Autoline After Hours Focuses On Chevrolet Bolt EV – Video

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV - 0 -30 mph in 2.9 Seconds (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV – 0 -30 mph in 2.9 Seconds (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

The special guest of the latest Autoline After Hours was Steve Majoros, Chevrolet Marketing Director, who talked about the Chevrolet Bolt EV in the first half-hour block.

Overall, it was a pretty interesting interview about general Bolt EV performance, features, design, marketing, target group, comparison to Volt and even the Tesla Model III.

GM is seems pretty proud of the Bolt EV (most of us really like it too) and the company is confident that they will be able to deliver those cars by the end of this year with mass volume in mind. High sales are expected to be the result of 200+ miles of range with a 60 kWh battery, an affordable price, great performance, five seats, decent cargo space and new technology features.

Interesting was one of the last thoughts on DC fast charging, as GM is considering DC fast chargers at dealerships – Steve Majoros notes that dealers are not necessarily conveniently located, which gives us hope that maybe GM will install chargers along the way, with a mix of stations at dealers.

In next part about the recent NAIAS show, Autoline After Hours’s crew touched on other plug-ins. John McElroy expressed doubts in Faraday Future’s business model (to put it mildly). Funny was the explanation for no “plug-in” in the name of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – well, it seems Chrysler did not want to worry customers about having to plug-in that van.

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24 responses to "Autoline After Hours Focuses On Chevrolet Bolt EV – Video"

  1. Brandon says:

    In regards to DCFC for the Chevy Bolt or next gen EVs, I would say there are two main things that need to be considered in the rollout and installation of fast chargers.
    First: location. Locations for fast chargers should include close proximity to major highways. IMO rest areas along the Interstates are some great locations.
    Second: reliability. Fast chargers need to be reliable 24/7. Multiple chargers maintained by a for profit company concerned about absolute maximum uptime.

    1. Brandon says:

      Touching on the subject of fast chargers at dealers, it is quite well known that there are serious issues with Nissan dealer fast chargers. Many times they are blocked by dealer cars and very often are out of service. Nissan is not watching over them since it is up to each individual dealer to install and maintain the fast chargers.
      IMO chargers installed at locations other than dealers in partnership with a fast charge company like EVgo will be a much better plan and use of funds!! A shopping mall or such with 24/7 access and facilities sounds good to me.

  2. ffbj says:

    The Bolt should be a hit.

    1. Tech01x says:

      Too bad that GM is an evil company that is willing to kill you over < $5. Or willing to let you go to jail thinking you were responsible for vehicular manslaughter when they knew their cars were responsible. Also, they are pushing legislation to try to lock Tesla's direct sales model out of various states. They are not a good company.

      1. ffbj says:

        I am not a big fan of GM either.

  3. Alpha777 says:

    Why isn’t Bolt a Caddy? Old people scared of change. Not early adaptors.

    1. scott franco says:

      Humm, could it be that Cadillac has a brand image of being a boat-car for duffers?

      1. Robb Stark says:

        Whatever its brand image is Caddy’s image is much better than Chevy’s. The V Series is rocking it.

        Being the least expensive car on the lot is much better than being one of the most expensive cars(not Trucks).

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Yeah, the most expensive cars on the lot should be “halo cars”, to attract buyers who can then be steered towards less expensive models. That doesn’t work so well when your most expensive cars are plug-in EVs like the Volt and the Bolt.

          But I’m not sure badging GM’s PEVs as Cadillacs would help sales much, either. Buick would be closer to the right price range, but that badge unfortunately is even more identified with the senior citizens than Cadillac is.

          If GM doesn’t want to create a new badge for the 21st century, then perhaps they should consider reviving an old one.

          How about Pontiac as the badge for the Bolt and Volt 2.0? According to Wikipedia, GM still owns the trademark.

          1. Spider-Dan says:

            Saturn would have been the best GM brand for EVs.

            That being said, if the Corvette can be badged as a Chevy, there’s no reason why a Volt and a Bolt can’t be as well.

    2. pjwood1 says:

      Also said Bolt was “Monday to Friday car”. The fact is a Caddy could have challenged Tesla. Marketing could have fixed “the old” BS, and brought in the younger crowd Cadillac already needs. For all due credit on 200mi, the most compelling form factor for BEV is luxury. Here, GM continues shaping their narrative.

      Not like DeNysschen would grow Cadillac’s business, if it cost him anything anyway.

      Other news – VW will expand electric production in U.S. in cooperation with EPA.
      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-usa-idUSKCN0VU0JA

      C’mon IEV. Chop, chop 🙂

  4. Alpha777 says:

    If dealers are going to have chargers, they might want to add a coffee shop and pick up some sales.

    1. Brandon says:

      It’s going to be difficult for a dealer to do that. The main problem is reliability and access. Fast chargers absolutely need 24/7 access and be reliable.

  5. Rich says:

    I’m thrilled about the Chevy BOLT. Watching the video, here are quotes I found interesting:

    BOLT sold nationwide – 14:14
    “If I’m going to distribute this car across the country, which we plan to do once we have sufficient inventory”

    car segments – starts at 19:00
    quote at 20:08
    “Let’s be honest, we’re never going to have a volt or Bolt EV have the order of magnitude that a silverado or F150 have as far as broad based advertising and marketing”

    Advertising approach – 23:38
    “we’re clearly going to move away from this is a save the planet kind of a vehicle to this is just a great, not jsut a great electric vehicle, it’s flat out a great made vehicle.

  6. pk says:

    Hmm, at 8:23
    “what manufacturer has sold more plug-in electric vehicles than anyone else in the market”
    “it’s chevrolet”

    1. Ziv says:

      That may be true pk, but they also don’t build many of those electric cars. Right now there are only 2300 Volts in North American inventory. Chevy has more dealerships than they have Volts.
      The do have an additional 300 Spark EV’s in the US and a whopping 250 Caddy ELRs.
      GM is building nice cars but they don’t seem to want to sell more than a handful.

      1. pk says:

        My point was that the marketing guy was making up facts. Nissan/Renault are way ahead of all GM plug-ins total.

        1. cmg186 says:

          I think “the market” he was referring to was the USA.

          1. pk says:

            Pretty sure the Leaf was still the best selling plug-in cumulative compared to the Volt. The SparkEV and ELR numbers are too small to matter.

            1. RSBaker says:

              Leaf is ahead but no by much.

              From 2010 through Jan. 2016

              Total Leaf US: 90,327
              Total Volt US: 89,420

              From 2013 through Jan 2016
              Total Spark EV – CA & OR: 4452

              From 2014 through Jan 2016
              Total ELR US: 2401

  7. Bill Howland says:

    The large all electric range of this vehicle is very tempting. I’m considering getting a 3rd EV (my 4th ev actually), or, perhaps trading one of my cars in, since I really on need one PHEV for long trips and could use the bolt for the medium ones.

    NY State has no personal property tax, so the ultimate cost of having an additional EV for me is LOW, and I miss the Roadster’s AER.

    The question is, how long would I have to wait for a reliable 300 mile AER BEV? With battery cost and weight continually decreasing, perhaps I should just wait.

    1. ffbj says:

      You should get one. 300 hundred mile ranges will probably take many years to hit the main stream.

    2. wavelet says:

      Barring revolutionary progress in battery tech (as in, at least 2x-3x volumetric/weight, and 2x price), you’ll be likely waiting 15 years at least.
      200 real miles is going to be enough for the vast majority of people — that’s 3-4 hours at highway speeds, and most people stop at that interval (certainly if they have kids). Once 50-60kWh charging is common, a 45min charge during a 45-60min driving break for food/restrooms/etc. is enough.
      Very few people are going to want more range than 250mi in a personal BEV. If you want to carry any decent number of people (the way most long trips are done), you’ll likely need 150kWh for 300mi at least (30-40% more range than a Tesla X, and much more battery weight/volume).
      The market for that kind of range will be small enough that there will be very few models with it, if at all.

  8. Marley says:

    Been driving my ’98 Ford Escort 2-door since the fall of ’97 and would like to upgrade it with an EV. An affordable 200 plus mile range per charge EV could make that a reality.