The Chevy Bolt EV is an affordable, long-range electric car that’s garnered positive reviews, but GM wasn’t willing to stop there. They’ve just completed production on 130 self-driving test Bolt EVs.These aren’t the first autonomous Chevy Bolt EVs that GM has produced. The company has been testing over 50 cars in San Francisco, Scottsdale and Detroit since June 2016, though the self-drive technology on this current crop of Bolts is more advanced. This new fleet of Bolts is notable, though, because it’s the first time a company is using mass production techniques on self-driving vehicles.
The U.S. automaker plans to soon deploy 300 Chevrolet Bolts fitted with self-driving technology, Spectrum reported Friday. If true, GM would sport the world’s largest fleet of autonomous vehicles, placing it well ahead of Waymo, which currently owns the largest such fleet at nearly 80 vehicles. GM currently has around 50 driverless cars deployed across San Francisco, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Detroit.
General Motors’ new electric vehicle, Chevrolet Bolt, will enter the production stage next year in October, and the Detroit-based automaker will most likely produce the EV concept in its Orion, Michigan-based factory. The news was first reported by Reuters.
Previously, Orion factory built small cars for General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), but the facility will now be used to manufacture the automakers highly anticipated EVs. These electric vehicles are considered to rivals of the ones manufactured by Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) and Nissan Motor Co (OTCMKTS:NSANY), which will be releasing their mass market electric cars in 2017.
It was just last month when Tesla grabbed all the media attention after beating Fiat Chrysler’s Dodge Hellcat in a drag race at Palm Beach. Now, a video is circulating on the Internet showing Tesla’s four-wheel EV sedan losing to General Motors Company’s (NYSE:GM) 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
The Corvette Z06 clocked in at 11.67 seconds past the finish line, while Tesla’s P85D crossed the line in 11.79 seconds, writes GM Authority.