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News   November 14, 2016   by Auto Service World

GM Ramps Up Bolt Production

Pre-production for the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is underway. Chevrolet Bolt EV engineers are working alongside GM’s Orion Township, Mich. assembly plant workers to finalize testing of plant tools and processes in preparation for the for start of retail production at the end of this year. “We’re at another critical and important point in the development of the Bolt EV,” said Josh Tavel, Bolt EV Chief Engineer. “We’ve moved from working in math and building cars by hand to building Bolt EV’s on the line. We’re now testing the tooling used in the plant so that we deliver high quality 200-plus mile EV that our customers are eagerly anticipating.”General Motors Co has increased production of its new Chevrolet Bolt and is on track to start delivering the electric cars by the end of the year.

This means that, barring a last-minute stumble, GM will be first to offer an electric car with more than 200 miles of driving range at a starting price of less than $40,000 before tax credits.

The $37,495 Bolt, with a 238-mile range, is a compact, utilitarian hatchback that includes a thin front seat for increased rear-seat legroom, aimed at making the car attractive to drivers of ride-hailing services.

GM’s Maven car-sharing operation will receive Bolts to offer drivers who want to work for GM’s ride-hailing partner, Lyft. Company officials will not say how many customers have tried to order Bolts from dealers.

GM is also hedging its bets on production targets after getting burned in the past by over-estimating demand for electric or hybrid cars. Sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars represent just 1% of the U.S. light vehicle market, despite government efforts to promote cleaner cars.


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