Yes, it's fake. Here's why someone went through all the trouble of creating it.
The Chevy Jolt EV isn't real. But someone made a big splash on the internet this week by not only creating the fake car (well, kind of – it's actually just the old Chevy Tru 140S concept), but taking the time to program an entire online experience with a bunch of official-looking information.
The ruse was the brainchild of auto industry branding consultant Matt Teske, who told Road & Track, “I think electrics are the way for the future, and there's clearly a market for [a sports car like the Jolt].” Teske said he builds these types of sites all the time for his business, but the Jolt project was done on his own free time, for fun.
The Jolt EV website is still active. The car is said to use Bolt EV running gear, offering 422 pound-feet of torque, a 0-60 time of five seconds, and a top speed of 140 miles per hour. Teske even offered fake data about charging, saying the Jolt EV takes just nine hours to replenish from a 240-volt charger, and the estimated range is “more than 230 miles.”
Road & Track found this excerpt from a hidden “about” page on Teske’s website, explaining his interest in a car like the Jolt.
“The Chevrolet Bolt EV is a great first step, but not enough. There is HUGE demand and interest for more EVs, and variety is lacking heavily in the automotive market. Don't believe it? Just ask one of the 400,000 or so people world-wide that are currently reservation holders for the Tesla Model 3. The hard truth is that traditional automotive brands are not equipped to address how the digital age has transformed buyers expectation for automobiles, and they also have concerns for how it will disrupt their business model.”
Be sure to give the full Jolt website a look, and then head over to Road & Track for the full backstory.
Source: Road & Track