest way to recharge the Bolt at home. It’s capable of fully replenishing the battery in about nine hours.

The automaker says the production Bolt features advanced connectivity technologies, all designed to enhance and personalise the driving experience. There’s OnStar 4G LTE, which turns the Bolt EV into a Wi-Fi hotspot, giving owners easier access to apps and services via a high-speed wireless connection.

Also on, Bluetooth low-energy, which has been designed specifically for the Bolt EV to minimise energy draw – the feature seamlessly connects a smartphone to the car when the owner approaches the vehicle. A new MyChevrolet Mobile App will allow owners to access an OnStar Map service as well as find out what the vehicle charge status is via a smartphone. The app also allows for remote start and cabin pre-conditioning to be performed.

There’s also EV Navigation Mapping, which designs routes to maximise range and provide locations of nearby charging station locations, if needed. Chevrolet says that in the future, an accurate driving range projection can be obtained, based on the time of day, weather and the owner’s driving habits.

Standard equipment will include a widget-based “flip-board style” operation 10.2-inch MyLink colour touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a rear camera inegrated into the rear-view mirror and surround vision, the latter providing a bird’s-eye view of what’s around the Bolt EV for improved safety during low-speed driving and when parking.

Safety kit includes 10 airbags and a host of alert aids – Forward Pedestrian, Forward Collision, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Full pricing hasn’t been announced for the Bolt EV, which will be built at GM’s Orion Assembly facility near Detroit, but Chevy is touting an indicative US$30,000 price tag for the series production unit, as was the case when the concept first came about.