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Chevrolet Bolt to be unveiled at CES in January

Chevrolet Bolt to be unveiled at CES in January

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At the LA Auto Show today, GM executive vice president Mark Reuss said that the company will unveil the production version of the Bolt at CES in a few weeks' time. The car had been shown as a concept at Detroit's North American International Auto Show last January, so it marks about one year from concept to the production design. GM had previously said that the Bolt would launch in 2016, so the timing of the unveil doesn't come as a surprise.

CES has rapidly morphed into a car show over the last decade, focusing on next-gen driving technologies — connected car tech and autonomous driving, to name a couple — and automotive executives have frequently taken the stage there. (Ford CEO Mark Fields keynoted at the last show.) GM CEO Mary Barra has been tapped to keynote in 2016, so it makes sense that she'd want something big to unveil — and there's nothing bigger for GM right now than the Bolt, which promises better than 200 miles of electric range.

The Bolt will be going head-to-head against Tesla's forthcoming Model 3, which is expected to be unveiled in early 2016 for 2017 production. Both cars will have sticker prices well under $40,000 and deliver triple-digit range.