Chevy Bolt EV Forum
The Detroit News
Photo Credit: General Motors
April 16, 2016
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.”