Some of the biggest questions we have about GM’s 200-mile electric car, the Chevy Bolt, pertain to its drivetrain, battery, and other mechanical and electrical bits. But every bit as important as the technical bits is the aggressive look of the Chevy Bolt, which as we see in this video overview, was designed to increase the sense of spaciousness and utility that GM hopes to promote.
Because the Bolt is fully electric, GM’s designers were able to give it a much cleaner and simpler frontend design than a traditional internal combustion–powered car could have. To promote that big, spacious feel, GM made ample use of glass on the Bolt Concept, including a full-length glass roof. Almost the entire top half of the Bolt is glass, in fact, though I doubt that design will carry over into production what with safety regulations and all (though I’d love to be proven wrong).
The designers also managed to work in a very sculpted, broad rear fascia that both improves aerodynamics and gives the Bolt a stronger, more masculine butt. On the inside, a reconfigurable display unlike anything else in the entire GM fleet may indicate the design for future models, and I love the clean simplicity of the front dash. Even the seat supports were designed to maximize the feeling of space, which is really only possible thanks to the flat floor of the Bolt Concept. That’s something I hope stays when the Bolt enters production.
At a time when many automakers are downplaying the out-there looks of their electric cars, GM may make the Bolt too loud and proud to ignore. Personally, I’m a fan, but I can understand why some people might be turned off by the Bolt’s aggressive look. Where do you stand?