General Motors apparently has more electric vehicles coming, with the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s platform serving as a basis. Speaking with reporters at the Detroit Auto Show this week, GM CEO Mary Barra confirmed the company will offer more off-shoots of the affordable Bolt EV.
Barra did not detail the new models, but made it clear more EV’s are in the pipeline:
“The Bolt is our platform that we’re going to continue on and have a huge range of vehicles. We haven’t announced them yet, but you’re going to see more coming.”
This comment is significant because the Chevrolet Bolt EV is not riding on a standard GM platform. It was originally slated to be developed on the company’s global G2 architecture, often referred to as Gamma II, but then evolved into its own architecture. GM is now on the record confirming that the Bolt EV shares nothing with the G2 products, meaning it is essentially a one-off platform.
It’s unique nature likely has something to do with the fact battery supplier LG Chem had significant involvement in the development and now manufacturing of the Bolt EV. The Korean company developed and is manufacturing many of the electric components on the Bolt EV, not just the battery cells.
So instead of adapting the Bolt EV to fit GM’s global architectures, it sounds like the company ultimately created a new EV-only platform for the Bolt EV. Just looking at the architecture with its flat battery pack suggests it’s built to be scaled to other body formats.
The timing of any off-shoots of the Bolt EV platform are not yet known, but considering how quickly the Bolt EV was developed, we’d assume it won’t be too long.