2017 Chevy Bolt Doesn’t Want To Be An Oddball Like The Prius
The Chevy Bolt may be a revolutionary model for General Motors as a whole but the automaker wants buyers to see the Bolt as just another everyday car.
Bolt’s chief engineer, Mike Lelli, stated that, “If you’re going to go to the masses, it can’t be this quirky thing. There are lots of people who like the car not because it’s zero-emissions but because of the way it drives.”
Having odd attributes is pretty common in hybrids and plug-in models – a good example is the Toyota Prius. But, Chevy wants to be different – it believes that the $40,000 Bolt could be the first mainstream EV, as stated by Automotive News.
It does have a unique design but its interior is fitted with the traditional features one would spot in most cars – save for its 10.2-inch touch screen panel and 960-lbs battery unit.
GM decided to advertise the Bolt as a small crossover featuring some unique elements as this could possible hike up its potential. The model comes with a spacious interior which measures one class above the exterior dimensions, perfect for lugging around small groups of folks. Plus, it is also flexible enough to go more than merely travelling to work.
The Bolt’s South Korea-based design director, Stuart Norris, disclosed that, “There was an emphasis in making the car special rather than stand out as weird. We need it to work for more than just the die-hard EV fans.”