The next-generation pure electric vehicle, based on the Bolt EV concept that was introduced last month at the North American International Auto Show, will be built at General Motors’ Orion Assembly facility near Detroit. “The message from consumers about the Bolt EV was clear and unequivocal: Build it. We are moving quickly because of its potential to completely shake up the status quo for electric vehicles,” said GM North America President Alan Batey, who made the announcement ahead of the Chicago Auto Show.
Leveraging the industry-leading battery technology found in the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept was developed as a game-changing, long-range pure electric for all 50 states, offering more than a GM-estimated 200 miles of range at a target price of around $30,000. The progressively styled concept vehicle features selectable driving modes for preferred driving styles, such as daily commuting, and it was designed to support DC fast charging. Start of production and additional details will be announced later.
“We’re proud that Chevrolet has decided to produce the Bolt EV here in Michigan at the Orion Assembly facility,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “Michigan unquestionably remains the global automotive leader. Chevrolet is tapping a skilled workforce that includes some of the most talented and hard-working people for this cutting-edge vehicle. Chevrolet is an important part of our state’s automotive history, and Michigan-made products like the Bolt EV point to a bright future as well.”
GM’s Orion Assembly and Pontiac Metal Center facilities, located approximately 30 miles north of Detroit, are receiving a $200-million investment to support production of the next-generation electric vehicle. Orion will receive $160 million for tooling and equipment, and Pontiac will receive $40 million for new dies. Orion Assembly is powered by gas from two nearby landfills, which saves more than 6,300 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually.
Source: General Motors