Volume* Chevrolet Bolt Deliveries Now Underway
Early last evening, the Internet lit up with stories of eager buyers taking deliveries of Chevrolet Bolts.
Most of the stories came to us from California and this one in particular from Carson, California caught our attention (via Chevy Bolt EV Owners Group on Facebook):
It’s official: I’m a Bolt owner!!! ?⚡️? by far THE best buying experience ever and “love” doesn’t even begin to describe how much I love my little car! She had a good 100 mile range on her battery, so I came to my local mall to fast charge her battery (to full.)
It was bittersweet to let go of our little “bumblebee”, but this car is so much more amazing in a completely different way. I loved our Camaro, don’t get me wrong, but it was time to make the plunge to full EV!!
We should note that the above Bolt owner lives in a condo and doesn’t have regular access to a plug, yet he still was so impressed by the Bolt that he took “the plunge to full EV!”
We even got wind of at least one dealership reporting more than 100 Bolts on the lot and ready for immediate delivery. All of these Bolts have been spoken for, which means that either yesterday, today or tomorrow, all will most likely be in the hands of buyers.
Brian (Bro1999 to InsideEVs readers) notes some early actively on his blog that details his own journey to Bolt EV ownership:
“Despite my dealer not receiving their Bolts yet, it turns out other dealers HAVE received some of their Bolts. And a lucky guy in SoCal even posted that he took delivery of a Nightfall Metallic Gray LT Bolt this past Tuesday! He would be the first person to take delivery of a Bolt outside of the 3 gentlemen that picked up their Bolts a couple of weeks ago in Fremont in a GM-arranged event.
That lucky guy said he was surfing dealer websites, and noticed a couple of Bolts on one dealer’s site no longer showed the “in transit” tag. After calling them up, he found out they indeed had a couple of “loose” Bolts in stock, so he promptly headed over to scoop one up! Price paid was MSRP.
I reached out to a different dealer in Huntington Beach, CA, and he told me that their dealership got 3 of their Bolts delivered to their storage lot the evening of the 28th.”
This year-end push will certainly help dealerships out and will pad Chevrolet total sales figures a bit, but our interest lies in whether or not the Bolt can knock the Toyota Prime Prius out of the #1 spot for most EV sales for a new model in a debut month with 781 deliveries logged in November (seems unlikely, given the fact that the Bolt will only have a few sales days to catch the Prius Prime).
We’ll find out soon enough how the Bolt fared in its first month of sales (okay, first few days of sales...) as the December sales report is right around the corner with release set for January 4, 2017.