Chevrolet Bolt EV is now in production
According to WRVoltec, the Chevrolet Bolt EV entered into production last Monday as we can see in this tweet:
From Steve R. -My plant guy tells me they are producing saleable Bolts today. Currently @ 9 Bolts/he, long term goal of 30/hr – 1 shift opt pic.twitter.com/a6FYooseZS
— WaterlooRegionVoltec (@WRVoltec) October 24, 2016
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?