At the Detroit Auto Show this week, GM is still riding high on the buzz surrounding the new 2017 Chevy Bolt since officially unveiling the fully electric vehicle (EV) during CES last week, and not only because the car has a range of 200 miles. Part of the reason is neatly encapsulated in the title to the Wired story, “How GM Beat Tesla to the First True Mass-Market Electric Car.”
The article by Alex Davies, appearing in the February 2016 print issue, not only chronicles some of what it took to bring the Bolt so close to production (later this year), but it’s also a fascinating look at the cultural shift within the giant automaker.
Perhaps most of all, executives are hoping that the Bolt will change the narrative about GM—which is important because a hapless company that churns out beefy trucks and lackluster sedans doesn’t have much place in the future. These days it’s a refrain among GM executives that in the next five to 10 years, the auto industry will change as much as it has in the past 50. As batteries get better and cheaper, the propagation of electric cars will reinforce the need to build out charging infrastructure and develop clean ways to generate electricity.
The Chevy Bolt will cost an estimated $37,500, or around $30,000 after a federal tax credit. More information is available here. Exciting times!
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