The Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car will have to prepare its passport because General Motors is ready to export to new markets.
According to an Automotive News report on Wednesday, Pam Fletcher, vice president of the automaker’s global electric vehicle programs, told the audience at Citi’s 2018 Global Technology Conference the Bolt EV electric car will ship out to new markets around the globe due to unforeseen demand.
“We see demand increasing in markets we’re already in and we’ve seen new markets around the globe that we didn’t originally plan to have the Bolt in asking for it,” she said. “And so, we’ll be announcing some of these additional markets, here, in the not-so-distant future.”
Currently, GM sells the Bolt EV in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. The automaker did not provide additional information on where the Bolt EV is currently sold in Europe following the sale of the Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Group. GM introduced the Bolt EV as the Opel Ampera-e before offloading its European operations to the French automaker.
Since then, Opel has halted Ampera-e orders and it’s likely the electric car won’t be sold any longer in Europe. Instead, Opel plans to introduce a Corsa EV based on new architecture from PSA Group. Despite the stop-sale, Coca-Cola in Norway recently added an entire fleet of Ampera-e electric cars to its operations.
News of more Bolt EV exports comes after GM announced plans to boost the electric car’s production by 20 percent later this year. The Orion assembly plant in Michigan is the sole plant responsible for building the Bolt EV.
Despite the planned production increase, Bolt EV sales have fallen, according to AN. U.S. sales have fallen 13 percent this year. In total, GM has delivered over 30,000 Bolt EVs since its first sale in December 2016.