Chevrolet Resolves Technical Issues With Bolt, But Commercial Issues Remain
According to Financial Times, General Motors has “pretty much resolved” the technical challenges of producing its groundbreaking Bolt electric car,but Mark Reuess, GM’s head of product development, says that “commercial issues” remain to be resolved.
Here’s Reuss’ comment on the technical issues:
“We’ve pretty much resolved most of them. We know how to do it. We’re doing it and evaluating it.”
Could his words be more vague? We guess that the most challenging technical issue would be fitting 200 miles worth of battery into such a compact car, but what are these unresolved commercial issues? Price? Marketing? We’re not sure and the Financial Times article provides no indication as to what the commercial issues might be. However, there are some additional technical comments from Pam Fletcher, GM’s executive chief engineer for electrified vehicles:
Ms Fletcher said GM had the “right proposition” for the battery. “We’re moving forward with that proposition,” she said.
Ms Fletcher, meanwhile, stressed that the issues with designing the Bolt went beyond the challenges of producing a suitable battery and reducing the vehicle’s weight. Much of the work was going into reducing air drag on the vehicle.
“Mass is important,” Ms Fletcher said. “Aerodynamics are an even bigger lever in vehicle efficiency.”
Source: Financial Times