Ford Reportedly Considers Chevrolet Bolt Competitor
At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet revealed the Bolt EV Concept as a "vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle" that could offer more than 200 miles of range. Chevy claimed that the compact, which showcased a number of high-tech features, could cost from around $30,000 if put into production. Now, Ford is reportedly working on a similar product, with a concept car rumored to break cover at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
That’s the word from AutoGuide, which claims Ford’s answer to the Bolt would be a brand-new, dedicated model and not just an electric vehicle based on a product that already exists in the brand’s current lineup. The source goes on to add that it will offer a similar range to the Bolt, but, other than that, there are no details. With the Chevrolet Bolt likely to arrive in dealerships in 2017, AutoGuide’s report doesn’t seem far-fetched, but, until there is some sort of official confirmation from the Blue Oval, I’m taking this information with a grain of salt.
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Why it matters
Although the report doesn’t include a source for the story, a Bolt-sized electric car is an idea that’s already on Ford’s drawing board. With more and more manufacturers committing to electrification, the Blue Oval is virtually forced to jump on the EV bandwagon with a dedicated vehicle. More so considering its current lineup includes only the Focus Electric and a range of hybrids based on the Fusion and the C-Max.
Designed as a lightweight, five-door hatchback with tall proportions, the Bolt EV Concept uses materials like aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber in its construction. The styling is both modern and practical, combining an aerodynamic shape, large windows for enhanced visibility, LED technology for the headlamps and taillights, and fashionable cues all around. The interior is clean yet modern and focuses on up-to-date technology, including a 10-inch touchscreen for a dedicated app, smartphone integration, and a self-parking feature.
Chevy didn’t provide any actual details about the drivetrain except for the 200-mole range, but it did say "drivers will be able to select operating modes designed around preferred driving styles such as daily commuting and spirited weekend cruising, for uncompromising electric driving." The concept is also designed to support fast charging, a feature that should make it on the production car.