General Motors has confirmed that the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt that debuted last month in concept guise is headed for production.
The five-door electric hatchback, which was crafted in part by Holden designers in Australia, made its global debut last month at the Detroit motor show alongside the second-generation Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle.
Once again, GM has reiterated the car’s target price point of US$30,000 ($38,450). No specifications have been released about the Bolt’s electric drivetrain, but the hatch is expected to have a driving range of around 320 kilometres and include support for DC fast charging.
Unlike the current Korean-made Chevrolet Spark EV, the Bolt will be produced in the States at the company’s plant in Orion, a suburb around 60km north of downtown Detroit. The facility at Orion currently produces the Chevrolet Sonic — that’s the Holden Barina to us — and the Buick Verano, a booted version of the Opel Astra.
The Bolt’s introduction there will burnish the factory’s green credentials. The factory houses a 350kW solar panel array and sources the rest of its energy from gas produced by a nearby landfill.
No official word yet on when Chevrolet will begin production of the Bolt, but a report earlier this month indicated that the electric hatch will start trundling down the line towards the end of 2016.
While the current 130km Spark EV is only sold in a few American states and some European nations, the Bolt will be sold across all 50 US states and, if our earlier report is correct, will be marketed in Europe as an Opel as well.