GM announced the Chevrolet Bolt EV price for Canada, it starts at 42.795 CAD and unlike what happens in the USA, it includes DC fast charging capability as standard in every trim. For comparison, in Canada the highest 2016 Nissan Leaf trim (SL) price starts at 40.548 CAD.
This is what GM Canada says:
“Bolt EV buyers will find range, cargo space, technology and safety features standard in a great vehicle with crossover proportions. In Canada, the DC fast charging provision and the tire inflator kit are provided as part of the standard equipment. The thrill of driving an EV, reduced costs of ownership, along with the support of a nationwide network of Bolt EV certified Chevrolet dealers make the Bolt EV a smart buy for any customer.
The base LT trim starts at an MSRP of $42,795 and comes with standard features that include, among others, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle, rear vision camera, 10.2” diagonal colour touch-screen and MICHELIN™ Self-sealing tires. The top trim Premier includes all LT equipment plus additional standard features such as leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, surround camera and rear camera mirror. The Bolt EV will be arriving at Canadian dealerships in early 2017.”
If we convert CAD price to USD we get 32.391 USD. The Chevrolet Bolt EV is officially cheaper in Canada than in USA where the price starts at 37.495 USD and DC fast charging capability is a 750 USD option.
The direct conversion to euros is 29.037 €, this means that the price of the Opel Ampera-e in Norway – where electric cars don’t pay VAT – can be around 30.000 €. While in Germany where the VAT is 19 %, the starting price can be around 35.000 €.
We have to wait and see how much does GM want to sell the Opel Ampera-e in Europe. I think that it will be priced from 35.000 € to 40.000 € depending on trim and options. There was even one Opel’s representative in Portugal that affirmed it will be sold from 30.000 € and 35.000 €, but that’s probably too good to be true.
On one hand it’s reasonable to suspect GM’s intentions about electric cars, the company has a lousy track record when it comes to electric vehicles. On the other hand the new GM CEO, Mary Barra seems really decided to follow Tesla’s example and make GM a high tech company. I also doubt that LG Chem would offer a good price for its battery cells (145 USD/kWh) if the contract wasn’t meant for big production volume.
What do you think? Is GM really interested in selling the Chevrolet Bolt EV and its sibling Opel Ampera-e before the arrival of alternatives?