Back in January, GM Authority exclusively reported that General Motors was poised to discontinue production of the current-generation Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV during the 2023 calendar year. This past April, GM confirmed that production of both entry-level, all-electric vehicles would indeed come to an end later this year. Now, GM CEO Mary Barra has hinted that there may be a next-gen Chevy Bolt in GM’s future.
During a recent interview with Marketplace, Barra addressed the discontinuation of the current-generation Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV, indicating that the decision was made based on the models’ second-generation technology. GM is currently deploying its third-gen EV technology in the form of GM Ultium batteries and GM Ultium drive motors, as found on models like the GMC Hummer EV, Cadillac Lyriq, Chevy Silverado EV, Chevy Blazer EV, and Chevy Equinox EV, among others.
However, Barra also said that GM was keen to fall back on nameplates and brands that have yielded success in the past – and that includes the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV.
“We’re leveraging the names of our vehicles that are well understood and known in industry,” Barra explained. “People, you know, who drive an Equinox today will understand what an Equinox EV, what that delivers to them. But, you know, Bolt is something that has built up a lot of loyalty and equity. So I can’t say more because I don’t discuss future product programs. But, you know, it was primarily a move from second generation to third generation. But that’s [an] important vehicle in our portfolio.”
Production of the current-generation Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV will come to a close at the end of the 2023 calendar year, with both models currently produced at the GM Lake Orion plant in Michigan. The facility will be retooled to support production of the Chevy Silverado EV following a major investment.