Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

EV Obsession
The CEO of GM, Mary Barra, recently revealed during a conversation with CNET’s RoadShow that the Chevy Bolt EV won't simply be a standalone model — the platform will also be used for a "range" of different future electric vehicle models.

Electric Cars

Chevy Bolt EV Platform Will Be Used For More EV Models, Says GM CEO Mary Barra

The CEO of GM, Mary Barra, recently revealed during a conversation with CNET’s RoadShow that the Chevy Bolt EV won’t simply be a standalone model — the platform will also be used for a “range” of different future electric vehicle models.

Originally published on CleanTechnica.

The CEO of GM, Mary Barra, recently revealed during a conversation with CNET’s RoadShow that the Chevy Bolt EV won’t simply be a standalone model — the platform will also be used for a “range” of different future electric vehicle models.

What are these future models? We have no idea as of yet. Certainly, using the Bolt EV platform as the basis of further electric models would make a lot of sense, but when will these models be released? Is GM in any hurry to sell more electric vehicles than it already does? Or is it waiting for battery prices to fall further so it can increase the profit margin of such all-electric vehicle sales?

Hard questions to answer. Especially since there’s clearly now a lot of demand for the Chevy Bolt EV but the company seems to be taking its time ramping production up — and it remains unclear how many units of the model the company is even willing to sell if demand is there.

Tech Crunch provides more:

“Barra talked about how EVs are the only way to make autonomous vehicles truly work, too, and that’s another common refrain in the car industry, owing to economics and even the mechanics of fueling concerns. The Bolt is currently the platform for GM’s autonomous testing, which it’s ramping up via its Cruise acquisition from last year, and which it also intends to use in a fleet ride-sharing model in partnership with Lyft.

“Where GM is headed with the Bolt EV platform after the Bolt itself will be interesting to watch. EVs are evolving hand-in-hand with autonomous tech, but whether GM pursues more traditional car buyers with different takes on EVs, as Ford has done, will be telling as to their long-term strategy.”

What do you think these future all-electric GM offerings based on the Bolt EV platform will look like? What sort of designs/bodies would make sense?

Reprinted with permission.

 
Written By

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

Comments
Advertisement

Free electric vehicle news daily

Advertisement

Tesla Seat Factory Tour

Advertisement

You May Also Like

100% Electric Vehicles

Tesla has several big competitive advantages, imho. I’m going to discuss 5 below, but 3 tangible ones and 2 intangibles. [Full disclosure: I’m long...

Electric Vehicles

By Scott Masterson I have been an avid boater and EV enthusiast for years. I do mostly pleasure boating and enjoy boating with a...

100% Electric Vehicles

There’s no doubt about it — electric car charging is different from fueling a car with gasoline. On the whole, it’s much more convenient...

100% Electric Vehicles

After a steep drop from the Tesla Model S, the BMW i3 is the most expensive electric car on the US market (just slightly...