Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Production

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    Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Production

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    April 16, 2016

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    General Motors Co. confirmed Wednesday its upcoming pure electric car that will have 200 miles-plus of range and will be sold across the United States will be called the Bolt EV.

    “Since unveiling the Bolt EV three months ago, the name has quickly become associated with Chevrolet,” the company said in an emailed statement. “Therefore, we will use the name when the vehicle goes into production. The Bolt EV is a significant statement of Chevrolet’s commitment to electrification and the name suits this game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity.”

    The name had drawn some criticism for being too close to the Chevrolet Volt, Chevy’s plug-in electric hybrid.

    GM showed the Bolt concept in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and a month later at the Chicago Auto Show confirmed it would build the five-passenger car at GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township.

    Chevrolet spokesman Michael Albano said GM made the final decision to go with the Bolt EV name over the past month or so. Albano, in an email, said the Bolt name was confirmed after checking with customers and dealers who affirmed “our belief that the name is a good fit and the association with Volt was seen as a positive.”

    Officials for Chevy and GM have not said when the vehicle will be built, other than it is on a “fast track to production.”
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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    I could see one of these in my driveway.

    I was looking forward to seeing it at the NY auto show - but it was nowhere to be found. A GM employee stated that due to a location change for the Chevrolet product, there was no room for the Bolt. He made a good point. GM had the Corvette and Camaro located on the lower floors with the truck displays. They really used this show to push cars.

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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    Ignoring the naming debate.

    GM is doing the right thing bringing this to market. My gut is saying this will do well. Its probably one of the best GM designs in a long time - smart, functional, up-to-the-minute styling and a bit risky. I really like it.


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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    If GM plays their cards right, this could be the next Pontiac Aztek.
    Or the 2013 Malibu.
    All it takes is lowered standards, eliminating customer-pleasing features, and a strong knack for fugly.
    Surely someone at GM is up to the task of totally trashing this vehicle as it transforms from concept to production.

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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    Quote Originally Posted by plane View Post
    If GM plays their cards right, this could be the next Pontiac Aztek.
    Or the 2013 Malibu.
    All it takes is lowered standards, eliminating customer-pleasing features, and a strong knack for fugly.
    Surely someone at GM is up to the task of totally trashing this vehicle as it transforms from concept to production.
    Perhaps just the opposite is true:

    "The Bolt EV concept was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America, made the following announcement shortly before the Chicago Auto Show:

    “The message from consumers about the Bolt EV concept was clear and unequivocal: build it.” said Batey. “We are moving quickly because of its potential to completely shake up the status quo for electric vehicles as the first affordable long-range EV in the market.”"

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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    If they keep it close to the concept it will probably sell well. I think they learned their lesson with the Aztec and then when they made the Camaro look like the concept they saw how well it sold.

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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    Glad to see they are moving quickly on this. I think it will do well. A pure electric never appealed much to me, due to the low range, but this is getting close enough to consider. I think the styling works well also.
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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    Good move on both the fast track and the name. I think Volt and Bolt will play off each other well and will make electrification of cars synonymous with Chevrolet!

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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    Quote Originally Posted by WishIhadatruck View Post
    Glad to see they are moving quickly on this. I think it will do well. A pure electric never appealed much to me, due to the low range, but this is getting close enough to consider. I think the styling works well also.
    I feel the same all around.

    It does seem that GM has finally gotten rid of it's historical tendency to dawdle with new vehicles.

    If the car does live up to it's technical expectations, and quick charging stations become more widespread, it's going to be a major hit for Chevrolet.

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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    Quote Originally Posted by Perian View Post
    Perhaps just the opposite is true:

    "The Bolt EV concept was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America, made the following announcement shortly before the Chicago Auto Show:

    “The message from consumers about the Bolt EV concept was clear and unequivocal: build it.” said Batey. “We are moving quickly because of its potential to completely shake up the status quo for electric vehicles as the first affordable long-range EV in the market.”"
    Too bad they didn't listen as well on the Buick Avenir or Ciel

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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    I'm assuming everyone knows plane is being sarcastic. But, he does bring up some good points. GM knows how to _ up a good thing.

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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    I actually like this. I didn't like the simple use of "Bolt" for the name. But now it seems they will use "Bolt EV" as the name. That should make it differentiated enough to not be confused with "Volt" most of the time.

    Also I think the Bolt EV will compliment the Volt very well. It will help raise awareness of electrification and the Volt as well.

    I could fully see (hope for) the following conversation:
    “Customer: I like the Bolt EV but I'm concerned about the lack of charging infrastructure in my area and I have to take the occasional road trip. Salesman: Well the Volt might also be a great vehicle for you?"

    Though I fear the conversation will be more like:
    "Customer: I like the Bolt EV but I'm concerned about the lack of charging infrastructure in my area and I have to take the occasional road trip. Salesman: Well the Silverado has $10K off right now."

    My wife likes her Sonic but loves the electric drive of my Volt. I could certainly see the Bolt EV as a compliment to a Votlec vehicle in our driveway.
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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    I think it is pretty cool and glad GM is going to build it.

    Short term I don't think it will sell well unless GM really prices it competitively with it's gas powered equivalents. However, long term with looming mpg requirements I don't think there will be much of a choice but for every manufacturer to develop such cars, GM is getting a leg up on the competition by building the Bolt and learning. And hopefully GM will build up a positive reputation for itself by building such cars, though if the media paints it like a loser as they did with the Volt, then it won't help....

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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    Quote Originally Posted by Perian View Post
    Perhaps just the opposite is true:

    "The Bolt EV concept was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America, made the following announcement shortly before the Chicago Auto Show:

    “The message from consumers about the Bolt EV concept was clear and unequivocal: build it.” said Batey. “We are moving quickly because of its potential to completely shake up the status quo for electric vehicles as the first affordable long-range EV in the market.”"
    Showgoers loved the Aztec too. It was the production car that everybody hated.

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    Re: Concept Chevy "Bolt" Will Keep Name; Become "BOLT EV"; Fast Tracked For Productio

    Quote Originally Posted by MechEng View Post
    I actually like this. I didn't like the simple use of "Bolt" for the name. But now it seems they will use "Bolt EV" as the name. That should make it differentiated enough to not be confused with "Volt" most of the time.

    Also I think the Bolt EV will compliment the Volt very well. It will help raise awareness of electrification and the Volt as well.

    I could fully see (hope for) the following conversation:
    “Customer: I like the Bolt EV but I'm concerned about the lack of charging infrastructure in my area and I have to take the occasional road trip. Salesman: Well the Volt might also be a great vehicle for you?"

    Though I fear the conversation will be more like:
    "Customer: I like the Bolt EV but I'm concerned about the lack of charging infrastructure in my area and I have to take the occasional road trip. Salesman: Well the Silverado has $10K off right now."

    My wife likes her Sonic but loves the electric drive of my Volt. I could certainly see the Bolt EV as a compliment to a Votlec vehicle in our driveway.
    On one hand I agree about "Bolt EV" on the other hand I don't............. Without a gas version of the Bolt EV, the "EV" has little reason to be used, meaning in a PowerPoint presentation, it sounds like the perfect solution, in the real world, its going to create almost as much confusion as we suspect.

    Additionally, what do we name the next electric car from Chevrolet, since we are going down the "olt" road.

    As others have stated, with CAFE, GM is basically mandated to build this, despite the customer demand; success and failure is directly tied to: Range, Price & Gas Prices
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