The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will be spacious inside, but don’t expect to be slipping through the wind. Automotive News reports designers made a serious trade-off between interior spaciousness and its aerodynamics.
The 2017 Bolt EV’s design team leader called the car a “disaster for aero”, stating its cargo space and roominess was a top priority. The 2017 Bolt EV features a drag coefficient of 0.32; in comparison, Elon Musk stated the inbound Tesla Model 3 will arrive with a slick 0.21 drag coefficient.
To help, designers added on a spoiler as well as underbody paneling. Grille shutters also open at certain speeds to help the Bolt EV not be a block of wood against the wind. Aluminum was utilized for the doors and A-pillars, too, to keep the overall weight down.
Despite this, the 2017 Bolt EV has received positive marks for its drivability in very early pre-production drives. However, its real world effects won’t be known until it reaches consumers later this year.