The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has the potential to be a true game changer. Early this morning, Chevrolet released official EPA estimates on its range, clocking in at 238 miles of pure electric driving capability before having to find an outlet.
With that kind of launch forthcoming for General Motors, it’s fair to say things are changing. That’s echoed by Pam Fletcher, executive engineer of electric vehicles. Fletcher stated during the Citi Global Technology Conference that the 2017 Bolt EV will bring a new business model with it, according to WardsAuto.
“Not only are we expanding our product portfolio, we are expanding our business model,” she told securities analysts. “We’re living up to our commitment to bring the Bolt to life by the end of the year.”
Her comments peg GM as a transitioning automaker, partially leaving traditional manufacturing ways behind, and readying itself to take on the best from Silicon Valley through EVs, ride-sharing and car-sharing services.
The 2017 Bolt EV has always been thought of as the cornerstone of GM’s future-forward planning. It seats five comfortably, has room for cargo and will serve as an essential element of the Maven brand, push forward autonomous driving programs and serve Lyft, which GM made a sizable investment into.
“It’s (a) perfect cocoon to go about town in, so we really think that this is the right recipe, not only for the consumer but also ride-sharing,” Fletcher said.