GM CEO Teases Return of Entry-Level Chevrolet Bolt EV in Near Future
Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors, has suggested that the entry-level 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV may make a comeback soon. This new version would be priced lower than the Chevy Equinox EV crossover that is set to release soon.
The head of GM shared that she's been driving a 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV and is really happy with it. But, as the Bolt EUV is a second-generation electric vehicle, its production costs are higher than the third-generation Ultium platform. GM aims to replace the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV by the end of the year with the Ultium platform which can reduce battery costs by 40%.
Last year, Chevy announced the Ultium-based Equinox EV which some experts speculated would replace the Bolt when it hits the market in Fall 2023. It was estimated to have an MSRP of around $30,000. However, it appears that the Bolt EV might make a comeback as an even more cost-effective battery-electric vehicle. GM's Ultium platform boasts a 40 percent reduction in battery costs compared to the current Bolt EV's second-generation battery. With this in mind, a starting price of approximately $25,000 for a state-of-the-art compact EV seems plausible, even without tax credits or incentives.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV, which is about to be retired, can travel up to 259 miles on a single charge, as per the EPA. On the other hand, the Bolt EUV, which is slightly larger, can go up to 247 miles on a single charge. Both of these compact cars are the most affordable electric vehicles to possess over a five-year period, which is a great deal.
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