2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept all electric vehicle – front ex

While we wait for our sub-RM100k Malaysian-developed EV with a 300 km range, America has shown off its own vision of an affordable electric vehicle. The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept you see here is designed to have a range of more than 320 km, and when it goes into production, it’s said to start from US$30,000.

Not to be confused with the Tata Bolt or the Nissan GT-R Spec (Usain) Bolt, Chevy’s Bolt is an all-electric five-door family hatchback meant for the mainstream market. Think of it as GM’s version of the BMW i3 and you won’t be too far off.

Chevy says the Bolt EV offers a few operating modes that adjust the accelerator pedal mapping, vehicle ride height and suspension tuning to suit your preferred driving style. High-tech materials used in the construction are lightweight aluminium, magnesium, carbon-fibre and even woven mesh.

Inside, a minimalist approach is taken, with a large 10-inch screen taking centre stage. The display can interact with the concept Bolt EV Connect app, which, among others, can allow a smartphone to perform as the key fob, as well as operate an automatic park-and-retrieval system. This looks like a winner, doesn’t it?