GM CEO Promises Increased Chevy Bolt Production, Charging Network Support
GM CEO Mary Barra has spoken. The Chevrolet Bolt is certainly not a compliance car and she vows to prove that in the near future.
Barra spoke at a recent energy conference in Houston, sharing that the automaker is pushing for expansion of the federal EV tax credit with plans to ramp up production of the Bolt EV. GM has sold nearly 170,000 credit-worthy vehicles thus far, so time is running out for people to take advantage of the tax incentive. Barra is also encouraging the energy industry to get onboard and help GM boost the existing network of 17,000 public charging stations nationwide. She shared:
“The good news is that our generation has the ambition, the talent and the technology to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.
As more and more people recognize that we have the right range, understand that we have a charging infrastructure so they don’t think you’re going to be stranded, I think you’re going to see EV adoption continue.”
Barra also believes that there should be one nationwide set of fuel economy requirements. This would be in opposition to the current situation in which California and other CARB states have separate policies. She continued:
“What we do support in that review is the need for the government to have one set of requirements, with California part of that process. One common standard allows us to advance innovation for our customers today and tomorrow.”
According to the CEO, GM will accelerate Bolt production at its Orion, Michigan plant. Last year the automaker delivered 23,297 copies of the 238-mile compact hatchback in the U.S. There was no official indication of the level of ramp up, but as we recently reported, Chevrolet is now making a two-seat fleet version (Bolt Incomplete) of the vehicle, which should surely dial up deliveries.
This is all part of an effort that GM previously announced, with plans for 20 new electric vehicles by 2023 and at least two inside of the next year or so. Watch CNBC’s video with Barra below: