It seems the world was taken by storm with the reveal of a pre-production Tesla Model 3, as thousands lined up to punker down cold, hard cash. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has, arguably, not received that kind of attention.
But, General Motors isn’t worried in the slightest. According to Autoblog, the automaker has also had its own following with the 2017 Bolt EV. GM spokesman, Fred Ligouri, addressed the pre-order chaos at a recent battery backgrounder and stated GM doesn’t need to open up lines for pre-orders.
We haven’t taken any [pre-orders]. We don’t need to to begin building our products. We’re really excited to offer it when it goes into retail production at the end of this year to those that have expressed interest and we’ll work through our great network of dealerships to get them to customers.”
Ligouri wouldn’t divulge how much interest, or how many customers, have approached the automaker over the 2017 Bolt EV, but we doubt this is GM putting on its best poker face.
Kevin Kelley, Chevrolet spokesman, spoke with a more optimistic tone surrounding Tesla, stating a pique in interest for any kind of EV is good for the Bolt EV.
“Any interest you see from people in this type of technology, it helps everybody,” Kelly said. “We are very excited to see high demand for the technology in a vehicle like this and I think it will bode well for the Bolt EV.”
The EV war is only heating up now. Chevrolet will bring the 2017 Bolt EV with a 200-plus mile range by the end of this year, while Tesla states first deliveries of its Model 3 will begin late next year.