I think it’s more a case of batteries are hard to come by. If they had 1 million orders, they wouldn’t be able to fill them at this time.
LeftieBiker wrote:I still think that GM wanted to limit the car's appeal, in order to stop it from stealing sales from their own divisions, and thus the tiny hard seats. I could just be overestimating GM, though...
I agree with GPSMan. GM is on track to sell exactly as many Bolts as they said they would this year (25-30k). Since the batteries (and drivetrain, and electronics and ...) come from LG Chem, GM can only assemble as many cars as LG gives them parts for. And LG is on contract for 30k this year. It's a self-fulfilly prophesy. I just hope there is enough demand for GM to increase orders from LG Chem in the future.
winterescape wrote: PackardV8 wrote:
Does the powertrain sell the vehicle?
It's what sold me. I won't drive a hair shirt. If it's not fun every time I get in it, I don't want it. The Bolt is just a hoot to drive.
sold me too! I had seen the car and was not too impressed, but once I drove the Bolt I quickly started trying to figure out how to make it work and acquire it
To quote Dan Neil from his review of the Bolt:"Did somebody say acceleration? The Bolt is as good as its name. From a standstill, and hampered by its low-rolling-resistance tires, the Bolt hits 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds, officially. But once it’s rolling, say, between 20 and 60 mph, the Bolt is outrageously, throw-your-head-back quick, stealthy and spontaneous. With 266 lb-ft of torque on hair-trigger alert, this little family car squirts past slower cars like a Subaru WRX STI, except nobody thinks it’s an air raid. The Bolt should come with a traffic attorney on retainer."
Hear hear! While the Model 3 will undoubtedly be quicker than the Bolt, it is designed to be less a driver's car and more a personal chauffeur. That really turned me off to it. The Bolt is the right combination of fun and practical (I have a wife and two kids, and it easily carried the four of us and all of our luggage almost 700 miles for Thanksgiving). I just need to get a good set of summer tires and snow tires, and ditch the lame worst-of-both-worlds "all season" (really three-season in snow country) tires.