joltThere has been a lot of buzz in the car industry lately about the Chevy Jolt. Ever since a website popped up purporting to be an advertisement for the would-be electric vehicle, many car enthusiasts are wondering if the vehicle is real. While the vehicles’ specifications are listed, along with pictures and features, it turns out the Chevy Jolt has a complicated background.

Chevy Jolt: Concept Vehicle

The first thing you should know about the Chevy Jolt is that it’s a concept vehicle. Usually concept vehicles are prototypes of potential future models, that car manufacturers want to showcase to the public to either garner interest or increase their brand reputation. The Chevy Jolt car hasn’t actually been designed by Chevrolet however, but instead by an expert automotive marketer named Matt Teske. Matt is a self described Brand Strategist and Creative Director, but is not officially affiliated with Chevrolet. He has worked in and with the car industry for over 17 years though, and he actually created this intriguing concept car for an interesting reason. For this reason, the Chevy Jolt isn’t necessarily a ‘real’ vehicle, but instead an independent fan-made concept vehicle. It’s very interesting nonetheless.

Charging System

The most impressive aspect of the electric concept vehicle, the Chevy Jolt, is the charging system. This vehicle is entirely electric, so no gasoline is needed. That doesn’t mean it can’t drive a far distance without ‘re-fueling,’ however. The Jolt boasts a 230 mile range, meaning you can drive half-way across some states without looking at an electrical outlet. This would be made possible with a 240 Volt charging unit that would allow you to charge the vehicle at home in your garage. Since most garages are equipped with a 240 Volt socket, for use with a standard dryer or washing machine, this wouldn’t even require many drivers to modify their home electrical systems. This charging system allows for 25 miles of range per hour of charge, so if you’re only driving around town, just charge the car up for an hour or two and you’re good to go.

The basis for this charging system is a lithium Ion battery, much like those found in laptops and other modern electronics. This battery would be highly nickel-concentrated, so it would be capable of holding charge for many hours without needing recharged. A liquid cooling setup would keep the battery from overheating, ensuring you can drive this car for hours on end without needing to pull over and cool down.

Other Specifications

While Matt Teske designed the Chevy Jolt as an alternative to the Tesla 3, he didn’t just focus on the fact that it’s electric. Matt has packed the Jolt with other features such as a 10.2 inch LCD display for GPS and media controls. This display would access the internet with both WiFi and LTE capabilities.

The Jolt has a sleek design, with a small body and flush door handles, the Jolt can compete with other modern, sporty models. The Jolt comes in six matte colors, and looks as sharp as any car on the road today.

As far as safety goes, the Chevy Jolt has 10 air bags, to protect all occupants, and camera on all four sides of the vehicle. There is an automatic crash response system in place, which Teske pictures working through the well-known On-Star system. Since the Jolt is a sporty model, it has a low center of gravity, making it less likely to rollover during an accident. The Jolt would alert drivers when they drift out of their lane, and when a car emerges in the blind spots, using the aforementioned cameras.

Real or Not?

While the Chevy Jolt may not be ‘real’ in terms of being on the market today, Teske hopes to inspire Chevrolet with it’s design. There has been a lot of talk about this concept vehicle on electric car forums, and in garages across the nation, so it’s possible that Chevrolet will take notice and design a similar vehicle.

Sources:

1. http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/4/11593546/fake-chevy-jolt-hoax-matt-teske-gm-electric-car

2. http://www.chevyjoltev.com/about-jolt-ev/

3. http://electrek.co/2016/05/04/chevy-jolt-a-clever-fake-but-the-tesla-model-3-competitor-gm-should-build/