Ford Readying Chevrolet Bolt Rival For Los Angeles Reveal

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
ford readying chevrolet bolt rival for los angeles reveal

Not one to be left in the dust, Ford is preparing a rival low-cost EV to go after the Chevrolet Bolt for a Los Angeles reveal this year.

AutoGuide reports the plug-in EV would be a stand-alone model instead of a repurposed product like a Fiesta or Focus. Ford hopes to beat Chevrolet to the punch with a production version before the Bolt hits showrooms in 2017, though both vehicles would likely reach customers before Tesla’s low-cost Model 3 sees the light of day.

Though little else has been found on this project, a concept version of Ford’s Bolt is expected to bow at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

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  • Redav Redav on Mar 05, 2015

    An all-electric B-Max? That would seem the easiest product to complete and release to be competitive.

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    • Dwford Dwford on Mar 05, 2015

      Considering the Bolt already looks nearly identical to a B-Max, hopefully Ford will come with some unique styling..

  • 05lgt 05lgt on Mar 05, 2015

    My phone is being slow, but what sells either of these vs the established Leaf? Are they nicer inside new? I'd google, but...

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    • Mcs Mcs on Mar 05, 2015

      @Nicholas Weaver They've changed the battery chemistry on newer Leafs, so there isn't as much of an issue. While I haven't tested my car in the heat, in the cold I seem to be getting much better range at below freezing temps than older Leafs. My Leaf is also equipped with a battery warmer, so there is some active thermal management. From page EV-5 of the 2015 Leaf manual" "The Li-ion battery warmer automatically turns on when the Li-ion battery temperature is approximately -1°F (-17°C) or colder."

  • Stephen Stephen on Mar 05, 2015

    Brand new vehicle w/new technology engine and drivetrain being rushed into production-what could go wrong?

  • Shaker Shaker on Mar 07, 2015

    The Focus EV is a poor seller because it is a retrofit; thus, no cargo space. I think a "ground-up" BEV from Ford would do better sales-wise. Good to see that GM is upping the ante with the "Bolt" (Please, GM, find another name, FAST).