GM is signaling that it may soon be unplugging Chevy Bolt, its once groundbreaking electric vehicle
GM plans to build these electric pickups at its Orion Township, Michigan plant by 2024. The factory is now home to the Bolt and the slightly larger Bolt EUV. And Tuesday’s announcement didn’t include a new location for the Bolt.
“Production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV will continue during the plant’s rebuild activities to prepare the facility for production of the Silverado EV and Sierra EV pickups,” said GM spokesman Dan Flores. “We are not currently disclosing any additional information regarding the production of Bolt EV or Bolt EUV.”
“Orion is currently down through February, allowing us to continue to focus LG battery pack production on recall repairs,” Flores said. Last month, GM only planned to keep production low through January. Flores says when production can finally resume said, “GM has not made a decision beyond February.”
Once a breakthrough car
These new vehicles –– and all future electric vehicles from GM — have a different battery than the Bolt, dubbed the Ultium, which promises superior performance. On Tuesday, GM and LG Energy Solutions also announced plans for a $2.6 billion battery plant in Lansing, Michigan, near Orion Township. But that will make it harder for GM to sell Bolts with an inferior battery even after the fire issue is fixed.
And the Bolt is tiny – even the slightly larger Bolt EUV is just over 14 feet or 170 inches long. While that’s a few inches longer than the original, it’s about a foot shorter than a compact Toyota Corolla, although it has a bit more interior space and cargo capacity because it lacks an engine.
Other electric vehicles from GM cost far more
The next generation of electric vehicles is aimed at a more affluent segment of the population. The Hummer EVs have a starting price of between $80,000 and $110,000, while the Lyriq starts at $59,000. The price of the Silverado EV has yet to be announced, but it will likely be in that range.
Originally the first mass-market car from an automaker, rather than a luxury car, the Bolt could go more than 200 miles on a single charge.
Those plans now seem unlikely.