I noticed the photo of the new Bolt in the introduction by Mary Bara at CES. The orange Bolt shown on stage has no grille but a orange panel in its place. Which photo represents the production Bolt?
Agree.Not sure. I searched for it and the front is covered by a large piece of plastic. Personally not a fan of how they did it. Should have made the grille the same color as the body so it doesn't look like an afterthought.
In this case, it's likely all about aerodynamics. Mesh, even with a surface behind it will create drag and turbulence. Might not seem like much but:I think they should have gone with the typical grille design but behind it, where they're usually some sort of mesh, instead they include what were seeing here as a background.
Seems like there was no shortage of wind tunnel time.Its exterior panels are designed to flex to boost aerodynamics further....
Edit for the above.. "A grille, even with a surface behind it......Mesh, even with a surface behind it will create drag and turbulence.
In my experience, the higher speeds on freeways result in a much lower range than around town driving. EV's get the benefit of regen in stop and go, lower speeds (aerodynamic drag is an inverse squared proposition) and no "idling" that uses fuel. The MPGe ratings on EV's are almost always higher on the city test cycle. The only exception to this rule (that I've found) is Tesla - likely due the city negative (weight of the car) and the highway positive (very low CD).It will only matter to me to the extent that it impacts mileage by an amount that matters and I can't imagine it being by much. I'm a city driver by the way.
Someone going on longer trips will benefit much more. But even not factoring it in, long trips on highways are always favorable to range.