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Next-Generation Chevrolet Bolt EV May Not Arrive Until 2025

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It's safe to say battery technology in EVs will have evolved significantly by then.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV was first introduced in 2016 as a relatively affordable EV with a long range. While the electric subcompact is facing increased competition, the current model will be sticking around for a very long time according to a new video report by AutoForecast Solutions. The news comes from Autoline, which suggests the Bolt won't be getting a redesign until 2025. At that point, the current model will have been on the market for nearly a decade – that's a lifetime in the fast-moving world of the auto industry.

According to Autoline, the next-generation Chevrolet Bolt will ride on General Motors' new dedicated platform for electric cars, which will underpin at least 11 battery-powered vehicles and cut costs by 30 percent. GM is hoping this will enable the company to become the first automaker to make a profit on EVs.

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Production of the Cruise AV, essentially the autonomous version of the Bolt, will also reportedly start in 2025. A car having an eight-year production cycle is incredibly long for today's standards, so the report seems a bit far-fetched to us. We'll most likely see a refresh before then. That said, GM will start releasing over-the-air software updates to Bolt EVs starting at the end of this month, so the automaker could potentially add new features to the EV via updates like Tesla does. The current Bolt can last for 238 miles on a single charge. Battery technology is rapidly evolving all the time, so we would expect the new model's range to at least double by then. Hopefully it will be cheaper than the current car too, which starts at $36,620.