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Report: GM May Change Name of Chevrolet Bolt

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/22/2015 Kelly Pleskot
Report: GM May Change Name of Chevrolet Bolt

General Motors has confirmed that the Chevrolet Bolt concept it showed earlier this year will commence production in late 2016. But it could bear a different name because, as GM North American president Alan Batey said, "Some people think it's confusing."

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Apparently the "Bolt" name has generated much buzz since the model was revealed at the Detroit auto show in January. Although it seems to mesh with GM's other monosyllabic small cars including the Spark and Cruze, it can easily be misheard as the Volt, another electric car from GM. And while powertrain details haven't been released, the name could give false promises on horsepower.

2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept

According to the Detroit Free Press, Batey said the decision "could go either way" at this point. But for now, the moniker seems to be doing just what GM would have wanted.

"People are having some fun with it. It is generating awareness, which is good. It's so conversational," Batey explained.

Whatever GM decides to call it, the small electric car promises a range of over 200 miles on a single charge. That would make it a game-changer among electric vehicles. Riding on the same new platform that will also underpin the next Chevy Sonic, the Bolt features an aerodynamic body and lightweight materials like aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber. Starting in 2017, the Bolt will roll out to customers across the U.S. Prices should be between $30,000 and $35,000.

Do you think GM should keep or ditch the Bolt name? Let us know in the comments below.

2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Rear Side View© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept Rear Side View

Source: Detroit Free Press

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