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The Chevrolet Bolt is bound for production late next year.

According to a recent report from Reuters, the Bolt will be produced at an underused small-car plant north of Detroit in a planned run of 25,000 to 30,000 cars per year. The all-electric Bolt is expected to be priced around $30,000 and will have a range of over 200 miles. It is believed that the Bolt will be produced at the same factory as the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano, which has been operating below capacity.
Read more about the Chevrolet Bolt to Arrive in Late 2016: Report at AutoGuide.com.
 

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Not sure how much faith to put in this article, because they are mixing pricing, with and without the tax credit.

The $35,000 they cite for current Volt is before the credit, and the $30,000 they cite for Bolt is after the credit.
 

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Hopefully in the transition from concept to production, the appearance doesn't get watered down too much. This is a very cool and attractive looking small car, far nicer than the quirky BMW i3.
Agreed. Everything is just about perfect here. From the satin black molding that trims down the appearance of the sides, to the wheels, to the lack of a ton of silver-plate look in the front grill, it's a great looking vehicle. Make that orange available please!
 

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Saw this at the NAIAS. Perfect size, looks better in person. Glad it appears to be REALLY coming.
 

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SO this is basically the size of a SPARK?

Too bad it's so overpriced at $30k.
Think Sonic/Trax sized. The concept is a litter taller than the Sonic but not quite as tall as the Trax. Similar in size to both.
 

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If GM is planning on selling 30k plus Volts per year, the current rate of the Nissan LEAF, where does it plan to source the batteries for 25k to 30k Bolts?

The GM-LG Chem joint venture in Michigan can produce enough battery cells for either 60k Volts OR 13.3k Bolts.
 

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If GM is planning on selling 30k plus Volts per year, the current rate of the Nissan LEAF, where does it plan to source the batteries for 25k to 30k Bolts?

The GM-LG Chem joint venture in Michigan can produce enough battery cells for either 60k Volts OR 13.3k Bolts.
Well the LG Chem plant in Holland MI is expandable. My understanding is that they are not using the whole building as is.

Also the new Volt will use 192 larger cells vs. 288 cells in the current Volt so that might have a positive impact on capacity as well.

The GM battery plant in Brownstown MI is also expandable. I seem to remember that they had the capability to expand to up to 120K Gen I Volt batteries a year on multiple shifts if needed.
 

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Nice looking car, decent range, poor name and price is a little high. I think at $27,500 before tax credit would make the car a hit and GM could sell about 30,000 without to much trouble.
Problem is, as we've seen with the Volt, that most people don't want to pay a premium for these cars yet. Tesla is a bit of an exception; otherwise, the general buying public just isn't seeing enough incentive to adopt these new vehicles with non-traditional drivetrains if they have to pay for the pleasure. I don't doubt that this car would be 'worth' what you're suggesting, I just don't think the market is there yet.

GM will either have to be willing to take a bigger loss on these at first to create a name and recognition, or risk the Bolt taking a long time to gain traction like the Volt.
 

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Well the LG Chem plant in Holland MI is expandable. My understanding is that they are not using the whole building as is.

Also the new Volt will use 192 larger cells vs. 288 cells in the current Volt so that might have a positive impact on capacity as well.

The GM battery plant in Brownstown MI is also expandable. I seem to remember that they had the capability to expand to up to 120K Gen I Volt batteries a year on multiple shifts if needed.
The Brownston plant assembles individual cells into packs but they don't manufacture cells.

In industry parlance individual cells are not batteries. The packs are the "batteries."

So, if you are right they can manufacture 120k Volts or 26.6k Bolts by going to a double shift.

I take it GM will want to see that kind of volume for a while before they install a new line for battery cells.
 
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