At a speech in Detroit yesterday at the SAE World Congress, a top General Motor’s executive took some shots at Tesla.
Dan Nicholson, General Motor’s Vice President of global propulsion systems, did mention that some customers may confuse the Bolt name with the Volt. Beyond that, however, most of what he had to say was comparing the Bolt electric vehicle with Tesla’s recently revealed Model 3 sedan.
Nicholson had this to say (in no particular order):
- The Chevrolet Bolt is scheduled to go on sale long before Tesla’s Model 3
- “It will be in production by the end of 2016, so it’s not necessary to put down $1,000 and wait until 2018 or sometime after that.”
- “GM’s balance sheet is in pretty strong shape, so we don’t need to take $1,000 of your money just to hold a spot”