General Motors South America launched on Monday, the 8th, the all-electric SUV Chevrolet Bolt EUV in our country. As it has already had the end of its production confirmed in the United States, where it is produced, the model will only have a batch of 200 units sold in Brazil with a suggested price of R$ 279,990.
To try to convince Brazilian consumers to purchase a car that is about to be discontinued, GM is going to offer a new financing plan for the car, called Plano Chevrolet Elétrico Semper, which, in reality, is called “balloon financing” ( that the automaker already offers for other vehicles in its catalog, under the name “Chevrolet Semper”).
To illustrate, the automaker explains that one of the options is the plan in which the customer disburses 60% of the vehicle’s value as a down payment, leaving 24 monthly installments of R$ 3,369 and a single final installment of 20% of the total value. The down payment, however, can vary and has a minimum value of 30% of the car value and the financing can have up to 48 installments.
At the end of the plan, the automaker offers the customer the option of exchanging the used vehicle for a brand new model, without having to disburse the residual portion of the used vehicle. The new car, of course, cannot be a Bolt EUV, which will have been discontinued by then. The company’s hope is that the customer will opt for a new generation electric vehicle, such as the Blazer EV or the Equinox EV, which are being tested in Brazil.
In addition, GM also informs that this plan guarantees the repurchase of used vehicles with the value calculated based on the Fipe table. However, it is not possible to imagine what the market value will be after four years for an electric model that was sold in limited series and that uses the company’s oldest electric platform.
Advantages to attract customers
Even with all these unknowns, GM guarantees that the new financing plan, marketed by Banco GM to individual and corporate customers, combined with lower maintenance and use costs, makes the Chevrolet Bolt EUV more advantageous in relation to competitors with a combustion engine after about four years of use.
“When we compare the cost of ownership of the Bolt EUV to a similarly equipped combustion SUV of similar value, we see that the average monthly cost over a total ownership period of four years is much lower, when you add the savings with reduced maintenance cost, lower expenses with energy compared to fuel, in addition to discounts on taxes and the release of rotation, mainly in cities like São Paulo. The same equation is still in favor of Chevrolet’s electric car when comparing it with hybrid SUVs”, declared Rafael Santos, general director of sales for GM South America.
The cost of ownership includes expenses such as taxes, fuel, insurance and scheduled maintenance for a car that runs 14,000 kilometers per year – the average Brazilian commutes.
Another exclusivity offered by the automaker to electric SUV buyers is the My EV Club, which brings exclusive benefits, such as three years of scheduled service and two years of Chevrolet Road Service – including door-to-door service for scheduled services and one year of OnStar service. with wi-fi and Sem Parar tag with 12 months of free monthly fee. All at no additional cost.
Promise of good performance
The Bolt EUV is equipped with an electric motor with 203 hp and 360 Nm of torque, enough to take the Chevrolet SUV from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds. The same agility can be seen when overtaking, including on uphill stretches.
The model also stands out for its excellent compromise between stability and dynamic comfort, due to the advanced adjustment of the suspension and the practically similar weight distribution between the axles, in addition to the high torsional rigidity of the body, since the battery makes up the platform. According to the automaker, the average autonomy of the Bolt EUV is 377 km in the Inmetro cycle (more than 50% higher than that of competitors) and 456 km in the WLTP.
At super-fast DC charging stations (50 kWh DC), the Chevrolet Bolt EUV can be half charged in 40 minutes. At fast charging stations (7.4 kWh AC), each hour the vehicle is plugged in, the vehicle gains around 40 km of autonomy.
Chevrolet’s electric compact SUV also debuts in a single version, premium finish and a wide list of safety and comfort equipment, including 10 airbags, collision alert with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree cameras for maneuvers, heated steering wheel and seats, Bose audio system and panoramic sunroof.
Check out the highlights among the Bolt EUV Premier standard items:
. Regenerative brake system with paddle behind the steering wheel for optimized operation
. Configurable battery charging system
. Adaptive Cruise Control
. 10 airbags
. Parking assistant with 360° view and high definition cameras
. lane stay assistant
. blind spot alert
. Rear Drive Alert in Reverse
. Forward collision alert with pedestrian detection
. Automatic braking to mitigate accidents
. Driver Information Center with 8” customizable digital panel
. MyLink with new interface and 10.2” screen
. Native Wi-Fi, Spotify and Alexa
. Cable-free smartphone screen projection for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
. Bose audio system with subwoofer
. Induction wireless smartphone charging system
. OnStar system with Protect & Connect package free for one year
. myChevrolet app to remotely control vehicle functions
. Remote Software Update System (OTA)
. Seats and steering wheel with premium upholstery and heating
. Driver’s seat with 8-way electric adjustment
. LED headlights and taillights with twilight sensor
. electronic parking brake
. Self-sealing tires
. Flat floor with aerodynamic closure
. panoramic sunroof
. Push-button driving mode selector (P, N, R, D, One Pedal, Sport)
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