Chevrolet Boosts Bolt EV Production By 20 Per Cent To Satisfy Demand

General Motors will increase production of the popular Chevrolet Bolt EV by 20 per cent during the fourth quarter thanks to burgeoning demand for the model.

During a press release focusing on its most recent earnings, the automaker said it has been enjoying rising demand for the Bolt, despite its key rival, the Tesla Model 3, now actually arriving in the hands of customers.

GM estimates that global sales were up by more than 35 per cent throughout the second quarter and more than 40 per cent during the first six months of the year.

“The extra production coming on line should be enough to help us keep growing global Bolt EV sales, rebuild our U.S. dealer inventory and bring us another step closer to our vision of a world with zero emissions,” U.S. vice president of sales operations for GM, Kurt McNeil said.

Not everything is rosy

Although the Bolt has been selling well globally, the same can’t be said for its home market. In fact, sales in the United States dropped by a steep 22.6 per cent in the second quarter to 3483 units. For the first half of the year, however, sales are up by 3.5 per cent and sit at 7858 vehicles.

The Bolt launched to much fanfare in 2016 and deliveries started soon after. Despite Chevrolet’s confidence that the vehicle would bring EVs to the masses, though, the car hasn’t sold in the numbers many were expecting.

One reason for this is the Nissan Leaf. Not only did the Japanese automaker unveil a new-generation of the world’s best-selling EV shortly after the Bolt’s premiere, but the previous-gen Leaf was actually out-selling the Bolt in the U.S. throughout part of 2017.

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  • Perry F. Bruns

    I’m getting a real charge out of this.

  • Spyder Hole Fantome

    This news is electric!

  • MarketAndChurch

    Hybrids are the way to go

    • Six Thousand Times

      Ooh, I’m sorry…that’s not the correct answer.

      • MarketAndChurch

        plug-ins are inconvenient.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Nah, we’re all used to plugging our devices in to recharge them by now.

          • MarketAndChurch

            Well I live in an apartment, so it’s not convenient.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I wish they did a sexier one. Something lower and sleeker.

  • Nordschleife

    I am sorry GM. You keep trying but clearly the US just doesn’t like you.

    • Mike anonymous

      We all liked the (first generation) Volt. Thought it was one of the coolest looking cars (in it’s class at it’s price) around…. Then they redesigned it.

      I would agree with you there, but (now) I don’t think it’s “just” the US.

      • Nordschleife

        I heard a lot of people who didn’t like it because it looked completely different from the concept. It’s always something.

        • Mike anonymous

          Yes that it true. The production (first generation) Bolt was still cool enough to capture my attention at least as one of the coolest looking vehicles on the road when it originally came out, (at least of the 1st year or 2).

          It was a little disappointing though that it changed a lot from the concept.

  • Mike anonymous
    • diesel_vdub

      No one misses that piece of junk. To my eyes, the Bolt looks nothing like it.

  • Paul

    Good news that it’s getting to be more favorable so they have to build more of them. It’s something worth getting all charged up about too.

  • Harry_Wild

    Smallish and bland nerdy looking EV! Just what the general public hates to look at! LOL!

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