Autoline After Hours Focuses On Chevrolet Bolt EV – Video

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Mark Kane
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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV - 0 -30 mph in 2.9 Seconds (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV – 0 -30 mph in 2.9 Seconds (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

The special guest of the latest Autoline After Hours was Steve Majoros, Chevrolet Marketing Director, who talked about the Chevrolet Bolt EV in the first half-hour block.

Overall, it was a pretty interesting interview about general Bolt EV performance, features, design, marketing, target group, comparison to Volt and even the Tesla Model III.

GM is seems pretty proud of the Bolt EV (most of us really like it too) and the company is confident that they will be able to deliver those cars by the end of this year with mass volume in mind. High sales are expected to be the result of 200+ miles of range with a 60 kWh battery, an affordable price, great performance, five seats, decent cargo space and new technology features.

Interesting was one of the last thoughts on DC fast charging, as GM is considering DC fast chargers at dealerships – Steve Majoros notes that dealers are not necessarily conveniently located, which gives us hope that maybe GM will install chargers along the way, with a mix of stations at dealers.

In next part about the recent NAIAS show, Autoline After Hours’s crew touched on other plug-ins. John McElroy expressed doubts in Faraday Future’s business model (to put it mildly). Funny was the explanation for no “plug-in” in the name of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – well, it seems Chrysler did not want to worry customers about having to plug-in that van.

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8 responses to « Autoline After Hours Focuses On Chevrolet Bolt EV – Video »

  1. Brandon says:

    In regards to DCFC for the Chevy Bolt or next gen EVs, I would say there are two main things that need to be considered in the rollout and installation of fast chargers.
    First: location. Locations for fast chargers should include close proximity to major highways. IMO rest areas along the Interstates are some great locations.
    Second: reliability. Fast chargers need to be reliable 24/7. Multiple chargers maintained by a for profit company concerned about absolute maximum uptime.

    1. Brandon says:

      Touching on the subject of fast chargers at dealers, it is quite well known that there are serious issues with Nissan dealer fast chargers. Many times they are blocked by dealer cars and very often are out of service. Nissan is not watching over them since it is up to each individual dealer to install and maintain the fast chargers.
      IMO chargers installed at locations other than dealers in partnership with a fast charge company like EVgo will be a much better plan and use of funds!! A shopping mall or such with 24/7 access and facilities sounds good to me.

  2. ffbj says:

    The Bolt should be a hit.

  3. Alpha777 says:

    Why isn’t Bolt a Caddy? Old people scared of change. Not early adaptors.

    1. scott franco says:

      Humm, could it be that Cadillac has a brand image of being a boat-car for duffers?

  4. Alpha777 says:

    If dealers are going to have chargers, they might want to add a coffee shop and pick up some sales.

    1. Brandon says:

      It’s going to be difficult for a dealer to do that. The main problem is reliability and access. Fast chargers absolutely need 24/7 access and be reliable.

  5. Rich says:

    I’m thrilled about the Chevy BOLT. Watching the video, here are quotes I found interesting:

    BOLT sold nationwide – 14:14
    “If I’m going to distribute this car across the country, which we plan to do once we have sufficient inventory”

    car segments – starts at 19:00
    quote at 20:08
    “Let’s be honest, we’re never going to have a volt or Bolt EV have the order of magnitude that a silverado or F150 have as far as broad based advertising and marketing”

    Advertising approach – 23:38
    “we’re clearly going to move away from this is a save the planet kind of a vehicle to this is just a great, not jsut a great electric vehicle, it’s flat out a great made vehicle.

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