Hot Two-seater Variant Is Just What the Chevrolet Bolt Needs

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
hot two seater variant is just what the chevrolet bolt needs

Stop thinking about roadsters. To the best of our knowledge, General Motors has no plans to enter the burgeoning electric sports car market, and we pray it wouldn’t be a front-drive model if it did.

No, the two-seater Chevrolet Bolt we speak of remains pretty much unchanged when viewed from the outside. Inside, however, there’s plenty of space to stretch out behind the front seats, as those are the only seats you’ll find.

As discovered by Bozi Tatarevic, who claims he isn’t a private investigator, and published by Jalopnik, documents filed by GM to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show there will indeed be a two-seater Bolt. Stripped of its rear bench and associated rear safety equipment, the model joins other fleet-friendly vehicles in the automaker’s lineup. Deliveries begin later this year.

While the automaker confirms the creation of a commercial Bolt variant, there’s no information available about the model’s price, or whether there’s any changes to the powertrain. It’s hard imagining GM would tinker with the model’s battery for such an application, though. Expect roughly 238 miles of range. According to, the Bolt variant comes with poverty-spec 16-inch steel wheels, though buyers can order the Comfort and Convenience Package and Driver Confidence Package should they desire a more civilized experience behind the wheel.

The cargo edition Bolt’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating spans the range between 4,001 and 5,000 pounds, but it likely won’t hold much more tonnage than its five-passenger sibling. A handful of pounds, maybe — replacing the missing seat’s weight.

Besides creating a new market for Bolt sales, the move gives small companies, franchisees, and startups that sometimes transport smaller amounts of goods as part of their operation an easy way to greenwash their business. Imaging the PR boost for a caterer or “nerds on wheels” company with this in its fleet. (Tesla, which doesn’t offer commercial vehicles of its own, surely won’t like the boosted Bolt delivery numbers.)

Since going on sale in December 2016 and expanding its reach across the U.S. last summer, some 26,477 Bolts have rolled off dealer lots in the United States. Now, if only GM would listen to this author’s idea for a dual-motor, El Camino-style Bolt variant.

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  • Jeanbaptiste Any variant of “pizza” flavored combos. I only eat these on car trips and they are just my special gut wrenching treat.
  • Nrd515 Usually for me it's been Arby's for pretty much forever, except when the one near my house dosed me with food poisoning twice in about a year. Both times were horrible, but the second time was just so terrible it's up near the top of my medical horror stories, and I have a few of those. Obviously, I never went to that one again. I'm still pissed at Arby's for dropping Potato Cakes, and Culver's is truly better anyway. It will be Arby's fish for my "cheat day", when I eat what I want. No tartar sauce and no lettuce on mine, please. And if I get a fish and a French Dip & Swiss? Keep the Swiss, and the dip, too salty. Just the meat and the bread for me, thanks. The odds are about 25% that they will screw one or both of them up and I will have to drive through again to get replacement sandwiches. Culver's seems to get my order right many times in a row, but if I hurry and don't check my order, that's when it's screwed up and garbage to me. My best friend lives on Starbucks coffee. I don't understand coffee's appeal at all. Both my sister and I hate anything it's in. It's like green peppers, they ruin everything they touch. About the only things I hate more than coffee are most condiments, ranked from most hated to..who cares..[list=1][*]Tartar sauce. Just thinking about it makes me smell it in my head. A nod to Ranch here too. Disgusting. [/*][*]Mayo. JEEEEZUS! WTF?[/*][*]Ketchup. Sweet puke tasting sludge. On my fries? Salt. [/*][*]Mustard. Yikes. Brown, yellow, whatever, it's just awful.[/*][*]Pickles. Just ruin it from the pickle juice. No. [/*][*]Horsey, Secret, whatever sauce. Gross. [/*][*]American Cheese. American Sleeze. Any cheese, I don't want it.[/*][*]Shredded lettuce. I don't hate it, but it's warm and what's the point?[/*][*]Raw onion. Totally OK, but not something I really want. Grilled onions is a whole nother thing, I WANT those on a burger.[/*][*]Any of that "juice" that Subway and other sandwich places want to put on. NO, HELL NO! Actually, move this up to #5. [/*][/list=1]
  • SPPPP It seems like a really nice car that's just still trying to find its customer.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird I owned an 87 Thunderbird aka the second generation aero bird. It was a fine driving comfortable and very reliable car. Quite underrated compared to the GM G-body mid sized coupes since unlike them they had rack and pinion steering and struts on all four wheels plus fuel injection which GM was a bit late to the game on their mid and full sized cars. When I sold it I considered a Mark VII LSC which like many had its trouble prone air suspension deleted and replaced with coils and struts. Instead I went for a MN-12 Thunderbird.
  • SCE to AUX Somebody got the bill of material mixed up and never caught it.Maybe the stud was for a different version (like the 4xe) which might use a different fuel tank.