Chevrolet has confirmed it will build a production version of the Bolt concept it showed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year, but they’ve yet to say which markets it will be available in. The United States and Canada are a given, but what about Europe?
Seeing as Chevrolet no longer operates in Europe, the Bolt would have to be rebranded as an Opel, or as a Vauxhall in Great Britain. This seems within the realm of possibility when you consider the type of product the Bolt is. We’ve heard nothing about the production version, but the concept is a hatchback with an MPV-type shape, a vehicle segment that is much more popular in Europe than in North America.
Also helping create a case for the Bolt in Europe is its all-electric powertrain. In Europe, where gasoline and diesel prices are more and emissions regulations are stricter, there’s better reasoning for consumers to seek out an all-electric vehicle. All electric vehicles are also able to dodge the congestion charges currently in place in cities like London and Stockholm, which may become more wide spread in the future.
If the production Bolt remains a hatchback, it would also fit nicely into Opel/Vauxhall’s hatchback-heavy lineup, which includes the Corsa, Karl/Viva, Adam, Meriva, Zafira Tourer, Astra and more. So should General Motors do it? It seems like a smart enough to decision to us, but let us know if you disagree by voting and commenting below.