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With all the new electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) planned for the near future, any kind of news at this point is old news. We all knew Dodge eMuscle was going to eventually happen, and a year ahead of schedule, the 2023 Dodge Hornet PHEV and Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept were revealed. Without all the details, there will be plenty of news in the coming weeks, especially with the “Last Call” Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger special-edition models throughout September. So let’s talk about something different, something neat. It’s not every day an automaker responds to a consumer’s woes, personally, and recently, Chevrolet did just that for a certain consumer who owns a Chevy Bolt and misses the guilty pleasure of gas station convenience stores.
This story takes place in Denver, Colorado with Chevy Bolt owner Pamela Talley. Because Talley charges her Chevrolet Bolt EV at home, she has no need to go to the gas station and fill up at the pump anymore. It’s a luxury many EV owners are able to enjoy, spending dollars on a recharge, and able to do so in just a few hours with a Level 2 charger home installation. For most gas station patrons, the visit doesn’t end at the pump. Many of us grab some chips and dip, a refreshment, or some kind of snack whether on the road or planning ahead with those Subway-Gas station combos. After years of Chevrolet hearing from Bolt EV owners who love living the EV lifestyle but do miss the typical visit to the gas station mini mart, the automaker decided to lend Talley a hand and transformed her garage into a personal convenience store.
In a collaboration with collaborated with celebrity designer and builder Wendell Holland, known for his popular television shows in home design, the two designed and built a new garage that doubles as a convenience store and EV charger for Pamela Talley. Of course Talley had some input, but most likely a surprise, Chevrolet held some polls on the auto brand’s social media platforms to get some input from consumers about what they go looking for in a gas station mini mart when at the pump. From favorite snacks to 7-eleven staples, Pamela’s garage is now packed with a frozen drink machine, hot dog warmer, beef jerky buffet, chips, candy, a drink fridge, and more. Check out the short video below for a better look.
Lol, they called it a “Bolt Mart”. The Great Garage Evolution also serves a chance to talk about the Chevrolet EUV, another EV being added to the lineup. With many consumers with an electric mindset entering the auto market, the demographic is changing to people who grew up with a little more respect for nature and the ecosystem. That means more consumers purchasing new Bolt EV and Bolt EUV models and learning how easy it is to charge up at home like Talley.
“One of the best features of living with an EV is charging, or ‘refueling,’ at home…We want to provide Chevy customers the seamless ability to enjoy charging at home as we bring more electric vehicles to market. This garage makeover is one example of the creative ways EV drivers can enjoy what they miss by skipping the gas station.” - Steve Majoros, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing
It’s called the EV lifestyle, and it’s not just a fad. EVs and BEVs are here to stay, possibly for good until hydrogen fuel cell vehicles takeover. Keep informed about neat stuff like this Chevrolet garage transformation or cool tech coming up in future models. Follow along with us on NowCar social media for more.