The largest US automaker recently unveiled during the 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit the Bolt prototype, an electric car under the Chevrolet brand.
News of the upcoming electric model, which in its production guise would need to be affordable and commend a price of around $30,000 after government incentives and local subsidies, have been flowing steady since its introduction. We already know it’s going to be produced in Detroit at a small car factory that was so far underutilized and it should arrive in dealerships in 2017 – in time to rival Tesla’s Model 3, another affordable electric car. The car can also go around 200 miles on a single charge – a feat that so far was out of reach for equally affordable models – such as the best-selling electric car in the world, Nissan’s Leaf.
But another debate on the model arose soon – will Chevy keep the Bolt name? The issue has come up after numerous reports of mistaken identity – meaning it was easily misheard as Volt – the brand’s other green vehicle, an electric plug-in hybrid now in its second generation. “Some people think it’s confusing,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America. “People are having some fun with it. It is generating awareness, which is good. It’s so conversational. We’re still in the decision phase,” he commented recently during the Chicago Auto Show. The executive contends that a final decision on the name for the production model will come during the next 12 months. He ads that the upcoming electric car will retain much of the looks showcased by the prototype, so clients in the showroom will have no excuse confusing the two models.