Ford Readying Chevrolet Bolt Rival For Los Angeles Reveal

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

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.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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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).