Confirmed for production!! GM Bolt EV will be coming in 2016

This morning, GM’s head for North America, Alan Batey, announced that the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle is green-lighted for production.

Due to the overwhelming response of the concept vehicle, GM will be moving quickly and likely try and beat the Tesla Model 3 (and maybe the Leaf 2.0) to market.

“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”

The Bolt EV will be available in all 50 states, and GM is still touting a starting price of $30,000 USD after incentives (so $37,500 starting price).

GM also says the Bolt EV Concept will have “more than a GM estimated 200 miles of range”

GM’s Press Release from Feb 12th

Chevrolet Commits to Bolt EV Production
Game-changing, long-range EV to be built at Orion Assembly facility in Michigan

CHICAGO – Chevrolet this morning confirmed production of its next-generation pure electric vehicle, based on the Bolt EV concept. It 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 was introduced last month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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

Leveraging the industry-leading battery technology found in the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept was developed as a game-changing, long-range pure electric for all 50 states, designed to offer more than a GM-estimated 200 miles of range at a target price of around $30,000.

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.

“We’re proud that Chevrolet has decided to produce the Bolt EV here in Michigan at the Orion Assembly facility,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “Michigan unquestionably remains the global automotive leader. Chevrolet is tapping a skilled workforce that includes some of the most talented and hard-working people in the world for this cutting-edge vehicle. Chevrolet is an important part of our state’s automotive history, and Michigan-made products like the Bolt EV point to a bright future as well.”

Start of production and additional details will be announced later.

$200-million investment
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.

“As one of the most environmentally progressive facilities in GM’s global network, Orion Assembly is uniquely suited to build this game-changing electric vehicle,” said Doug Hanly, Orion Assembly and Pontiac Metal Center plant manager. “In partnership with UAW Locals 5960 and 653, we’re committed to building the highest level of quality into it.”

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.

“This is very exciting for our members who were facing the possibility of losing that plant during the auto crisis,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, director of the union’s GM Department. “Our members are also proud to have their plant chosen to produce what is sure to be another popular and dynamic Chevy product rolling off the line at the Orion Assembly Plant.”

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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry three times.

Chevy Bolt Specs (in theory)

When GM debuted the Chevy Bolt Concept EV in Detroit, they also offered some key details. All of this, of course, is media hype and speculation, as Chevrolet hasn’t even approved the vehicle for production yet!

Key Specs

The Chevy Bolt EV will have a starting price of $30,000 after tax incentives. Some thoughts come to mind: The current Nissan Leaf SL is somewhere around $35,000, so this would be $2500 more than that. Not bad, considering more than double the range. However, 2 or more years gives Nissan plenty of time to lower their prices, or to come out with the second gen LEAF that could have just as many miles and even be cheaper, since Nissan has mass-produced EV experience on their side.

Chevrolet electric Bolt’s 200+ mile range. This is the first real look at the second generation of electric vehicles. Currently, all electric vehicles (aside from Tesla, or range extended electric vehicles) have a nominal range of around 100 miles. A range of 200 miles could really entice more gasoline vehicle drivers to make the switch!

Other Specs

 

  • 3 driving modes – the driving modes in the Bolt will adjust accelerator mapping, vehicle ride height, and even suspension stiffness.
  • Minimal front or rear overhang, meaning the wheels are at the extreme front and rear of the vehicle, the Bolt EV concept makes the most of interior space providing seating for 5 adults.
  • Bolt EV Connect App will allow smartphone to be used as the key fob, allow ride sharing management, including reservations, key sharing, and even payment processing via your phone
  • A 10-inch touch screen that controls the Bolt EV Connect app
  • High-intensity LED headlights and taillamps increase visibility while reducing power consumption
  • Rear fenders vented to improve overall aerodynamics
  • Lightweight materials like aluminum and carbon fiber keep down the curb weight