2017 Is The Year Of The Bolt
After much speculation, earlier this year James Bell, General Motors Head of Consumer Affairs confirmed the all-new Bolt will be in showrooms in 2016.
Late 2016 arrival as a 2017 model year vehicle is what is expected of the Bolt.
___________________________Come 2017 General Motors will launch an all-new product that aims to push electric car technology to the next level.
Called the “Bolt,” Chevy’s new electric car will offer 200 miles of emissions free electric range on a single charge. GM filed a trademark for the Bolt name in August of last year.
Larger than the Volt, the hatchback-styled vehicle is expected to cost between $30,000 and $50,000.
Currently Tesla is leading the charge in offering an electric car with a significant range. The base Model S offers a 208 mile range but starts at $70,000.
General Motors is expected to show a concept of the Bolt at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday, in addition to revealing the second-generation Volt.
Price? “About $30,000,”
Again, coming right from James Bell, price!
"About $30,000" is what you can expect to pay, after government incentives, which is right in line with Chevrolet's vision for an "electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity"
___________________________The Chevy Bolt is going to cost around $30,000, well, kinda. See the $30,000 price tag is what the Chevy Bolt should cost after you take away government rebates and incentives.
Chevy's own press materials say:"The Bolt EV concept is a game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity."
Production Chevy Bolt Caught In The Wild
Months after seeing the Chevy Bolt Concept debut in Detroit, spy photographers spotted the camo-wrapped production model out in the wild, giving the world a first look at what to expect.
Spy photographers have caught the first glimpses of the production Chevrolet Bolt. You can see some differences between the production version and the concept. The side windows are different shapes, the low grille is shaped slightly different and the headlights look different. There are also fog lights added on the prototype.
There Will Be An Opel Bolt EV
Just as Vauxhall/Opel had the Ampera (Chevrolet Volt), it was confirmed by a source that an Opel version of the Bolt would be assembled in GM's plant in Orion Township.
___________________________For our European friends...
The Bolt and a companion model for GM's Opel subsidiary in Europe will be assembled at GM's plant in Orion Township, the sources said. The factory now makes the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano and has been operating at well below capacity as small-car sales have suffered from falling gasoline prices.
The Official Name Is "Chevrolet Bolt EV"
On May 27, 2015 Chevrolet filed two trademark applications for "Bolt EV" and "Chevrolet Bolt EV," the latest in trademarks, following a previous trademark application suspension (now active) involving Yamaha.
GM has filed two applications to register “Bolt EV” and “Chevrolet Bolt EV” as trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Here is one source:
So the name is "Chevy Bolt EV", similar to the "Chevy Spark EV". The Spark has existed as a gas engine vehicle for many years worldwide. I can guess that a gas version of the Bolt may exist, and eventualy it can replace the Spark as GM smallest vehicle.