Aiming for three shifts
GM said the first Bolt buyers were a retired law enforcement officer who previously owned a Chevy Spark EV and a second-generation Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid; a software developer who is replacing a BMW i3; and a commercial real estate broker who is replacing a Toyota Prius.
GM started building saleable Bolts at its plant in Orion Township, Mich., in late October. It’s building about 100 Bolts a day, based on figures provided during a media tour last week. The Bolt is built on the same assembly line as the Chevy Sonic subcompact car.
GM hopes to eventually increase Bolt production significantly, and it has the capacity to do so at the Orion plant, which is operating on just one eight-hour shift a day. Automakers would prefer to run plants around the clock to be more efficient.
“We want to be on three shifts, depending on market demand,” said Yves Dontigny, GM’s plant launch manager for the Bolt.