29 Jan '16, 1pm

The Chevy Bolt Won't Make a Dime for GM

The Chevy Bolt Won't Make a Dime for GM

Has GM beaten Tesla Motors to the punch? Has the world gone topsy-turvy? In a feature article in the February 2016 issue of Wired , the journalist Alex Davies proclaims that Chevy, with its Bolt crossover, has stolen a march on the Bay Area start-up in the race to produce the first mass-marketed all-battery electric vehicle (BEV). (See my article, “A Tesla in Every Garage? Not So Fast ,” on the challenges of producing all-electric supercars for the masses.) Part of what makes Davies’s article so interesting is that is a refreshingly contrarian departure from the usual hagiographic treatment of Elon Musk, the precocious info-age Young Turk supposedly running rings around the sclerotic rust-belt competition. It is far past due for a clear-eyed discussion on the economics of BEVs, and Davies does explore this question in some depth. If GM is serious about battery electric veh...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/a...

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