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Chevrolet Commits to Bolt EV Production
Game-changing, long-range EV to be built at Orion Assembly facility in Michigan
General Motors

February 12, 2015


CHICAGO – Chevrolet this morning confirmed production of its next-generation pure electric vehicle, based on the Bolt EV concept. It will be built at General Motors’ Orion Assembly facility near Detroit.

GM North America President Alan Batey made the announcement ahead of the Chicago Auto Show. The Bolt EV concept was introduced last month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

“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.”

Leveraging the industry-leading battery technology found in the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept was developed as a game-changing, long-range pure electric for all 50 states, designed to offer more than a GM-estimated 200 miles of range at a target price of around $30,000.

The progressively styled concept vehicle features selectable driving modes for preferred driving styles, such as daily commuting, and it was designed to support DC fast charging.

“We’re proud that Chevrolet has decided to produce the Bolt EV here in Michigan at the Orion Assembly facility,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “Michigan unquestionably remains the global automotive leader. Chevrolet is tapping a skilled workforce that includes some of the most talented and hard-working people in the world for this cutting-edge vehicle. Chevrolet is an important part of our state’s automotive history, and Michigan-made products like the Bolt EV point to a bright future as well.”

Start of production and additional details will be announced later.

$200-million investment

GM’s Orion Assembly, home of the Chevrolet Sonic sub-compact and Buick Verano luxury compact, and Pontiac Metal Center facilities are receiving a $200-million investment to support production of the next-generation electric vehicle. Orion will receive $160 million for tooling and equipment, and Pontiac will receive $40 million for new dies.

“As one of the most environmentally progressive facilities in GM’s global network, Orion Assembly is uniquely suited to build this game-changing electric vehicle,” said Doug Hanly, Orion Assembly and Pontiac Metal Center plant manager. “In partnership with UAW Locals 5960 and 653, we’re committed to building the highest level of quality into it.”

Located approximately 30 miles north of Detroit, Orion Assembly is powered by gas from two nearby landfills, which saves more than 6,300 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually. It is also home to a 350-kilowatt solar array that produces the energy equivalent to power 165 homes and sends enough energy back to the grid to power about 45 homes.

“This is very exciting for our members who were facing the possibility of losing that plant during the auto crisis,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, director of the union’s GM Department. “Our members are also proud to have their plant chosen to produce what is sure to be another popular and dynamic Chevy product rolling off the line at the Orion Assembly Plant.”

Orion Assembly is the first GM facility to receive the Clean Corporate Citizen designation by the State of Michigan, and the Pontiac plant has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry three times.
 

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http://www.autoblog.com/2015/02/12/chevy-bolt-200-mile-ev-production/

Manufacturing in 2016 as a 2017 MY? This is much farther along than they've led us to believe. Mules are running around right now with the heart/soul/guts of the Bolt but hidden with other bodywork.

BRAVO GM... this will be on my short list in late 2016 for my wife. I love my 2014 Volt and will definitely keep it but she's driving 70 miles a day round trip for work... the Volt made little sense because she'd burn gas 50% of the time but a 200 mile range Bolt is perfect. We'll keep the 'nox to carry the dogs and weekend Home Depot runs and we're set.

Oh, and my LS-based '71 Chevelle when I want to piss off the tree huggers. My Volt is my carbon offset. :)
 

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Good, and I am glad they are building it in the USA.

Should help with the CAFE too.
 

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200 miles range driving sounds just about right to me, l only do just under that maybe two times a year. 200 miles would last nearly all week most of the time.

Just a question to Perian, Yamahr1 & KretzJ (a '71 Chevelle sounds good to me got any photo's) how many miles have you clocked up whilst using the Volt in gasoline mode, and how do you monitor the miles clocked up in this mode when the engine is not running. You must all have relatively low miles and wear on the engine, is there just a set period of time you need to change engine, oil fuel & air filters?

Just interested.
 

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The best thing for this country is for the Bolt and Model III to sell like crazy. Let's get real-world, livable, fully electric cars that sell and compete and make each other better.

Maybe at some point we'll get something (hopefully the Model III) that doesn't look like a clown car.
 

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“The message from consumers about the Bolt EV concept was clear and unequivocal: Build it,” said Batey.
Consumers said the same about the Cadillac Ciel, Cadillac Elmiraj and Buick Avenir. :001_rolleyes:

Avenir and Elmiraj could do great work for GM as halo cars, not Bolt.
 

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Just a question to Perian, Yamahr1 & KretzJ (a '71 Chevelle sounds good to me got any photo's) how many miles have you clocked up whilst using the Volt in gasoline mode, and how do you monitor the miles clocked up in this mode when the engine is not running. You must all have relatively low miles and wear on the engine, is there just a set period of time you need to change engine, oil fuel & air filters?

Just interested.
OnStar and VOLTSTATS.net do the work for you. You can monitor your electric use right down to the last KW. Go to voltstats.net for an answer to your question. As for service, my car is going in next week for service, but the oil indicator reads 57% - but it has been a year without any service (or warranty service). Great car.
 

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$30k still seems pricey for such a tiny car. I think at $27k, they would move more models and not cannibalize VOLT sales. On this board alone, we can see how people would abandon the Volt for this, or at least cross-shop.
 

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It's a subcompact, $30,000, 200-mile white elephant.
Actually, it could be the first practical electric vehicle that isn't either butt ugly or very expensive. We've been considering a Sonic for a commuter, but this may be a much more interesting option.

Just think - no more sloppy timing chains, excessive oil consumption, blown intake manifold or head gaskets, bad catalytic converters, bad ignition coils, leaky water pumps, dead fuel pumps, etc., etc. Electric cars have a LOT of potential and the only way to realize that potential is to get started down the path. (And this is from an old tire smoking Pontiac fan.)
 

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In hold mode on highway (75+ MPH here in Phoenix) I net between 55 and 60 MPG. Hold mode in town I can scrape 75 MPG. I have a lifetime MPG of 131 and I'm currently sitting at only 75% electrical usage.

I signed up for Voltstats website but they're having issues with OnStar at the moment. I've owned my car since last Memorial Day and I just hit 13,000 miles a few days ago so I'm NOT gentle on the usage. At 13k miles I still show 62% oil life remaining.

Biggest win in expanding the battery-only range of a Volt? Slightly over-inflate your tires from 38 psi to 45 psi. I routinely pull 50 - 51 miles ROUND TRIP (not one-way downhill) on a single charge in my 2014 Volt. All I did was up the tire PSI. My record is 54.0 miles round trip on a single charge, and I'm doing the speed limit +2 the entire way (in town driving only of course). I wish I could slip the larger 2015 battery into my Volt... I could probably scrape 58 - 59 miles... :)
 

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I am not going to "knock" the Bolt and its 200 mile range but I doubt it will sell in numbers much higher then the LEAF as I say the PRICE is still the BIGGEST factor and 100 MILE range for 20K price is IMHO where sale will "rocket" at 36K before rebates there are a LOT of cars / SUVS to choose from and unless you lease the rebates do NOT change your payment / amount you can afford ratios
at 20K it is priced at/around other Commuter/second car range of sonics/cruzes ETC as even with 200 mile range range concerns are still there and a weekend in Vegas is still out
 

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OnStar and VOLTSTATS.net do the work for you. You can monitor your electric use right down to the last KW. Go to voltstats.net for an answer to your question. As for service, my car is going in next week for service, but the oil indicator reads 57% - but it has been a year without any service (or warranty service). Great car.
Thanks for the reply, sounds like the engine will outlive the car if the oil is only at 57% and you are having it serviced, what mileage did you do in the last year.
 
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