48 years ago, in July of 1969, astronauts took their first steps out of the Apollo 11 and onto the surface of the moon. This was a momentous occasion not only for all of humankind, but also for General Motors in particular, who would later have the opportunity to watch their technology – in the form of the Lunar Rover – be used to explore an alien environment no human had previously seen in person. This year, in honor of the moon landing, Chevrolet celebrated that time-honored achievement by honoring one of their modern innovations: the Chevrolet Bolt.
Why? The Lunar Rover, unlike any mainstream vehicles on the road at the time, was electric. With a 57-mile range, a top speed of 8.7 mph, and the use of antennas for communication, the Lunar Rover was a far cry from the Bolt, which gets up to 238 miles on a single charge, and offers a top speed of 92 mph along with connectivity tech over its OnStar 4G LTE hot spot. That’s quite a leap from the Rover’s capabilities nearly five decades ago.
The chief engineer of the Lunar Rover, Ferenc Pavlics, still remembers how his team broke ground to tackle a project never previously imagined and sees how it paved the way for EVs like the Bolt. “We pushed the boundaries of automotive technology,” says Pavlics, “and worked hand in hand with the astronauts on the vehicle’s design.”
Honor the moon landing anniversary today by checking out the Chevy Bolt here at Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC.