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Read on LeftLane News, although there really wasn't much detail, that the Bolt platform will underpin additional electric vehicles. More specific details will be released in time in terms of what segment they will compete in and which models are to be seen, but this is some great news. Maybe @Boltar will get his Bolt SS after all ?! Or possibly even a "sleeker" EV ?

http://www.leftlanenews.com/now/94043
 

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I don't put a lot of stock in those statements by CEO Barra. It's just words to pump up the brand and build a little excitement. It's much like when Elon Musk claims that Tesla will build a car for everyone eventually. Not likely to happen.

Having said that and based on past GM uses of platforms and model cycles, I can see an all wheel drive Bolt in the future and along with that, a CUV type vehicle as well as those seem very popular for some reason. I can also see the SS version of the Bolt soon as that would be easy and inexpensive for them to do. Look for something like that around the time of the Model 3 really gets moving.

The platform is just too small for many body types. A four door sedan with a tiny notch back trunk could happen and those are popular with many, but a pick up truck, no way. A two seat roadster could be done, or even a two door, four seat coupe, or convertible would be possible, but the market is small for these types so I doubt it. By and large, Americans like their cars to be practical and boring. Possibly a small commercial van like a Transit Connect, but again the market is small.

If the Bolt is really popular and there is a sudden change in American's attitude towards EVs seeing greater demand, I can see them offering Buick and GMC versions of the Bolt and it's likely CUV follow on as well.
 

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I don't put a lot of stock in those statements by CEO Barra. It's just words to pump up the brand and build a little excitement.
I dunno. With manufacturers like Volkswagen making bold pronouncements about how many different EV models they'll have in a few more years it seems to me like GM is positioning itself to be ready if it needs to be. They may not have made an actual decision to proceed yet, but they're ready to make it if they think it's in their best interest.

With the new administration there's a lot of uncertainty in the air. Best to be ready to cover all bases.
 

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This would be very far in the future as the Bolt is still rolling out into the market. But I'd definitely like to see a Bolt SS with AWD or a four seat coupe version. Gives it a sportier look to draw in those who want one but aren't in love with the exterior design. Going to be hard to say no to a 38-mile range all electric coupe with good looks.
 

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It should definitely take some time.. but I wouldn't doubt that their already being cooked up in the meth lab... I mean design studio ;)

Probably nothing but a bunch of drawings though for now.. we won't see anything for at least 2 years maybe?
 

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We have to remember that the Bolt is a low volume, niche vehicle for GM. It is a Halo vehicle for the Chevrolet brand. It makes the brand look good and draws people to the dealership where they then can sell more of their other vehicles.

GM put a lot of money into the Bolt and now they are going to want to amortize those expenses over time, not pour a bunch more money in. I wouldn't expect to see any new models, or even refresh until at least year five. We can expect a few different colors, new options and features like ACC and other semi-autonomous features. Maybe some different wheels. I also think we'll see greater range in the near future and perhaps a price decrease on the base models.

When the next model comes, it will almost certainly be a CUV type vehicle with available AWD. That has become America's choice for the family car and the Bolt will follow that trend. The basic Bolt design as we know it now will likely stay exactly as it is now for about five years and then we'll see a refresh on the same basic design that will last for the next five years.

Of course, this could change if for some miraculous reason we see steady strong sales for the Bolt with an awakening of public demand for EVs. If BEVs look to be a burgeoning new market in the US, I'm sure GM will respond with more product. I personally don't think we're there yet.
 

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Increasing range is one thing I believe we can get some early insight of happening just by analyzing what the competition is doing and then waiting for Chevy to respond. The last thing they want is to fall too far behind the competition.
 

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Increasing range is one thing I believe we can get some early insight of happening just by analyzing what the competition is doing and then waiting for Chevy to respond. The last thing they want is to fall too far behind the competition.
Oh yeah, I expect range to increase in not too many years. I can also see the original 60kwh battery version still being offered, but a lot cheaper than it is now. Much like Tesla does it now, offer the same car with different batteries. My guess the next jump is 300 miles range.
 
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