The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has ushered in a new era of General Motors. It represents one of the market’s first affordable electric car and it has brought self-driving capabilities to the forefront.
In fact, the 2017 Bolt EV wasn’t designed and brought to life as a one-trick pony. When we say a “new era,” GM means it. “Our business is continually changing,” Steve Kiefer, senior vice president-Global Purchasing and Supply Chain said at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars, according to Wards Auto.
The changing business includes ride-sharing services, electric cars and self-driving cars. The Bolt EV embodies all three of these pillars. The electric car has been rolled out across GM’s Maven services on the west coast, it will become available nationwide by the end of this summer at Chevrolet dealerships and the automaker has begun mass producing self-driving Bolt EVs at the Orion assembly plant.
It’s a different strategy from other companies, which have consistently retrofitted current vehicles with self-driving technology—the mass-produced Bolt EVs are built with the components.
GM has stated it wants to deploy self-driving cars sooner rather than later, but it remains to be seen how quickly the technology moves.