CES 2016 is going to be a huge event for GM. Not only will it host the reveal of the production Chevy Bolt, it will also have GM CEO Mary Barra as the keynote speaker. This combination of events will ensure that GM gets plenty of time in the spotlight.
As Mary Barra gets to deliver the keynote address, this is really a chance for her to to set the mood, to prime people so that they are in a the perfect mindset to see the production Bolt for all its positives.
Ms. Barra will also be on hand to personally introduce the production Chevy Bolt. This gives her another opportunity to be in the driver's seat (pardon the pun), steering how the press will react to GM's newest model.
Having Ms. Barra speak at CES 2016 and introducing the Bolt as well shows that GM is serious about EVs. in addition to the benefits I mentioned previously regarding Barra's control of the message, the Bolt will also benefit from being included in both auto journalism and tech journalism.
So what can we expect to see when the production Chevy Bolt is unveiled?
Spy shots show that the Bolt will stay pretty close to the concept in terms of its overall silhouette. The interior of the will see a lot of change though. The concept interior was unrealistic for production, but looking at the Volt's interior can be a good guide as to what to expect for the Bolt.
There are a few things that we do know for sure though. The Bolt will be sold in all 50 states (unlike Tesla). It will have a base price of $37,500, and have a range of 200 miles.
LG will be contributing an array of parts for the Bolt. Just to name a few: the battery packs, drive motor, on board charger, and infotainment system.
CES 2016 takes place in January and rumor has it that the Bolt could be in dealerships by 2017 with production planned to kick off in late 2016.