Remember when General Motors showed off a new concept set to challenge the Tesla Model 3 way back when at the 2015 North American International Auto Show? We do and so do many others. There may have been a bit of confusion about the name and making a rhyme anytime.
The Chevrolet Bolt, different from the already-in-production Volt, is commonly confused with the hybrid car. The rhyming names are often misheard for one another. For some, this isn’t good news. Not Chevrolet, though. General Motors is taking it in stride and looking positive.
“Some people think it’s confusing,” said Alan Batey, GM North America president. “People are having some fun with it. It is generating awareness, which is good. It’s so conversational.”
While the rhyme is good for marketing, the Bolt name isn’t final. General Motors reported at the Chicago Auto Show that they’re still in the decision phase. While a Chevrolet Bolt name change may be in the works, Batey doesn’t expect any confusion in the showroom. “The Volt and Bolt are different vehicles for people with different needs,” he said.
The current Chevrolet Bolt concept has the ability to travel 200 miles on a single charge. The Volt can travel up to 50 miles on a single charge before a gas engine kicks in for a range of about 1,000 miles on a full tank. General Motors plans to have the Bolt on roadways by 2017.