Over the past years, vehicles that run on alternative energy have been receiving their much deserved attention. Traveling and transportation via public and private vehicles are unquestionable contributors to society’s carbon footprint.
Now, General Motors is finally joining the game to make things better.
The US car manufacturing giant has just unveiled the production version of its electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt, at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bolt is meant to appeal to consumers interested in a more affordable price than the luxury, market-leading Tesla.
It features some of the connected technology found on rival vehicles such as a Wi-Fi hotspot, offering access to apps and services. It is set to go into production later this year. The electric car is designed to travel 320 kilometers (more than 200 miles) between charges. The price tag is expected to be in the range of US$30,000 after government tax incentives, which is less than half the price of the current Tesla models on the market.
The Bolt will be compatible with various connected platforms such as Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto. The car will also have its own dedicated smartphone app that will manage vehicle information and functions.
This could include charge status, maintenance, and navigation. Furthermore, it will include a “gamification” feature that allows owners to “compete” by comparing driving styles to determine who is driving most efficiently.
And even if the drivers’ view is blocked by passengers, they will still be able to see behind them, as the Bolt will also include a rear camera connected to the interior rear-view mirror.
The Bolt showcases GM’s new steps toward more autonomous vehicles, and even new ownership models such as car sharing, two concepts other auto manufacturers are also eyeing.