When will we see the Bolt?
GM has announced the production of its all electric Bolt concept car will begin and be ready to be released in 2017 as part of the model line for 2018. For those who have seen the design of the Bolt, it appears to be along the same lines as the Sonic or Spark as a small, cute and cartoon-shaped hatchback that looks like it would be a lot of fun to drive, especially for young students and early year professionals. The Bolt shows up for the production lines with a fun and funky attitude and the fact it is all electric will be one of the largest selling points.
The Bolt, other than just being a green car by being powered by electricity only is a tall, five door hatchback that will be a little longer than the i3 and built based on the next version of the Sonic. The goal is to have a range of 200 miles on a single charge and offer the Bolt with a price that is somewhat affordable, especially in the world of all electric cars, which is expected to come in around $37,500. The expectation is the Bolt will offer a few different powertrains to enjoy and may even rely on owners figuring out how to drive the car in the most efficient manner possible, but like many other electric cars, the Bolt will be a great car for those who live and work in the city.
The Bolt is expected to begin production very soon in the Orion Township plant just outside of Detroit, Michigan. The production is scheduled to begin in October of 2016 in order to be ready to release in 2017.
As for those wondering if this car can be a volume car or will just be a marketing ploy to show GM has an all-electric platform, the production volume is initially expected to between 25,000 and 30,000 units per year. This means the Bolt will be much more than a compliance car or a marketing ploy and actually be a great car for many owners to enjoy and really have the true benefits of a car that will run on electricity only.
One other eyebrow-raising question has been will the Bolt actually have the 200 mile range. The answer is yes it will. GM has incorporated much of the same technologies in the Bolt as Tesla uses and would not release even a hint of a range number if they had not thoroughly tested the car. As for will it do this for the average driver, the range will probably be a little less depending on the driving conditions, but it will certainly be more than adequate for most drivers on most day.
As we look forward to the 2018 model line (that sounds like a long time from now) we can certainly be excited the Bolt has made its way to the production lines of GM and will be offered at a price that many can afford and enjoy the great range and savings the Bolt will provide to them.