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

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

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 ChevyBolt.org, 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.

[Image: General Motors]

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  • AMcA My theory is that that when the Big 3 gave away the store to the UAW in the last contract, there was a side deal in which the UAW promised to go after the non-organized transplant plants. Even the UAW understands that if the wage differential gets too high it's gonna kill the golden goose.
  • MKizzy Why else does range matter? Because in the EV advocate's dream scenario of a post-ICE future, the average multi-car household will find itself with more EVs in their garages and driveways than places to plug them in or the capacity to charge then all at once without significant electrical upgrades. Unless each vehicle has enough range to allow for multiple days without plugging in, fighting over charging access in multi-EV households will be right up there with finances for causes of domestic strife.
  • 28-Cars-Later WSJ blurb in Think or Swim:Workers at Volkswagen's Tennessee factory voted to join the United Auto Workers, marking a historic win for the 89- year-old union that is seeking to expand where it has struggled before, with foreign-owned factories in the South.The vote is a breakthrough for the UAW, whose membership has shrunk by about three-quarters since the 1970s, to less than 400,000 workers last year.UAW leaders have hitched their growth ambitions to organizing nonunion auto factories, many of which are in southern states where the Detroit-based labor group has failed several times and antiunion sentiment abounds."People are ready for change," said Kelcey Smith, 48, who has worked in the VW plant's paint shop for about a year, after leaving his job at an Amazon.com warehouse in town. "We look forward to making history and bringing change throughout the entire South."   ...Start the clock on a Chattanooga shutdown.
  • 1995 SC Didn't Chrysler actually offer something with a rearward facing seat and a desk with a typewriter back in the 60s?
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