Chevy plans production Bolt for next year image

The Chevrolet Bolt Concept is bound to hit the production line in late 2016 as the model will go on sale one year later, as a rival for the Tesla Model III.

The battle for electric vehicles has begun as most carmakers are getting into it. Chevrolet makes no exception as it has officially pulled the wraps off the Bolt Concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), in Detroit, a month ago, and rumor has it that this will not remain a simple one-off vehicle. According to Reuters, the model in question will be hitting the assembly line in late 2016 only to become available for order one year later, which will basically make it a 2018 model year.

The Chevrolet Bolt is said to be put together at the Orion Township GM facility, along with an Opel badged version, where the Buick Verano and the Chevrolet Sonic are currently being assembled. The production version of the Bolt will be based on the Gamma global small car platform, made by General Motors, which will also serve as a basis for the next generation of the Sonic, also announced for late 2016. The production variant of the Chevrolet Bolt is rumored to hit dealerships in early 2017 and this should be priced at approximately 30,000 USD. The model will get a range of more than 200 miles, the equivalent of 322 km, and it is aimed towards the upcoming Tesla Model III and, judging by its looks, to the BMW i3 too. More details on the subject are limited at this time.