Chevrolet Bolt EV is now in production

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV production

According to WRVoltec, the Chevrolet Bolt EV entered into production last Monday as we can see in this tweet:


GM always said that the Chevrolet Bolt EV would enter production in late October 2017 and first deliveries should happen next month in California and Oregon.

The production of 9 Bolt EVs per hour started at General Motors Orion assembly plant. Considering only one 8 hour shift each weekday, the monthly production is 1.440 units – if we exclude weekends. The increase to 30 Bolt EVs per hour results in 4.800 produced every month. Down the road GM will probably introduce two shifts per weekday, doubling the production.

It’ll be interesting to see how many months it will take for the Bolt EV to outsell the PHEV Volt.


Due to GM’s reputation of constantly undermining electric cars, I’m still skeptic of how much they want the Bolt EV to succeed, but maybe this time it’ll be different. The new GM’s CEO, Mary Barra seems to understand that electric cars are here to stay and I think that LG Chem wants a similar relation that Tesla Motors has with Panasonic, so they’ll push the production as much as they can.

Maybe it’s time for Nissan to consider GM a serious electric carmaker and announce the long awaited facelifted 2017 Leaf.


What do you think? Is GM serious about the Chevrolet Bolt EV? Will it outsell the Chevrolet Volt?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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4 years ago

If it is not production restrained I think it should outsell the Volt…
The only way it doesnt is if Nissan comes out with their upgraded Leaf with better pricing and possibly if some of the 100 mile EVs get more honest and competive pricing…

4 years ago

I can’t make any sense of GMs actions unless I assume it’s very serious about the Bolt. I see it primarily as an attempt to hit Tesla. They brought it from concept to reality in record time and have overdelivered on the promises thus far. Unless they mean business, the only explanation seems to be that they really want to seem like they mean business. 😁