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Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle

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The electric vehicle wars are about to heat up, and it looks as though the next big fight will be between General Motors and Tesla Motors. Both companies are no stranger to electrified vehicles, but Tesla has by far been the poster child for the EV movement since the introduction of its highly acclaimed Model S.

However, GM is looking to swing the momentum back in its favor with the release of the Chevrolet Bolt, which is already hitting the streets in prototype form. This is actually a pretty quick turnaround for GM, as the concept vehicle was first shown this January at the Detroit Auto Show, which means that development on the EV was well underway at that point.

Chevy Bolt EV

GM was kind enough to provide two images of camouflaged Bolt EV rolling around its Milford Proving Ground. Although you can’t see much fine detail from the way the vehicle is disguised, the overall shape and “greenhouse” is quite similar to the concept car. GM also put up a video showing Bolt prototypes undergoing rigorous real-world and simulated tests to ensure that most of the “ghosts in the machine” are rounded up before the vehicle ends up in customer garages.

“Chevrolet’s advanced EV technology is designed to simplify the lives of our consumers,” said president of General Motors North America President Alan Batey. “With four new vehicles introduced since January, Chevrolet continues to prove its commitment.”

The Bolt promises a driving range of 200 miles per charge courtesy of its single electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack, and will be priced at approximately $37,500 before a $7,500 federal tax credit and any applicable state credits and rebates. For comparison, the current generation Chevrolet Spark EV has an EPA-rated driving range of just 82 miles per charge and costs $26,820 before federal and state tax credits/rebates are applied.

Chevy Bolt EV

As for Tesla and its Model III, that vehicle has apparently yet to enter the alpha testing phase, although Tesla is confident that the vehicle will still be revealed to the public in late 2016, while production will commence the following year (the same year as the Bolt enters production).

The Model III will have a price tag of $35,000 before credits/rebates and has a driving range of at least 200 miles (and possibly 250+ miles if comments by Tesla CEO Elon Musk are accurate).


37 Comments on "Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle"

  1. Plantagenet on Sat, 27th Jun 2015 6:45 pm 

    GM vs. Tesla.
    Old vs. new.
    Small and nimble vs. old and stodgy

    Put your money on Tesla to produce the better low end EV.

  2. Apneaman on Sat, 27th Jun 2015 7:03 pm 

    Hurray, the apes are saved from going extinct now. Hey Planty, how many of these do ya think they have to build to prevent Alaska from turning into an ash heap? Better crank up that production line.

  3. Makati1 on Sat, 27th Jun 2015 9:41 pm 

    More disguised advertising by the failing auto industry.

    Lets see … About 1 billion autos on the world’s roads today, replaced at 165,000 per day (current world auto production) equals ~6,000 days or ~17 years. Yep! A real fast change from gasoline.

    Not to mention that the first ones would be worn out in half that time, so you would never replace ALL of the gas cars, even if you could get ALL of the thousand other inputs to work.

    And as for cost … About 1,000,000,000 new cars at $35,000 each = $35 Trillion dollars. Not to mention the build out of systems to support those billion new cars.

    LMAO! Pure Bull Shit!

  4. DMyers on Sat, 27th Jun 2015 10:37 pm 

    I know many of the commentators on this site are wealthy and live on plush prepper plantations with crews of Mexican landscapers and little Irish grape stompers. But for me, it ain’t like that. I live in a day to day economic struggle, alongside Mexican landscapers and little Irish grape stompers.

    So, I see a real affordability issue with these EEVEEs. Even given all the moral, ethical and ecological issues involved, is ownership of an EEVEE really worth a life sentence of debt slavery?

    The exotic paint job speaks for itself. Body repair, to state mandated insurance standards, will be so expensive that even a minor fender bender will lead to a total loss of the vehicle for insurance purposes.

    As between Tesla and anything else, I would always go Tesla because just having that name attached will bestow electrical superiority.

    Would a massive fleet of EEVEE’s in, say the USA, break the grid into little pieces that would then have to be sent to China and India to be reconstructed and sent back while people took turns blowing on the food in the freezer to keep it cold? I, for one, believe that is a highly probable scenario.

  5. Plantagenet on Sat, 27th Jun 2015 11:43 pm 


    Both the GM Bolt and the Tesla model III will be built in the USA.


  6. Kenz300 on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 7:07 am 

    Every auto manufacturer is moving to produce an electric or hybrid vehicle.

    Electric vehicles are the future. TESLA has shown the world what is possible.

    Elon Musk — doing good for humanity and able to make money.

    Too many companies have only short term quarterly goals……Elon Musk makes long term goals and plans. Companies can make profits and still be good for consumers, the community and the planet.

    Solar energy production (Solar City) and solar energy consumption (TESLA).

    It is time to end the oil monopoly on transportation fuels.

    Bring on the electric, flex-fuel, hybrid, ethanol, biofuel, CNG, LNG and hydrogen fueled vehicles.

    No more wars for oil………….

  7. Boat on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 7:45 am 

    What we need is $6 gasoline. The electric would work well in that environment.

  8. paulo1 on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 7:56 am 

    What’s the point? US electricity is 60% coal fired. Save the world by buying an ev, and roast it at the same time.


    The answer is to make available small small cars (without all the bullshit luxury add-ons) and use them only when needed. Plus, a different lifestyle to restrict the desire to own a car in the first place.

    A huge carbon tax might help.

  9. ennui2 on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 8:16 am 

    “how many of these do ya think they have to build to prevent Alaska from turning into an ash heap?”

    Planty said a while back he liked what global warming is doing for his comfort-level of Alaska. He doesn’t really care.

  10. Boat on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 9:08 am 

    U.S. electricity … Coal = 39%; Natural gas = 27%; Nuclear = 19%; Hydropower = 6%;

    Close Paulo, In 2002 coal was 50% of US electrical production. Then this pesky thing called fracking dropped nat gas prices.

  11. Apneaman on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 9:18 am 

    Planty is in that special, yet ubiquitous, category I like to refer to as “comfortably dumb”. Isn’t there a song?

  12. dashster on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 9:19 am 

    I wouldn’t be so sure that Tesla will beat out GM or any of the Japanese car makers. Building cars is probably not a craft where “nimble” versus “massive” is a benefit.

  13. Apneaman on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 9:22 am 

    Hey boat, looks like that pesky thing called fracking is now doing unwanted abortions. More efficient than having to drive all that way to the clinic eh?

    What’s Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah?
    A fracking boomtown, a spike in stillborn deaths and a gusher of unanswered questions

    Read more:
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  14. Rodster on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 9:35 am 

    “What we need is $6 gasoline. The electric would work well in that environment.”

    The economy would crash/burn, then collapse. At that point electricity would be plentiful because few would be able to afford it without jobs. People forget that what we now have was all made possible by CHEAP and plentiful oil.

  15. Apneaman on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 9:35 am 

    The apes are on the bus, but the lizard is doing the driving.

    Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory

    “Consciousness — the internal dialogue that seems to govern one’s thoughts and actions — is far less powerful than people believe, serving as a passive conduit rather than an active force that exerts control, according to a new theory proposed by an SF State researcher.”

    “Consciousness, per Morsella’s theory, is more reflexive and less purposeful than conventional wisdom would dictate. Because the human mind experiences its own consciousness as sifting through urges, thoughts, feelings and physical actions, people understand their consciousness to be in control of these myriad impulses. But in reality, Morsella argues, consciousness does the same simple task over and over, giving the impression that it is doing more than it actually is.”

    “According to Morsella’s framework, the “free will” that people typically attribute to their conscious mind — the idea that our consciousness, as a “decider,” guides us to a course of action — does not exist. Instead, consciousness only relays information to control “voluntary” action, or goal-oriented movement involving the skeletal muscle system”

    Which explains why this can be taking place, yet counting barrels is so fucking all important. The apes are on automatic pilot to degrade energy to improve their reproductive strategy and knowing it changes nothing.

    Sixth mass extinction is here: Humanity’s existence threatened

    “There is no longer any doubt: We are entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity’s existence.”

  16. Davy on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 9:57 am 

    Paulo, I feel the same way about EV’s. Until we have dedicated AltE powering stations the EV’s are not green. In fact AltE is only marginally “greener” overall. If EV’s are fossil fuel fired, which most are, they are not helping the carbon situation out. A person that is truly green is a localized person and does not use a modern vehicle. That my friends is green the rest is not period.

    There is a place for EV in the mix for a declining fossil fuel world. EV’s are a niche technology currently and always will be. There will be not time or resources to scale up an AltE and EV world to replace fossil fuels. It is a green fantasy and nothing more. The sooner we accept we are at the end of the modern industrial man and his progressive substitutions of energy sources the sooner we can focus on the descent ahead.

  17. DMyers on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 10:10 am 

    Plant, although I’m flattered that you, at least, skimmed my comment, the part about China and India was in reference to the grid. The issue here is whether a number of EVs recharging simultaneously would break the grid (i.e., disable it in some fashion).
    As I understand it, there are important components of the grid for which we are reliant on foreign manufacturers to replace.

    There are arguments on both sides of this question of grid suitability and durability in the face of a large scale, EV recharge event. I tend to believe the grid is not up to that, without refurbishment. The first order of business, then, would be to refurbish the grid and verify its readiness rather than introducing EVs and leaving it to chance.

    I applaud the fact that these vehicles will be made in the USA, but only so far as they are built with human labor rather than by robots made from imported components. I agree with Paulo1, that the EV represents a conversion from oil to coal as a transportation fuel. That raises a lot of questions about advantages and disadvantages of going electric with transportation.

  18. joe on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 10:39 am 

    So it took them around 10 years of real effort when the news about ‘peak oil’ began to filter out to something that looks like mommy can scoot to the shops in. Given better battery’s etc you may get bigger useful models. Great. Why have they not done this before? The technology has clearly been there for a very very long time. Because liquid gasoline is so versatile. You just put it in a truck and deliver it. Electric powered cars powered by natural gas power plants or nuclear or anything is NOT carbon neutral. So why an electric car?

  19. Davy on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 11:06 am 

    DM said “I tend to believe the grid is not up to that, without refurbishment. The first order of business, then, would be to refurbish the grid and verify its readiness rather than introducing EVs and leaving it to chance.”

    DM the grid is not up to a significant EV introduction into the rolling stock fleet. There is not time or money to build out a shiny new grid for a significant sized EV fleet. In fact there are not the resources to build out a significant new EV vehicle fleet. This is all just more greenie fantasy. There is nothing happening now that points to an AltE world running EV vehicles on a shiny new smart grid.

    We cannot even maintain what we have now how are we going to build out something brand spanking new?? This is not going to happen and it is nothing more than greenie hopium opium. At this point in time it is of the upmost importance to get real not delve into the world of fantasy. I am not saying no to EV’s and AltE at all. I am saying they have a place in a descending fossil fuel world but they are not the next great energy revolution. The sooner we admit this the better.

  20. BobInget on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 11:58 am 

    Once we stop burning coal our little green planet turns black.

    I’ve learned a few things.
    1) Burned coal particulates are blocking sunlight.
    any sudden stops could be catastrophic.
    2) Sudden +six degrees C will set off land permafrost releasing setting off negative feedback.

    WE need to put in place protections against violent storms, higher sea levels, drought and flood resistant feed stocks. No puny efforts to replace Coal aerosols.

  21. GregT on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 12:53 pm 

    Why B.C. may be in for a long, hot summer

    While the thermostat does get close once or twice each summer, this particular heat wave has a lot of added factors. First of all, it’s early, as seasonal highs for Vancouver right now are just 20 C.

    And the forecast temperatures will likely end up 10 degrees above that this weekend — numbers more reminiscent of July or August.

    This past May was the driest on record for most of the province. So far, just a fraction of expected June rain has fallen. And in general, temperatures have been above seasonal for weeks on end.

    This provides that much more of an impact for the hot weather forecast when it comes to fire danger and drought concerns. After an explosive start to the fire season, and reservoirs dropping at an alarming speed, a dry forecast ramps up the danger and a hot one means evaporation of any moisture happens at a faster rate.

    Climate change is already here, and it isn’t going to get better as time goes on.

  22. Beery on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 3:06 pm 

    An electric vehicle sounds to me about as intelligent as poroducing a camouflaged car – a disaster waiting to happen.

    Replacing our gasoline vehicles with a fleet of these vehicles would wreck the grid, in much the same way that putting a camouflaged vehicle on the road would wreck the vehicle.

  23. GregT on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 3:37 pm 

    No consideration given to what we drive vehicles on. Roads, bridges, and tunnels all require fossil fuels in their construction, repair, and maintenance. Vast quantities of fossil fuels.

    The electric car is nothing more than a niche market. It has no place in a vastly reduced energy future. Much better to start focussing on needs, like food production and water security.

    Forget about a techno-utopian future. Not going to happen. Get out of the cities now, while the opportunity to do so is still available.

  24. GregT on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 4:45 pm 

    Bolt? A good name for a dog.

    A vehicle built with fossil fuels, that utilizes fossil fuel derived infrastructure, that runs on electricity mostly generated from fossil fuels, that some people remain convinced is the alternative to fossil fuels? Not so much.

    Dolt, would be a much more appropriate name.

  25. Davy on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 5:39 pm 

    Greg that’s my dog’s name. Glad you approve.

  26. Mike989 on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 7:57 pm 

    1) Carbon neutral cement or negative carbon cement is coming. Just require it be used, then infrastructure repair actually helps the planet.

    2) Why does this site Never mention the drop in solar prices, or the geometric growth of solar?

    3) Current generation in the 10 southern states is now 5 cent pre kWh, and wind is 3. It’s actually cheaper now, ie More Profitable Now to switch to solar and wind for power, than any carbon source.

    4) Germany has already moved to 25% of power generation ONLY off the backs of consumers. Now companies in the EU are shedding carbon “assets” as they will NEVER be burned.

    We are at the beginning of a rapid transition to clean energy. Either you hold on to carbon, and go bankrupt, or you transition YESTERDAY to Solar and Wind.

  27. Mike989 on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 8:00 pm 

    As for China and India, they’ve both made commitments to solar in the 100’s of GIGAWATT range.

    They are going big, and will Bury Us economically if we continue to ignore this transition and let our competitors Take Control of this Field.
    If you stick with carbon You DIE With Carbon.

  28. Apneaman on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 9:22 pm 

    mike how much electricity is solar generating globally?

  29. GregT on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 9:56 pm 


    You’re so full of crap, that you are beginning to sound like a used car salesman.

  30. Apneaman on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 10:08 pm 

    3 cheers for green India

    Indian coal power plants world’s most polluting

    “India has the world’s third largest coal reserves, and its power generation is primarily dependent on burning coal, both now and in the future. But the coal-based thermal power plants in India are the least efficient and therefore the most polluting in the world, says a new study.

    Called the Green Rating Project, the two-year study by the New Delhi-based think tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) gives the country’s first environmental rating of coal-based power plants and shows the sector’s performance to be way below global benchmarks.

    The study covered 47 plants across 16 states, accounting for half the coal-based thermal power plants in India. It found that the sector performed poorly on all environmental and energy parameters, getting a score of 23%. As many as 40% of the plants scored below 20%. Globally, a thermal plant following all the best practices can get a score of 80%.

    The average efficiency of the Indian plants was 32.8%, one of the lowest among the major power producing countries. Their average carbon dioxide emissions were 14% higher than the average in China. Carbon dioxide is the principal greenhouse gas that is causing climate change, which in turn is reducing farm output worldwide, raising sea levels and making droughts, storms and floods more frequent and more severe.”

    Modi’s coal turnaround to ease chronic power cuts

    “Fewer power cuts are likely in India this summer after a surge in output at Coal India (COAL.NS) helped generators amass record stocks, a turnaround for Narendra Modi who had to battle a power crisis within months of becoming prime minister last May.

    Fast-track mine approvals, tighter production oversight and more flexibility in coal sales have helped power station stocks recover from a six-year low hit in October, vindicating Modi’s pitch to voters as the state leader who brought round-the-clock power to industrial Gujarat.

    As Modi prepares to mark his first year in office and seeks to fulfil a poll promise to provide power to all of India’s 1.2 billion people by 2019, power stations hold 28 million tonnes of coal, a 38 percent jump from a year ago, government data shows”

    India and coal

  31. Apneaman on Sun, 28th Jun 2015 10:18 pm 

    3 cheers for green China

    China Is Building a “Coal Base” the Size of LA

    “The biggest of those bases, the Ningdong Energy and Chemical Industry Base, spans nearly 400 square miles, about the size of LA. It’s already operational, and seemingly always expanding. It’s operated by Shenhua, one of the biggest coal companies in the world. China hopes to uses these coal bases not just to host some of the world’s largest coal-fired power plants, but to use super-energy intensive technology to convert the coal into a fuel called syngas and use it to make plastics and other materials.

    Syngas is healthier to breathe when burned than typical coal—but as Motherboard has noted before, synthesizing the stuff emits nearly twice the carbon pollution. That’s why when Inside Climate News, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative environmental outfit, traveled to China to investigate the operation, they, and a number of climate experts concluded it would “doom the climate.”

  32. Davy on Mon, 29th Jun 2015 2:38 am 

    Mike said “Carbon neutral cement or negative carbon cement is coming”. Get out of here Mike what planet you live on? Mike most of us here on PO love solar but your geometric growth is from a penny to a quarter when we need $100 bills now. It ain’t going to scale Mike get a grip. This is why this statement is just so hollow and empty “We are at the beginning of a rapid transition to clean energy”.

    Mike said “As for China and India, they’ve both made commitments to solar in the 100’s of GIGAWATT range. They are going big, and will Bury Us economically if we continue to ignore this transition”. Yea sure Mike, they are committed to burying us in their coal ash and plastic shit they produce. China and India are killing the planet and will finish what the west started. Our only hope in this regard is the end of globalism and a rebalance of consumption and population. Unlike your green fantasy this rebalance is something that will scale once Nature gets started.

    Mike you are a green Bautopian preaching a fantasy of a shiny new green BAU. You act like AltE is clean and carbon free. You act like AltE will have this magic breakout and we will have an AltE driven and replicating world producing carbon neutral cement and solar panels and wind turbines to cover the planet with. What a sick frame of mind and one so many greenies have. If you guys talked about using AltE in a rebalancing world of consumption and population I would applaud you. AltE can assist us in the descent that is it. There is no future AltE world wake up and smell the dead flowers.

    Mike you can’t have your cake and eat it. A complex global world like ours is not carbon neutral. There is no way to make modern life green. Our transformation will only be a rebalance to a much lower consumption level with much lower population that we can lower our footprint. I doubt we can get smaller and still maintain anything like the civilization we have now. If this is true than our whole focus should be how can we adjust and mitigate the descent to something vastly different from today not how many more GIGWATTS can we slap on the earth. How can we make the ugly less ugly that should be our focus.

  33. Kenz300 on Mon, 29th Jun 2015 9:23 am 

    Sustainable energy generation (Solar) and sustainable energy consumption (TESLA) electric vehicles.

    Climate change is real…… we need to deal with the cause (fossil fuels) …….


    Renewables to Beat Fossil Fuels With $3.7 Trillion Solar Boom – Renewable Energy World


    Renewable Energy Responsible for First Ever Carbon Emissions Stabilization – Renewable Energy World


    A 9-Minute Guide To Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change – Renewable Energy World

  34. dave thompson on Mon, 29th Jun 2015 9:37 am 

    When real consumption of FF goes down due to “green alts” in real numbers, at a scale that makes any diff what so ever, and until such a time arrives, BAU burns on.

  35. Outcast_Searcher on Mon, 29th Jun 2015 11:32 am 

    mike989 said: “Carbon neutral cement or negative carbon cement is coming. Just require it be used, then infrastructure repair actually helps the planet.”

    Well, that’s a nice story. I see all kinds of claims that it’s being worked on, but NOTHING about any realistic commercially available product, much less in any meaningful quantity.

    When this product is proven to be as good as reinforced concrete and we can get it at a reasonable cost from Home Depot, get back to us.

    In the mean time, all the pipe dreams like practical hot fusion that are always years aren’t worth anything.

  36. Outcast_Searcher on Mon, 29th Jun 2015 11:40 am 

    mike989 said “2) Why does this site Never mention the drop in solar prices, or the geometric growth of solar?”

    Well, the general growth of solar isn’t geometric. In the US, utility scale solar generates about 2% of the electricity needed. Compared to the overall energy needed like transportation fuels, solar output is negligable.

    Despite the constant claims of the wonderful drop in solar prices, solar can’t compete price-wise with fossil fuels like natural gas – thus massive subsidies from government are required. Also, the greens constantly omit anything about installation costs when making such claims.

    If/when solar becomes truly competitive and scalable for use in the real world, then solar will grow like crazy. Until then, all the propaganda about solar doesn’t buy credibility.

    I’m all for significant fossil fuel taxes to make green energy more competitive, and also pay for needed infrastructure, by the way. Good luck getting that to happen in much of the world, and especially the US.

  37. Kenz300 on Tue, 30th Jun 2015 9:29 am 

    Renewable energy use is growing around the world.

    Renewable energy targets quadrupled globally since 2005

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