THE General Motors made an unusual announcement in the United States. The brand reduced the price of 2023 Chevrolet Bolt Squad, which includes a battery-powered hatch and an SUV. With a discount of up to US$ 5,305 (or R$ 25,900 in direct conversion), the Bolt becomes the cheapest electric car in the North American market. In Brazil, it had an early sale in 2021 for R $ 317,000, but it arrived expensive in front of rivals. Fiat 500e, Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe.
It is important to mention that, after reaching 200 thousand sales in the United States, the Chevrolet Bolt is no longer part of the federal government’s credit program, which provides incentives of up to US $ 7,500 to buyers of electric cars. Therefore, this reduction is expected to be a strategy of GM to make the model more competitive. In particular, after experiencing problems in production due to the lack of components.
In this way, Bolt EV hatch has reduced the price from 31,500 Dollars and 34,700 Dollars (on average R$ 151,000 to R$ 167,000) to 26,595 Dollars and 29,795 Dollars (R$ 128,000 and R$ 143,000). At the same time, use EUV bolt it now costs from US$28,195 to US$32,695 (R$135,000 and R$157,000), compared to US$33,500 and US$38,000 (R$161,000 to R$183,000).
Bolt in Brazil
It is worth mentioning that the new Bolt had its initial sales in the Brazilian market in mid-2021. The hatch lasted less than 24 hours, and 20 units of the first batch were sold out. In the first minute, the forecast for PREMIERE was September last year – the first month of delivery in the country. However, it was delayed due to production problems. In fact, the value at that time was R $ 317,000. That is, almost R$ 50,000 more expensive than the predecessor.
After this reduction in the US, the expectation is that the new Bolt will finally land at a lower price, as it did there. After all, the upper range of $ 300 thousand will not be good for a Chevrolet hatch. Recently, Volvo released here a new entry version of The electric XC40 at a suggested price of R$309,950.
The first Bolt buyers received a wall box charger and installation of the device. In addition, 20 owners are entitled to OnStar connectivity service. Plus, customers get a free year of native Wi-Fi and the Protect & Connect package. Similarly, there is a 14-month grace period for the Veloe label.
The hatch has an electric motor with 203 hp and 36.7 mkgf of torque from the previous one. And it maintains the One Pedal system. In this way, it is possible to break the car just by lowering the foot of the accelerator pedal. As a result, the energy produced during braking recharges the battery. According to Chevrolet data, acceleration from zero to 96 km / h takes 7.3 seconds.
What about the Bolt SUV?
GM is engaged in the power supply of the brand Chevrolet, and Brazil is in the plans. The automaker will expand the network of authorized dealers to work with these models. In addition to the new Bolt, the golden eagle brand plans to sell the all-new Bolt EUV. By the way, GM will make an announcement on June 13 about the electric line. Therefore, there is the expectation of the arrival of the Bolt with a new price, as well as a crossover announcement.