Watch The Chevrolet Bolt EV Enter Pre-Production In Michigan – Video

2 years ago by Jay Cole 119


Full production of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is scheduled to begin at General Motor’s Orion Assembly facility in October, but before that can happen, pre-production vehicles must be built up to vet the process.

Chevrolet Bolt EV - Well On Its Way To Becoming The First Inexpensive, Long Range All-Electric Car In History

Chevrolet Bolt EV – Well On Its Way To Becoming The First Inexpensive, Long Range All-Electric Car In History

As such, GM has released the above video teaser of a “tester” Bolt EV being assembled this past Wednesday in Michigan.

“Watch the all-electric 2017 Bolt EV coming together on the Orion Assembly line. Pre-production is underway for the all-electric vehicle that will make affordable efficiency an everyday reality. “

Chevrolet has promised to deliver the all-electric car to consumers before the end of this year, and from a price point of ~37,500 before incentives.

The 2017 Bolt EV features a 60 kWh battery, good for more than 200 miles of “real world” EPA range, and also features a 0-60mph time of “less than 7 seconds” – full details of the car (+photos/videos) can be found here.

Earlier released Bolt EV promo reel:

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119 responses to "Watch The Chevrolet Bolt EV Enter Pre-Production In Michigan – Video"

  1. Michael Will says:

    2017 in 2016 ? Oh well I guess since the volt is already 2017 it doesn’t matter

    1. Jay Cole says:

      It is almost more surprising to us that it isn’t dropping a couple weeks later with a 2018 badge, (=

      1. R.S. says:

        +10000
        Giving out new model years by the month could actually be a nice strategy. I’ll wait for the 2027 Volt in October…

  2. Scott says:

    Looks like their fixing to eat some manufacturer’s lunch. They said here it is on the line, what you got? Not a GM fan but glad they are pushing the market.

    1. Reddy says:

      +1 Yep, it looks like there is a marketing blitz going on with GM trying to steal Tesla’s March 31st thunder. Where is the ever silent Nissan, non-existent Ford, overpriced BMW, others? 2017 & 2018 will be very interesting.

    2. miggy says:

      I hope GM change their mind and build the Bolt in RHD as well.
      At this stage I will buy either a Model 3 or a Bolt which ever makes a RHD first.
      Powerful 150kW motor with over 300km range has got to be a winner.

      1. Stimpacker says:

        With nowhere to charge, you’re limited to a round trip radius of 150km from your home.

        No CCS charging network…

        1. DonC says:

          I believe there are more CCS chargers than Tesla chargers. Lower wattage of course.

        2. miggy says:

          most of the CCS charging is at 50kW but can be upgraded.

          1. Ziv says:

            50 kW charge rates are “good enough” for a lot of drivers. Plug in with 10-20% capacity/20-40 miles of AER, grab a bite or a coffee, come back a half hour later and you have 30-55% capacity/120-140 miles of AER with no charging rate taper.
            Dawdle over your coffee, and a 40 minute charge would get you to 150-170 miles of AER and you would be seeing the charge rate taper a bit at the end.
            50 kW charging is pretty decent, it just isn’t “Tesla fast”.

        3. cleanworldnow says:

          They’ve at least got 6.6KW AC on tit. Be better if they went to the J1772 spec of 80Amps @ 240VAC (19.2KW). Tesla did.

        4. martinwinlow says:

          Yeah, because nobody drives 150km and then doesn’t stay for at least a few hours…! DuHHH!

      2. tosho says:

        Wait for the UK pricing for the Bolt first. There is a chance that the Model 3 will be much cheaper than the Bolt in Europe.

      3. wavelet says:

        You’ve complained about this several times.
        What makes you think there won’t be a RHD version? Not the first year, but that’s reasonable — # units produced will be limited, so they’re going to be able to sell all they can make as LHD; why add expense by splitting the assembly line right off the bat?
        However once production ramps up, no reason to think there won’t be a LHD version. Probably sooner than Tesla will have a RHD Model 3.

        GM will however have a harder time than Nissan justifying LHD, since the largest market is Japan (I believe their market is as big as all other RHD countries combined), and it’s very hard to sell non-Japanese cars in Japan:
        Only 5% of cars sold there are non-Japanese, and of those, half are German luxury cars).
        http://www.best-selling-cars.com/japan/2015-q3-japan-best-selling-car-brands-and-models/

        I expect Tesla & VW will also find it difficult to sell mid-market EVs in Japan.

  3. Alain says:

    I really hope they have great year,competition is only going to drive cost Down and others will follow with
    60kilw batt.

  4. evcarnut says:

    Yes.., But is it compelling?……. l m a o

    1. Klaus says:

      For GM, it’s a low bar. It’ll be compelling if it doesn’t kill you.

      1. Rick says:

        Haha, that’s jokes! I hope the Model 3 will have a more attractive design. Shouldn’t be too hard.

    2. Ziv says:

      GM builds the Volt which has out sold every electric car in the US (wait til next week) this past 5 years. And the Volt isn’t forever tainted with the Leaf battery problems or the Leaf limited range problems.

      GM has built better electric cars (under $50k) than any other car maker and they have done it for years.
      The Leaf is a mildly enhanced NEV, the Tesla S is a rich man’s car.
      The Volt is a very nice car that uses electricity the vast majority of the time.

      1. Ken says:

        Im not understanding where you get your numbers from. According to inside evs, more Leafs were sold than Volts in 2011,2014, and 2015. So how has chevy been selling way more volts than anybody else? There’s a little company called Tesla btw as well. I’m not a Gm hater, matter of fact i also own a Corvette and a Chevy PU. All my cars (about 20+) have been GM up until o boughy the Leaf. Why did i buy a Nissan Leaf? Because i could travel 30 miles to work and turn right around and go home if i needed to without charging. Its worked flawlessly for that for 4.5 years now. I didnt’t buy a Volt because id have to drive home everyday on gasoline. No dice! And comparing it to an NEV? Please! Check the results for the Power Of DC autocross put on by Nedra in 2012. In first place, you’ll see my name Ken Barbour. The Chevy Volt finished in 2nd place and im not any better if a driver than him. Btw, i drove it to there (Hagerstown,MD) from New Jersey to compete and took my trophy home with me. There’s nothing wrong with a Leaf. Although the defeated Volt driver now drives a Model S. Im sure the Bolt will be nice too. It’s gonna be interesting when we can compare 2017 Leaf 2.0 to Bolt to Model 3.

        1. Nate says:

          The numbers come from the cumulative count from all years. Volt and Leaf have gone back and fourth and Volt is about to take it back. That said, no need to have put down other EV’s. Leaf vs. Volt vs. Model S sales count is stupid. Even putting the Prius down gets old, considering many people don’t have a place to charge the cars most of us prefer on this site. The idea should be to reduce the 25mpg cars out there. Great you like your Leaf.

        2. Terawatt says:

          If Leaf 2017 is indeed the 2.0… For some reason this and several other sites seem to now expect it to arrive in 2018. Model 3 surely won’t arrive in honest before then, so perhaps Chevy will be the lone EV King in the meantime. And Opel on my side of the pond.

          1. Jay Cole says:

            Hey Terawatt,

            I know many put a 2018 date on the next gen LEAF, but we have been fairly consistent with an expectant date of Q2 2017…but as a 2018 model – maybe that is the confusion?

        3. Ziv says:

          Ken, as Nate noted, the Volt and the Leaf have traded the yearly sales crown back and forth since 2011, but if you check the Insideevs US electric car sales tally, the Volt is now around 500 behind the Leaf and closing slowly.
          Considering how different the Volt and the Leaf are, it is kind of interesting to see how close their sales have been over the past 5 years.

      2. Steven says:

        “The Volt is a very nice car that uses electricity the vast majority of the time.”

        The Volt is a car that is blocking the charger most of the time.

        I have noticed that volt owners have attitude when it comes to BEVs that use the same chargers. The last time I ran into a volt user at a charger he gave me an unasked for lecture about the volts range, then occupied an EV charger spot WITHOUT PLUGGING IN.

        The Volt is just another gas guzzling hybrid and deep down the volt owners are very aware of it.

        1. Tim says:

          Problem with that view is it is directly contradicted by facts. Volts, on a per car basis, travel more EV miles than the Leaf.

          Your story only says something about the owner of that car, not the car itself, which most definitely has a plug.

        2. Ziv says:

          Steven, I am a Volt driver and I really wish GM had upped their game and made 6.6 kW charging an option, at the least. But Volt owners tend to be less judgemental than their BEV brethren. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a variant of the “if it has a gas tank it isn’t an electric car” whinge.

        3. Open-Mind says:

          “The Volt is a car that is blocking the charger most of the time.”

          LOL … where I work, there are four spots serviced by two ChargePoint units. Every day for the last year, a Leaf is parked in one of those spots, but never plugged in.

          My Volt is the only other EV in the lot, but I park with the gas cars. 🙂

        4. ModernMarvelFan says:

          “I have noticed that volt owners have attitude when it comes to BEVs that use the same chargers”

          The same can be said about few of LEAF or Tesla owners or Prius Plugin owners.

          There are jerks that comes in all forms that drives all kind of cars…

  5. GeorgeS says:

    Looks like they did a nice job on the aluminum wheels. This car is on my list. The white is boring though. I wish you could bet the gray and black paint job with the lightning bolts on it.

    1. DonC says:

      Hmmm….. I think it looks great in white. Wasn’t enamored of the grew. Or maybe just the angle.

      Anyway in this video it looks like a CUV/SUV rather than a hatch, which is what I think is the look they wanted.

  6. EVs says:

    No Bolt for me. I will never buy GM again after what they are trying to to to Tesla. I will wait for the Model 3 to come out.

    1. tftf says:

      You will wait for a long time unless you tick all options OR already own a Model S / X.

      2019-2020 sounds realistic to me for low-end Model3 deliveries.

      1. floydboy says:

        Late 2018 sounds even more realistic for low end models.

      2. Get Real says:

        More anti-Tesla FUD from Tesla stock-shorter tftf, something he just keeps neglecting to disclose here in his anti-Tesla posts.

        Anyways, the Bolt is sure to be a good EV and I’m looking forward to the M3 unveiling so I can watch all the shorts circling the bowl!

    2. robot says:

      Agreed. As interesting of a vehicle this is, I also cancelled my Bolt (AND Volt) plans after GM’s latest shenanigans.

      1. EV Driver says:

        I think Tesla will be fine, even with GM’s head start. The Model 3 is guaranteed to be more appealing and many people, like myself, will gladly wait the extra time to have a more compelling car.

        1. Raymondjram says:

          “Guarantee”? Tesla Motors can never guarantee anything. All their delivery times were over extended. Same will happen to the Model 3. And I bet only TM fans will like the Model 3 if it arrives at all.

      2. Steven says:

        Oh, I give up. What “black helicopter” rumor did I miss?

      3. ClarksonCote says:

        You guys crack me up. You expect GM to piss in their own drinking water by alienating the only group of people that can legally sell their cars, i.e. dealers.

        Instead of recognizing how US laws have forced them into their current position, you try to demonize them like they’re just being evil.

        GM would love to sell their own cars. Laws don’t let them. Fighting to sell their own cars would alienate the only people who can.

    3. TestFan says:

      Same here.

    4. Terawatt says:

      So now they are in the wrong for competing? Even Elon Musk says they’re doing the right thing. Isn’t that good enough for you?

    5. Steven says:

      “I will never buy GM again after what they are trying to to to Tesla.”

      You mean compete with them?

      Horrors!

      1. ffbj says:

        I think he is referring to GM’s attempts, by backing and authoring bills, such as the recent one in Indiana, and other places, to prevent Tesla from opening a stores.

        Before you go jumping on someones comment, at least use some cognizance of what they are talking about.

    6. Alpha777 says:

      Two company competition is great.
      Look what happened with Microsoft took Apple seriously.
      Much better security, many more features.

      Without that MS OS’s were crap.
      Yes, many still think their crap, beat you to it.

    7. Open-Mind says:

      I’m getting a Bolt. And I’ll keep that until I can trade it for a Model 3 that I can buy from a Tesla dealership that’s within 50 miles or so. Today, the closest Tesla dealer is 3 hours away in Chicago. They have three dealerships, and the rest of Illinois has zero.

    8. Raymondjram says:

      Well, you have to wait another two years. The Bolt Ev is in production NOW, and will be on sale October of this year.

  7. Klaus says:

    Too bad it will still be essentially relegated to a metro car in my area. The CCS network is essentially non-existent in all directions outside of my metro area.

    However, for those that don’t care about extended travel or have a robust CCS network on their longer travel routes and don’t mind what I consider somewhat slow charge times, it could be a good fit

    1. Ziv says:

      I live in the DC area and for me, a decent CCS network would be just 5 chargers, all around 120 miles from DC on I-66, I-495 north, I-495 south, I-70 and Rte 50 east.
      My comment is kind of meant in jest, but there is a shred of truth to it as well. We don’t need 120,000 chargers to replace the 120,000 gas stations that are out there for gassers. 1,000 strategically placed CCS chargers would be a very good start. Unfortunately, most CCS chargers now in place are at Nissan dealers or at shopping centers that aren’t conveniently located near the interstate system. For the next several years, getting off the beaten path will still be harder to do in a BEV.

      1. Tom says:

        Maryland is in the process of placing combo CCS and CHAdeMO charger units alongside all Maryland interstates spaced every 50 miles or so (except for the western mountains). The string of chargers can get a Leaf, Spark or anything else from Baltimore to Ocean City, DC to Delaware or up Rt 70 to Pennsylvania. Half are ready now and the balance should be done this year.

        1. Ziv says:

          I didn’t know that, Tom. I have family and friends in Bel Air, Whiteford and Reiesterstown, so I am up there fairly frequently in my Volt. Given the Volts pokey 3.3 kW charge rate, I generally burn gas every time I go up there.
          Other than the charger in Joppa, I haven’t seen much in the way of fast chargers on I-95, but I haven’t been looking too close, yet.

  8. Anthony says:

    Has the 200 mile range at $37,500 been confirmed by GM?

    There are a couple other websites out there peddling the rumor of a $37,500 base model Bolt that “only” gets around 120 miles of range, with the full 200+ mile range costing extra.

    I’m not trying to stir the pot, but I’ve seen it three times so far this year, and I would be quite happy if it could be put to bed for good.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Anthony,

        I think I know what you are driving at in regards to a lesser trim model stories, and there is/will be no optional battery choices – ie) the 60 kWh pack is it

    1. Raymondjram says:

      GM will sell you 200 miles of range in the Bolt EV. But the test engineers did get out more. GM underpromises but over delivers. TM is the opposite.

  9. Model S says:

    Total dork mobile

    No style… no thanks!

    1. Texas FFE says:

      Why don’t climb back up your ivory tower and continue your staring down at us unwashed masses?

      1. BraveLilToaster says:

        I think he just did that in his post, actually. Don’t encourage him.

    2. Open-Mind says:

      “Total dork mobile”

      Easy solution for that. You paint it orange, put 01 decals on the doors, and a big Dixie Democrat battle-flag decal on the roof. Makes every car look good. 🙂

  10. Texas FFE says:

    Well we have the answer to the frunk question, the Bolt doesn’t have one. Comparing the Bolt to Somic again, the Bolt looks like the body was pushed rearward over the wheelbase, this would increase cargo capacity in the rear but leave little room in the motor compartment. This makes sense because electric motors are smaller and the extra room up front is not needed.

    I still think this is a really impressive EV. Not only does it have the biggest non-Tesla battery and DCFC but it also has the biggest non-Tesla EV motor. The lines of the Bolt are kind of minivan-ish but I kind of like the lines.

    1. EV Driver says:

      I agree the the lines of the Bolt are minivan-ish, but not bad. It is really the Chevy details that sink the design unfortunately. The heavy use of weird patterns and random black plastic, the asymmetrical two-tone of the interior.

      It is definitely great that Chevy is bringing a real competitor to the BEV market, I just hope automakers with more taste enter the foray soon.

      1. JakeY says:

        I think GM is trying to throw in some of the Volt and i3 styling into the car. It makes the car into a more of a “love it or hate it” styling choice.

        1. Anon says:

          Don’t forget that “Malibu-esque” front end they went for, over the cool prototype they originally showed. 😛

        2. Alpha777 says:

          I wish they’d have stolen the i3 Real Independent Suspension.

          Otherwise, it’s ok.

  11. David Murray says:

    I don’t get all of the hate. I think this will be a fantastic vehicle. I think it looks great and will probably sell well. However, that being said, I think I’d prefer the new Volt. Granted, I haven’t seen the Model-III but I think the Volt is the most exiting plug-in car on the market for less than $40,000.

    In fact, I think GM has become extremely competitive in the EV market. The Volt is obviously the most compelling PHEV on the market. Nobody comes close to the range except for the BMW i3 Rex, which has other compromises. The Bolt EV is similarly in a league all it’s own. I don’t think any other manufacturers will be able to touch it on range.

    That being said, I’m not really sure 200 miles is that necessary. It certainly sounds good. I think 150 miles would be just as good. After all, I doubt anyone would be going more than 150 miles unless they were taking an out of town road-trip. And with the current state of CCS charging infrastructure, an extra 50 miles of range isn’t going to make much difference. 150 miles, heck even 125 is more than enough for a city car.

    1. Mike says:

      The beauty of passing the 200 mile marker is that now everyone has to meet that target if they want a legitimate shot at success in the EV space Kudos to GM for that

      Now the real question will be whether the Model 3 delivers (pun intended). If the CW is correct, it will be a mid-size sport touring car with 200 mile range and a nearly 10% lower cost. It is hard to imagine the sub-compact Bolt will sell particularly well at a 2,500$ premium.

    2. wavelet says:

      That’s just the point — a 200mi car _isn’t_ just a city/suburb car any more.

      ~200mi is enough for 3-4 hours of highway driving, which is when most people (and certainly all families) are going to be taking a break anyway (meal / / snack / bathroom / stretching). If it’s a meal break, it’s the opportunity for a long DCQC session — 50kW could charge most of the battery. If it’s a shorter break, it can give a short boost.

      And 125mi or 150mi is under good conditions… You want some extra for a fully loaded vehicle and/or cold weather, or having a charger at your destination unexpectedly out of order… Or to have some spare capacity for battery degradation after a few years.

    3. fotomoto says:

      “That being said, I’m not really sure 200 miles is that necessary. It certainly sounds good. I think 150 miles would be just as good. After all, I doubt anyone would be going more than 150 miles unless they were taking an out of town road-trip”

      My wife has a 100+ mile daily commute at 75+mph in strong winds and would crank the heat and a/c to be comfy. Do you really think a 150 mile EPA rated BEV would work for her? Even a 200 miler would be cutting it close and then she’d need max level II charge time each night.

      1. Ziv says:

        80% of American commuters drive less than 40 miles a day, so someone driving 100+ miles a day is so far out of the norm that the big automakers aren’t going to design cars to suit people that drive that much more than normal. Expecting the Bolt to work for someone that drives 500+ miles a week/25,000+ miles a year isn’t realistic.
        If I drove 100+ miles a day and couldn’t plug in at work, I would probably get a Malibu hybrid now.

    4. Terawatt says:

      I couldn’t disagree more profoundly. 200 miles is really much better than 150. You have to remember that although the EPA range isn’t pure fantasy like NEDC, it’s not a worst-case range either. High speeds, cold weather or snowy roads reduce range significantly. So a 200 mile rated range will effectively guarantee a minimum range, for those of us who get more difficult conditions now and then, of perhaps 130 miles.

      But I don’t look at this as a city car. Just a car.

    5. jelloslug says:

      I think it’s a great effort by GM but they only are interested in the car part of the equation. Tesla understands that and put their money where their mouth is with the supercharging network.

    6. kdawg says:

      150 wouldn’t be enough for me to go full BEV. Even 200 is cutting it close in some of my trips. What 200 miles allows you to do is open up the radius to say 85 miles, and leave some buffer. There’s no guarantee you will find a place to charge at your destination or if you will have enough time to charge.

      1. kdawg says:

        I forgot to mention, it gets to -20 in Michigan, so range can really go down quick.

        1. Raymondjram says:

          Add a propage gas burner ahead of the battery coolant radiator. The battery will reach higher temperatures for the cost of a gas of propane.

    7. Jeff Songster says:

      Agree about 125 to 200 miles being adequate for some… having driven 85 mile LEAFs for 2 years now and having to put only about $200 worth of gas over those 2 years for the few trips I needed any for. I am very pleased to see this new BOLT about to drive the market forward… in a week we get to see the Model III so… gonna be fun.

    8. Bill Howland says:

      Agree 100% David.

      It may be a “DorkMobile”, but it is very practical, what with 56 cuft of storage. Plus nice flat floors in the back, decent pickup, and over 200 miles ev range.

      A not too shabby 32 amp charger plus an optional ccs port. Why must the ‘intelligensia’ here always complain about every little thing? It could have had less range. It could have had a 15 amp charger. Instead it has a very good standard charger (there’s only one place in East Syracuse where I could plug in anything faster, and I’m in Buffalo)., plus fast charging, and people still bitch.

      The fact remains when this car is first sold, there will be NOTHING ELSE like it on the market. Well done GM.

  12. CDAVIS says:

    I’m a huge Chevy Volt fan and like what Chevy is doing with the Bolt…

    But please someone explain to me why someone would purchase a Chevy Bolt (sans supercharger network) instead of a Tesla Model 3 (with supercharger network) assuming both cars are priced about the same and have about the same battery range?

    You will be able to drive the Bolt on a full charge ~90 miles from home (less if it’s cold and/or driving fast) before having to turn back for a home recharge while the Model 3 you will be able to drive from NY to LA.

    1. fotomoto says:

      “But please someone explain to me why someone would purchase a Chevy Bolt (sans supercharger network) instead of a Tesla Model 3 (with supercharger network) assuming both cars are priced about the same and have about the same battery range?”

      A 200 mile EPA rated BEV will have about 120-140ish miles highway (75mph with heavy HVAC use). Do you really want to stop for a charge that often. Are superchargers that close? Come on folks.

      1. CDAVIS says:

        @phtomoto said: “A 200 mile EPA rated BEV will have about 120-140ish miles highway (75mph with heavy HVAC use). Do you really want to stop for a charge that often. Are superchargers that close? Come on folks.
        ——-

        @photomoto,
        Let’s say you live in Miami FL and want to take the wife & kids to Disney World Orlando FL for the weekend which is ~230 miles each way:

        For Bolt:
        Sorry kids…no Disney World for you.

        For Model 3:
        Pack up kids we going to Disney World. One Tesla Supercharger stop at halfway point going (perhaps eat lunch at nearby restaurant while charging) then same on way back home.

        Regarding “are [Tesla] Superchargers that close?

        Yes…and increasingly more so each day:
        https://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger

        The majority of Tesla Model S & Model X owners place a VERY HIGH value on the availalbe Tesla Supercharger network and I think the same will be true for Model 3 owners when that car comes out.

    2. Klaus says:

      Agreed. The SC network would allow me to take trips outside the Denver metro area heading North, South, East, or West.

      With the SC network I can take the model 3 to National Parks around Wyoming, Utah, Montana, go hit the resorts all around Colorado, visit friends in Arizona and even go back to visit my favorite places around Chicago.

      With the Bolt, most of that is literally impossible and the one trip it could do (Summit County ski destinations) there are zero CCS chargers, so it would need to be level 2 charging to get back home.

      The Bolt may end up being better than the model 3 in some ways, who knows. But in charging speed and range/travel flexibility it will be worse.

    3. Bone says:

      Depends where you live. There are many CCS stations on the routes I drive, but no superchargers. I woudn’t buy a BEV without CCS.

      1. CDAVIS says:

        @Bone,
        Tesla now has a CHAdeMO-to-Tesla Adapter; would not be surprised if Tesla does same for CCS.

      2. jelloslug says:

        If the routes you drive don’t require a charging stop, the lack of Superchargers is irrelevant. Superchargers are located on typical long distance routes, not commuting routes.

    4. Speculawyer says:

      Because the Chevy Bolt will be available soon whereas the Model 3 has to wait.

      That’s all I got.

      1. CDAVIS says:

        … Yup…Bolt will need more cowbell post Model 3 launch.

        1. Raymondjram says:

          Wait! is the Model 3 a real car? Today it isn’t. The Bolt is real since Jan 2015.

    5. theflew says:

      One reason to buy a Bolt over a Model 3 is availability. The Bolt will be available at least a year before the Model. And for the general population potentially a lot longer. When GM says they can build X number of vehicles they mean within a month or two they can be up to full capacity. Do you think Tesla will be building M3’s on their production line this time next year? Also the out the door price. Given Tesla’s cell cost might not be less than GM’s it will be impossible for Tesla to provide “more car” for less money.

      Second most people don’t drive cross country with their car.

      Third building a charging network isn’t difficult and GM has the money to either build or more likely invest in an existing CCS network. I wonder if they are waiting to see what happens to VW and the emissions scandal. Maybe they (VW) will have to fund some charging infrastructure. GM could wait a day before the Bolts launch to announce any charging infrastructure news. They have the advantage right now. Nothing would be gained announcing it now. It’s not like you’ll be able to buy a Leaf 2, M3 or any other greater than 200 mile EV under $40k before the Bolt.

      1. CDAVIS says:

        @theflew,
        I agree with all that…but even though it may be true that as you say “most people don’t drive cross country with their car” it is also true that most people do occasionally drive cross state…further than 90 miles away from their home.

        It seems that GM has run the calculus about charging infrastructure and have determined that it’s not a space they need directly be in…taking a position that other operators that specialize in that space will eventually build-out that infrastructure same as currently done with gas stations. It’s not necessarily the wrong long term approach (vs. the Tesla build it today ourselves approach) but in the near term (next 5-10 years) Chevy will be leaving in the hands of others the timing of providing a critical component that will determine if the Bolt is a practical “only car” vs. a ” just for banging around town car”.

      2. Steven says:

        “Second most people don’t drive cross country with their car.”

        Small nit: yes, in fact we do. I pull a camper. No I don’t expect EVs to approach that utility in my lifetime (20 years or so left). But EVs can’t haul lumber or all the other stuff I do, which is why I keep a gas truck and probably always will.

        Will I cross the country in an EV? You betcha. I have grandkids 700 miles north and relatives 300 miles south.

        1. theflew says:

          I have no doubt there are people that drive cross country. I drove from Ohio to Florida to take the kids to Universal Studios and to Atlanta for a reunion with family last Thanksgiving. At no point would I have wanted to drive an EV on that trip and add further constraints on the trip. So yes, people do drive cross country, but why not start with a car that satisfies the 80% versus focusing on the 20%?

        2. ffbj says:

          For a split second I read it like this:
          “I have grandkids, 700, miles north”…HaHa.

    6. Steven says:

      “But please someone explain to me why someone would purchase a Chevy Bolt (sans supercharger network) instead of a Tesla Model 3 (with supercharger network) assuming both cars are priced about the same and have about the same battery range?”

      Because Bolt is here at the end of this year, and Telsa is 2-3 years out.

      I have room for two cars, one for me and one for my wife. Currently I lease both, but the Leaf is going out of lease shortly. So I’ll be on the waiting list for a Tesla and leasing A bolt.

      If in 2-3 years the Tesla looks good and all other things being equal, I’ll put in for #2 Tesla to replace my Wife’s car coming off lease.

      1. Raymondjram says:

        I bet you will keep the Bolt and drop the Model 3.

    7. Ambulator says:

      “But please someone explain to me why someone would purchase a Chevy Bolt (sans supercharger network) instead of a Tesla Model 3 (with supercharger network) assuming both cars are priced about the same and have about the same battery range?”

      Availability, as already mentioned, but also passenger space and different preferences in the front wheel drive or rear wheel drive dichotomy.

      I’ve also discovered I prefer ‘drive’ over ‘low’ in the Volt, and Tesla so far does not offer brakes with regeneration. Having to control regeneration with the accelerator is unpleasant.

    8. kdawg says:

      “But please someone explain to me why someone would purchase a Chevy Bolt (sans supercharger network) instead of a Tesla Model 3 (with supercharger network) assuming both cars are priced about the same and have about the same battery range?”
      ———–
      In addition to what others have said, I also have concerns about the reliability of Tesla’s cars. And where to get them serviced, and the price of servicing once out of warranty. I also am not a fan of the nose-cone on the Model S or its interior. So really the only thing the Model 3 has going for it, in my book, is the range, price, and SC network.

    9. ModernMarvelFan says:

      “assuming both cars are priced about the same and have about the same battery range?”

      That is where I have my doubts that Model 3 would be that cheap with similar equipment…

  13. Goodbyegascar says:

    I am psyched about the new Chevy Bolt! I love the specs: same dimensions as a second generation Scion XB, but with 200 horsepower and 200 miles of range. Just awesome. The Chevy Bolt will be a very practical and fun car to own, I am sure.

    As a fanman, I also give Tesla a respectful tip of the hat for coaxing GM into getting serious about EVs.

    1. Speculawyer says:

      Indeed. Only GM has been wise enough to keep up with the EV revolution. I wouldn’t be surprised if Fiat/Chrysler goes under.

      Between cheaper batteries, climate change regulations, and eventual oil depletion, the ICE’s days are numbered.

      1. ffbj says:

        Don’t forget VW. They are in a ‘Big Stink’ of their own creation.

  14. wavelet says:

    This video hints at aggressive marketing… Hopefully GM will follow through when it actually goes on sale — and manages to make their dealers get with the program.

  15. Get Real says:

    That would be a real change for GM after they failed to do anything even remotely effective in marketing with the Volt Gen 1.

    1. theflew says:

      I understand GM not pushing the Gen 1 Volt. The climate was very different when the Gen 1 Volt was released especially politically and the Volt was the poster child. Having it front and center would have just been fuel on the fire. By working on it behind the scenes (Gen 2) it allowed the Volt to survive.

  16. Speculawyer says:

    This is a GREAT thing. I hope many people buy the Chevy Bolt. Looks like a great car.

    I confess, I am more interested in the Model 3 but I am one of these people that sits around and reads EV sites and realizes the Model 3 will be much better for long distance travel. But that said, the Chevy Bolt will be a GREAT car for 97% of driving.

    1. Sveno says:

      +1 but

      here in Europe Ampera-e is doomed. So M3 is the only option besides a cheaper MS.

      1. Sveno says:

        I completely forgot about Leaf 2. So there is hope after all.

  17. tosho says:

    Now it’s Tesla’s turn to release a video of their supercharger network and make GM and all other EV manufacturers cry 😀

  18. Steven says:

    Still no real charging details.

    I’m going to be in the signup for the for Tesla, for purchase. I have room for two EVs. The Bolt decision is simple:

    50KW fast charge = lease
    100KW fast charge = buy

    Even one demonstration station for 100kW charging would be enough to move from “lease” to “buy”.

    The reason is simple: Double the range needs double the charging speed to be practical. Without that, its a placemark car.

    1. HVACman says:

      If the FCDC rate is your primary decision-making factor, you might as well plan on a deposit for a Model 3. Josh Tavel, Bolt Chief Engineer, said in an interview that the Bolt battery and charging hardware had been “validated” (proven technically-OK) for up to 60 kW, but exactly what it would be rated for in the retail configuration had not been determined.

      It is likely that at the 60 kWh battery size and #30K net mass-market price-point, we won’t see 100 KW-rated FCDC from ANY manufacturer in the next few years. It would be extremely challenging to technically-validate that pack or charger at a 100 kW charging rate.

  19. Looling at the Bolt, and comparing it with GM’s last (First?) EV, the EV1, I see a few interesting things:
    -The Bolt seats at least 2 more people,
    -The Bolt will likely be Sold, as well as leased,
    -The Bolt will (eventually) be sold in all the States And in Canada (and Europe too, as the Ampera),
    -The best range on the NiMH EV1 was about 140 or so miles, (I think a copy from then with a new Li-Ion pack could do over 200 miles today, though!)
    -You won’t need to be a Celebrity to be allowed to buy the Bolt,
    -They probably won’t have comercials with Toasters running out onto the street to see the new ‘Affordable 200 mile range EV’ – like they did for the EV1!

    All that sad, I believe thw Bolt should be better than the EV1, and it will be interesting to see how the sales of it compare to their own Volt!

    As to comparing it to the coming Model 3 from Tesla, well we will have to wait a bit over a week for that, but maybe by year end, we will see some traction on better placement and more of the CCS Charging Stations! If not, and if Tesla stays on track with their 2016 Supercharger plans, the viability, or usability of the Bolt for longer drives will be stunted!

    As Tesla is moving into Mexico for sales, I would expect an update of the Supercharger expansion plans taking them into 2017 or even 2018 to be published within a few months, if not on Reveal Day! (Tesla mentions the Reservation Deposit for the Model 3 in Mexico, so I expext Superchargers will also be planned for there!)

    1. wavelet says:

      It’s not really fair to compare the EV1 to anything else.
      It was a test program so GM could learn about EVs; correspondingly, it was made in small numbers, leased only, 2-seater so not usable for families although it had decent range in the NiMH version.
      It was never designed to be a full-on production car.

  20. HVACman says:

    This “teaser” video was a rocket – a direct shot across Tesla’s bow. Tesla’s “big” Model 3 reveal is scheduled in just over a week. What will they reveal? Very likely, smoke-and-mirrors will be all they have Here’s GM’s own reveal that says – “Hey, Tesla, while you’re waving smoke-and-mirrors to desperately get dreamers to buy into your fantasy of Model 3 deliveries before 2018, we’re already in PRE-PRODUCTION.

    In the auto industry, pre-production speaks volumes. Pre-production is the final assembly-line validation before going to full production. It says, in no uncertain terms, GM is on-schedule. The $30K retail-sale 200-mile EV game clock starts in late 2016 and GM will be at the starting line, ready to rock. Tesla won’t even be in the stadium, but they will have a nice brochure and video available on-line.

    1. ffbj says:

      Hardly. Tesla is not really concerned about the Bolt. In fact the more mainstream ev’s available just cements and gives credence to Tesla’s original vision.
      Btw it’s a shot across the bow.

    2. Jeff Songster says:

      Provided that GM management actually made the quality choices enough that we don’t see quality problems like they have had in the past. The only car I ever had bought back was a GM that had computer issues. SO… that said I really hope it is great.

  21. Forever Green says:

    Is this Toyota Prius the “mechanical Marvel” that is spoken of in an earlier article? This thing has 22 all electric miles. This is a big disappointment!

  22. CopperRoad says:

    Since the EPA ‘Emission & Fuel Economy’ test data is performed on pre-production vehicles, how long do you think GM will hold onto to the range results before releasing them?

    1. Jeff Songster says:

      I just sincerely hope they actually deliver the miles… It’ll be quite a nice car if they do.

  23. Nix says:

    As far as the Bolt vs. Model 3 debate, it seems pretty simple. Lease a Bolt this fall for 2 years, and by the time your lease is over your Model 3 reservation will probably be ready.

  24. Richardd962 says:

    I know 1 thing it’s that the bolt is on my short list a my next car.
    The model 3 is not on it, a cheap tesla will receive what kind of service with tesla lack of quality.
    A leaf, not as long as they have a reliable battery.

  25. Richard1945 says:

    200+ miles or over 300km is the tipping point for me where things are getting real interesting. At that range there comes a huge advantage; that being battery life and charge cycles. Expensive $5000 + to replace Lithium-ion batteries have around 1500 charge-discharge cycles. You have to recharge your 85mile Leaf every night for the mindset-comfort of daily range security, or your 200+ mile Bolt maybe every third or even fourth night…so do the math. You will probably be replacing your Leaf’s battery in 5 years, or your Bolt’s in 12 to 14 years, a big difference. As a grocery getter and urban commuter vehicle the Bolt wins hands down and it might even be OK for those weekend family trips to cottage country.