Last year is in the books, and 2017 saw the nationwide launch of Chevrolet’s mass-market electric car, the Bolt EV. Back in late 2016, however, LG Chem, the car’s battery supplier, made a prediction for the Bolt EV. The company predicted General Motors would sell 30,000 Bolt EVs in its first full year on sale. Did GM come close?
Yes and no. It depends on how close one thinks 23,297, the Bolt EV’s total 2017 sale number, is to 30,000. In hard numbers, GM earned a C+ with 77 percent of the predicted sales. Still, we’d call the Bolt EV’s first full year on sale successful. The electric car only launched nationwide in late summer of 2017, which meant the entire U.S. only had access to the car for a couple of months last year. In December 2017, Chevrolet delivered 3,227 Bolt EVs alone. And, for the record, that handily outpaced the Tesla Model 3, which continues to suffer in what CEO Elon Musk calls “production hell.”
It’s a solid start for the automaker, which plans for a wide portfolio of electric cars in the near future. Two new electric cars will arrive in less than 18 months, and GM will bring 20 new battery-electric vehicles to market by 2023.