Chevrolet Bolt – 200-mile, $30,000 EV expected to debut on Monday

Release Date: late 2016
MSRP: $37,495 in the USA
Battery Pack Size: 66 kWh
Electric Range: 259 miles
MPGe: 119
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The Wall Street Journal has access to some insiders – and the word from them is that Chevrolet will be debuting a 200 mile electric vehicle this coming Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

We’ve known for some time GM has been working on a pure EV, and it’s been speculated to be based on the Chevy Sonic (slightly larger than the current Chevy Spark EV).

“General Motors Co. plans to launch a $30,000 electric vehicle called the Chevrolet Bolt that would be capable of driving 200 miles on a charge by 2017, according to people familiar with the strategy, a move to gain ground on Tesla Motors Inc.”

“GM will show off a concept version of the Bolt on Monday at the Detroit auto show, eight years after the auto giant disclosed it would re-enter the electric car market with the Chevrolet Volt.”

“The Chevy Bolt, carrying a more capable battery manufactured by South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd. , will be aimed squarely at Tesla’s forthcoming Model 3, a $35,000 electric car also slated to debut in 2017. The concept version of the electric car will be a hatchback designed to look more like a so-called crossover vehicle, according to people familiar with the design.”

“By placing the Bolt in the high-volume Chevrolet line and giving it a name similar to the Volt, executives hope to polish Chevy’s image as a full-line vehicle manufacturer prepared to meet demand, regardless of prices at the pump, according to people familiar with the strategy. GM expects the Bolt to compete globally, including in markets such as China. It is unclear if a car similar to the Bolt would be inserted in the Opel, Cadillac or Buick brands down the road.”

Full article here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/gm-readies-electric-rival-to-tesla-1420859986

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