General Motors chose the technology-savvy Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., over the closely timed Detroit Auto Show, to unveil its production-ready Bolt, 200-mile-range plug-in electric hatchback sedan, billing it as a technological showcase designed to accommodate a ride-sharing future. The Bolt unveiling came just days after GM allied with the networked taxi service Lyft, for which GM will build a fleet of shared vehicles for its drivers to rent. “The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing (and) advanced routing, said GM CEO Mary Barra, “all designed to enhance the ownership experience now and into the future.” GM says the Bolt will sell for under $30,000 after incentives and promotions.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Is the Bolt a car with technology or is it an electric device with wheels? The latter is one of the reasons it was launched at CES in Las Vegas and not at the Detroit Auto Show.

Bolt points to a more affordable, connected, electric car-sharing future: