2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Broken Promises On The Trot

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The Chevrolet Bolt is easily the best EV car money can buy today but it is not delivering the promises made by parent company, GM. If you are to look back at all the statements made by GM during the Bolt’s development, you can see that there are a number of promises that are unfulfilled.

The first is the promise to release the Bolt on a nationwide basis. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen at all. The Bolt made an impactful debut but it is only released in states that practice ZEV mandates.

The second broken promise is with the Bolt’s volume. GM said that they want the Bolt to pursue high volume sales and this is so that the car can give future rival Tesla Model 3 a strong fight. However, the opposite has happened as GM decided to settle for 30,000 units a year even when knowing that they are fully capable of doing more.

Last but not least, GM said that they want the Bolt to kick-start their campaign in the green industry but they seemed to have lost their ways when they said that the Bolt is really useful in helping them to meet the new overall emission level.

We just don’t see the need for GM to make such promises if they can’t deliver. The Bolt is a mighty fine car but why can GM be honest with it?


  1. theflew

    January 8, 2017 at 6:08 am

    How has GM broken their promise? They have always said limited availability in 2016. If you live on the east coast you can have one first quarter this year and nationwide by mid year. Tesla has and will follow the same distribution model.

    As far as sales if they sell over 30k it would be the best selling EV in the US – ever. Also GM has said they will make as many as necessary to meet demand. Granted that’s limited to how many battery packs LG can produce. I wouldn’t use Tesla’s grand sales as a benchmark since it’s unrealistic.

    Finally, as far as ZEV credits the Volt provided them with enough credits. The Bolt EV wasn’t necessary.

  2. litesong

    January 8, 2017 at 11:30 am

    The Chevrolet Bolt is easily the best EV car money can buy today….. The Bolt is a mighty fine car/////Thank you for that news, which is all I needed to hear.