We’ve got some bad news for many of our friends across the pond– the United Kingdom won’t get the incoming 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, or any vehicle similar to its likeness for that matter.
According to Autocar, GM officials at the Frankfurt Motor Show confirmed a production version of the vehicle would land in Europe but won’t be sold in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).
While GM surely has its reasons, it seems like a missed opportunity to us; the UK is home to more than 44-million people and the (relatively) compact EV would be well suited to many of its narrow roadways. Not to mention the fact the car’s 200-mile range would surely allow it to traverse vast swaths of the small yet densely populated area– heck, the entire UK is about half the size of California (UK = 94,060 sq/m, California = 163,696 sq/m).
GM will assemble the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV at its Orion Assembly plant in Michigan and sources indicate production will commence later this year for introduction as a 2017 model year vehicle. It will have a projected range of at least 200 miles, though early prototypes are already showing promising signs of going beyond that range.