General Motors has completed the production of 130 self-driving electric vehicles

General Motors Co said on Tuesday it has completed production of 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles at its Orion Assembly plant in Michigan. The carmaker expects to deploy the vehicles within the month in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona, with its ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc, after a final test in Michigan, according to a company representative.

GM began producing the Bolt test vehicles at the Orion plant in January and expects the self-driving test fleet to grow to 180. Detroit-based GM joins a list of companies aggressively pursuing automated vehicle technologies. These include Ford Motor Co, Uber Technologies Inc, Tesla Inc and Alphabet Inc's self-driving car Waymo unit. GM shares were marginally down at $34.35 in morning trading.

General Motors Co increased the production of Chevrolet Bolt electric cars in November last year. GM will be first to offer an electric car with more than 200 miles of driving range at a starting price of less than $40,000 before tax credits.The $37,495 Bolt, with a 238-mile range, is a compact, utilitarian hatchback with design features such as a thin front seat to increase rear-seat legroom, aimed at making the car attractive to drivers for ride-hailing services.

Reuters


Published Date: Jun 14, 2017 08:58 am | Updated Date: Jun 14, 2017 08:58 am