Chevrolet unveils the Bolt EV concept, cites over 200 mile range and $30,000 price tag

Keep in mind, this is a concept car, it’s not a prototype of a production model, it is only a concept car…so, they can say anything since all their words are attached to the concept car. There is no promise of timing. And, while Tesla is building a battery factory and Nissan already sells many more pure EVs than GM has (Spark EV is only pure EV GM has, and it’s a limited production compliance car.), Nissan has been selling the Leaf for 4 years and will be ready to 2X their battery in a new Leaf…Tesla and Nissan will surely beat them, for GM to use “leadership” in their marketing is just b.s.

The $30K price is surely AFTER tax incentives and will surely be more like $40K or more price tag in reality, IF they can pull this off. It’s also possible, knowing how marketing speak works, that, the car may start at a certain price, but, be a lower range model (smaller battery pack), while the 200 mile range model might actually cost more. They are speaking of the car LINE, not the individual models. For instance: a Toyota Camry might have a base price of $22K, but, to get it loaded with everything you see at the car show, it will be more like $35K.

So, GM is using smoke and mirrors to get attention…putting up a concept car before Tesla is very showy, but, Tesla is actually selling pure EVs as fast as they can make them, and the Model 3 (and a new Nissan Leaf) will surely be out before GM can get this “Bolt” in production.

This is just a show car, they can change everything (hopefully including the name). But, if they actually do this, let’s hope they do it right this time.

Chevy Spark EV & More EV News

Chevy Spark EV

I don’t have much, but, it has begun to go on sale and I found a couple walk-through & drive videos on the production version:

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Edmunds review: http://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/spark-ev/2014/#fullreview

If you live near Portland OR, check out the Chevy Spark EV on July 16th: http://www.evite.com/event/0296CIYTQCREFQCHKEPC3GR7KENVPA via @OEVAorg

Note: Anything you read or hear about DC quick charger taking 20 mins. to 80% charge…these are commercial chargers that are yet to be installed anywhere, using a huge SAE combo connector, not available for home charging. (IMO, they are trying to set a standard outside of Tesla superchargers, which, I think, all would be better off licensing from Tesla, as Tesla has a head start and more on the way, but, who am I to make sense?) So, looks like multiple charging standards abound, sucks for consumers again. More: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1084771_gm-bmw-complete-testing-of-new-ccs-quick-charging-stations-for-electric-cars

EV News

Wired (UK) Review of Toyota Rav4 EVhttp://www.wired.co.uk/reviews/gadgets/2013-06/toyota-rav4-ev

Fiat 500e virtually sold out in CA: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1085045_2013-fiat-500e-electric-car-sold-out-in-california

Ford Focus Electric Ultimate Guide: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1065308_ford-focus-electric-ultimate-guide-to-what-you-need-to-know (2013 model is virtually unchanged from 2012 model)

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Electric cars break the 10 minute barrier for the first time ranking an EV in 5th place!

http://www.electric-vehiclenews.com/2013/06/monster-tajima-wins-ev-class-with-fifth.html

Lightning’s Electric Motorcycle Dominates the two-wheeled segment, EV beats gas!

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/07/lightning-pikes-peak-2013/

More here: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/07/01/race-recap-the-lion-roars-at-2013-pikes-peak-international-hill

And, In Case You Missed It

Tesla Model S Battery Swap Demo:

In case you missed it…

2013 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards

(from episode aired 2/8/13, see below for link to full episode)

AutoWorld: 2013 Drivers’ Choice Awards: Winning Cars:

AutoWorld: 2013 Drivers’ Choice Awards: Winning Trucks/Utilities:

 

My two big surprises…Fiat wins over FR-S/BRZ, and the “Best of the Year” awarded car:

 

 

Check out the full episode on PBS’s website… there’s a section on a SanFrancisco hybrid/electric service shop):

Program: MotorWeek

Episode: 2013 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards

In this episode, MotorWeek reveals its picks for the best new cars, trucks and utilities of 2013. Also, first driving impressions of the 2014 Acura RLX and the 2013 Mazda CX-9. Plus, used car advice, and a garage that specializes in servicing hybrids and electrics.

http://video.pbs.org/video/2337608414