Welcome to ChevyJoltEV.com! This is a website dedicated to an idea of what could be the Chevrolet Jolt EV, a long-range, pure electric sports car. And if you are asking yourself, “Wait… so the Jolt EV isn’t going into production?” No, it is not. But, based on the reponse from the world (literally) on May 4th, 2016, it should.
Creating the idea of the Jolt EV and taking this website live along with supporting social media assets was a passion project. I was curious to see how consumers would respond to a traditional auto manufacturer releasing a sporty, long-range EV supported by a robust charging network through dealerships in the United States. The response was overwhelming. And not just to me personally. The Jolt EV website received so much traffic that it crashed and I had to setup a new server to handle the traffic. At first my hope was that someone from the EV enthusiast realm might find the idea compelling and write a blog about it. Instead, I was inundated with responses from consumers around the world who expressed their excitement for a truly sporty, long-range EV.
The result: in only 48 hours the very idea of the Jolt EV being a reality prompted responses from all 50 states in the U.S., visitors from over 100 countries and over 20,000 unique visitors to the website. That is beyond what I expected, but exciting to say the least. Like many, I have heard that the reason a wider variety of EVs are not being pursued or produced by traditional automotive manufacturers is that there is no demand from the public. If my own project can produce this kind of response, I think it is time we put that theory to rest. Consumers from around the world clearly want more compelling EV options.
So, why do this? One Twitter user, @tweetermeyer, asked very candidly, “Maybe this is fake… but who would fake it?” Well, I would. And why? Because developing more electric vehicles matters. And with the power of the digital age, we don’t have to wait to hear the news, we can make it on our own. I figured if traditional auto manufacturers weren’t going to develop more compelling EV options to excite consumers, I would help. And oddly enough, I have done it before.