General Motors Chief Engineer Electrified Vehicles Pam Fletcher recharges a Chevrolet Spark EV at the DC Fast Charger at Fashion Valley Mall Saturday, September 28, 2013 in San Diego, California. The SAE International DC “Combo” Fast Charge station was the first public installation of an industry-coordinated standard in the U.S. for fast charging of plug-in electric vehicles. (Photo by Stan Liu for Chevrolet)
The Chevrolet Bolt EV project is lead by Pamela Fletcher - General Motors' Chief Engineer of Electrified Vehicles.
Inhabitat recently interviewed Pamela Fletcher and received a few interesting answers.
As it turns out, the Bolt EV is the fruit of more than 1,000 engineers and designers from around the globe.
"How did we get here? Many think our size is a disadvantage – that GM’s size is too big and not agile enough to develop a product like the Bolt EV. But without GM’s scale we would never have been able to build it and here’s why. It all starts with the people, and people is something GM has in abundance."
Most of the vital components for the Bolt EV come from LG - from batteries, to motor, power electronics, on-board charger, instrument cluster, infotainment system and more (see details).
Chevrolet Bolt Interior
GM needed to break with its “not invented here” attitude.
"We needed to bring together people who were not afraid to try new things. That’s why our team is populated with people who have a diverse set of experiences."
"Collaboration was also super important: A “not invented here” and silo mentality had no place on the Bolt EV development team. Collaboration was key, internally and externally, if we were to meet timing and the business case so that we could put the Bolt EV into production later this year."
Among challenges Pamela Fletcher mentioned was cooperation between two teams - one in Detroit and the second in Seoul, South Korea and two languages - "conference calls and WebEx sessions" were helpful. Well, they are already veterans after the Spark EV.
Another note is that the Chevrolet Bolt EV is to be future proof by implementing car-sharing capability and mobile connectivity.
Chevrolet Bolt EV