Demand for the Chevrolet Bolt electric car in the United States and around the world has been super strong in 2018, with global sales estimated to be up more than 35 percent year over year in the second quarter and up more than 40 percent in the first half of this year.


A 2018 Chevy Bolt in the driveway of a California home.
A crossover designed from the inside out, the Bolt EV is a natural head turner,
and it’s an electric vehicle.
(Photo courtesy General Motors)



In response, General Motors announced July 3 that the company is increasing fourth quarter production of the Bolt by more than 20 percent compared to the average of the first three quarters.


“Demand for the Chevrolet Bolt EV, especially in the United States, Canada and South Korea, has outstripped production,” said Kurt McNeil, General Motors' U.S. vice president, Sales Operations.


“The extra production coming on line should be enough to help us keep growing global Bolt EV sales, rebuild our U.S. dealer inventory and bring us another step closer to our vision of a world with zero emissions,” said McNeil.


Bolt EV is the first affordable electric car to offer an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a single charge.


Every Bolt EV comes with a ChargePoint card in the glove box, which allows access to thousands of public charging stations nationwide.


Bolt drivers just download charging apps on their smartphones to find charging stations along the way.


With the available 240-volt/32-amp charging unit Bolt drivers can plug in at home at night and by morning, their Bolt is charged up and ready to go.


Options include Surround Vision, which uses four strategically placed cameras to create a virtual bird’s-eye view of the electric car.


While maneuvering at low speed, all camera viewpoints seamlessly merge to transmit a clear side-by-side digital image to the 10.2-inch diagonal dashboard screen, helping drivers to see the areas behind and around them. Just by looking at one screen, says GM, Bolt drivers get twice the usual view.


By comparison, Tesla announced that it built 5,031 Model 3s in the last week of June and delivered 18,440 of the electric cars during the second quarter.


That works out to deliveries of 6,147 Model 3s per month, almost double the sales of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the next highest selling electric car after Tesla models.


For the first time in three months, Chevrolet released sales numbers for the electric Bolt EV and the Volt plug-in hybrid. Chevrolet sold 3,483 Bolt EVs during the second quarter, for a rate of 1,161 per month and 4,336 Volts, or about 1,445 per month.


During the first quarter of 2018, the all-electric Bolt EV outsold the plug-in hybrid Volt.


Bolt EV prices start at $37,495, which translates to $29,995 after a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.


By Sunny Lewis

Environment News Service (ENS)

July 9, 2018