As General Motors continues its race against Tesla to release the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV before the Model 3, the Orion, Michigan manufacturing plant begins to build prototype vehicles for testing, an indicator that the Bolt EV will be upon us soon enough.
“We’re at another critical and important point in the development of the Bolt EV,” said Josh Tavel, 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV chief engineer to Ars Technica. “We’ve moved from working in math and building cars by hand to building Bolt EVs on the line. We’re now testing the tooling used in the plant so that we deliver high-quality, 200-plus-mile EVs that our customers are eagerly anticipating.”
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will carry a price tag of $37,500, which drops to $30,000 flat thanks to federal tax incentives. The combination of competitive pricing and an estimated efficiency of 200 miles per charge makes the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV a highly anticipated vehicle.