Analysts will be analysts. They have one of the best jobs: crunch data, and make an educated guess. No offense to any, but it’s a game of inferences.
The latest automotive inference comes from a Kelley Blue Book analyst, according to Autoblog. Karl Brauer has predicted General Motors will sell 30,000 to 80,000 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EVs in its first model year. That’s very generous, and we’re sure GM and Chevrolet would be popping champagne on each floor of the Renaissance Center if that were to be true.
However, much of it rests on gasoline prices, production and more. Brauer does point out the advantages the 2017 Bolt EV has over the Tesla Model 3, such as its much earlier availability and availability nationwide, and it could mean one big sales advantage for GM: fleets.
Fleets could take kindly to an affordable electric vehicle with over 200 miles of range per charge. The fact it will be available across the U.S. bodes well. Add this to Tesla’s notorious nature of delaying vehicles, and the Bolt EV could be off to a good start.