GM announces plans to build electric car with 200-mile range


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Manufacturing of a Chevrolet Bolt look alike will begin in 2017 at a factory near Detroit.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Manufacturing of a Chevrolet Bolt look alike will begin in 2017 at a factory near Detroit.

The car, which hasn’t officially been named, will be made at a factory in Orion Township, Michigan, and sold in all 50 states. It’s designed to compete with Silicon Valley automaker Tesla Motors, which plans to start selling a 200-mile-per-charge car about the same time. The price of Tesla’s Model 3 including the tax credit is likely to be well below $30,000. The Bolt looks like a cross between a Volkswagen Golf and BMW’s funky electric i3. Designers said it will have SUV-like cargo room and a high seating position, two attributes that have made small SUVs popular in the U.S.

“We are moving quickly because of its potential to completely shake up the status quo for electric vehicles,” GM North America President Alan Batey said Thursday in a statement.

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