Production Intent Chevrolet Bolt Spotted, Arrival Timeline Re-Confirmed


Chevrolet Bolt EV - Well On Its Way To Becoming The First Inexpensive, Long Range All-Electric Car In History

Chevrolet Bolt EV – Well On Its Way To Becoming The First Inexpensive, Long Range All-Electric Car In History

A blue “production intent” Chevrolet Bolt (see image) was spotted by Richard Truett of Automotive News outside of the Detroit area this past weekend.

Truett reports that a laptop was connected to this Bolt and that an engineer confirmed to him that this was indeed a “production intent” vehicle, which means that all the parts, trim, fit, finishes, etc. are correct and that production is now right around the corner.

As Automotive News reports:

“Chevrolet spokesman Fred Ligouri says the Bolt program remains on schedule, with U.S. sales slated to begin by year end.”

“We’re on the same timeline we’ve always communicated. … Retail production of the 2017 Bolt EV begins later this year, and it will be in dealer showrooms shortly thereafter.”

Range of the Bolt is still stated at more than 200 miles per charge, which makes this car the first affordable, long-range electric to hit the market when it goes on sale in just a few short months.

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That’s great.

But GM should have two options, the Bolt EV for range and the Spark EV for affordability. Both sold worldwide.

Is there any news that let’s know if the Spark EV is going to survive another year?

The Chevrolet Bolt has a 59,4 kWh (288 x 55 Ah x 3,75 V) battery.

GM could use these new LG Chem cells in the Spark EV battery. It would only need 96 cells, instead of the current 192 cells rated at 27 Ah. The battery capacity would remain almost the same 19,44 kWh vs 19,8 kWh, but the new Spark EV battery would also be lighter and smaller increasing its range and efficiency.

Any news about the Spark EV?


Weight has marginal effect on consumption.

The car would most likely be a bit cheeper with these cells though and could continue to sell in fairly high quantities if they just would sell it at every dealer and preferably world wide.

But to be honest I dont care that much about the spark. I just wish that chevy will market its bolt aggresivly world wide and really push for high voulmes. If they do that i think they could sell around 80-400k vehicles per year.

“Weight has marginal effect on consumption.”

False. Weight has a huge detriment on range in day-to-day urban driving.

– The 2017 i3 EPA rating took a slight hit due to the small 100 lb increase in weight of the higher density batteries.
– Tesla’s city rating is abysmal and brings down their combined EPA score significantly. Imagine what it would be if the car wasn’t nearly 3 tons.
– Compare range of 60 Ah i3 to the other 80-ish mile EVs. For the same range, the i3 is using a 25% smaller battery. This is because it is lighter.
– Alternatively, 60-Ah i3 to Volt, for almost same size battery i3 has nearly double EV range because it’s about 800 lbs lighter.

Most important factor of efficiency is drivetrain efficiency.

Second most important factor is aerodynamic drag.

Third is weight.

And fourth is rolling resistance, and other frictional losses.

The reason aero drag is more important than weight, is two main things:

Aero drag is >50% of the load on the drivetrain above ~30MPH on typical cars. So it matters even in the city.

Aero drag is a total loss – there is no way to recover the energy. The weight of the moving vehicle CAN be used / recovered, by coasting (best way) and by regenerative braking.

A typical car pushes several TONS of air aside EACH MILE. Air drag is significant.

You are 100% correct as to air drag. On a level road, no wind, air drag values doubles from 55 mph to 70 mph. That is confirmed by the increase need in power and 30% increased fuel usage. Between that, idling and extra weight, car owners waste 30% of fuel purchase. I do not have data as to electric cars but higher highway speeds means less miles plor

It’s funny I ran across a comment you wrote 2 years ago on another site when news of the 200 mile Bolt was first announced. You fully believed it possible while many others argued against you, and yet, 2 years later who was correct?
Just trying to say well done.

Thanks – I knew is is possible because of the Illuminati Motors ‘Seven’. That car drove 217 miles at highway speeds with just a 33kWh battery pack. It has much better aerodynamics and drivetrain efficiency. It also has 4 wheel steering that reduces the rolling resistance in turns.

Also, Dave Cloud’s ‘Dolphin’ drove over 200+ miles using a LEAD ACID ~33kWh pack. That car has STUNNINGLY good aerodynamics. It used DC motors, which is not as good on efficiency.

Well, I think it all really depends on your driving.

If you drive on the highway all the time . . . then aerodynamics are big. If you drive sub 25 in stop & go traffic then weight is big.

Weight affects energy consumption every time the car takes off from a stop in the city.

“Weight has marginal effect on consumption.”

So it seems.
Here’s an actual test, as opposed to just typing stuff from a keyboard because you can:

Also mr/mrs Me, the Model S never weighed anywhere near 3 tons:

“Curb weight
1,961 kg (4,323 lb) (60)[7]
2,085 kg (4,597 lb) (60D)[8]
2,090 kg (4,608 lb) (70D)[9]
2,108 kg (4,647 lb) (85)
2,188 kg (4,824 lb) (85D)[8]
2,239 kg (4,936 lb) (P85D)[8]”

If the new cells are more powerful then they should give the Chevy Spark EV a major range upgrade with the new batteries. In that a low cost car with a 150 mile plug range would be really cool to add to the Chevy Bolt.

It is not automatic that a new cell designed to be used in a larger pack can be used in a smaller pack. Having a larger pack means that the average required power per cell is lower, which can allow for a change in cell design or chemistry that makes the cell cheaper.

I thought the Spark was being phased out, though still available in South Korea where it is made. Can I get a witness?

GM has never officially said…just as AFAIK (OEMs don’t like to do that until the end of the production run, and those cars have made it to dealers and have mostly sold out).

That said, what I can tell you is that the 2016 MY run in South Korea ended a week ago Monday, and there is no re-start date. Nor is there any 2017 MY Spark EV on the schedule docket for Changwon going forward (and GM told us they had no plans to move to the new style introduced for the ICE last year), so…1+1 = ?

Ah. So, in all likelihood we have seen the last of the Spark EV.

That’s a shame. A 2017 Spark EV in the new body would be great city car.

A 20 kWh battery would make sure it wouldn’t cannibalize Bolt’s sales.

Any company that is serious about EVs must offer at least two different models. One more expensive with more range, other cheaper with less range. Simple.

Perhaps the disastrously structured incentives in the US is part of the reason? GM presumably would like to have some credits left when Model 3 arrives – at least enough that they don’t run out of them before Tesla does.

Although that is no reason not to sell the Spark elsewhere in the world (including as an Opel if they remain wedded to this IMO stupid idea that it is vitally important to rebrand vehicles for sale in other markets, rather than work to establish a single brand everywhere).

I love my little Spark EV and ideally I think a cheaper EV below the Bolt would be awesome. But I recognize that GM wouldn’t want sales of Spark EV to cannibalize sales of their new Bolt. So at least from what I heard and seen, Spark EV is sadly over. 🙁

Considering SparkEV would take full $7.5K tax subsidy like Bolt while lower price make it less profitable, I doubt they’ll continue with SparkEV and have it eat into Bolt. After about 2 to 3 years (or sooner), Volt+Bolt would use up all tax credit, and that will make them more expensive Tesla 3. They’ll try to delay that as long as possible, and that means cutting lower priced EV.

But if the subsidy is ever run out (ie, not renewed), it is possible that they’ll bring back the SparkEV, though they’ll have to slash the price to below $20K. Maybe in 5 years when the battery prices have come down below $100/kWh?

If they switched the cells for Spark to those used in the Bolt and aimed for the same ~20 kWh capacity they’d get a lighter, more agile, even more fun, and even cheaper car.

The tax incentive is so structured that you may well be right it works against this. If so it goes to show just how badly structured it really is – although we already knew that.

We see 10-20 BOLT vehicle drive testing here in Scottsdale, AZ as they are being tested with Cruise Automation self driving equipment. They also have the Chevy SPARK EV that will be discontinued as the BOLT comes on line. Their office car is a Volt.

Pics or it didn’t happen 🙂

This is on at the Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale AZ:

Thanks for sharing.
That’s a very nice blue.

Good the hear that the Bolt is still on track to see some deliveries this year, even if there aren’t going to be many until 2017.
I wish my Volt had the interior space that the Bolt has.

And the range. And no combustion engine. And the tax rebate.

Sell your Volt – get a Bolt!

Hopefully I will be able to retire in 2 or 3 years so my current Volt may be my last new car for a long time. But I am still rooting for the Bolt and the III to do great things even if I won’t be buying one any time soon.
I am a Realtor so the Leaf would never have worked for me. The Bolt would have been perfect if it had a bit more gravitas and range. And I say that after hauling clients around in a base Volt for more than 3 years…. LOL! Seriously though, the Bolt does look like a Hot Wheels car more than a real business car.

If GM plans to have the Bolt on dealer lots 4th quarter 2016, shouldn’t the dealers be receiving their order books about now, with pricing, RPO’s etc? It takes a while to get from dealers filling out order forms to scheduling production, producing, post-production QA, shipping, etc. Especially with a brand-new product. The Volt, both Gen 1 and Gen 2, had a pretty long lead time from order to actual dealer delivery the first year.

Yep, very soon. I was expecting to see the order guide released in August. I guess there are still two days left.

Note to CleanTechnica: August was only my personal expectation. If the order guide isn’t published in August, this does not mean be Bolt has been delayed by 3 months.

Why? Because they said it was? I think I read that and more inclined to accept their prognosis on the subject, though, to be fair, I have always been suspicious of the late 2016 production start.

After all this time since the GM EV1 Program; non-CARB consumers will get be able to finally buy a BEV successor– a clone of a Honda Fit EV, with more range.

Calling the Bolt a clone of a Fit EV is like calling a Model X a clone of a Chevy Suburban.

Also, Canadians have purchased the Spark EV, and I’m pretty sure they’re not CARB consumers. 😉

I’m sorry, but I don’t agree with your analogy.

Have you driven a Honda Fit EV? I’ve been leasing one for the past 3 years, and it is a quite nice sporty little car.

Without having driven the Bolt EV, the only obvious advantages IMHO over the Fit EV are the greatly extended range, and perhaps a bit more interior space. And I’m sure that the Bolt EV is faster… but in sport mode the Fit EV is certainly no dog.

Of course, I may have to eat those words after my first test drive of the Bolt EV. We will soon see. 😉

The Bolt EV is larger all around than a Honda Fit. Width, length, height, wheelbase, track width, etc.

Also with the packaging, it has even more passenger/cargo space.

“Calling the Bolt a clone of a Fit EV is like calling a Model X a clone of a Chevy Suburban.”

C’mon man, you can come up with a better analogy than that. An SUV and a sedan are not even remotely in the same class. I know few people who would cross-shop the two.

I agree with your sentiment though. If anything, the Bolt EV is an evolution of the Spark EV. I’m not sure why Anon chose to compare it against a Honda, unless that is simply the EV he drives/is familiar with.

the model x and suburban are both SUV’s.

have you looked at the shape of the honda fit ev? it is very similar to the size and shape of the bolt, visually on the exterior.

At best the X is a CUV – it is definitly closer to a sedan than it is to a true SUV.

Yup. GM essentially lifted the Bolt Form Factor from another, pre-existing vehicle (Honda Fit), for the production version. More and more indication that GM phoned this project in, probably to help reduce cost / time to market.

The new Volt, also admittedly shares some styling cues from Honda. So there is precedence for GM’s designers being influenced from the same Asian Automaker.

We know you are an anti-GM troll, but this is a very lame attempt.

Since when is the Model X a sedan?

Calling the Bolt EV a clone to the Fit EV is silly. That is only true in vehicle class and propulsion type (electric). It’s as silly as my analogy, which was my point.

Anon is completely ignoring everything about the drivetrain, because it is completely different, from thermal management, to range, to purpose-built EV platform, etc.

Lol! I read “Model S” even when I copied/pasted your comment. So clearly they are both “SUVs”, although the Model X is a crossover and not a true SUV like the suburban. I’m sure most consumers don’t know/care about the difference and would cross shop the two categories (although maybe not these two vehicles).

My bad; I stand corrected.

It’s okay, my point was still to make an odd comparison anyway, because aside from external dimensions and both being electric, the Bolt and FIT EV are quite different.

Perhaps I should’ve used the Model S versus a Suburban to reinforce that even more! 😉

SparkEV is available in South Korea, Canada, Mexico. While not officially sold in all US states, there are vocal few who drive them in CO, FL, MN, WI, WA, etc. etc.

While FitEV was nice, SparkEV is quicker, more power, DCFC option, hatch form making it more like the Bolt than FitEV.

I just sold my Spark EV to a guy in Florida. So add 1 to the count there….so maybe there are like 4 Spark EVs in FL now. Lol

Yea, good luck finding a Spark EV in Canada. There’s a grand total of 10 new listed on and 9 of them are in Quebec.

Also, go to the GM Canada site and try to “build and price” a Spark EV! GM did an amazing job making sure you can’t even do that. It takes you to the ICE version of the Spark. There is no Spark EV in their system yet they have a link from their Spark EV site.

At $34k CAD I’ll wait for the model 3 and pay the premium.

It looks at lot like the Sonic, to me. The hatchback version.

The Bolt EV is only slightly larger than the latest gen Fit; and they are very similar shape and layout.

I think the Bolt EV is ~4″ longer, ~2″ wider, and ~1.5″ taller than the Honda Fit.

Mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery. Honda really needs to build a 200+ mile range Fit EV!

And Bolt is way faster in 0-60mph than the Fit EV…

4 inches longer, 2.8 inches taller, and 2.5 inches wider, with a 2.8 inch longer wheelbase

A Civic and Accord are within a few inches of each other, too. A few inches makes a difference.

Yes, I don’t know how people can throw out those numbers and say “myeah, they’re the same”.

Also the packaging and design of the Bolt EV give it the passenger space of a mid-size car.

Re-read my post. I said they were close to the same size and similar design and layout.

Thanks for the correction. I was going from memory.

I cant believe someone would find a production ready Bolt and not take more pictures of the interior, which AFAIK hasn’t been revealed in its production form so far.

Perhaps the picture he did snap was snapped sneakily and he didn’t want the engieer to realize he was taking pictures? Maybe he wasn’t aware that the production interior was still shrouded in secrecy? IDK, but this hardly seems incredible to me.

The Opel Ampera-e will be shown in one month, from October 1st (and, I believe, two or three days before that during the press-only days) in Paris. Being just a lightly rebadged Bolt I suppose you’ll get all your answers very soon.

I thought the pics we’ve seen of the interior are pretty much the production version?

When is the official EPA rating expected?

I’ll go with September 1st…..just because.

FWIW, 2016 Volt official EPA ratings were released on August 4th of last year. Production commenced on 1 October. If the Bolt is starting production towards the latter half of October, ratings should come out within the next few weeks.

Hate to say it but it’s yet another compact with “polarizing” looks. Why must they be clown cars? Can’t anyone besides Tesla make a desirable design?

I am not sure what is polarizing about its looks. Personally for a lot of non single people the Bolt is a much better option. If they made a hatchback version of the 3 like the Prius V as an example then I think they could take a decent chunk of the Bolt sales away.


Meh. It is not Tesla sexual. But it is not ugly. It is just typical econobox hatchback.

Not bad. I really wish they would stop with the fake grilles though. :-/

Looks like it’s a real grille on the bottom half. Must use intake air for cooling.

Apparently, looks have little to do with the purchasing decision in this category. Look at the sales of the i3 clown car. But seriously, someone needs to make an affordable BEV small SUV, with a 180-200 mi range and the segment will take off. Toyota needs to update the RAV4 EV with the range and a DC fast charger and they would have a winner. I started with the 500e and now have the Soul EV+. While I liked the original RAV4 EV I was put off by the lack of the DC fast charger. The Soul EV+ is great considering all the standard equipment but would benefit if it had the range and the newer safety features like side warning and auto braking.

I think looks matter. The Fiat 500e lacks any DC fast-charging and their CEO literally told people not to buy it. But it sold really well because it is Euro cute.


Lake Woebegone: Where all the fast chargers are good-looking, and the EV’s are above-average.

What is concerning is the talk of Bolt being an Urban car. What does that mean? Does it justify their lack of infrastructure investment? Is it because the car will only go over 200 miles in a city? Curious… really looking forward to checking it out. Hopeful that this next gen is awesome!

CCS is 50KW max. And they are not strategically located.

So as long as you have a corridor with CCS chargers, they are functioning, and you don’t mind the wait then you can take long trips. But it won’t be as easy as using the Supercharger network with its strategically placed chargers that can do 125KW.

Whoops, actually as low as 28 kW. 1 owner posted they observed that 28 kW figure.

Thanks for sharing this photo. Just wondering (hard to tell from the photo because of the glare), were you able to seel whether or not this “production intent” car had a sunroof? In the photos of the various concept models of the car that Chevy showed along the way in the early days, there was usually a huge, panoramic sunroof. But then when they started showing the production model over the past several months, that sunroof had disappeared. is it back now in the “production intent”car?