The Chevrolet Bolt EV Overview Updated October 20, 2017

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July 2015 - October 2017

The Chevy Bolt EV is GM’s first long-range all-electric vehicle. It’s a “compact crossover” utility vehicle with 238 miles of range and a starting price of $37,500 before incentives.

GM started producing the Bolt in October 2016 and the vehicle should make it to dealerships not long after in markets with ZEV mandates first, like California. Full US rollout should finish by mid 2017.

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Chevy Bolt EV Stories October 20

The situation around the availability of the Chevy Bolt EV in Europe, where it is sold as the Opel Ampera E, has been even more difficult than in the US.

So much so that Opel has now asked its Norwegian dealers to stop taking orders for the new all-electric vehicle as supply can’t match demand. expand full story

It’s often expected for new models to receive low reliability ratings, but Chevy has bucked that trend with the Bolt.  In Consumer Reports’ new reliability ratings released yesterday, while Chevy as an overall brand scored relatively low (18th place), the Bolt came in as the most reliable car the manufacturer sells, out of 15 models (the highest number of models of any manufacturer ranked by CR).

This is great news, because the Bolt is a great car in pretty much every other way too.  It won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year and many other awards, and we really like it, even though it’s not without its quibbles.  Despite all these awards, sales initially lagged (though they’re picking up as the car is made more available nationwide), so perhaps CR’s rating will help GM sell some more Bolts – if they actually want to. We’ll see if Chevy puts the Bolt, their most reliable car, front and center in its national ad campaign about winning awards for reliability.

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Chevy Bolt EV Stories October 17

After testing their all-electric and autonomous Chevy Bolt EV prototypes in California, Michigan, and Arizona, GM’s Cruise Automation vehicles are going to New York City to further test their system in a difficult traffic environment. expand full story

Chevy Bolt EV Stories October 14

On Thursday, GM announced a pretty big move in promoting Pamela Fletcher, who led the team that successfully launched the Bolt EV, to the newly created position of ‘Vice President, Global Electric Vehicle Programs’. Before that, her title was Executive Chief Engineer Autonomous & Electrified Vehicles and New Technology so it can be assumed that this is more of a creation of a new group inside of GM rather than a promotion for Fletcher She was also chief engineer behind the impressive Volt Propulsion System (Voltec) so I’d be hard-pressed to find someone more qualified to lead GM’s EV programs.

The creation of the group could be a big deal not just for Fletcher but for GM’s electric vehicle programs and hopefully, it is the first step to bigger changes within the organization. Here’s why…

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Chevy Bolt EV Stories October 3

GM’s Chevy Bolt EV sales steadily moved higher leading to national availability in August, but last month it got its first more serious jump in deliveries.

The automaker confirmed its September delivery results today and it delivered an impressive 2,632 Bolt EVs. expand full story

Chevy Bolt EV Stories October 2

While GM has often talked about believing in the electric future, the American automaker had yet to announce specific goals when it comes to its electric car lineup after the Chevy Bolt EV.

Today, GM updated those plans with a more serious commitment to electric vehicles. expand full story

Chevy Bolt EV Stories September 26

Let me preface this by highlighting the fact that there’s currently no fully self-driving car on the roads and the prototypes currently in test programs are far from perfect and therefore don’t represent the potential of a true level 5 autonomous driving system.

Now with this out of the way, it seems like people just can’t stop crashing into GM’s ‘self-driving’ Bolt EV prototypes. expand full story

Chevy Bolt EV Stories September 13

Chevy Bolt EV’s range on a single charge keeps impressing. Officially, the vehicle has an EPA-rated range of 238 miles , but owners have been able to get more out of the vehicle – often up to 300 miles.

But now hypermilers have pushed it even further and achieved a range of over 750 km (466 miles) on a single charge. expand full story

Chevy Bolt EV Stories September 11

As part of its effort to bring self-driving vehicles to market, GM has claimed today that their autonomous driving division has produced “the first real self-driving car (really).” expand full story

Chevy Bolt EV Stories September 5

A few months ago, we reported on how the all-electric Chevy Bolt EV has the opportunity to take away VW Golf GTI’s “hot-hatch” crown based on impressive performance in the segment.

GM seems up to the challenge and invited us to test it out at an autocross event last week. expand full story

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