GM’s executive vice president Mark Reuss has revealed that Chevy will reveal the production version of their “affordable” pure-electric Chevy Bolt at CES in a few weeks’ time. Yes’ that CES, the Consumer Electronics Show.
That January CES reveal for the Bolt is probably a smart move, PR-wise, as the tech journalism crowd has been friendlier than the traditional automotive press to electric cars. CES, also, is more of a thing to urban millennials, arguably, than the Detroit Auto Show, which is also happening in January.
GM CEO Mary Barra has been tapped to keynote the CES show for 2016, too, so it makes even more sense that Chevy would want something big to show off — and, as the Verge puts it, “there’s nothing bigger for GM right now than the (Chevy Bolt), which promises better than 200 miles of electric range.”
Expect the final production Chevy Bolt to be ready for delivery to dealers late in 2017 as a 2018 model, and to be priced at under $40,000. About the same as the competing Tesla Model 3, in other words. It remains to be seen whether or not Tesla’s mall-based kiosks will be able to out-Darwin Chevy’s traditional dealer model … which may be more of a hinderance to the car’s success than a help, now that I think about it.
What do you guys think? Is the all-new Chevy Bolt going to take it to the upcoming Tesla Model 3, or will Chevy’s privately-owned franchise dealers drop the ball completely? Let us know what you think in the comments, below.