GM will be sending the Bolt EV to Europe, but will sell it under the Opel brand, with the name Ampera-e. It’s name is a throwback to the Volt which was sold in Europe as the Opel Ampera.
The Opel Ampera-e will compete directly with the BMW i3, which is actually selling very well in Europe. Continue reading
Today, January 6th, is the day that GM set to unveil the Chevrolet Bolt EV in production form at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Yesterday, GM confirmed that the 200-mile 2016 Chevrolet Bolt EV would be available in ‘late 2016’. In an email sent out by GM yesterday to those that had expressed interest in the Bolt EV, there was a line attached that said “The all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will be available late 2016.”
Then, late last night, ahead of today’s reveal, CNET posted a video on YouTube of their test drive of the Bolt, and then quickly took it down, and then re-posted it this morning.
Next, details about the Bolt were leaked out ahead of today’s reveal at 1pm PST/4pm EST. Continue reading
Nissan’s corporate officer Hiroto Saikawa says that electric cars will ramp up to 5 percent of total vehicle sales somewhere around the year 2020. The enabling factor in the sales increase will be a breakthrough battery that permits a range of 200 miles, which Nissan will launch in the next few years.
Many are expecting that battery to be offered in a second-generation Nissan Leaf, which will likely be introduced as a 2017 or 2018 model.
However, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is set to launch before the end of 2016 and has a promised range of 200 miles, so will Nissan’s offering a year or two later be enough to keep their position as the world’s highest volume producer of electric cars?
According to Automotive News, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is on target for production in 2016. GM recently moved the production target to the fourth quarter of 2016, rather than the start of 2017.
This is a timeline graphic produced by Automotive News of GM’s upcoming model release schedule – note the Bolt listed in the 2nd half of 2016. Continue reading
There’s been a bunch of back and forth about the name of GM’s upcoming 200 mile electric vehicle. GM itself admitted there was confusion about the Bolt vs Volt naming, and wasn’t sure what to do.
Well, now it’s official. Chevrolet’s marketing boss Tim Mahoney has said “The decision is made. The name won’t be changed.” He even mentioned how synergies between the Bolt and Volt name can help with marketing, as everyone already knows the Volt is a Chevrolet.
Mahoney didn’t give any updates on the vehicle production schedule, so we’re still sticking to what we’ve been told – production for late 2017/early 2018.
This morning, Feb 12th, at a special breakfast kicking of the media days at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Alan Batey, head of General Motors North America, made an announcement confirming production of the Chevrolet Bolt.
“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,” said Mr. Batey. Continue reading
Next week at the Chicago Auto Show, General Motors is expected to announce the production of the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt.
According to a source familiar with GM’s plans, the electric vehicle will be built at GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township. A second source also confirmed the electric car will go into production and will be built in Orion Township – but they asked to remain anonymous because the plans haven’t been announced yet by GM. Continue reading
A news release late yesterday by Rueters cites inside sources say production of the Bolt EV will start production in October 2016!
According to the article, two supplier sources for the Chevrolet Bolt EV said that GM plans to begin building the all-new $30,000 electric vehicle in October 2016 at the small-car plant north of Detroit, alongside the next generation Chevrolet Spark vehicle. Continue reading