GM to Broaden Bolt EV Sales Overseas

September 06, 2018 at 9:40 AM

General Motors Co. plans to expand global availability of its all-electric Chevrolet Bolt hatchback.

The carmaker will announce the new markets soon, according to Pam Fletcher, vice president of the automaker's global electric vehicle programs. She tells a conference in New York City that demand for the vehicle is increasing in existing markets, and demand is growing in others where the EV isn’t yet offered.

The Bolt currently is sold in North America, South Korea and United Arab Emirates. A European variant, the Ampera-e, also was marketed in Europe until GM’s former Opel and Vauxhall brands were acquired by PSA Group a year ago.

GM launched the Bolt in December 2016 and sold 23,300 of the vehicles last year in the U.S.—mostly in California. But deliveries in the U.S. have fallen about 13% this year, according to Automotive News.

In March, GM announced plans to increase production of the Bolt by 20% this year as the company expanded sales nationwide and internationally. The car is produced at GM’s plant in Orion Township, Mich.