Canada markets open in 6 hours 10 minutes
  • S&P/TSX

    20,269.97
    +89.37 (+0.44%)
     
  • S&P 500

    4,305.20
    +8.06 (+0.19%)
     
  • DOW

    34,152.01
    +239.61 (+0.71%)
     
  • CAD/USD

    0.7772
    -0.0014 (-0.17%)
     
  • CRUDE OIL

    87.38
    +0.85 (+0.98%)
     
  • BTC-CAD

    31,329.67
    +264.67 (+0.85%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    582.08
    +10.17 (+1.78%)
     
  • GOLD FUTURES

    1,791.40
    +1.70 (+0.09%)
     
  • RUSSELL 2000

    2,020.53
    -0.82 (-0.04%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    2.8240
    0.0000 (0.00%)
     
  • NASDAQ futures

    13,623.25
    -35.00 (-0.26%)
     
  • VOLATILITY

    19.69
    -0.26 (-1.30%)
     
  • FTSE

    7,543.08
    +7.02 (+0.09%)
     
  • NIKKEI 225

    29,222.77
    +353.86 (+1.23%)
     
  • CAD/EUR

    0.7652
    -0.0001 (-0.01%)
     

Chevy Bolt Now Least Expensive EV on the Market as GM Slashes Sticker Price

·2 min read
David Zalubowski / AP
David Zalubowski / AP

In an aggressive business move, General Motors announced it would slash the price of the most affordable Chevrolet Bolt to $26,595, making it the cheapest electric vehicle (EV) in the U.S.

Discover: 15 Worst States To Live on Just a Social Security Check
More: 9 Bills You Should Never Put on Autopay

The new prices are $26,595 for the 1LT and $29,795 for the 2LT — a reduction of $5,900 per model, the company said on its website.

“This change reflects our ongoing desire to make sure Bolt EV/EUV are competitive in the marketplace,” a GM spokesperson told The Verge. “As we’ve said, affordability has always been a priority for these vehicles.”

CNN reports that the Bolt’s price has fallen 27% from the 2020 model, which it sold for $36,620.

“The Bolt’s new price slightly undercuts the electric Nissan Leaf, which has a suggested retail price of $27,400,” according to CNN.

GM’s move comes on the heels of several automakers raising their prices due to inflation — perhaps most notably Tesla — in March. On March 14, Musk asked his followers, “What are your thoughts about probable inflation rate over next few years?” He added in a subsequent tweet, “Tesla & SpaceX are seeing significant recent inflation pressure in raw materials & logistics.”

GM’s EV efforts have been slowed down by a recall of Bolt batteries, which led to supplier LG paying GM $1.9 billion last year, per CNN. CNN added that a series of fires triggered the recall, which was among the most expensive ever on a per-vehicle basis. In April, the company reported better-than-expected volume production for the rest of 2022 as it “continues to navigate Category 5 Hurricane-like headwinds around near-term supply/chip issues with the company’s growth and transformation all focused on the EV revolution,” Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives said in a note sent to GOBankingRates.

See: POLL: Do You Think You Will Be Able To Retire at Age 65?
Find: Looking To Sidestep Gas Prices? Expect Long Delays for New Electric Vehicles (If You Can Find Them At All)

Ives said he remained bullish on the stock, maintaining an Outperfom rating, as “the EV strategy is progressing well with its massive investment profile continuing to elevate in this EV arms race with cross-town rival Ford also trying to share the EV spotlight.”

More From GOBankingRates

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: Chevy Bolt Now Least Expensive EV on the Market as GM Slashes Sticker Price

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting