Tonight is when Tesla will reveal their Model 3 but before then, Chevy wanted to remind the world that their EV will hit the market first when they released a promotional video showing the pre-production Bolts rolling off the assembly line.
Not shown in the video but in the picture is a Chevy Bolt body which is suspended over what could be a powertrain, perhaps to be mated together further down the assembly line.
These pre-production units have been rolling off the assembly line at Chevy’s plant in Orion Township, Michigan since last week. They’re not for sale to the general public so we’ll have to wait for the retail-ready production cars which are expected to hit the market around the end of this year. The due date may seem far away for some but we should think ourselves lucky because traditionally, it takes around 6-12 months for a GM vehicle to go from pre-production to full production. In the amount of time it takes for other GM models to hit the market from pre-production, Chevy managed to push the Bolt EV from concept to production-ready in just 12 months.
Until the retail-ready units start rolling off the line, the assembly plant employees will be working with the Bolt EV engineers to finalize testing of plant tools and processes before the retail models are put together; everything from parts delivery and quality checkpoints needs to be streamlined and perfected.