There’s a lot to love about the Chevy Bolt, GM’s first long range, affordable all-electric car.
It has a range of 238 miles per charge, a top speed of 91 mph, and costs about $37,500 before a $7,500 federal tax credit.
GM began production of its vehicle last year, beating Tesla to the punch for creating the first mass market, electric vehicle. Tesla plans to launch its first affordable, long-range vehicle, dubbed the Model 3, at the end of 2017.
While that’s impressive on its own, the vehicle has a number of other impressive features that make it appealing.
We recently had the chance to speak with Stuart Norris, the Bolt’s lead designer. Norris walked us through some of the car’s best tech and design features.
There’s a 10.2-inch touch-screen display infotainment center and an 8-inch display in the driver’s console.
The main display, which is customizable, serves as the control center for most functions inside the vehicle.
The design of the
“It’s all kind of a cool modern technical feel to the car, but it’s still really approachable and doesn’t feel intimidating to the user,” Norris said.
The middle console provides wireless charging and lots of storage.
There are two USB ports in the console so you can plug in your smartphone to connect to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. But there’s also quite a bit of storage in the center console.
“I think the floor console is kind of like a little swiss army knife. It slides, it opens, it folds, it has great little cupholders side by side, lots of useful storage, cubbies that all fit appropriately into a customer’s lifestyle,” Norris said.
The car is always connected via low-energy Bluetooth, allowing the driver to be connected to the car via the app at all times.
Chevrolet’s mobile app lets drivers check on the vehicle’s charge, remotely start their car, and precondition the cabin, among other things. The car’s key fob also uses Bluetooth for keyless entry and ignition.