Opel Bolt EV Rendered

1 year ago by Jay Cole 37

Opel Bolt Rendering via Theophiluschin.com

Opel Bolt Rendering via Theophiluschin.com

Renderer Theophilus Chin is the man responsible for these images of the Opel Bolt EV:

“The Opel/Vauxhall Ampera was the European version of the previous Chevrolet Volt. This time around, will there be an Opel/Vauxhall version of the Bolt EV?” states Chin

We have heard from multiple sources that indeed, the Bolt EV is expected to arrive in Europe in limited numbers in 2017 (however not in RHD for UK buyers, so there will likely be no Vauxhall cross-badging).

When in Europe, the Chevrolet Bolt EV could perhaps be re-named the Opel Trixx.

Opel Bolt Rendering via Theophiluschin.com

Opel Bolt Rendering via Theophiluschin.com

*Renderings by Theophilus Chin

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37 responses to "Opel Bolt EV Rendered"

  1. RexxSee says:

    Am I the only one to think that small compact like the Sonic (2016: $15,860) is way too high priced at $37,500 ?
    My feeling is that OEMs just exaggerate the price tags, and basically steal in governments incentives/credits.
    Twice the price, less all the ICE system? Really?

    I remember the Ford Focus EV and the Honda Fit EV were priced near the triple of the regular price! Only for compliance purposes all right!
    They could claim that batteries were expensive (what else?!?) but now the prices of batteries have gone down and mass production is started.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      Well, by the same comparison, the Model S is way too high priced at $69,900, since you can get a Honda Accord (another mid-sized sedan) for $22,205.

      1. CC, Honda Accord compares as much to a Tesla, as a Prius does to a Porsche Panamera PHEV! Actually, this is an even better comparison, as these both have high voltage batteries and Electric motors they can drive on. That Honda Accord is trapped with just a Lead Acid Battery, too!

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          That’s my point. Looking at two vehicles and comparing them based solely on powertrain differences and trying to equate that to price is silly.

        2. ClarksonCote says:

          And I agree, I like the Prius vs. Porsche PHEV comparison! 😉

      2. RexxSee says:

        They are two econobox from GM.

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          Why pay $49K for a Toyota ERav4 when you can buy a Rav4 for only $23K?

          Why pay $23K for a Prius C when you can buy a Yaris for only $14K?

          why pay $34K for a Lexus CT200H when you can buy a Prius for $19K?

          Why pay $42K for a Lexus ES Hybrid when you can get a Camry for only $23K?

          Why pay $45K for a Cadillac CTS when you can buy a Malibu for only $23K?

          Why pay $28K for an Acura ILX when you can buy a Civic for only $18k?

          Why pay $30K for a Nissan LEAF when you can buy a Versa for $15K?

          Why pay $33K for a Lincoln MKC when you can buy a Ford Escape for only $23K?

          Why do we buy a Bolt over a Sonic? Because Bolt is larger than Sonic with bigger wheel base and interior space. Because it is EV with cool tech that you can’t get in the Sonic. Because it has better performance.

          I thought you were a big supporter of BEVs in general…

          1. ClarksonCote says:

            +100. For whatever reason, when people have inherent biases, they devolve into comparing one facet of a vehicle against the vehicle’s price, claiming all else is equal.

            1. ModernMarvelFan says:

              Exactly…

              Here is even a better case against it.

              Lexus IS and Toyota Yaris are both Compact car by EPA.

              IS350 cost $43K when you can have Yaris for only $14K.

              I guess all other amenities, quieter ride, different powertrains don’t matter in this case according to RexxSee.

              I thought he is actually pro-EV. But I guess not. He is just anti-GM like Anon.

          2. SJC says:

            Some pay $20,000 more for a Lexus which is a Camry or Corolla with leather.

    2. RSBaker says:

      Electric Vehicles are expensive because the batteries that they require are expensive. I believe the battery in the Gen 1 Chevrolet Volt accounted for more than $10,000.00 of the MSRP at the time. I believe it was the same case for Nissan’s Leaf when it came out and these prices are just the battery pack itself leaving aside the cost of other components necessary for PEV or EREV vehicles. If you subtract all of the Electric related costs then the car would cost the same as the vehicles on which they were based. In the case of the Volt that would be the Cruze. Fortunately battery costs come down with each advancement and in each successive generation of Batteries.

    3. evcarnut says:

      I keep saying that & no-one listens ,..They should be Par Priced like the Gas-burners… BECAUSE!….they save on the 1) ICE.engine …2)exhaust System ..3) auto Transmisson, 4) Cooling system…5)Shafts & joints on a rear Drive…That is a huge saving ! There Is More than Enough savings To Offset the Price & Make it equal…

      1. kdawg says:

        Let’s see; an auto company’s entire accounting department vs. internet-armchair-guesses?

        Yeah, it probably really costs -$10,000 to make the Bolt and GM is greedily pocketing $47,500!

      2. Bungalow says:

        I really agree with u guy

      3. ModernMarvelFan says:

        .they save on the 1) ICE.engine …2)exhaust System ..3) auto Transmisson, 4) Cooling system…5)Shafts & joints on a rear Drive…That is a huge saving ! ”

        Yes, they save on those, but they also added the cost of battery, electric motors, motor drives, battery cooling systems.

        Those will more than make up the “saving” by remove ICE powertrains…

      4. ClarksonCote says:

        Why is a Tesla so expensive then? It has no gas counterparts either.

        The likely reason is because you’re not properly factoring in R&D costs and component costs.

        Your mind is trained on large volume vehicles, and at present time, EV’s are not there yet from a demand standpoint.

    4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      RexxSee said:

      “Am I the only one to think that small compact like the Sonic (2016: $15,860) is way too high priced at $37,500 ?”

      It gets pretty tiresome reading all these apples-to-oranges comparisons. We saw the same thing with the Volt and the Cruze.

      If the Sonic had the Bolt’s interior materials and appointments, its electronics, its instrument panel, its seats, and all the luxury and comfort touches which will be standard equipment in the Bolt, you can be sure that Chevy would charge considerably more than $16,000 for it.

      In the category of street-legal, highway-capable American cars, the Sonic is a very cheap car; the sort that reviewers describe as “entry level”.

      The Bolt won’t be in that category, so comparisons are inappropriate.

      For example, compare the Sonic’s instrument panel (top photo below) to the Bolt’s:

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        The second image is actually of the Volt’s instrument panel, but your point is still well made.

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Not trying to pile on…but just a note that the first image is of a 2nd Gen Sonic (2011-2016).

          The best comparable would be one we can’t make yet – with the new (and yet unseen)/3rd gen Sonic that rides on the Gamma G2SC platform with the Bolt EV. It has been delayed a bit (because Sonic sales are meh I suppose), but likely we see it in 2017 as a 2018 model.

          Like with the Volt (and the new Cruze), GM is showing off/delivering the plug-in car ahead of the most similar ICE platform – perhaps to limit comparisons out of the gate.

          1. ClarksonCote says:

            Good point Jay. We’ll have to see what the Bolt and the 2017 Sonic offer…

    5. R.S says:

      If you don’t like the US pricing, just wait for the European one, I could bet its somewhere above 40k euro, plus taxes. So maybe 48k in Germany?

  2. Opel made huge losses with the few Ampera sales, they are not going to make a low volume adventure again.

    1. kdawg says:

      IIRC the Ampera was priced very high in Europe. Not sure how the Bolt’s $37,500 price tag will translate.

  3. Paul says:

    This would sell very well in Europe, but only if it’s priced like the Chevrolet Bolt. The Ampera was priced much higher then the Volt, hence its bad sales.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      True, the price is what hurt them. I think that is outside their control though. In other words, I’m guessing it was priced higher due to import tariffs and all that fun stuff.

    2. Seth says:

      The Volt/Ampera is also a hybrid which meant it didn’t qualify for tax incentives in quite a few countries.

    3. Priusmaniac says:

      The main problem of the Ampera was the four seats not the price. In Europe four seats is virtually a non starter with most people. Not only with families but also with other people that like a full back seat for many different reasons. It is part of what has always been taken for granted, so especially on an ev that is already introducing a big change of his own, imposing a change on the back seat is just a bridge too far. A major mistake almost suspicious of not wanting to sell.

      1. Michel says:

        Here we go again with the 4 seats . I think for Europe the price was more an issue that the 4 seats .

  4. Paul says:

    And the design fits well into the style of Opel. Look at the new Opel Astra:
    http://www.opel.de/fahrzeuge/modelle/personenwagen/astra-5-tuerer/index.html#VISUALIZER

  5. SJC says:

    We could be a bit ahead of the curve on EVs, some think the next battery is just around the corner.
    Lithium ion was created by Sony in 1991, since then they have become safer and a bit more energy dense.

  6. wavelet says:

    The artist got the Opel logo wrong — it’s reversed… Given their logo is an actual lightning bolt (and has been since 1960), it’s very appropriate for an EV, and an important thing to get right…

    1. kdawg says:

      Should rotate the bolt 45 degrees and call it the Opel Flash.

      1. Get Real says:

        That might be a little too close to the lightning bolt found in the SS lightning bolts.

        1. kdawg says:

          More like this.

    2. Foo says:

      Maybe image was simply flipped to make the British right-hand drive appear to be an American left-hand drive?

      1. wavelet says:

        Nah, there’s no such thing as a LHD Opel, at least since the late 1980s; at that point the merging between Opel and Vauxhall was complete, and all LHD opels are badged “Vauxhall” (except in Ireland, interestingly…)

  7. Martin T. says:

    Wonder if this one will sell.
    Opel had no luck in the past and will the US re styled Bolt sell in Europe?

    Maybe Europe will be like Australia (in the south pacific not europe) – also awaiting the Model III.