New Chevrolet EV Car Officially Slated for Production
Last month, at the North American International Auto Show, Chevrolet shyly introduced an all-new concept car, the Bolt EV, and then stepped back to see the reaction from experts and enthusiasts alike. That reaction came swiftly and thunderously—and was so positive that the new Chevrolet EV car has already been officially slated for production, just one month later. “The message from consumers about the Bolt EV concept was clear and unequivocal: Build it,” said Alan Batey, GM’s North American president. “We are moving quickly because of its potential to completely shake up the status quo for electric vehicles.”
The Chevrolet Bolt, which piggybacks on Chevy’s EV technology from the Spark and Volt, will soon bring EV technology to the entire American landscape as a reliable and practical option. While many of the first electric vehicles built and sold were outlandishly expensive and impractical—as they could only be charged in states like California and Oregon—the Bolt marks a turning point in the segment’s history. It will have a 200 mile range on a single charge, the starting price will be right around $30,000, and it will be compatible with DC Fast Charging technology as well.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept displayed some impressively modern style elements—from a gently sloping front grille to an angular and abrupt rear end—and we can’t wait to see how many of those elements the production version retains. The new Bolt will be built at GM’s Orion Assembly facility in Detroit, already home to the Chevy Sonic and Buick Verano. It should hit the market in 2017. Keep up with us here on the Carter Chevrolet blog for more information.