Spied: Production-Intent Chevrolet Bolt EV In San Francisco – Gallery

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

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

The Chevrolet Bolt EV continues to be well on its way to production status, as the manufacturing of the 200+ mile electric vehicle from GM kicks off in October at the company’s Orion, Michigan plant, with deliveries to get underway by year’s end.

Side-by-Side With The Chevrolet Bolt EV (Sean F/InsideEVs)

Side-by-Side With The Chevrolet Bolt EV (via Sean F/InsideEVs)

However, before that can happen there is a “pre-production” or “production-intent” run of cars to validate the build, and sort out any unforeseen bugs, or even to make some last minute additions.

Thankfully, InsideEVs reader Sean F while driving on the streets of San Francisco on Sunday caught the Bolt EV (complete with manufacturer’s plates) out for a little joyride.

Actually to be fair, it was his 11 year-old son, Aidan that took the shots of the Bolt like a real pro (so points to Aidan on that…and of course to his dad for sending them in to us).

Location of the catch was on Van Ness (101) as it turns down Lombard.

Sean tells us that “the driver and passengers clearly (are) having a great time in the Bolt!”, while noting that “the finish on the Bolt was amazing – beautiful lines and gorgeous detail. Compact, sleek. “

Our thanks to Sean and his son for the great looks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have A Good Time In The Chevrolet Bolt EV In San Francisco (Sean F/InsideEVs)

Have A Good Time In The Chevrolet Bolt EV In San Francisco (Sean F/InsideEVs)

 

 

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I like the photo where you have objects in mirror are closer than they appear. Let’s hope that turns out to be true. The sooner the better.

I was hoping today after the holiday weekend would be the day Chevy kicks off the official webpage for the production ready car with specs, prices, options, etc.

In the side mirror shot, the Bolt looks TALL. Definitely seems interior space will not be an issue, like it is to some people with the Volt.

My hat is off to the kid who took the pictures. The one in the mirror is the best. He has a future in photography.

Ok, but what I really want to know is whether it actually made it up the hill or not…

With 200HP, I’m sure it did w/ease.

Educate yourself about electric vehicles. They are all about torque. Climbing hills and dusting people from stoplight to stoplight is not difficult at all.

Per GM’s technical presentation at the SAE World Congress last spring, the Bolt’s torque window is rated to drive it up a 30% grade. Your call if you want to drive up a grade that steep in ANY vehicle. That

With all the exterior shots of the Bolt I wish someone could capture photos of the production ready interior. Is there a 5th seat? Is it reasonable?

Yes. And yes.

No “hump” really helps for that 3rd passenger.

Perfectly played! LMAO.

Where’s the headrest?

Dunno. But you can see 3 seat belts.

There was only one criticism from a recent Volt owner ride along event, that is that the rear bench is very narrow…It is hump-less however which is a plus…Still, as a Lyft vehicle, getting myself and 3 of my drunken friends home in a Bolt EV probably can’t happen…

Looks great!

Good looking car.
Just how many are expected to be produced each year?

GM is aiming for 30,000 the first year. Subsuquent years may increase.

Thanks. Is it just me or is that number underwhelming?

It’s not just you.

But GM didn’t sell as many Volts as it expected when the car was new, so altho as an EV advocate I wish they’d aim at a higher number, I can understand why they’re being cautious about the first year’s production.

What I find more disturbing are the pretty clear indications that they have no intention of ramping up to higher production if the demand is there. Contracting with an inexperienced supplier for the entire EV powertrain is not an indication GM plans to sell a lot of these. LG Electronics’ auto division is new and inexperienced.

I also note that LG Chem (which is supplying the battery cells for the Bolt) did very little ramping up of its battery factory capacity in the first half of this year. That’s quite surprising, given LG’s growing list of customers. Still, Jay Cole noted that they had a lot of unused capacity in certain regions of the world, so perhaps that’s not as bad as it looks.

In fairness there’s not a whole lot of great EV drivetrain and components suppliers with tons of experience out there to choose from. LG certainly is very experienced in the electronics department. And their auto division is hugely important to LG in addition to being new and inexperienced. đŸ™‚ Although you interpret this as a clear indication GM has no intention of ramping up, I’m not convinced. I find it odd, if this is the case, that GM should so publicly and clearly state that the car will “not be production constrained” and sold at what must be deemed a currently very competitive price for what it offers. By the time Model 3 in base version becomes available the price doesn’t look so good, but that may be 2019 for all we know and GM may well cut the price in the interim. I do find their marketing of the charging time to be odd, but having had some time to reflect on this I think the most likely explanation is that they haven’t decided yet what fast-charging capability they will offer in the US. For Europe they hopefully have; I expect this to be unveiled along with on-sale dates… Read more »

The back window looks odd, but styling is subjective.

It looks like they tried to make it as aerodynamic as possible while still providing a large hatchback wagon-ish opening.

I think the Model S has a nice design where it slopes down for good aerodynamics but still opens large although mostly from a top access instead of rear access.

But the Bolt design maximizes trunk volume so you can put taller things in the back.

Never been a fan of the huge golden Chevy logo, especially on small cars like this.
At least the Ampera-E cousin here in continental Europe will have the much more stylish and discrete Opel lightning logo.

Couldn’t agree more. That horrible gold badge is terrible. I see it as a massive pimple on my (already awkward looking) Spark EV’s nose.

Back when I had a Volt I used a $5 black vinyl decal. Easy and cheap: http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/YEEAAOSw7NNT7Ajx/s-l1600.jpg

Looks like they playing “Snake” on the rear lights…

I can tell you’re probably European just by that remark… The Nokia snake game has to be one of the most-played electronic games ever (-;

I find the LED patterns a little too busy for my taste, but that’s a pretty minor niggle.
Overall, it’s really nice to see the car out in the real environment, and in a standard humdrum color such as white. It looks pretty good IMO.

The Bolt production design is a tad cluttered…

I really liked the original Prototype, much better.

I like the headlights. First time I’ve seen a pic with them on.

Those aren’t the headlights, they’re the DRL’s

YKWIM

SparkEV-Fiat500-Leased - M3 Reserved - Bolt- TBD

Looks like the trunk space looks quite usable based on the seats of the back. Looking forward to seeing how our golden would fit back there.

Looks like a good spot for a dog. Enough gap so he can poke his head into the third row and be social but small enough to prevent him from jumping into the back seat.

Hmmm, wasn’t the Bolt’s rear roofline flat on the prototype? The production version slopes down, and all in all, the roofline looks rather like the Prius.

Well, that change will be good for streamlining and thus good for EV range, but not so good for rear seat headroom and putting tall objects in thru the rear hatch.

It’s a tradeoff.

Good point. It may be that it is tall enough to accommodate that rake while still providing plenty of headroom.

Regardless of being an ev I find the bolt a very handsome compact car. Don’t angry with the hate is been getting wrt looks. Actually prefer this to the m3 fishface. Maybe it’s more palatable to noon American eyes which are more accustomed to hatchbacks.

Actually, the trend of comments on the styling of the Bolt suggest to me that Europeans find the chopped-off look of the vertical rear hatch to be far more appealing than it is to Americans, who apparently prefer a far more horizontal rear hatch, like the Model S’s liftback.

Personally, I think the a vertical hatch, such as the Bolt has, is far more practical on a smaller car. But then, my first car was a 1977 Honda Civic CVCC hatchback, so my personal tastes may be out of sync with most Americans.

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/12/31/ten-green-cars-to-remember-from-the-last-100-years/

Are those rear turn signals on the bumper? No No No. At least they are the correct color but c’mon by the time they are seen it’s too late.

Too late? I’m not following. It looks like there are indicators on the side mirrors too.

Too late to see the bolt driver wanting to change lanes

Are you saying they’re too low, and you are too close to the car, so you can’t see the lights?

What’s causing the “lateness”? I can see the bumper of the car in front of me from 500ft away.

Nice, many thanks to Sean & Aidan F

I think it looks smashing! And with the roomy interior a lot of people who get inside one for the first time is going to get a pleasant surprise.

Time seems to be slowing as the Paris auto show approaches. I really hope we get all the information about the Ampera-e, including pricing and when it goes on sale indifferent European markets. The U.K. will presumably pay the usual price for stubbornly insisting on driving on the other side of the road, and I can keep laughing at them..!

(Sweden made the switch to RHD without incident back in 1967 and has never looked back. For a few years after the switch there was actually fewer crashes than normal, which has been explained by people driving extra carefully. More at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagen_H)

No front plate, ticket time!

Looks like a MI plate. Front plates aren’t required here.