The General Motors EV1 has a bit of a checkered history with electric car buyers. It was the first pure electric production vehicle from GM, and was subsequently the last before the introduction of the Chevrolet Spark EV.
Now, we not only have the Chevrolet Volt, moving into its second generation, but Chevrolet showed off the Bolt Concept at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The Bolt name, though, is a tad problematic. The question of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show was always: “did you say Volt, or Bolt?” Really.
It’s almost certain the Bolt will not enter production with its current name, so Green Car Reports brings up the question, should General Motors call the production Bolt the EV2?
Naming its 200-mile range electric car the EV2 would pay homage to the long lost EV1, but maybe the EV1’s reputation is a tad too tarnished to bring the name back. Green Car Reports searched electric vehicle forums and found there are still harsh feelings towards GM and the EV1.
“I don’t care how far you can drive on a Bolt, I would never buy a GM Electric car after what they did with the EV-1 from 1996 [to] 1999,” wrote one member of a Nissan Leaf online forum. “For those of you who never knew of this vehicle, look it up. I’m not bashing GM, I don’t trust them.”
Despite the criticism, General Motors has sold more plug-in vehicles in the U.S. since December 2010 than any other maker, and will certainly up the ante when it comes to electric vehicles, and the 200-mile range Bolt would make a serious case at its touted $30,000 price point after incentives. But it has to reach production first. And when it does, it likely won’t be called the Bolt. Nobody knows what name Chevrolet is flirting with, though.
So we ask along with GCR, should GM name its production Bolt the EV2? Vote in the poll and let us know your reasoning in the comments down below.