Chevrolet Bolt to be built in Michigan
Willie Grace | 2/13/2015, 1:31 p.m. | Updated on 2/13/2015, 1:31 p.m.
NEXT-GENERATION PURE ELECTRIC HATCH CONFIRMED FOR PRODUCTION
Chevrolet has confirmed this morning that the Bolt EV will head into production, and that it will be built in Michigan at the General Motors Orion assembly facility located between Flint and Detroit. The Bolt pure electric vehicle concept was introduced just last month at the Detroit auto show. Today's announcement by GM North America president Alan Batey comes just ahead of the Chicago Auto Show, where the Bolt is making another appearance this week.
"The message from consumers about the Bolt EV concept was clear and unequivocal: Build it," said Batey. "We are moving quickly because of its potential to completely shake up the status quo for electric vehicles."
In concept form, the Bolt boasts a 200-mile range, and is approximately the size of a Ford B-Max or a first-generation W168 Mercedes-Benz A-class. The upright Bolt hatch will be designed to offer more interior space than the Volt. Chevrolet aims to offer several driving modes that will adjust throttle mapping for sportier driving or for energy-conscious commuting. The Bolt is aimed to be priced between $30,000 and $35,000 after the application of a federal tax credit. The pure electric is currently slated to go on sale by 2017, and will support DC fast charging.
The green light was greeted with optimism from the Orion assembly facility workers and executives, a plant that currently builds the Chevrolet Sonic and the Buick Verano, and which at one point faced the prospect of closure during the dark days of the auto industry crisis of 2008-2010. The plant will receive a $200-million investment in preparation for the start of Bolt production.
"As one of the most environmentally progressive facilities in GM’s global network, Orion assembly is uniquely suited to build this game-changing electric vehicle," said Doug Hanly, Orion assembly and Pontiac Metal Center plant manager. "In partnership with UAW Locals 5960 and 653, we’re committed to building the highest level of quality into it."
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