GM CEO Mary Barra hinted at this information in June, however now it is formally official: The Chevy Bolt is again. Nicely, it will be again, as the present technology continues to be going to finish manufacturing this 12 months. However a very new technology will finally change it. The corporate hasn’t stated precisely when it will likely be supplied, however supply it the corporate will.
Barra summed up the reasoning fairly clearly with this assertion: “Our clients love at this time’s Bolt. It has been delivering file gross sales and among the highest buyer satisfaction and loyalty scores within the business. It’s additionally an essential supply of conquest gross sales for the corporate and for Chevrolet.”
Extra particularly, Chevy famous that 80% of Bolt patrons are planning on sticking with the model, and 70% of Bolt patrons have been buying and selling in non-GM automobiles. The mannequin can be having its best-ever gross sales this 12 months. By way of the primary half of the 12 months, 33,659 have been bought. That is a large enchancment over final 12 months, when Chevy solely moved 7,303 in the identical time-frame. This additionally signifies that Bolt bought greater than another key nameplates within the Chevy lineup, individually beating Blazer, Colorado, Suburban and Trax up to now this 12 months.
Unsurprisingly, the subsequent Bolt can be adopting Ultium-style battery tech just like the Equinox EV, Blazer EV and Silverado EV, in addition to linked automotive companies. This may imply that GM will not need to be constructing two various kinds of battery methods for its EVs, and can in all probability enhance quick charging functionality, amongst different advantages. We’re somewhat involved about how shortly GM will have the ability to get vehicles out the door with the sluggish ramp-up and manufacturing of different Ultium vehicles, however even with the “accelerated timeline” Chevy is promising, the Bolt continues to be in all probability a 12 months or two out from now.
Presumably, the Bolt will proceed to be the entry level to the GM electrical lineup, and can in all probability proceed to be supplied at a sub-$30,000 price ticket like the present one. This can be an essential worth play as extra reasonably priced EVs proceed to reach such because the mid-$30,000 Volvo EX30 and the next-generation Nissan Leaf, at any time when that occurs to indicate up. We, and certain loads of EV hopefuls, can be wanting ahead to the subsequent Bolt.