LG, which makes the components at its three-year-old Incheon Campus near Seoul, reached an agreement last October with GM to provide parts for the $37,500 Bolt for six years. While GM continues to be a little cagey about details like the exact release date (thought to be October), the car's 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack, which weighs about 1,000 pounds, is expected to provide more than 200 miles of driving on a full charge. By comparison, the Chevrolet Spark EV's 19-kWh pack weighs about 500 pounds and produces an 82-mile single-charge range, so there are some weight-to-range efficiency gains between the two models.
A prototype version of the Bolt made a good impression on the folks at Car and Driver, who had the chance to take a 50-mile test drive. The car, which is and will continue to be compared to the Tesla Model 3 because of their respective price-points and single-charge ranges, generated kudos for its roominess. And while Chevy has said the Bolt will be able to scoot from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds, Car and Driver said the car felt quicker than that figure would indicate.
And like Tesla, Chevy is looking further into self-driving technology, and will involve the Bolt in that process as well. According to the International Business Times, Chevy is starting to test a self-driving version of the Bolt, which is being shipped to Arizona for such purposes. Think of it as "Car and Driver-less."