What was a concept car just a month ago at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit will soon be a production car. Well, maybe not exactly the car that was the concept, but certainly based on the Bolt EV.
Chevrolet Feb. 12 confirmed that it will build its next-generation pure electric vehicle at General Motors’ Orion Assembly facility in Oakland County’s Orion Twp.
“The message from consumers about the Bolt EV concept was clear and unequivocal: Build it,” said GM North America President Alan Batey. “We are moving quickly because of its potential to completely shake up the status quo for electric vehicles.”
Chevrolet officials have not put a time line on when the Bolt will be available to customers.
“The Bolt EV concept is a game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity,” said General Motors CEO Mary Barra when the Bolt was introduced at the 2015 Detroit auto show. “Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers.”
Leveraging the industry-leading battery technology found in the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept was developed as a game-changing, long- range pure electric for all 50 states, designed to offer more than a GM-estimated 200 miles of range at a target price of around $30,000, Batey said.
The concept vehicle features selectable driving modes for preferred driving styles, such as daily commuting, and it was designed to support DC fastcharging, Batey said.
“We’re proud that Chevrolet has decided to produce the Bolt EV here in Michigan at the Orion Assembly facility,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement to the media.
“Michigan unquestionably remains the global automotive leader. Chevrolet is tapping a skilled workforce that includes some of the most talented and hard-working people in the world for this cutting edge vehicle. Chevrolet is an important part of our state’s automotive history, and Michigan-made products like the Bolt EV point to a bright future as well.”
Orion Assembly is powered by gas from two nearby landfills, which saves more than 6,300 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually, said GM spokeswoman Annalisa Bluhm.
It is also home to a 350-kilowatt solar array that produces the energy equivalent to power 165 homes and sends enough energy back to the grid to power about 45 homes.
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