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Bolt teardown and cost analysis: GM losing $7400 per vehicle for now

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UBS did a complete teardown and cost analysis on the Chevrolet Bolt. The findings include that the Bolt’s electric powertrain is $4,600 cheaper to produce than it was previously estimated. UBS says that there’s “much cost reduction potential left.”

“We estimate that GM loses $7,400 in earnings before interest and tax on every Bolt sold today, mainly due to a lack of scale.”

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Cost tear downs are usually accurate. Much harder to know about costs other than factory variable costs. Also with such a large company there are so many joint costs which can be apportioned in any logical way compounds the difficulty. In any event, after ZEV credits GM is likely not losing anything.
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