2017 Chevrolet Bolt Begins Testing

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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is already taking on production form.

After a surprise debut at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet has moved quickly to transform its Bolt from concept to reality. Spy photographers have caught the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt in its early testing stages, riding on the American automaker’s Global Gamma chassis. Currently General Motors is staying tight lipped on what batteries the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will use, but it has been reported that Chevy will turn to layered lithium units from LG Chem.

The new all-electric Chevrolet Bolt is expected to have a 200-mile driving range and will be built at GM’s Lake Orion assembly plant in the fourth quarter of next year. Recently, the company has been running into issues with the Bolt trademark nameplate but recent reports say that Yamaha has agreed to allow Chevrolet to use the name.

SEE ALSO: Chevrolet Bolt Trademark Application Suspended

When the Bolt concept debuted earlier this year in Detroit, GM CEO Mary Barra called it a “game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity.”

Chevrolet is aiming to keep the Bolt price around $30,000 after the $7,500 federal tax credit and it’ll be taking on the upcoming Tesla Model 3, BMW i3 and the next-generation Nissan Leaf.

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  • Raymond Ramírez

    I see that the Bolt EV shown here has a different bumper than the concept vehicle. That makes it less “ugly”.

  • Knarfpower

    I can’t wait for this car to come out.

  • AmericaPutFirst

    200 miles per charge – $2.00 – HEY SAUDI ARABIA – YOU LISTENING – AMERICA FIRST!!!

  • AmericaPutFirst

    I already have a Volt, now I need my cargo space. Thank you GM – and keep your tar sand Saudi. Keep it.