Electric-car advocates are often passionate, with memories long enough to remember GM’s 2004 destruction of its pioneering fleet of EV1 electric cars.
Since then, the company has built and sold two generations of the Chevrolet Volt, with the launch of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV imminent within a year—before Nissan, Tesla, BMW, or any other plug-in pioneer manages to field a 200-mile electric cars below $40,000.
Despite that, at least some electric-car owners and fans seem to retain a considerable undercurrent of skepticism about Detroit’s largest automaker and its intentions.
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The current 2016 Chevy Spark EV, which the Bolt EV will replace, is widely acknowledged to be a compliance car.
That means a low-volume model, offered only in limited markets in numbers just high enough to meet California’s zero-emission sales rules. Chevy’s volume plug-in model for five years has been the