According to a report by Reuters, two supplier sources have come forward, making public GM’s plans to begin producing the all-electric Chevy Bolt concept car it unveiled at the North American International Auto Show last month.
The auto giant plans to begin building the electric car for production in October of 2016 at an “under-used small car plant just north of Detroit.” The Bolt is Chevy’s all-new, extended-range electric vehicle, designed to compete with the Tesla Model 3 (planned for 2017). At just $30,000, the affordable Bolt is sure to attract drivers ready to go electric.
According to the source, GM’s production target is currently 25,000 to 30,000 units per year. Though not aggressive, that’s more than the Chevy Volt (Chevy’s plug-in electric hybrid) sold last year. To make clear the difference in the two vehicles, the Volt is priced at about $35,000 and uses a gas engine to increase driving range. The Bolt would not only be more affordable, but would not use gas at all.
Here at Bill Walsh Chevrolet, we can’t wait for Chevy Bolt production to get underway—though, if we had any say, we’d suggest Chevy seriously consider changing the production version’s name. Call us crazy, but we’re pretty sure two similar cars with the names “Volt” and “Bolt” will only cause confusion. What do you think Chevy should call the production Bolt? Submit your vote in the comments!