"The Chevrolet Bolt EV really established the affordable, long-range EV market for us. And the Bolt EUV allows us to extend that into one of the hottest segments in the market, which is the compact crossover segment."
4. Various of the Bolt EUV
5. A General Motors employee puts a charger into place
"You know, you've got the Bolt EUV that's a little bit bigger and a little bit better size for a greater number of people. And that means that there's more access. There's more buyers who can consider that vehicle, because it fits."
Milford Township, Michigan – 11 February 2021
7. The GM worker unlatches the Bolt EUV's hood
8. A person touches the buttons that shift the vehicle's gears
9. Various of under the hood
10. A digital screen near the steering wheel reads, "Plug in to Charge"
Whether people want them or not, automakers are rolling out multiple new electric vehicle models as the auto industry responds to stricter pollution regulations worldwide and calls to reduce emissions to fight climate change.
The latest offering comes from General Motors, which unveiled a Chevrolet Bolt compact SUV on Sunday with an estimated range per charge of 250 miles and a $33,995 starting price tag. It will go on sale early this summer as a 2022 model.
The changeover has a long way to go. Fully electric vehicles accounted for less than 2% of U.S. new vehicle sales last year, and Americans continue to spend record amounts on larger gas-powered trucks and SUVs. EVs make up 3% of sales worldwide, GM says.
The new Bolt is part of GM's pledge to bring 30 new EVs to market worldwide by 2035, and its goal of producing only electric passenger vehicles in 14 years.
"To pursue our zero-emissions, zero-congestion, zero-crash future is not -- it's monumental. I mean, it's fundamental. It shapes how we think about everything," said Jesse Ortega, the executive chief engineer for the Chevy Bolt.
The Bolt EUV sits taller and has more rear-seat legroom than the current Bolt electric hatchback, which is being updated, and will compete in one of the hottest segments of the U.S. market. Buyers also can opt for GM's "Super Cruise" partially automated driver-assist system.
IHS Markit analyst Stephanie Brinley said the new SUV is another step toward wider adoption of fully electric vehicles, but it will take many more.
"You know, you've got the Bolt EUV that's a little bit bigger and a little bit better size for a greater number of people," she said. "And that means that there's more access. There's more buyers who can consider that vehicle, because it fits."
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