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Spied: Chevrolet Bolt EV Begins Testing

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/11/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Our spy photographers spotted the Chevrolet Bolt EV out testing before its expected market release in 2017.

We first saw the electric hatchback in its concept form at the Detroit auto show in January. Although GM hasn't released many details since then, the production version is expected to boast a 200-mile range and Chevrolet Bolt Name for Upcoming EV Hatch" target="_blank">keep the Bolt name, despite any confusion with the existing Chevy Volt that may cause. The automaker also envisions this five-passenger model will use a mix of materials such as steel, aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber for a lightweight body. Pricing is expected to hit around $30,000 after a $7,500 federal tax credit.

Chevrolet Bolt Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Chevrolet Bolt Prototype

The Bolt we see in these photos retains the same basic egg shape of the concept, but looks slightly different. That's only due to the heavy camouflage. Look at the rear, and you'll notice a black roof-mounted wing. It's also difficult to tell if this mule keeps the unique rear window and C-pillar shape of the concept. New lighting elements can also be seen near the rear bumper, though those could be dummy lights.

We hear the Bolt will go into production at GM's Lake Orion assembly plant by the fourth quarter of 2016. When it arrives, it will likely compete with the next-generation Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, and the upcoming Tesla Model 3. Before then, expect a new-generation Chevrolet Volt to arrive in the fourth quarter of this year.

Photo Source: Chris Doane Automotive

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