Chevrolet Bolt “Incomplete” Without Rear Seats In The Works

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Chevrolet Bolt Shows Off Its Large Cargo Area

Chevrolet Bolt Shows Off Its Large Cargo Area

The Chevrolet Bolt will join the ranks of several other GM “incomplete” fleet vehicles, to become the first that’s purely electric, compact, and highly efficient.

Perhaps this car will cause Bite Squad to change its recent Model 3 order. The green food delivery company could likely secure a fleet of “incomplete” Bolts a whole lot faster than it might take to get ahold of multiple Model 3s. But, we digress …

MORE INFORMATION: Tesla Model 3 To Become A Green Food Delivery Machine

According to NHTSA documents, the automaker will soon build the Chevrolet Bolt Incomplete, meaning it won’t have rear seats, among other “deletes.” GM makes many vehicles in such configurations for multiple purposes. A GM rep told Jalopnik:

Chevrolet Bolt Incomplete cargo hold

Here’s a picture of what the Bolt Incomplete cargo may look like. (Hat tip to Wade Tyhon!) – Image Credit: General Motors Fleet

“This is a new way for fleet customers to leverage the Bolt EV’s incredible range.” 

The Bolt already boasts a pretty impressive cargo hold, and without rear seats, it will be unmatched for a vehicle of its size and electric range. Keep in mind that the car will also be lighter, which means it will be capable of hauling more and it will have more range (until it’s filled with cargo, of course). To top it off, you can be pretty sure it will cost less than a “complete” Bolt (one would sure hope so).

Obviously, this won’t take the place of the typical vans and trucks used for fleets, but, as noted above, it could be used for local food delivery and the like. The new Bolt Incomplete will be manufactured alongside other 2018 Chevrolet Bolt models at GM’s Orion plant, north of Detroit.

According to General Motors Fleet website:

ALL-NEW CARGO OPTION

Upfit the Bolt EV to fit your fleet’s demands with a new cargo option that can help you haul more of what you need. Manufactured as an incomplete vehicle, the cargo option deletes the following components:

  • Rear seat, upper and lowe
  • Rear carpeting
  • Rear seat side airbags and airbag trim
  • 120V Charge Cord
  • Rear Package Shelf
  • 17” alloy wheels (for 16” steel wheels)

This option requires a rear cargo upfit through an approved upfitter. Specialty Vehicle Manufacturers currently slated to ship-thru and upfit this option include Adrian Steel and Knapheide.

Jalopnik provided an update via the folks over at ChevyBolt.org in the form of a fleet order guide posted on GM Global Connect. It’s shown in its entirety below:

Distribution Updates

Updates for Bolt EV

Week of 3/5/2018

Effective 3/5/2018, the following changes will be made to the Vehicle Order Guide:

  • Interior section-(K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package, added “DOES NOT GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL MARCH 10, 2018.” to the beginning of footnote 1.

Week of 2/26/2018

Effective 2/26/2018, the following changes will be made to the Vehicle Order Guide:

  • Exterior section-Added (PWM) Wheels, 16″ (40.6 cm) steel. It is “A1” on 2LT with a footnote 1 that reads “Included and only available with (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package.”
  • SEO/Ship Thru section-Added this section and added (WL5) Ship Thru, Produced in Orion, MI and shipped to Knapheide Truck Equipment, Flint, MI. Returned to Orion, MI for shipping to final destination. (Dealer Invoice = $350.00). It is “A1” on 2LT with a footnote 1 that reads “Requires (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package and a Fleet order type only.”

Week of 2/26/2018

Effective 2/26/2018, the following changes will be made to the Vehicle Order Guide:

  • Interior section-Deleted Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger.
  • Interior section-Deleted Air bags, thorax side-impact seat-mounted, side-front outboard seating positions.
  • Interior section-Deleted Air bags, thorax side-impact seat-mounted, side-rear outboard seating positions.
  • Interior section-Deleted Air bags, head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions.
  • Interior section-Deleted Air bags, knee, driver and front passenger.
  • Interior section-Deleted (AL0) Passenger Sensing System.
  • Interior section-Added (AYF) Air bags, driver and front passenger dual-stage frontal, includes Passenger Sensing System; head-curtain side-impact and thorax side-impact seat-mounted for front and rear outboard seating positions; driver and front passenger knee. It is “S1” on 2LT with a footnote 1 that reads “Deleted when (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package is ordered, replaced with (AYG) air bags. Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.” Also, it is “S2” on 2LZ with a footnote 2 that reads “Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.”
  • Interior section-Added (AYG) Air bags, driver and front passenger dual-stage frontal, includes Passenger Sensing System; head-curtain side-impact and thorax side-impact seat-mounted for front outboard seating positions; driver and front passenger knee. It is “A1” on 2LT with a footnote 1 that reads “Included and only available with (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package. Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.”
  • Interior section-Added (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package, includes (ATZ) rear seat delete, (AYG) driver and front passenger dual-stage frontal, includes Passenger Sensing System; head-curtain side-impact and thorax side-impact seat-mounted for front outboard seating positions; driver and front passenger knee airbags, (KTI) tire inflation kit, (PWM) 16″ steel wheels, (Q1N) 205/55R16 all-season blackwall tires and (VXT) incomplete vehicle. It is “A1” on 2LT with a footnote 1 that reads “Requires a Fleet or Government order type and (WL5) Ship Thru, Produced in Orion, MI and shipped to Knapheide Truck Equipment, Flint, MI. Returned to Orion, MI for shipping to final destination. Deletes (B33) rear floor mats, (AYF) air bags (replaced with AYG air bags) and (A64) rear 60/40 split-folding seat. Not available with (GK8) rear cargo double floor storage, (WPU) Comfort and Convenience Package or (WPR) Driver Confidence Package.”
  • Interior section-(B33) Floor mats, carpeted rear, added a footnote 1 to 2LT that reads “Deleted when (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package is ordered.”
  • Interior section-Added (VXT) Incomplete vehicle. It is “A1” on 2LT with a footnote 1 that reads “Included and only available with (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package.”
  • Interior section-Added (ATZ) Seat delete, rear. It is “A1” on 2LT with a footnote 1 that reads “Included and only available with (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package.”
  • Interior section-(A64) Seat, rear 60/40 split-folding, added a footnote 1 to 2LT that reads “Deleted when (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package is ordered.”
  • Exterior section-Added (KTI) Tire inflation kit. It is “A1” on 2LT with a footnote 1 that reads “Included and only available with (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package.”
  • Exterior section-Added (Q1N) Tires, 205/55R16 all-season blackwall. It is “A1” on 2LT with a footnote 1 that reads “Included and only available with (K1T) Rear Seat Delete Package.”
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Sources: Jalopnik, GM Global Connect, General Motors Fleet

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51 Comments on "Chevrolet Bolt “Incomplete” Without Rear Seats In The Works"

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God/Bacardi

They fixed the Bolt’s chief complaint, that most find the front seats uncomfortable, by removing the rear seats, aka the most comfortable seats in the Bolt EVs…Now GM can say the front seats are the most comfortable seats in the Bolt EV…Makes perfect sense in GM’s world…

Gasbag

I think that chair in the first pic would take the prize as most comfortable seat in a Bolt. Even so I’ll be looking to buy one this summer.

WadeTyhon

The seat in the back is GM’s Rear Facing Seat options. See? It can be a 7-seater just like the Model S! 🙂

Viking79

The rear seat is really uncomfortable, front seat is fine. For me anyway 😉

The rear doesn’t have enough headroom and if I recall the bench isn’t deep enough.

Eric Cote

Really? I found all seats – front and back – to have plenty of room for feet and head, in the Bolt.

And the seat comfort issues for the front are definitely overblown. It’s a preferences thing for sure.

Robb Stark

This is not a good sign for Bolt demand.

Will Avis and Enterprise have Bolts for $19.99 per day soon enough?

bro1999

These are FLEET ORDER only customized Bolts for commercial use. Joe Schmoe like you and me won’t be able to buy one of these.

If anything, this shows GM is intent on producing MORE Bolts, as this rear seat deleted Bolt would be perfect for commercial delivery operations. I bet a company like Amazon would be interested in such a vehicle for package delivery. Perhaps the USPS should take a look as well.

Mint

I certainly hope so, but there’s no sign of increased production.

Making Bolts into delivery vans is certainly a great way to increase the PR impact of the car, which is half of its purpose…

Viking79

My hunch is this is to sell enough Bolt EVs to live out its useful life. My guess is surplus production goes to fleet sales (Cruise AV and maybe these things). My hunch is future vehicles will be more volume sellers (upcoming CUV and others)

Eric Cote

Honestly, I don’t understand why USPS wouldn’t just scrap their whole mail delivery vehicle order procurement thing and buy a 100,000 of these.

wavelet

Even without the rear seats, it’s still too small. Have a look at the USPS NGDV (“Next Generation Delivery Vehicle”) tender, where they intend to buy 180000 trucks to the tune of $6B+)for their fleet; one of the 5 finalists is an EREV design.
https://www.trucks.com/2017/11/06/trucks-compete-next-usps-delivery-vehicle/

Eric Cote

True, they spec 350-400 cubic feet of cargo space. Yikes.

wavelet

Too bad MPVs never caught on in the US. My Skoda MPV is an inch longer than the Bolt and 3 inches narrower; cargo space below the parcel shelf is 480 liters vs. the Bolt’s 380.
All read seats can be folded independently (so I can carry bicycles or Ikea flatpacks with the middle seat folded, while still leaving 2 kids sitting in the back), or removed completely from the car in 2min, for 1780 liters of loadspace (63 cu.ft.)
And all that’s standard, in the cheapest trim of this cheap car.

WadeTyhon

What? The Bolt EV has been available for fleet purchase since early 2017. Basically all GM vehicles are available for fleet purchase.

Either there was a very large order placed requesting this specific build, or there was enough demand overall that GM or Knapheide felt it was worth the investment to develop and provide this option on the vehicle.

Someone out there

Apparently GM intends to increase production of the Bolt so I think there is demand for it.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/07/mary-barra-gm-ceraweek-chevy-bolt.html

Eric Cote

Dang, how’d CNBC beat InsideEVs to that? Would make a nice headline story here!

WadeTyhon

Well I think they’re a little busy with this tiny event called the ‘Geneva Auto Show’ 😉

There probably wasn’t a staff member free to attend this non-car related conference in Houston on the hopes that Mary Barra would make an announcement! lol

Seriously though, at an event in Houston, TX filled with nay saying energy executives, her positive statements about renewables and EVs really stand out as a voice of reason.

Eric Cote

Yeah I wasn’t even aware of the auto show. Also didn’t realize the production news was so recent. But there’s an article up now, so that’s good!

WadeTyhon

I think the Bolt will be perfect for small fleets, government vehicles, repairmen and delivery vehicles!

It worked great as our moving van this past winter when we moved across town. Other than our couches and mattress, every other piece of furniture into the Bolt over the course of a few trips. Hauling food items, work equipment or amazon deliveries would be great in a Bolt.

bro1999

Could be in the very near future Bolts will be everywhere! In our driveways, delivering our packages/mail, giving us rides as self driving taxis. The future is bright. 😉

SparkEV

And then the CCS will really be unusable. Those delivery drivers will get “free charging” from their companies, and you can bet that they will plug in every chance they get even if they have 90%+ charge already.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

A couple of us went to the chargers in the morning to see where the approx charge state was for each car plugged in, Those we could see that has those flashing LED’s were all on the last LED meaning they were only topping off.
1.5hrs later they were full but still plugged in.
Charge etiquette is important.

Pisses me off man.

SparkEV

When it’s free, why bother with etiquette? And you can be sure the delivery drivers will have just as much etiquette.

dan

Let me guess…b**ching about people clogging the CCS again. Why am I not surprised, Sparky?

SparkEV

It should surprise you, because I forgot to put

Free charging SUCKS!!!

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Not many like this idea but I certainly do.

If they can make it so the rear seats can be easily removable like the Dodge Caravns rear seat’s, I may reconsider.

I like it, hate to say it but I like it.

MM

These pictures remind me how it’s crazy the rear seats in my Leaf are not removable like a Mercedes wagon or Rav4. I know there is a battery hump there but I still don’t get it, they don’t even tumble and fold forward like most cars. Is it insurance or crash testing or what?
NISSAN ! I’d pay EXTRA !

Someone out there

Why not make a proper van with the Bolt drivetrain like Nissan did with the e-NV200?

bro1999

Because making a stripped Bolt is much easier and cheaper.

wavelet

Not the same thing. An eNV-200 has the same drivetrain as a Leaf, but isn’t built on the same platform — it can carry a lot more cargo (payload is 4.2m³ / 705kg (148cu.ft. / 1550 lbs) — a Leafs payload is <1000 lbs .

It's more prosaic — I think Chevy can sell enough Bolts in the current form factor to use up all the drivetrains they can build/buy — no need to add vans or even just RHD models. That'll come in a year or two.

Viking79

Honestly? I think they have extra Bolt EVs they need to sell.

However, crash testing and validating a new platform to sell only a few a year is an expensive proposition. It is much cheaper to reuse the Bolt EV.

Someone out there

It looks to me that they don’t have enough of them, why else would they increase production?

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/07/mary-barra-gm-ceraweek-chevy-bolt.html

bro1999

Because it’s a “compliance car”. Lol

morrisg

I don’t get it. Wasn’t customer demand for the Bolt so high that GM wasn’t able to deliver enough to satisfy it? Or are they sitting on the dealer’s lots and not selling? If so, why??? Something strange is going on and I’d like to know what’s what with Bolt sales…

SparkEV

You’re confusing Bolt with Tesla 3. You’ll wait about 10 years for Tesla 3 the way things are going. But you can find Bolt on almost all dealer lots that sell them. See here for lease deals.

http://ev-vin.blogspot.com/

Bill Howland

“Wasn’t the Bolt ev capacity constrained?”.

You’re listening to what people like ZZZZZZZ call, the “Village Idiot”, say here. I can’t emphasize the next sentence enough.

Those people know nothing about what they’re talking about, and only ‘think’ they know whats going on while they are in their mommy’s basement ‘relaxing with their thoughts’.

Meanwhile here in Poor, Ev-Uninterested, Buffalo, New York – most dealerships had TWENTY copies of bolts, from fully loaded to totally stripped without even a seat heater option. They couldn’t get rid of them. It was the VOLT that was gobbled up as soon as it would arrive – probably due to THAT vehicle’s excellent HIGH EFFICIENCY during cold winter weather (eg, the cycling engine plus the constantly running cabin heater on high extracted almost all of the usable heat from the gasoline. My GEN 1 was impressive to use so little gasoline during very cold weather, and the GEN 2 is so much better than even that).

SO it is a good thing that GM is coming out with simple variants of the car, to increase sales and further improve the car’s already decent profitability.

Tom

Your comment is invalid. It doesn’t stick to the script of PHEV=bad. Plus you don’t like in a hot/arid climate.

Corvus

“decent profitability”? On a lease GM Financial makes $9,000 in interest plus the $7,500 federal government credit. Can you spell usery?

Corvus

Usury

Leptoquark

Now Chevy just needs to add a 110 outlet in the back, for the pizza delivery business to plug in its pizza warmer..

Kdawg

They did turn the Spark into the Domino’s DXP car.

http://autoweek.com/article/car-news/dominos-adds-spark-pizza-delivery

Eric Cote

+1

Kdawg

I wonder if there is any way they could turn it into a wheelchair car? Not sure if it has the height. That would be nice though, especially once autonomous cars arrive. People in wheelchairs could summon an autonomous Bolt EV, and have a lot more freedom to travel.

ffbj

Well GM wants the tax credit, for evs, extended, as they came out publicly asking that it be so.
They say they plan to increase production of the Bolt this Summer, and it would nice if the credit were extended.
That’s one wish I hope they get.

WadeTyhon

Don’t forget… Buick EV and Cadillac EV coming in less than a year too. More tax credits for GM and Tesla would be a huge deal!

GM was the first automaker to lobby to save the tax credits last year. They got the job done. I wouldn’t put it passed them to lobby for and get an extension or a hard subset date for all automakers.

ModernMarvelFan

That would be perfect delivery vehicle for Domino Pizza, US Mail, Amazon packages…etc.

Steven

A RHD version would probably be a very serviceable postal delivery vehicle.

But that would mean increasing production.

Eric Cote

On the GM Fleet site, it says this upfitting by a third party means the vehicle doesn’t come with any “GM New Vehicle Warranty”

Is that standard for this kind of incomplete configuration with third party upfitting?

Eric Cote

I think I answered my own question… Looking closer, it reads like it’s the new equipment from the upfitter not covered by the New Vehicle Warranty.

That makes sense.

Steven

Back in the ’80’s, I worked for an “Executive Transport construction company”. (we made customized vans)
The vehicles (Chevy Astro vans) came in incomplete, not even a proper driver’s seat, and went out with any one of a dozen seating configurations, carpeted walls, cabinets, tv’s, etc.

The point being, only the parts that it came to us with were covered by the manufacturers warrantee, we covered everything we installed.