This new image taken by Facebook Chevy Bolt EV and EUV Owners Group member John Horn, tells an interesting tale. Mr. Horn was passing by the GM Orion plant area today when he spotted this load of GM products, including multiple Bolts, apparently headed out for delivery from the factory. The fact that companies like Dominos are still eagerly snatching up Bolts just months from the Bolt being discontinued by GM says a lot about the model and also a lot about GM's willingness to axe popular green vehicle models.
During its six-year run, Torque News has had the pleasure of testing the Bolt EV hatchback and the Bolt EUV on many occasions. Each and every time we tested the affordable Bolt, we came away convinced that the many awards and high respect that the model earned from owners was well-deserved. We made no secret of the fact that, in this EV tester's opinion, the Bolt EUV was simply the best affordable EV in America during the entire time it was for sale.
The Bolt is still winning awards, despite the fact that GM feels the model should pass into history, much like the way company euthanized the Volt, one of the top-selling affordable EV models in history (in its case, an EREV). GM seems to be willing to build great vehicles at great cost to shareholders, and then discontinue them at the height of their popularity. Shoppers are desperately trying to find Bolts to buy since the Bolt represents perhaps the best EV bargain today.
Bolt owners drive their vehicles fewer miles on average than owners of internal combustion-powered vehicles. A recent study showed that Bolt owners cover under 8,000 miles per year on average and that owners of vehicles with conventional powertrains cover about 13,000 miles. EVs driven as second vehicles and city runabouts don't do very much to save the planet. By contrast, many Dominos pizza stores make deliveries for 14 hours per day, often seven days a week. An EV put into service driving all day long saves a lot more carbon from entering the atmosphere than one sitting in a garage. We'd love to see more vehicles like Ford's segment-leading e-Transit be developed for just this reason.
We'd like to thank Mr. Horn for agreeing to share his image with us. We will do all we can to cover the iconic Chevrolet Bolt up to and beyond its final day of production later this year.
John Goreham is an experienced New England Motor Press Association member and expert vehicle tester. John completed an engineering program with a focus on electric vehicles, followed by two decades of work in high-tech, biopharma, and the automotive supply chain before becoming a news contributor. In addition to his eleven years of work at Torque News, John has published thousands of articles and reviews at American news outlets. He is known for offering unfiltered opinions on vehicle topics. You can follow John on Twitter, and TikTok @ToknCars, and view his credentials at Linkedin
Image of Chevrolet Bolts courtesy of John Horn.