Pamela Fletcher: Chevrolet “Bolts Rolling Off The Assembly Line Today”

SEP 12 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 59

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.

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.

Woz With His Future Chevrolet Bolt

Woz With His Future Chevrolet Bolt

At the Citi Global Technology Conference in New York last week, Pamela Fletcher, executive chief engineer for electric vehicles at General Motors, was on hand to provide information and field questions related to the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt.

Fletcher once again confirmed that General Motors was on track to begin retail sales of 2017 Chevy Bolt later this year:

“We’re living up to our commitment to bring the Bolt to life by the end of the year.”

Fletcher stated:

“We have Bolts rolling off the assembly line today, with retail production on track for the end of the year.”

We assume these are validation cars that are coming down the lines, but that’s been the case for awhile now, so the switch to production cars will happen soon.  We recently caught a production-intent Bolt EV out driving in the streets of San Francisco with manufacture plates.

In regards to how quickly GM moved the Bolt from concept (2015) to real-deal, Fletcher stated:

“It’s a bit gut-wrenching, but it’s exciting and it’s here.”

Production-Intent Chevrolet Bolt EV Spotted In San Francisco (InsideEVs/Sean F)

Production-Intent Chevrolet Bolt EV Spotted In San Francisco (InsideEVs/Sean F)

Fletcher then turned her attention to ride-sharing and ride-hailing, as they relate to the Bolt. Fletcher stated:

“It’s (a) perfect cocoon to go about town in, so we really think that this is the right recipe, not only for the consumer but also ride-sharing.”

“A flat floor, as opposed to sills with a step-over in a traditional vehicle, make it easier to get in and out of, too, so it is good for running errands.”

In regards to autonomous driving, Fletcher commented:

“The Bolt plays a significant role in GM’s plan for vehicle autonomy.” 

Since day one, GM has stated that the Bolt will be a 200-plus mile electric car with a price tag of less than $30,000 after incentives. That remains true still today. GM committed to these marks and is on track to deliver on its commitment.

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Woz: judging from the picture you will miss autopark and not just autopilot and supercharging

Still I would stand in line to test drive one and see for myself 🙂 it will sell great compared to Nissan Leaf I am sure and there is some runway to get an improved 2.0 version out before model 3 becomes available to the masses. Some people may actually downgrade from model S leases to this because of cost if electric driving locally with 200 mile range was more Important to them than long distance travel or convenience and safety features like autopilot and stop and go cruise control.

You didn’t get the joke.

Hint: take a close look at the picture with the Bolt and Woz.

I don’t get the joke either. Is it that Woz himself takes up a parking space? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

No.

Look at the lines, then look at where the Bolt is parked, then look I’m riding a horse, then look at the lines, then look at where the Bolt is parked…

That doesn’t help. I’m still not getting it.

That’s OK, everybody else did.

hahahaha, thanks for that laughing start of the day.

Woz is practicing “defensive parking” just in case a Model X and its wonky auto-opening doors parks next to the Bolt. 😀

The Troll is back. I guess you are Cheryl G a notorious troll that disappeared from posting here.

MDEV said: Wah! Wah! Wah! Wah!

Uh oh! I hurt a Tesla fanboi’s feelings. Quick, someone call a wambulance!

http://thewambulance.com/images/wambulance_logo.jpg

I forgot about Cheryl G. I wonder what she’s driving nowadays.

You can follow her on Twitter and ask her yourself. 😀

https://twitter.com/steakhousegirl

Are you sure that’s the same person? I don’t see anything regarding EVs on the twitter page.

I wonder the stress of BMW i3 department

As much as I’d like to agree with you, that’s not gonna happen.

Yeah they’re worried. They were on track when the i3 came out bit it seems like they’re falling behind now without a long-range midsize EV on the horizon.

Yeah, the Bolt towers over the electric-only i3, IMHO. Longer range, cheaper, not quite so weird looking, 5 passengers, normal doors, etc.

Suspension. It’s not a BMW.
You don’t buy a BMW for range.

I agree when it comes to performance BMWs but I doubt the i3 can be classified as a performer with special suspension.

What do you buy an electric only commuter by BMW then? Autocrossing? Please…

BMW has been relying on the REX as their range solution. So the competition for range will just mean they will push the i3 REX more.

I don’t know how the numbers have shaken out recently, but 2 years ago, according to these guys, the REX to pure EV ratio was headed towards 2:1 in sales:

http://insideevs.com/bmw-i3-us-salesproduction-numbers-rex-bev-ratio/

If more range for longer trips beyond daily commuting becomes a big selling point, I would expect that BMW would just push more i3 REX’s and then rely upon the BMW “premium” and “luxury” for the rest of the price difference.

But yes, this does put pressure on ALL car makers to jump to a true 2nd generation EV with 200+ miles of range. And not generation 1.5 EV’s that just finally give us the 100+ mile range we were originally promised before we got one disappointing EPA rating after another.

Except the REx doesn’t help that much… The EPA numbers were just published

http://insideevs.com/2017-bmw-i3-rex-94-ah-arrives-in-us-rated-at-97-miles-aer-180-total-miles/

and the 33kWh Rex has 180mi total range (AER+gasoline). That’s a lot less than the Bolt, for a car that starts at $48.5K vs. the Bolt’s $37.5K (pre-incentives), is 4- instead of 5-passenger, and 15- vs 17-cu.ft. carog capacity (37 vs. 57 rear seats folded).

I don’t know about larger car classes like the 3-series and above, but in the compact/subcompact/urban space, where things like a sporty suspension are not the issue, methinks BMW is in trouble.

Where are those first Bolts going? California.
I need to see one in real life at a showroom before I buy one.
Then need to send these out nationally.

CARB states will definitely get the first ones. GM and the rest of the car makers have all been very up front about this.

If folks in non-CARB states don’t like it, they should lobby their state representatives to sign on as CARB states, so that their states can reap the benefits that come with the downsides of being a CARB state.

If we’re that close to production, how long until we know the EPA range?

The range was just released. It is 238 miles.

CCS network is growing by the day.

And soon there will be an adapter that will allow any non-Tesla EV (Bolts included) to use Tesla destination chargers too.

https://jdapter.quickchargepower.com

No there wont be. Unless Tesla green light it, this adapter would amount to stealing Tesla’s property and endangering it and making Tesla customers that much harder (Tesla cars can charge at 2,5 speed of best in class CCS enabled cars).

So it’s either scam, or really Tesla wants to go into fast charging business. Tesla do not invest into fast chargers to also serve CCS crowd…

I’m talking about the non-Supercharger Tesla HPWC (or whatever it’s called now) charging units. Only thing that makes those units “Tesla only” are the proprietary plug. No special VIN check or anything a Supercharger does. As long as the plug fits, such as with the adapter, any EV could charge at a Tesla HPWC.

Probably a good thing even though it does leech a bit off of the tesla sponsored charger installations, but afaik the running cost of providing electricity is still paid for by the destination, I.e. Hotel which is why most of them say ‘patrons only, speak to front desk’ .

I believe tesla leadership doesn’t mind because it encourages more electric driving and while they are in for profit this is not a single eyed approach like most American businesses are plagued by, they do also look at the big picture of bringing us towards
Electrical transport away from fossil fuel and all its nefarious implications.

Teslas can leech off Chadedo and CCS and any other adapters they have, so why not the other way around? We’re not talking about Superchargers here.

Many of those Chademo stations were put up by Nissan or other automakers.

This. If Teslas can use Chademo, why can’t non Teslas use the Tesla HPWC chargers?

They can’t use the Superchargers though because those require authentication.

The difference is that Tesla owner paid upfront the fees for charging, also to use publi chargers.

How did Tesla owners pay upfront to use the non-Supercharger chargers?

You are wrong. In Europe Tesla uses mennekes type 2 standard connector but they are two types of HPWC installed over destination charger places… most of them have a “tesla only” sticker and no matter what car you plug in it, if it not a Tesla it doesn’t charge… In some places where you can find two or more HPWC on of them is available for any other car equipped with mennekes connector, but they are not always available. The HPWC makes some kind of communication with the car and if Tesla doesn’t want you to use it… you will find it impossible to charge.

I can’t speak for Europe, but there have already been non-Tesla cars charging at Tesla chargers (not the Superchargers, the destination chargers), in the US.

The limitation in the states is that the ‘Tesla Converter’ cannot be used on HPWC’s that are on 277 volt circuits (probably to date only found on large office buildings).

Small offices, and ‘bed and breakfasts’ probably on other types of circuits – the so called ‘destination chargers’ where the Business Owner pays the Electric Bill, and it is HIS permission you need to use it, not Tesla’s – since in the Supercharger Case, Tesla pays the utility bill.

So does Tesla’s CHAdeMO adapter amount to stealing as well? Tesla didn’t invest in CHAdeMo chargers, either.

Interoperability is good news for everyone.

When I use CHAdeMO I pay for what I used, if other brand connect to Tesla is for free, but not for Tesla owners we paid $2500 when we buy the car.

The fees don’t cover all the costs associated with the station. As above, many were installed using grants from Nissan.

That $2500 was for Supercharger access, not destination charging.

And how do you know there isn’t money baked into the price of a Nissan Leaf to cover the “no charge to charge” program?

i don’t follow your logic on how this adapter constitutes “stealing” from tesla. you would have to buy the tesla charger before you would be able to use the adapter. once you’re bought the adapter, tesla can’t tell you how you can use it. they can, however, nullify your warranty. i’m not sure why tesla would want to do such a thing because the adapter broadens the available market for tesla chargers, which means potentially more charger sales.

The link for the JDapter you referenced states:

“NOTE: JDapter does not work with Tesla Supercharger”

Though looks like the JDapter may work for Tesla Destination Chargers (Hotels, Restaurants, Resort, etc.) which indeed are occasionally useful but much less used by Tesla owners than the Tesla Superchargers.

Thats great, I don’t like GM but I will testdrive one and hopefully Nissan will show me Leaf before I can’t resist buying one.

Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated!

Congrats, GM! I hope they sell GREAT! It looks to be an excellent addition to the EV product line!

Rolling, rolling, rolling.
Thou the streets are swollen,
Keep those Bolts a rolling
Off the assembly line.
Rawhide.

Nice!!! I’m betting these are production cars going down the line. The major car makers traditionally don’t release a new car without some stock built up and already pre-positioned at dealerships across the country.

Typically, the new cars will arrive at the dealerships weeks before the official launch date, and they will be put in quarantine either in the back lot, or parked on an off-site site. Then when the big day of the release arrives, the car company can do a big press release, and when consumers head to the car lots, there are actual vehicles to show them.

That’s the traditional ICE methodology. It maximizes the advertising dollar effectiveness, because people can actually buy what is advertised, when it is advertised.

GM of course has near limitless resources and experience compared to Tesla back in 2010. But it is still impossible not to notice the huge difference in execution. When the concept was first shown in January 2015 it was completely out of left field, and it is a bit of a tour de force we have witnessed since then. Just one month after the initial concept GM committed to make it real, and now, just 19 months later, they are pretty much ready to start retail production (scheduled for October).

If things continue to go as smoothly as they seem to be going now, the Bolt should be a very tough competitor in all of 2017 and perhaps beyond. And so should the Ampera-e.

My guesses for range: 210 miles EPA, 485 km NEDC.

But GM may be tempted to push the SoC window in order to best Tesla’s promised 215 miles (although that’s just a minimum and Tesla has the “advantage” of last mover in this respect). So 220 miles EPA and 500 km NEDC isn’t impossible. Best of all, we’ll know the EPA answer tomorrow!

Fairly accurate but you left out the part about Tesla lighting a fire under GM. They are as worthy of thanks for the hurried production, and possibly even the production of the Bolt as Chevy.

With that logic, you might as well thank all the traditional automakers for creating ICE vehicles for over a hundred years, leaving Tesla unencumbered to purse electric cars.

This is quite an order of magnitude time gap.
No, over a hundred years aint’ a push, but it might be a growing process and close to an EVolution.

Terawatt — What you are referring to is called “Engineered Delivery”. That is where the teasing of a product, the official announcement of a product, and the eventual delivery of a product are all time-lined by engineering the those dates backwards from the planned delivery date. They certainly have been working on an electric vehicle for more than 19 months. This is possible when a company has a maturing R&D to delivery cycle. How this plays out in the traditional ICE car market, is that car makers produce endless “concept vehicles” that they never build. Then one day one of their “concept cars” gets to the point in the development cycle where they can engineer a delivery date and lock in design, and it looks like they have a fast development cycle. All because it looks like all of those concept cars weren’t part of their development cycle. (VW/Audi is notorious for being the worst for this when it comes to EV’s) GM has been working on EV’s for decades. They have been developing a pure EV since the 1966 Elecrovair https://history.gmheritagecenter.com/wiki/index.php/1966_Electrovair_II_Concept So yea, it may look to you like they magically popped this thing out of the bag in… Read more »

Already released, and it is 238 miles.

Same old GM web site:

“The requested URL /bolt-ev-request-info/thank-you.html was not found on this server.”

Nice job, GM. I wish you well. Hope you have a winner with Bolt.
As for myself, however, I can’t see spending all that money for a vehicle smaller than a Corolla with the aesthetics of a Smart car. Tesla Model 3 is still my preference, and I can easily wait.