Joe67 is the Senior Member of the gm-volt.com forum who toke the picture where we can see a “Truck load of Chevy Bolts depart Lake Orion, Michigan” as he puts it.
Considering that GM started the Chevrolet Bolt EV production in late October – as it was planned – the delivery of the first batch happening in December isn’t surprising and was rather expected.
But seeing it’s believing, it’s great to see this second generation electric car on roads in 2016, the same can’t be said about other automakers… – I’m looking at you Volkswagen with your already annoying and endless press releases about 2020.
Yet I don’t think that the 2017 MY (Model Year) will have a strong presence outside the usual suspect states of California and Oregon. It’s the slightly improved 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV – with ACC and heat pump – to be released in summer next year, that will reach high production and sale levels.
It’s still unknown how many will GM build for the European market, but an Opel Ampera-e without a heat pump wouldn’t be very welcomed in Norway for example.
While all Tesla cars – including the Model 3 – were thought and designed mainly for the USA market that loves big cars, the Chevrolet Bolt EV/Opel Ampera-e in the other hand, seems much better suited for Europe. I hope that GM understands it and increases production even if this car fails to have much success in the USA.
All in all, I’m very happy to see this electric car being delivered, even if it’s at another Continent.
What do you think? Will the Chevrolet Bolt EV/Opel Ampera-e be more successful in the USA or in Europe?