The Tesla Model 3 is the current darling of the automotive world, its main competition is will be on dealer lots around a year earlier. According to documents spotted by Hybrid Cars, the Chevy Bolt is due to enter volume production in October 2016. Chevy has been running production tests for the 200-mile-range Bolt EV since March at their Orion Assembly plant outside Detroit.
The Bolt is really the only true competition that the Model 3 is facing right now. The compact EV is expected to offer a 200-mile range and a starting price of $37,500. Meanwhile, the Tesla Model 3 will offer a starting range of 215 miles and be priced from $35,000 — but it isn't expect to start volume production until the end of 2017. Demand for the Model 3 has been enormous, with around 400,000 reservations placed for the EV at $1,000 apiece.
GM, for their part, hasn't taken the Tesla hype sitting down, arguing that GM doesn't "need to take $1,000 of your money just to hold a spot." And while that might be true, without it we have no way to gauge interest in the Bolt. Suffice to say, like the Chevy Volt and Spark before it, interest from general consumers is... muted (if they're even aware to start). And don't get us started on its looks. Yeesh.