General Motors has plans to introduce an all-new electric Chevrolet model, vice president of global product development Mark Reuss revealed to media yesterday. The announcement comes not long after we heard rumors that the automaker would introduce an all-electric vehicle based on its Sonic hatchback with up to 200 miles of range.
GM investors were able to get a preview of the car on the condition that they not take photos, while select media outlets were given permission to listen to an audio feed of the presentation, reports The Detroit Free Press. Reuss said the car will not use the automaker’s Voltec powertrain, which powers the Volt and Cadillac ELR, and will instead travel under electric power only.
Little information on the car was disclosed with GM execs only revealing they want an affordable EV that will sell for around $30,000 and have at least 200 miles of range. Reuss didn’t provide a timeline for the car’s unveiling, but the initial scoop on the car reported it as being a 2016 model year vehicle, meaning it will likely be introduced sometime in late 2015. He also refused to reveal the car’s name, however Chevrolet filed a suspicious trademark application for the “Bolt” name in August, which to us, sounds like an appropriate name for a Chevy EV.