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Chevrolet will produce Bolt EV; ~200 mi of range

Chevrolet confirmed production of a next-generation battery-electric vehicle based on the Bolt EV concept introduced last month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (Earlier post.) Leveraging the technology found in the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept was developed as a longer-range BEV for all 50 states, designed to offer more than a GM-estimated 200 miles (322 km) of range at a target price of around $30,000. The production car will be built at General Motors’ Orion Assembly facility near Detroit.

GM North America President Alan Batey made the announcement ahead of the Chicago Auto Show.

The Bolt EV concept makes its debut in Detroit. Click to enlarge.

The message from consumers about the Bolt EV concept was clear and unequivocal: Build it. We are moving quickly because of its potential to completely shake up the status quo for electric vehicles.

—Alan Batey

The progressively styled concept vehicle features selectable driving modes for preferred driving styles, such as daily commuting, and it was designed to support DC fast charging.

Start of production and additional details will be announced later.

$200-million investment in production. GM’s Orion Assembly, home of the Chevrolet Sonic sub-compact and Buick Verano luxury compact, and Pontiac Metal Center facilities are receiving a $200-million investment to support production of the next-generation electric vehicle. Orion will receive $160 million for tooling and equipment, and Pontiac will receive $40 million for new dies.

Located approximately 30 miles north of Detroit, Orion Assembly is powered by gas from two nearby landfills, which saves more than 6,300 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually. It is also home to a 350-kilowatt solar array that produces the energy equivalent to power 165 homes and sends enough energy back to the grid to power about 45 homes.

Orion Assembly is the first GM facility to receive the Clean Corporate Citizen designation by the State of Michigan, and the Pontiac plant has earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry three times.


Anthony F

Its great to see GM move so swiftly to introduce the Bolt (though it needs a name change). Especially since they could have withered and said that demand was lacking because of low gas prices (which we all know is a temporary situation).

Being the first to market with a 200+ mile EV that isn't a high-priced Tesla is a big win for GM.


Excellent move by GM for future extended range BEVs..

It will also force the other car manufacturers to do the same or better for or before 2020.


Great news! Is that $30K price before or after federal rebates?

Bravo, Chevrolet! I sure hope they keep that gorgeous interior styling.


I wonder how many Bolts they can deliver; their production may be limited by their battery supplier. On the other hand, Tesla is planning not to let that happen with their Giga Factory. In fact Tesla intends to supply stationary batteries for businesses and homes in addition to traction batteries.

Anyway, it's all good news!


Other than that the car looks like if it was designed in the USSR the model name Bolt is terrible. Change it to Jolt or something.


The price is AFTER deductions, the interior will change. Most car writers believe the exterior will be similar in production but the interior will look nothing like the concept.

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The link below say the Bolt will cost 37,500 USD before incentives and that production is planned to commence in October 2016. A big applaud to GM for moving in the right direction.

The planned production capacity is from 25k units to 30k units. See link below.

Tesla is building production capacity for 500,000 units of the Model 3 but they will probably not reach that capacity before 2021-2022. I think Model 3 will start at 35,000 after incentives and 42,500 before incentives. Will not launch until late 2017 or sometime 2018 my guess.

The Nissan Leaf is rumored to come out soon (perhaps net year) with a battery of choice from 85 miles up to 120 to 150 miles.


Tesla has said the Model 3 will start at $35K before incentives. If that holds that means it will actually be cheaper than the "Bolt", and I would imagine it will be much better looking as well. I wonder how many "Bolts" will be eligible for the tax credit after 2 more years of Volt sales? (Plus a handful of Spark EV's).

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