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General Motors Will Build A New Chevy Bolt-Based Electric Car In Michigan

Despite being in the news for plant shutdowns and layoffs, General Motors is still betting on the future. The company will create 400 jobs in Michigan and invest $300 million into a new electric car, which will be based on the architecture of the Chevrolet Bolt.

The Chevrolet Bolt hatchback has been praised as a fun, practical and affordable electric vehicle. GM announce the new EV yesterday, saying, that the new car, in addition to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, signals the company’s commitment to electric cars as the future of the automobile industry. GM added that vehicle will base its design and engineering on a superior version of the award-winning Bolt EV architecture.

The new Chevy, which will be built at Orion Assembly in Orion Township, Michigan, will be manufactured alongside the Bolt. Orion Assembly currently employs roughly 880 hourly and 130 salaried employees and also produces the Chevrolet Sonic and the Cruise AV test vehicles.

The company had considered producing the car elsewhere, but finally settled on a location near Detroit because the Orion plant currently manufactures the Bolt EV, and the new Chevy EV will be based on that vehicle’s architecture. Also keeping the production in the US is alignment with the proposed United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement.

Though Chevrolet promised 20 electric vehicles by 2023, it is uncertain if they will maintain that deadline, though we should expect something by next year. Automotive News had reported that two of the future EVs would be based on the Bolt-based and be launched by April 2019, yet it’s unlikely that the company will deliver by next month.

Numerous automotive outlets have assumed that the new EV will be a crossover, which seems in line with current consumer preferences. It is unclear, however, if the Bolt’s platform can house a second engine to enable all-wheel drive.

The new Chevy EV will join a new electric Cadillac, which the brand stated in January would be the first GM car manufactured on a “future EV platform” that some refer to as the BEVIII platform, which includes the Bolt. In addition, GM has confirmed that it has 2,700 job openings across the US. The company also plans to add 1,000 jobs at the Flint Truck Assembly Plant.

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