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    The Chevrolet Bolt Name Debate


    • Will it be called the Chevrolet Bolt? Or something else?

    The Chevrolet Bolt concept will be heading into production in late 2016, with sales beginning in 2017. But there is the question of whether or not the 'Bolt' name will go on the production model or not. The name is confusing as it sounds similar to the Chevrolet Volt.

    "Some people think it's confusing. "People are having some fun with it. It is generating awareness, which is good. It's so conversational," said Alan Batey, president of GM North America to the Detroit Free Press.

    Batey did say that there is a debate going on General Motors of whether to keep the Bolt name or go with something else.

    "We're still in the decision phase. It could go either way," said Batey.

    Whether or not the Bolt name changes, Batey said there will be a clear difference between the Bolt and Volt.

    Source: Detroit Free Press

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    I personally like both names. and would be happy with them both.

     

    At the same time, this might just be right to retire VOLT and build a Family of EV Names.

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    Bolt is a brilliant name for the car.  First, it rhymes with Volt.  Second, a bolt of lightning is a strong electrical force.  And third, for us oldtimers, it connects to the venerable Chevy Stovebolt Six.  If they name it something else, the car loses its magic.

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    They can do better.
     

    At least it is not as bad as Impact. Never call a car Impact. Dodge and Ram is bad enough if you think about it.

     

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    I don't like the Bolt name.  My first thought was not bolt of lightning, but rather nuts and bolts.  Too close to Volt too.  However, it's better than any alphanumeric.

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    So If we go with the Chevy VOLT start we could then have the following auto's

     

    Chevy BOLT

    Chevy JOLT

     

    or we could go with 

     

    Chevy Strike

    Chevy Shock

    Chevy Voltaic

    Chevy Juiced

    Chevy Stirring

    Chevy Stimulating

     

    So many ways to play the electric theme! :P

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    Chevy Amp

    Chevy Watt

    Chevy Ohm

     

    Of course, Amp is the only one here that doesn't beg jokes right off the top...

     

    Why not just use Ampera? Not like Opel is going to be using it anymore.

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    Why not just use Ampera? Not like Opel is going to be using it anymore.

     

     

    That works for an auto traditionalist like me.  Think it'll fly with a company trying to target the "hip, young" crowd?

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    Why not just use Ampera? Not like Opel is going to be using it anymore.

     

     

    That works for an auto traditionalist like me.  Think it'll fly with a company trying to target the "hip, young" crowd?

     

    Actually in the US, Yes I think it would fly with the Hip young crowd.

     

    Marketing by GM would have some hip young group using electric instruments with various amps projecting the music and show case the car.

     

    Ampera - Your 22nd Century Ride has arrived!

     

    Get it at your local Chevy!

     

    Make sure to allow interior customization packages so the young crowd can rock their ride.

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    Not a fan of the Bolt name. How about instead of Ampera, just Chevy Amp? Or you could really target the competition & call it the Chevy Nikola, but everyone would misspell it. lol

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