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GM Boosting Bolt EV Production as Demand Surges

CEO Barra asking Congress to expand electric-car tax credits.

by on Mar.08, 2018

There's significant room to expand Chevy Bolt EV production at GM's Orion Assembly Plant.

General Motors plans to expand production of its first long-range battery-car, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, CEO Mary Barra said during an energy conference in Houston.

The Bolt has experienced stronger than expected demand in recent months, some analysts suggesting that is the result of the slow ramp-up of production for Tesla’s own mainstream EV, the Model 3.

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Demand has also been buoyed by $7,500 federal tax credits that bring the base price of the Bolt down below $30,000. But under the current rules, GM is expected to soon see the credits phase out, something that could cut into demand, leading Barra to say that, “We feel tax credits should be expanded so our customers continue to receive the benefits going forward.”


GM Going All-Electric; 20 New EVs Planned by 2023.

“GM believes in an all-electric future,” says product czar Reuss.

by on Oct.02, 2017

The Chevrolet Bolt will soon by joined by "at least" 20 more battery-electric vehicles from GM.

Despite a slow start for its Chevrolet Bolt EV, General Motors “believes in an all-electric future,” the maker’s global product development chief said Monday, announcing GM will back that up with the launch of 20 pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, by 2023.

The Bolt, the automaker’s first long-range electric model, will be joined by two other BEVs within the next 18 months, GM also confirmed Monday. The largest of Detroit’s Big Three automakers also revealed a fuel-cell-powered heavy-duty truck concept dubbed SURUS, that could be used for a variety of purposes, such as a delivery vehicle or first-responder vehicle.

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GM joins a growing list of manufacturers who have, in recent months, announced plans to greatly expand their range of battery and fuel-cell vehicles. Some, such as Volvo, intend to only offer electrified drivelines, others, such as Volkswagen, say they will have electrified options available on all future models. But while it has not set out a timeline, GM intends to go to 100% pure electric across the board, officials said.


Cadillac “Ultimately” Planning to Tackle Tesla

GM CEO pushes battery cars – though still skeptical about demand.

by on Sep.23, 2013

GM CEO Dan Akerson with the Chevrolet Volt.

It builds fewer cars per quarter than General Motors produces in its pickup truck plants in a matter of days, yet the giant Detroit automaker is increasingly focused on the California battery-car start-up.

That has led GM to launch a study of its little rival’s strategy and technology – and to lay out plans for its flagship brand to take on Tesla with a high-mileage battery car of its own.

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“If you want to compete head-to-head with Tesla, and we ultimately will, you want to do it with a Cadillac,” GM Chairman and CEO tells the Detroit News.


GM Launching Demo EV Fleet Using Opel Meriva

Maker also announces additional $23.5 mil in EV components production.

by on Sep.29, 2010

A prototype Opel Meriva EV1 charges up as part of the new MeRegioMobile battery car project.

General Motors will launch a battery car test program in Germany using a fleet of its small Opel Meriva hatchbacks.

The latest in a series of “electrification” efforts by the Detroit-based maker, it teams GM up with the German government-backed MeRegioMobile program.  The program is designed to not only test the practicality of battery cars – and their acceptance by consumers – but also to see how the energy infrastructure can be adapted to meet the needs of electric mobility.

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In a separate development, GM is announcing plans to invest $23.5 million to expand the production of battery vehicle components at a factory in Baltimore, Maryland.  GM earlier announced it will use the Baltimore Transmission Plant to produce motors for electric vehicles – the first such operation run by a major automaker in the U.S.