Pamela Fletcher has accomplished the same feat two years in a row: popularizing an electrified vehicle.
Fletcher, 50, has followed up the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid with the Bolt, an electric car that is beating the upcoming Tesla Model 3 in battery range and arrival on the market. The Bolt already is receiving accolades: It is a finalist for the North American Car of the Year and was named the 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year this month.
With a starting price of $37,495, including shipping, the Bolt is pricier than the $35,000 Model 3, but it has an EPA-estimated 238 miles per charge, compared with the Model 3 estimates of 215 miles per charge, and is to hit dealerships before year end. Model 3 reservation holders will have to wait until mid-2017.
The Bolt has received endorsements from tech industry leaders such as Apple's Steve Wozniak, who posted on Facebook that he plans to trade his Tesla Model S for Chevy's EV. With the Bolt, Fletcher has made an EV an option for more car buyers and has inserted General Motors into the conversation on the future of mobility.