Chevrolet Bolt Rear Hatch
General Motors Spokesman Fred Ligouri assured that Tesla Model 3 pre-orders do not worry Chevrolet, and that the company will surely not follow suit. He said:
2017 Chevrolet Bolt Interior
"We don't need to begin building our products. We haven't taken any. We don't need to to begin building our products. We're really excited to offer it when it goes into retail production at the end of this year to those that have expressed interest and we'll work through our great network of dealerships to get them to customers."
The Bolt will be delivered this year in late Fall, a year or more ahead of the first Model 3. GM already has verified interested customers and is working on marketing. No reports have been released by GM with any actual numbers of interested individuals though.
GM's Kevin Kelly explained that the interest in Tesla's Model 3 can pull along all EVs:
"Any interest you see from people in this type of technology, it helps everybody. We are very excited to see high demand for the technology in a vehicle like this and I think it will bode well for the Bolt EV."
Both the Model 3 and the Bolt EV will boast 200+ mile range and base vehicles will be priced around $35,000. The companies have surely been at odds about the "correct" way to sell their vehicles. It will be interesting to see how everything rolls out.