General Motors has filed an application to trademark the "Chevrolet Bolt" and "Bolt" designations.

The trademark application was filed on August 5 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and refers to the terms "Chevrolet Bolt" and "Bolt" to be used on automobiles. Details about the future model are not available at this point but it must have something to do with the next generation Volt taking into account the obvious moniker similarities.

This means we should expect to see a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle that will be sold alongside the Volt. A possible candidate worthy of the nameplate is an entry-level model to slot below the Volt, as suggested in a rumor which emerged back in April. It referred to a model approximately 5,000 USD cheaper than the Volt featuring a smaller battery pack and a shorter electric range.

Speaking of the Volt, the second generation has already been teased and will be revealed in full in January next year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The model promises to offer an all-electric range of 50-60 miles (80-96 km).