UK Could Miss Out on Chevrolet Bolt EV
Rumors have been swirling for a while that the new Chevy Bolt, a sporty EV that made its debut as a concept at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, will not make it to the United Kingdom. Chevrolet recently brought the EV to the Frankfurt Motor Show and confirmed to the press that the Bolt will be built with a global audience in mind, but for now will not be sold in the UK .
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You might wonder why the UK is being excluded from the roll out of an electric car with a driving range goal of 200 miles. General Motors isn’t trying to do anything nefarious like get retribution for the War of 1812 over 200 years too late. There’s actually a very simple reason: releasing the Bolt in the UK would mean having to engineer a right-hand drive version of the vehicle, and right now that is not an investment GM wants to make.
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Presumably this announcement also means that the Chevrolet Bolt will not make an appearance in other countries that drive on the left side of the road, such as India, Australia, and Japan. The Chevrolet Bolt will be built at the GM Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan, and has an expected release date of 2017. If the UK wants this sporty EV bad enough, they have until then to start driving on the right side of the road.