The report claims an October 2016 production date, with the assembly occurring at an “underused small-car plant north of Detroit,” two supplier sources said. That small car plant could only be the Orion Twp, assembly plant, which currently builds the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano.
As stated in the whirlwind of information surrounding the Chevrolet Bolt concept, GM said that a production version could fetch a $30,000 price tag for the all-electric vehicle. Reportedly, GM will aim for 25,000 to 30,000 vehicles per year at full tilt.
In concept form, the Bolt utilizes lightweight materials, including aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and even woven mesh to help keep its undisclosed curb weight down to optimize range. The EV also make use of its own smartphone app, allowing a driver’s phone to be used as a key fob, manage ride-sharing, and initiate the conceptual park-and-retrieve technology.
As for a production version, it’s been noted that the “Bolt” name won’t stick. What’s more, the Bolt concept car matches the descriptions of a Chevrolet Sonic EV type of vehicle that we’ve been hearing rumors of from nearly three years ago. Fittingly, the Orion Twp plant currently builds the Sonic. It doesn’t take much to connect the dots. So, while we won’t expect something exacting to the concept EV we saw at NAIAS, we can likely anticipate something similar.