However one may perform against the other, both the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt are going to be great game-changing EVs. One would start shaping the competition in the market as early as next year, while the other should pick up in the next.
The path may be lit for these two all-electric wonders, but each must overcome a hurdle of doubt before it could convince consumers that it is worth its touted ambitions.
For the Model 3, the skeptics are in full voice, saying that Tesla is not going to be able to meet its production volume goals of 400,000 units in 2018.
Tesla Gets People Talking, Sweating
Celebrity former GM exec Bob Lutz is perhaps the most vocal critic of the vehicle, followed by FCA boss Sergio Marchionne who is less direct with his criticisms. Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, on the other hand, remains open though not altogether certain of Tesla’s lofty goals.
Doubts from rivals are expected, but the most dangerous is doubt from suppliers, who according to Automotive News don’t believe that they can make the deadline that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stipulated for the unique components of the Model 3.
Given the whole fiasco with Tesla’s first Model X falcon wing doors supplier, the automaker’s current suppliers may feel like they’re walking on thin ice.
Model 3 Also A Problem
The good news for Tesla is that the Model 3 is not only facing problems, but has become a problem for the Chevrolet Bolt.
As much as consumers doubt Tesla’s ability to meet its volume targets, they are doubting the Bolt’s ability to match the Model 3 in appeal.
And it has nothing to do with range, looks, performance, or autonomous driving – people think that the Bolt would be a great EV that sets itself up as a practical drive that does well to set itself apart from the Model 3.
However, they aren’t big on the idea of getting a Bolt because of the lack of Supercharging infrastructure. They believe that it is this support rather than the inherent features of each vehicle that would take the Model 3 well above the Bolt, despite the latter’s one year head-start in the market.
Would the Chevrolet Bolt be able to at least rival the Model 3 in autonomous driving?