When the Chevrolet Bolt was unveiled earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, General Motors said that the long-range, all-electric hatchback would roll into showrooms during the 2017 calendar year. According to Auto News, though, Christmas may come earlier than expected for electric car fans.
That's because GM engineers have revealed that they've accelerated the Bolt's production schedule. They haven't confirmed when the vehicle will arrive on dealers' lots, or even when production will officially begin, but analysts who focus their attention on such matters had already predicted that assembly lines would start moving in October 2016. With these updates, the expected start could be rolled back by several months, meaning that you might be able to get your hands on one before the end of 2016.
Why would GM be interested in speeding the Bolt into production? It's possible the company is just really excited about it. Then again, maybe insiders are predicting a massive surge in gas prices, which wouldn't surprise many of you but could have a big effect on electric car sales -- especially those with ranges of around 200 miles and starting prices in the mid-$30,000s.
However, as analyst Jeff Schuster points out, the more likely reason is that GM wants the Bolt to make a big splash, without being upstaged by a newer, longer-range version of the Nissan Leaf or the upcoming Tesla Model 3 sedan (the latter of which is also due to arrive in 2017 with a starting price around $35,000).