Chevrolet Bolt Captures Coveted North American Car Of The Year Award

4 months ago by Eric Loveday 105

Chevrolet Bolt Is North American Car Of The Year

Chevrolet Bolt Is North American Car Of The Year

History has been made…

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Precisely as we predicted, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt has captured the coveted 2017 North American Car Of The Year award.

Chevrolet first posted the announcement on its Chevrolet Electric Facebook site:

“The Bolt EV has won yet another award this season. Congrats on driving home the 2017 North American COTY award!”

This marks the first time ever that an all-electric car has captured this coveted award and its adds to the Bolt’s growing showcase, which includes Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s Green Car of the Year, Car & Driver 10 Best and so on.

The other contenders for NACOTY in the Bolt’s (car) category were the Genesis G90 and Volvo S90.

In the end, the Bolt won out largely because it’s a game-changer by being the first 200-plus mile (238) electric car at a relatively affordable price point.

Additionally, the Chrysler Pacifica (including both the standard and PHEV version with 33 miles of all-electric range) took home the North America Utility Vehicle of the Year award, beating out the Jaguar F-Pace and the Mazda CX-9.

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106 responses to "Chevrolet Bolt Captures Coveted North American Car Of The Year Award"

  1. bro1999 says:

    Nice!

    But didnt the Volt win NA COTY 2011?

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      Yes, but this is the first “all electric” to win it.

      The Volt, while “fully electric” for the majority of its driving, has a no-compromise gas engine to extend the range beyond its electric range for as long as you need when taking long trips.

      (I know YOU know this, just adding context for unfamiliar readers that may be stopping by) 🙂

      1. TJ Liles says:

        I THOUGHT IT WAS A SMALL SUV INSTEAD OF A CAR

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          No, both the Bolt EV and the Volt have one North American Car of the Year.

  2. Texas FFE says:

    Well deserved. Congratulations GM.

    1. przemo_li says:

      Congrats GM & LG. 😉

    2. Ziv says:

      GM has been building great electric cars for years. And they have been winning the awards to show just how well built these cars truly are.
      The only question is, will the positive truths about their cars outweigh the negative lies and half-truths that are so common on the web?
      My bet is that the Bolt will be a big hit, now that it is finally arriving in some numbers.

  3. leafowner says:

    Great news for GM and EVs in general – hopefully this will get more people into these great cars! I hope the Bolt blows away all sales estimates for 2017…..hopefully LG can make enough of them.

  4. Kdawg says:

    Nicely done. This should increase awareness/demand.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      Not if GM doesn’t advertise it.

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        It will still increase awareness/demand. Advertising is just another thing that also increases awareness/demand. 😉

      2. ffbj says:

        …and most dealers will not sell it. Sort of conundrum for Chevy a winning car that they don’t want to make or sell, in anything thing but modest numbers, in selected markets, read the CARB states. Still it’s a good car.

        1. Kdawg says:

          It will be sold nationwide this year, not just CARB states. Mid summer is what we are being told here in the Midwest.

          1. ffbj says:

            Right, sure, whatever.
            I do think it shows that Chevy can still put together a good car.

            1. Kdawg says:

              Ha, you don’t believe that it will be nationwide in 2017? Let’s bet a pizza.

              1. bro1999 says:

                Plus $1,000 booze/hooker money.

                1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

                  Booze and hookers sure are a lot cheaper outside NYC where $1,000 might get you one drink and a lap dance at a reputable establishment. Too many billionaires in this town (one less now that you know who is moving to Washington D.C. for at least the next four to eight years.) But at least NYC has the best pizza and it’s affordable, unless you order that decadent $2,000 pizza topped with 24-karat gold leaves, imported white stilton cheese, dollops of Ossetra caviar from the Caspian Sea as well as truffles and Fois Gras from France. Personally, I don’t see the allure of eating gold leaf, unless it gives the the magical ability to sh*t gold bricks afterwards. But that’s just me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

                  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4080596/Is-decadent-pizza-New-York-restaurant-offers-pie-topped-foie-gras-truffles-caviar-flakes-24-karat-GOLD-price-2-000.html

                  1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

                    “…a lap dance at a reputable establishment.”

                    Hmmm, I thought Sven’s “the world seen through reality distortion goggles” comments were confined to his anti-EV FUD. Clearly I was wrong. 🙄

                    1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

                      Don’t ask how much bottle service costs. You might faint! 😉

              2. bro1999 says:

                Some Tesla zealot was mouthing off on how the Bolt was a pure compliance car being sold in just CARB states, so I made a bet with them that the Bolt would sell more copies in 2017 than the “nationwide” Model 3.

                They shut up quick. Lol

                1. TM says:

                  Max production capability is ~30,000 units. That is a problem as I see it.

                  1. G2 says:

                    Concur; if GM would remove this limit and make a big battery deal with ‘someone’ I could get behind Chevy.
                    Regardless, congrats to them on the COTY.

                  2. taser54 says:

                    More false info.

                  3. AlphaEdge says:

                    Compared to other EV’s, if they achieve 30,000 in their first year, that would awesome.

                    Note, GM said, they could expand production quite a bit at that plant. Of course, if LG can supply the packs.

                  4. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

                    That’s BS. It’s 30,000 if the factory is running just one shift. The GM factory can run up to three shifts.

                    Let GM has gauged demand to be about 30,000. Let’s wait and see what actual demand turns out to be for the Volt in 2015. The last thing GM and true EV enthusiasts want is for GM to lose money a tone of money on the Bolt by building factory overcapacity or committing to purchase contracts for components that far exceed demand. GM way overestimated the demand for the Volt just as Nissan way overestimated demand for the Leaf. Nissan in particular lost a ton of money from having battery factory overcapacity for the Leaf.

                    Automakers would rather err on the side of underestimating demand rather than overestimating demand, since they will be struck with the fixed costs of an underutilized factory for many, many year as opposed under estimating demand and right-sizing production the next year.

                    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

                      “That’s BS. It’s 30,000 if the factory is running just one shift. The GM factory can run up to three shifts.”

                      The only way it’s “B.S.” is if GM plans on selling Bolts without any battery packs.

                      And claiming that they will, or claiming that GM can just turn a dial which would magically cause LG Chem to crank up its battery cell production past what they contracted with GM two years ago… now that would be a huge pile of B.S.!

                      A GM spokesman said that production of the Bolt in the first year will be “>30,000”. My guess is he meant “slightly more than 30,000.”

                      If GM sells more than 35,000 during this first year, even including international sales and the Ampera-e… well then, I’ll have a mighty big dish of crow to eat. And I’ll be quite happy to revisit this question at the end of the year, when I predict that large dish of crow will be served up to a few others of the Usual Suspects here.

                    2. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

                      @Pu-Pu
                      See my comment below in response to your comment in response to 8shark, or just read the story in the link below:

                      http://www.hybridcars.com/not-a-compliance-car-gm-says-2017-chevy-bolt-production-capacity-exceeds-50000-per-year/

                  5. WadeTyhon says:

                    30,000 is not a max capacity. This number that has gone around was LG Chem’s minimum expected production of the Bolt EV for 2017.

                    From CleanTechnica:

                    “The supplier of the battery cells and battery packs being used in the Chevy Bolt, LG Chem, expects GM to sell more than 30,000 units of the new, long-range electric vehicle in 2017, according to recent reports.

                    The comments originate with the South Korean firm’s Vice President, Kang Chang-beom, who stated during a recent conference call focused on LG Chem’s 3rd quarter earnings that he expected 30,000 sales to be the minimum for the Chevy Bolt next year.”

                    I would say that a maximum would be 50,000 for the first 2 years. But if the car is a hit in it’s first year, expect LG Chem and GM to prepare for expanded production.

                    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

                      It’s been widely reported that LG Chem makes contracts for delivery of large quantities of batteries two years in advance. For GM to quickly ramp up production of the Bolt, you must make at least one rather improbable assumption:

                      1. That GM’s contract with LG Chem cited a minimum of ~30,000 battery packs, but also cited a maximum of ~50k or even more. This would of course require LG to reserve a significant amount of excess capacity… and why would they, unless GM paid them a significant amount for that? That scenario is more than a bit hard to reconcile with LG Chem making a deal for the astonishingly low price of $145/kWh for its battery cells.

                      2. That LG has figured out some magic way to build new factories and fine-tune them for volume production in significantly less time it takes for anyone else, which is about two years.

                      3. That LG Chem now has so much excess capacity in countries with a favorable currency exchange rate that it can allow its contracts for delivery to have the supply be abruptly increased on short notice.

                      4. That LG Chem has figured out some magic way around the problem with unfavorable currency exchange rates with countries where they do have excess production capacity.

                      5. That LG Chem will agree to sell significantly more cells to GM, even though that would be selling at a price below cost.

                      6. That GM will decide to start buying battery cells from another vendor, outside the “sweetheart deal” GM got from LG Chem, and thus pay much more for those cells… which would almost certainly make the Bolt unprofitable on a per-unit basis.

                      Oh, and #6 would also require that GM coerce LG Electronics to build the Bolt drivetrain at the same cost as they’ve contracted for even if GM decides to buy batteries elsewhere. That, also, seems highly improbable at the least!

                    2. unlucky says:

                      No magic is needed.

                      When a company commits to making a certain number of something they include margins for error and other factors. It is often possible to stretch a bit and make more. Just like how GM can add a 2nd shift to make more cars it’s possible LG can add a 2nd shift to make more battery packs and motors.

                      It’s true of cars. It’s true of phones. It’s true of battery packs. It’s true of video game consoles. Heck, it’s true of destroyers too.

                      To state that LG cannot possibly produce more than they committed is to assume something you couldn’t not possibly know. You of course don’t seem to mind assuming that you know LG’s cost for a battery pack too so I shouldn’t be surprised.

                      Everyone on here who tells you they know how many packs LG can make is lying. That includes you, Pushy.

                      We’ll just have to sit and wait and find out how many can be produced.

                    3. WadeTyhon says:

                      @Pushmi-Pullyu

                      Haha don’t worry, I didn’t need to come up with any unlikely scenarios to make my statement. XD

                      I was just saying that for the next two years, LG Chem has stated the minimum number of sales expected is 30,000. The maximum number of sales GM has confirmed would be *possible* in the next few years is 50,000.

                      I do not think Chevy will produce 50,000 Bolts in 2017. 2018 maybe. I do not think they will produce less than 30,000 in either 2017 or 2018. Most likely sales for both years will fall somewhere in between these two numbers.

                      From HybridCars.com and also covered on Inside EVs:

                      ““Since last year rumors have perpetuated a notion that GM and supply partner LG Chem have production capacity of only 20,000-30,000 Bolt EVs per year, but this is not true, said Kevin Kelly, manager, Electrification and Fuel Cell Technology Communications.”

                      “There is nothing constraining us from doing that,” said Kelly when asked how Chevrolet might handle a potential deluge of 50,000 orders that would far surpass conservative analyst projections for the Bolt’s first year of sales.”

                      We do not know exactly what terms LG Chem and GM have come to. I can only go off of both companies statements that 30,000 is the likely minimum and that 50,000 is the highest number Chevy has confirmed is possible. Aka the “maximum”. TM’s original statement above that the maximum is 30,000 isn’t true unless he has secret insider information that both companies are intentionally misleading the public.

                  6. Goaterguy says:

                    Why? Are you planning on buying more than 30k Bolts a year?

              3. ffbj says:

                Define nationwide.

                1. Kdawg says:

                  What Gen2 Volt sales are now, the same car that doubters first said would never happen, then said it would only be sold in CARB states. We’ve been down this road before.

                2. 8shark says:

                  EVery continental State, at least, maybe even all 50. 🙂

        2. JeremyK says:

          Only certified dealers are allowed to sell it, even less than the Chevy Volt. I think this is a smart move. If I were GM, I’d only want dealers selling the car that were knowledgeable and trained in sales/service of EVs. I’ve never liked dealerships, but I’ll admit that my local Chevy dealer has been great when I needed service/warranty work on my Volt.

          1. Kdawg says:

            About a month ago, I was talking to a guy I know who manages a dealership. He said any high-volume dealer would be an idiot to not carry the Motor Trend Car of the Year. He also said the certification, tooling, and charger were chump change for any high-volume dealership. Now that the Bolt EV has added the North American Car of the Year award, it should be additional motivation for dealerships.

            1. Josh Bryant says:

              That is good news. Hopefully they will either bring in or train one sales guy to be the dealer “EV nerd” to handle EV inquiries.

            2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

              “[The dealership manager] said any high-volume dealer would be an idiot to not carry the Motor Trend Car of the Year.”

              That’s very good news, but unfortunately we can be sure there will be at least some managers and/or owners of high-volume Chevy dealerships who won’t see things the same way.

      3. MikeM says:

        FYI:
        I have personally seen dual full page ads (with several repeats a week apart) for the Bolt in The Oregonian – Portland OR’s newspaper of record.

        They were generally quite well done.
        Although, personally, I would have avoided confusing the good citizens with terms like “Regen” (huh?) and “Single pedal driving” (double huh?).

        Note: CA + OR are the 2 states for initial Bolt deliveries. So not too surprising if ads have not shown up elsewhere yet.

  5. William says:

    GM has done it again! Let’s hope GM sells all it and LG Chem can make in the next year or two, before the Tesla Model 3 rolls off of the production line, and fills all of its existing preorders.

    1. ffbj says:

      I think the value is that a main stream legacy car maker has realized that electrification is the future of personal transportation, just as Tesla set out to show.
      So overall it’s good thing for ev adoption, because it’s a decent car that has great mileage/charge, and once people get into one as their daily driver they will never go back to an ice again.

  6. terminaltrip421 says:

    regarding the fear that GM will artificially cap production; with all of the positive press the Bolt has been getting surely there would be equal and opposite press if they were to say “we’re sorry, we just don’t feel like building more than we are” wouldn’t you say?

    1. G2 says:

      It *is* capped at 30-35,000.
      You know that, right?

      1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

        No it’s not.
        You know that, right?

      2. 8shark says:

        No, GM (and LG) have said 50,000-60,000 max in 2017.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Citation, please?

          So far as I know, no LG spokesman has ever cited a figure even remotely that high.

          1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

            LG spokesman? Would you settle for Kevin Kelly, Chevrolet manager, Electrification and Fuel Cell Technology Communications? Kelly declined to say what the maximum production capacity might be, but when asked it GM could fill 50,000 orders for the Bolt in the first year of sales, he said yes. GM’s Bolt production is NOT “constrained” by a battery supply from LG Chem that limits it to building only 30,000 Bolts.

            From hybridCARS:
            “To date the highest U.S. sales of EVs like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S have barely topped 30,000 but if as many as 50,000 shoppers happened to place orders in 2017, Kelly said Chevrolet could fill them.”

            “’There is nothing constraining us from doing that,’ said Kelly when asked how Chevrolet might handle a potential deluge of 50,000 orders that would far surpass conservative analyst projections for the Bolt’s first year of sales.”

            “Kelly’s statement was not a boast but was part of an answer to whether GM was making the Bolt mainly to satisfy regulators while not able to market and sell it in volume. At the same time he declined to make any specific sales projections, say what the maximum production capacity might be, or define a demand tipping point that would require further investments.”

            http://www.hybridcars.com/not-a-compliance-car-gm-says-2017-chevy-bolt-production-capacity-exceeds-50000-per-year/

          2. unlucky says:

            Suppliers are not really in the business of talking about their deals with their customers. It’s bad for business.

            If the customer wants to talk about numbers they’ll talk about numbers. The supplier does well to keep their trap shut.

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      “regarding the fear that GM will artificially cap production…”

      It’s not a matter of “artificially” capping production. It’s a matter of not being able to build more Bolts than the number of battery packs which LG Chem is contracted to deliver to GM.

      Nissan was production constrained by battery supply for the Leaf; that’s why Nissan built not just one, but two new battery factories, in Tennessee and the UK.

      Tesla has apparently been, more often than not, production constrained by the supply of batteries from Panasonic; that’s the primary reason Tesla is building Gigafactory 1.

      I find it truly bizarre that some otherwise well-informed EV advocates seem to think that GM has some sort of magic wand to eliminate the same bottleneck to production.

      We will know that GM is getting serious about high-volume production of long-range PEVs if and when they move to build battery factories where GM — and not an outside company — controls the rate of production.

      And until that happens, any belief that GM will rapidly crank up production of the Bolt, or any other long-range PEV, is just wishful thinking.

      1. Ziv says:

        No matter how many times you say that LG Chem can’t deliver more than 30k packs in 2017, the truth is that Kevin Kelly clearly said that if demand is there LG is contracted to deliver as many as 50,000 packs to GM in 2017.

        personally, I doubt that demand will exceed 35k (total, US and Europe) at the very most, but if it does, GM has a contract with LG Chem that calls for LG to deliver up to 50k packs in 2017. Getting a second shift up to speed at Holland would be a nice problem for GM to have.

        1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

          Actually, GM manager Kevin Kelly was responding to a question: would GM be able to meet 50,000 orders in the first year of sales. He said yes. It is very doubtful that the person asking the question just happened to correctly ask about the maximum number of Bolt’s that GM can produce. So this means in all probability LG can most certainly deliver more than 50,000 battery packs in the first year. We just don’t know how many more than 50,000.

          I posted the link to Kevin’s statement in comments above, but I’ll post the link here again.

          http://www.hybridcars.com/not-a-compliance-car-gm-says-2017-chevy-bolt-production-capacity-exceeds-50000-per-year/

  7. vdiv says:

    Congratulations! Well-deserved! Let’s hope they start selling them world-wide this year too.

    1. przemo_li says:

      There wont be LHD version, and EU version will be delayed past USA national availability.

      Heck with that specs it’s entirely possible, that demand in just ZEV states is outstripping planned and possible expansion of Bolt capacity.

      GM would have to limit availability everywhere they sell Bolt to spread it over multiple countries.

      1. unlucky says:

        You mean there will only be LHD versions.

  8. CLIVE says:

    Wow.

    And you cannot buy it all over America.

    Next /

    1. Kdawg says:

      Patience is a virtue. (Just ask Tesla fans)

    2. JeremyK says:

      Let’s compare to the Model 3 rollout.

      1. Ziv says:

        Exactly, Jeremy. The III may sell a handful of cars in 2017 but in all likelihood, Tesla won’t sell a single III until the spring of 2018. And the next couple months will only see fully loaded III’s sold in California to current Tesla owners.

        BUT, by the late summer, early fall, of 2018 I would bet that the III is selling in larger numbers every month, finishing the year with a huge number of III’s sold in December of 2018.

        Tesla may be late, but they WILL deliver a very nice car.

        1. floydboy says:

          That sounds more like a hope than a prediction!

          1. Ziv says:

            Tesla delivers a great car. Late, usually, but they do deliver.
            And I would predict that by spring of 2018 you start seeing III’s in increasing numbers on US streets. And that 5 or 6 months later they are all over the place.

            1. floydboy says:

              If you’re using previous cars as a template for Model 3, forget about it. What makes you think(other than your likely pro GM bias) that deliveries of this car are going to be that late?

              Do you have inside info that the rest of us aren’t privy to?

      2. William says:

        It will be a most interesting comparison indeed. Tesla will have given the Chevy Bolt at least a year lead, in deliveries, if everything goes according to plan with the Tesla Model 3.

        I wonder if the Launch of The 2018 Nissan Leaf will put any measurable dent in the Chevy Bolt sales, come year end of 2017?

      3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Let’s compare to the Model 3 rollout.

        Exactly.

        I want to see everyone who is now falsely and absurdly claiming the Bolt is a mere “compliance car” to be served up a nice dish of crow, when it’s pointed out that the early rollout of the Model ≡ is slower than that of the Bolt… which it very likely will be.

    3. 8shark says:

      You will probably be able to order one in February/March, which is only a month or two from now.

  9. DonC says:

    Congrats to GM for delivering the first affordable BEV with over 200 miles of range. Now we’ll see how it sells …

    The “compliance car” discussion is terminally boring. At this point in time all BEVs are compliance cars. If you don’t understand that you don’t understand what’s happening. Moreover, as a practical matter, manufacturers sell half of all electrics in CA. Hopefully that will change, but at the moment electric drive adoption is being driven by CARB and California consumers.

  10. unlucky says:

    This is great. I still think it’s bizarre that the Model S never won this.

    The Bolt is deserving and did seem like the most likely choice from the final 3.

    I’m sorry for those who cannot buy it yet, but pretending GM is working against them somehow is bizarre. You can only make cars so fast and so a phased rollout is a natural thing.

    1. floydboy says:

      Not bizarre at all! It would be bizarre if it won! Model 3 is not going to win it either!

      1. Nemo says:

        And why is that?

        1. floydboy says:

          BECAUSE….It’s simply not going to ‘HAVE WHAT IT TAKES’.

    2. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

      While the Model S never won this award based on the number of votes it received from the judges, it did win this award in the Electoral College.

  11. Trollnonymous says:

    Great car by LG. If you can’t wait for the Model ≡, this car may work for you.

    Yeah, I’m being selfish and trying to shrink the 400K line for Model ≡ for myself……..

    1. William says:

      Can’t really blame you for trying to shorten the waiting period, before delivery, of your much anticipated Tesla Model 3. A lot of Chevy Bolt buyers will be turning their heads, about this time next year, wondering if they should have been more patient, and held out a little bit longer.

      I think the rewards of waiting, for most would be EV drivers, are pretty apparent. A complete car, with the proper charging support, is a key ingredient in full functionality of any EV.

    2. Kdawg says:

      You spelled GM wrong.

      1. leafowner says:

        LG makes the battery pack and a lot of other components for the bolt – a good chunk of the car — so he is right, it is an LG car.

        LG Chem–which supplies lithium-ion cells from Holland, Michigan, for the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, and the Cadillac ELR and CT6 Plug-In Hybrid–designed, engineered, and tested the Bolt EV’s battery system to performance and packaging specifications supplied by GM.

        Other LG units designed and supplied certain other electronic components, as well as the infotainment module for the Bolt EV. The companies include LG Chem, LG Innotek, LG Display, and LG Electronics.

        In South Korea, LG Electronics is investing more than $250 million in a Korean facility to support development and manufacturing of components for the Bolt EV, most notably the electric motor.

        1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

          Does the huge battery pack make the MOdel S and Model X a Panasonic car?

          1. floydboy says:

            Panasonic doesn’t make the battery pack.

            1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

              Who said they make the pack? But they certainly make/supply the cells that go into that huge battery pack.

              1. floydboy says:

                You did by implication! By the way, LG makes both the cells AND the pack AND the drivetrain AND the associated electronics AND….

        2. unlucky says:

          BMW made the engine in the McLaren F1. Does that mean that car was a BMW?

          People need to get over there ideas of what outsourcing indicates.

          Sent from my Foxconn iPhone.

        3. Kdawg says:

          Everyone is aware of LG’s role as a supplier, but the car is designed and assembled by GM. LG builds components to GM’s design and specifications. So the lame attempt to try to take any credit away from GM will be called out each time I see it.

        4. ModernMarvelFan says:

          “LG makes the battery pack and a lot of other components for the bolt – a good chunk of the car — so he is right, it is an LG car.

          If you put all the LG parts from the Bolt together, does it even look like a car?

          If it doesn’t, then you are right and so is he.

          Let us move on from making yourself looking like an idiot who doesn’t know anything about cars in general.

        5. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          LG Electronics and LG Chem, between them, make the entire Bolt powertrain including battery pack. So I submit we can rightfully say that the Bolt is a LG powertrain in a GM (or Chevy) glider.

          But I presume y’all are being snarky with the label “the LG Bolt”, and that y’all know that the label is quite an exaggeration.

  12. Tesla fan says:

    Don’t worry the Model 3 will win everything next year!

    1. floydboy says:

      Almost everything!

    2. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

      If its released in time to be considered for next year’s award. The jury is still out on whether it will meet the deadline.

      1. floydboy says:

        Said “jury” won’t care if it’s on time! They’ll just move the goal!

      2. Nix says:

        The Bolt got its Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s Green Car of the Year, and Car & Driver 10 Best awards before a single Bolt was even sold.

        So it will be interesting double standard if they disqualify the MY2017 M3 if none of them have been delivered to the public yet when they give their awards next year.

        Short of an announcement by Tesla that they will not be delivering any MY2017 M3’s, and announcing only MY2018 M3’s will be delivered, it should be just as eligible as the Bolt was before any of them were delivered.

        1. Ziv says:

          GM sold/delivered 500+ Bolts in December. Not sure why they shouldn’t be considered for the award, given their deliveries.

          1. Nix says:

            Ziv —

            Follow the links in this story to each of those awards. They were all awarded BEFORE those 500 deliveries. The NA car of the year award was the only one of these awards that was awarded AFTER the first Bolt was delivered.

            1. Ziv says:

              I understand the timing, but that is the game the awards groups have set up and GM played the game by the rules. I don’t think they will have the nerve to disqualify Tesla if even a handful of the III’s are delivered by the end of this year.
              I think it would be VERY cool to have 2 BEV’s win these awards back to back. So here is hoping Tesla is able to deliver enough III’s to make that happen!

              1. Nix says:

                I guess my point is that they can’t actually know if a deadline in the future will be met. Unless they have some secret way of seeing into the future.

                Time travel? Carnac the Magnificent? Wormholes?

                It seems pretty silly to me.

                1. Ziv says:

                  I agree that taking a carmaker’s word for it is kind of stupid.

                  “Really, we are all over this and we will deliver hundreds, well, maybe dozens, of these super secret, ultra-new cars by years end!”
                  But if they want to get a great sales month for their magazines in November, they have to finesse the issue. I believe it used to be that the car had to have sales only within the 12 months ending in November of the year before the award is given.

                  So the Bolt wouldn’t have been eligible since they didn’t deliver any until December of 2016, missing the target by 14 days.
                  Or maybe my memory of the rules is faulty.

                  So I agree with you, it is silly, and I imagine it will get worse in the future, not better. But here is hoping that the III wins the 2018 Award!

  13. James Malenfant says:

    People laughed at Tesla, both the company and Dr. Tesla, yet look what they have done. DR. Tesla gave us alternating electric current, and Tesla, the company, gave an electric car revolution.

    Tesla, and it’s success, forced GM, and others, to produce the Bolt, and Volt. Soon they will be everywhere, using clean electric power. In one fell swoop, GM just made gas powered vehicles obsolete.

    Dr. Tesla gave us an electric frontier, Tesla, the company, gave forth the electric car for the masses, and GM made it a reality.

    Made in the USA! Horray! Have a great day!

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      So far as I can tell from the Wikipedia article, Nikola Tesla never completed a university degree. If he was awarded a doctorate, then it must have been merely an honorary one.

      I do not intend in any way to denigrate Tesla’s genius or his many great accomplishments. Arguably, Nikola Tesla was the greatest electrical engineering genius of all time, exceeding even Thomas Edison. However, Tesla’s initial workaholic dedication to study during his early years at university, followed unfortunately by total failure to even attend classes in the third year, was typical of his erratic behavior.

      1. unlucky says:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Howard_Armstrong

        Invented the regenerative radio (for transmission and reception). Invented superheterodyning radio, which is how every radio worked since he invented it until software defined radio begun a decade ago. Before that high radio frequencies were considered useless because they required the radio operate at those high frequencies inside. With superheterdyning the radio operates at a lower, constant frequency it works well at and simply shifts any incoming signal it wants to receive down into this range to receive it. We never would have gotten into the 400MHz bands that are used so widely and GHz as you use with your phone and WiFi would have been a laughable dream.

        Invented wide-band FM radio (what you know as FM radio). Before this people thought the only way to beat noise was to transmit narrower and narrower (less usable bandwidth) signals. Know how AM radio is so sensitive to interference that it crackles with lightning storms miles away and the BMW i3 doesn’t even bother to receive it? Once he proved wideband FM worked and until DSP (digital signal processing) came along virtually all new radio signaling created was Frequency Modulated (staticky CB radio being a notable exception).

        Tesla was great (also perhaps crazy, he thought birds were speaking ideas to him from his windowsill) but he does have some competition.

  14. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    So again, kudos to GM for putting into production the first “semi-affordable” BEV with an all-electric range of 200+ miles! That’s definitely raising the bar, and GM is to be congratulated for that.

    There are other subjects on which we EV advocates have rightfully criticized GM, but that shouldn’t affect our opinion of what a good job GM has done with this car. Those who call for a boycott of GM and other legacy auto makers are of course entitled to their opinion, and certainly are entitled to buy — or refuse to buy — any car they like.

    But I think there is an at least equally valid, and possibly better, argument to be made in favor of supporting legacy auto makers when they do make compelling PEVs. As more and more PEVs are made, the economy of scale will bring down the prices until they are first competitive with gasmobiles, and ultimately cheaper and thus more attractive. But that will only happen after people actually buy them.

    While refusing to buy a PEV from a legacy auto maker is understandable from the perspective of idealism, I submit it’s counter-productive to the pragmatic goal of advancing the EV revolution.

    Up the rEVolution!

    1. unlucky says:

      “semi-affordable”

      One of the let downs of buying the car is that it did hammer home that this isn’t really the start of the full revolution. The car is a great value for what you get, but I don’t think the car makes it all the way to the idea of the “affordable ICE-replacement EV” yet. It still is thousands too much even after rebate. It is, as you say, semi-affordable.

      I’m glad I can afford it. And I do believe that cars like this will push adoption up and so drive us toward the truly affordable ICE-replacement EV. But we aren’t there yet. And I don’t really expect the Model 3 will make it all the way either.

      1. Ziv says:

        We may still be 3 or 4 years from BEV’s really hitting the mainstream market when it comes to MSRP. And the credit will be cut in half within 2 or 3 years. And to round off the pity party, the recent 6 years have seen remarkable reductions in the price per kWh of a pack, it is hard to envision the next 6 years seeing the same annual percentage improvements in price.

        The EV1 price per kWh is hard to estimate, but in 2009 the PACK price per kWh quoted by GM was around $1000. In late 2010 they seem to have gotten LG down to around $600 per kWh. The $145 per kWh brandied about by GM may be the Pack price per kWh or it may be the cell price per kWh. Either way the price is a very strong one and may be impacted in part by GM paying a bit more for other electric intent parts contracted from LG.

        But the pack price appears to have dropped 66% in 6 years. If the pack price were to continue to drop at that rate, the price per kWh would be just $66. I would like that to be the case but it might not happen, for GM or for Tesla, Gigafactory or not.

  15. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Well deserved and it is good for EV in general.

    Let us hope it sells well. Now, EV supporters need to go out there and show GM there is greater demand than 30K/year.

    1. floydboy says:

      YEP!

  16. Texas FFE says:

    http://www.chevrolet.com/bolt-ev-electric-vehicle.html is showing the Bolt MSRP as $36,620. Is Chevrolet already dropping the price of the Bolt?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hey TexFFE,

      Always had that MSRP, GM didn’t want to be accused of play games when they promised under 30k.So when you add in the $875 DST it comes to $37,495, or effectively $29,995 after the $7,500 fed credit.

      It was actually a bit of a pleasant surprise – past the fact they also were surpassing the range and ETA estimates. I don’t think anyone has a complaint with the Bolt EVs path to market and following through on expectations…pretty rare actually in this business.

  17. Arthur says:

    Just a note from BC. Apparently my dealership is only going to get an allocation of one Bolt…..mine. Others that wanted a Bolt will have to wait until at least the second quarter….April – June. The dealership asked for more but that was that. This says a lot about manufacturing v. demand. How serious is GM?

  18. JimGord says:

    Well deserved. This vehicle is the “game changer”
    With 95% of light duty vehicle daily trips being less than 110 miles, this car and EVs with similar range can easily meet 95% of daily needs on a charge, even after allowing for hot or cold conditions and range anxiety.

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