The Chevrolet Bolt has been found to have an inferior drag coefficient compared to some other notable plug-in electrics and the Toyota Prius. What that could mean is that it may not be as efficient as its 200-mile rivals Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3.
But that doesn’t matter so much to GM in as far as the long run is concerned, as everyone knows that the Bolt’s gambit would be in the autonomous taxi fleet that’s being developed for ride-sharing firm Lyft.
Separate from the mass market model, GM is not aiming to progress through stages semi-autonomy before arriving at a driverless version of the hatch, unlike Nissan’s plans for its ProPilot system on the next-gen Leaf.
It has already been testing the self-driving Bolt prototypes in San Francisco in the past few months, and GM has now expanded its tests to Arizona. Cruise Automation, which was acquired by the Detroit automaker back in March, made the announcement via Twitter.
— Cruise Automation (@Cruise) August 8, 2016
Whether or not the consumer version of the five-door electric hatch would ever receive autonomous driving features remains a mystery for now, as long as GM’s Super Cruise system keeps getting delayed for the Cadillac CT6.