Next week’s Chicago Auto Show might bring the official confirmation that General Motors will produce as a series model the Chevrolet Bolt electric model in a US plant.
Unveiled last month during the 2015 edition of the North American Auto Show in Detroit, the Bolt concept has been reportedly heading for production at the Orion assembly plant and the car is expected to come up with a driving range of around 200 miles. The model seems to have been designed as a competitor for the upcoming Tesla Model 3, also previewed for apparition in 2017 at an affordable price level for a battery-operated vehicle. The Chicago Auto Show’s media days are starting on Thursday and Alan Batey president of GM North America has a scheduled opening address. Additionally, another couple of Chevrolet press conferences have been reported for each press day. We should also expect a refreshed Chevrolet Equinox.
The Bolt is expected to complement the automaker’s eco-conscious lineup, which already encompasses the second-generation Chevrolet Volt extended-range hybrid and the tiny all-electric Spark EV sold only in California and Oregon. Gm has been forecasted to confirm the model’s production location – the Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township – where the automaker also produces the Sonic subcompact. With the 200-mile battery range coming from the pack produced by South Korea’s LG Chem the Bolt is also scheduled to have a powertrain derived from the current Spark EV. The model’s price is also expected to range between $30,000 and $35,000 after incentives.