General Motors has pursued an aggressive schedule for launching the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt compact battery-electric car and will begin production in October, according to alternate-vehicle Web magazine, Green Car Reports. That start date would put the launch of the Bolt EV, with a claimed maximum range of 238 miles, far ahead of the Tesla Model 3 and the second-generation Nissan Leaf. GM’s first-year production target for the Bolt is around 25,000 cars. It has been widely rumored that GM might reserve some of the first production cars for the ride-hailing service Lyft, a company in which the automaker has invested. Those cars would be leased or rented to Lyft drivers, while regular buyers will pay a base price of $37,500 for the revolutionary compact sedan.
The Chevrolet Bolt more than doubles the electric range of the Nissan Leaf. Production begins this fall. (PHOTO: CHEVROLET)