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Confirmed: Chevrolet Bolt to Enter Production in Michigan

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/12/2015 Megan Stewart

UPDATE: General Motors officially confirmed today at the Chicago auto show that the Chevrolet Bolt EV concept will enter production at the automaker's Orion assembly plant near Detroit. To bolster the facility that currently produces the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano, GM is investing $160 million in the Orion plant, and $40 million in the Pontiac Metal Center. That money will pay for new tooling and equipment needed to build the compact EV at Orion, while the $40 million will go toward new dies at the Pontiac Metal Center. GM says production start dates and more details will be announced later.

All-New Chevrolet Bolt to be Built in Michigan in Late 2016

Last month, General Motors unveiled the all-new Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show to a good reception. A report from Reuters says the company now has a production schedule for the EV, which is set to begin production in Michigan in October of next year.

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GM will be utilizing an underused small-car plant just north of Detroit in Orion Township to build its $30,000 electric car, as production has been down due to falling gas prices. While the new Chevrolet Bolt has been getting much attention, the automaker has set a rather modest production target of up to 30,000 units annually. This target comes on the heels of low sales for the Chevrolet Volt hybrid, which only sold 18,800 units last year.

The all-new Chevrolet Bolt will be based off GM's Gamma global small-car platform, which will also underpin the next-gen Chevrolet Sonic that is due to hit showrooms in late 2016.

While we won't be seeing this new model until 2017, we can expect the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt to offer an electric range of over 200 miles. Main competitors will come in the form of the Nissan Leaf and the all-new Tesla Model 3, which is slated to go on sale around the same time as the Bolt.

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

Alex Nishimoto contributed to this post.

Source: GM, Reuters

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