California Dealers Begin To Receive 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Allocations

Chevrolet Bolt: Tesla Model 3 competitor


Chevrolet Bolt - Image Via Warren M.

Chevrolet Bolt – Image Via Warren M.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Rick Alpern, General Managers of Keyes Chevrolet in California, posted this in regards to receiving Chevy Bolt allocations:

“Initial allocation is 78; I have 35 deposits so that leaves 43 open slots.”

Keyes Chevrolet is not the only dealer receiving word of Bolt allocations.

Hybrid Cars reached out to Alpern who confirmed the Bolts are in the dealer’s computer terminal now and that he expects more information to become available in a couple weeks.

As Hybrid Cars reports:

“Alpern said he was told by his GM rep that for now only Oregon and California are getting the first wave, and he hopes also to have vehicles to deliver by end of year.”

Alpern stated:

“I am hoping to be able to have inventory in by the end of the year.”

“We’re very excited and enthusiastic to have that product. Two hundred and thirty eight [miles], you know as a general manager I’m pretty darned enthusiastic.”

Eventually, the Bolt will be sold nationwide, though we don’t expect that to happen until sometime next year.

For more details on pricing, range, trim levels, options and more, check out this ordering guide for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.

Sources: GM-Volt, Hybrid Cars

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33 Comments on "California Dealers Begin To Receive 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Allocations"

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I will wait, think there will come better EVs soon

The decision to buy or wait is difficult.

Battery charge density is increasing, so weight and cost will go down and new features are being added. New vehicles will be coming out. Also, solar charging options will get better.

On the other hand, when that happens, the rebates will go away, carpool stickers (if applicable) will go away.

I decided to buy a Bolt now because I already have excess solar generation, we really want the carpool sticker, and we want to stop using non-renewable resources as soon as we can.

We are very happy with the Bolt features.

We are OK if there is a better vehicle one year after we buy ours…maybe we can afford to buy a second to be completely free from fossil fuels.

Maybe if a more desirable vehicle comes out one month after we buy, it would be a bummer, but we would be over it quickly.

Chevy built a good car that is affordable (after tax credits) it does the job. Tesla will not have tax credits by the end of 2018, Chevy intends to make 30,000 per year, plenty of credits.

I love his enthusiasm. Not ALL dealers are bad.

Yeah. Let’s express our thanks to the (unfortunately a minority of) auto dealers who actually are enthusiastic about selling PEVs (Plug-in EVs)!


Agreed! Everyone interested in purchasing an EV should be encouraged to not only be looking for the best “deal” but also the best dealer.

Buzz Smith is from a D/FW area dealership (where I will be buying my bolt to replace our spark ev) and keeps an updated blog. He discusses EVs and progress on the new EV/Hybrid only sales center of their dealership.

Most recently he posted screen captures of the Bolt EV configuration options in the GM Autobook application:

Spark EV in Dallas/Forth Worth area? What did you do, buy in California and tow it?

I bought the Spark EV with through CarMax… Quick and easy! Cheapest way to get it here for sure. The salesman had sold several Volts and Leafs so he knew the basics about EVs.

They shipped mine here from California. I will probably sell it back to them when getting the Bolt.

The Bolt is still not available under Build & Price at I always feel more comfortable being able to go through the option packages in Build & Price. It looks like Chevrolet still doesn’t want the general public to critique the option packages.

My local dealer could save my order, but it can’t be actually ordered until this Thursday.

I don’t know when I can take delivery.

“My local dealer could save my order, but it can’t be actually ordered until this Thursday.”

It is still not clear whether you can order a car exactly to your specs and get it in the first dealer allocations.

I asked:

“Question for anyone that knows more about the details on how these Keyes allocations get optioned out.

Are Keyes cars ordered by a specific individual’s options request or to Keyes specs or does GM just decide?”

and I got this answer from Jeff at Hybrid cars:

“What I gathered from Alpern is customers are primarily reserving a place in line to order their Bolt when trim and option selection becomes available, which it is not yet.

He said some customers informally said what they want, he has their wish list noted, and said if he can build them the car of their specifications, he will. Not sure what all would hold that up.

You can always call the dealership and talk to a salesman, if you want more details.

You know how for various reasons, Tesla doesn’t offer every possible configuration for sale when they first release a new model? Well, this is how traditional ICE car makers handle the exact same issues with supply lines and trying to batch build for efficiency that Tesla runs into. GM is doing what most ICE car makers do when the release an entirely brand new car. They build up inventory based upon what they have parts to build, with the options that they want to sell. Usually cars that are heavily optioned show up on the lots first. Only after those cars are in the pipeline and supply-line issues are resolved do they allow dealers to enter orders into the system. Some dealers will be up front and tell you an option isn’t available in the system yet. Other dealers will tell you “yea, we ordered it”, but then sit on the order until the option is available but not tell you. Then when the option becomes available they will order it and tell you there was a mysterious delay. Other dealers will just ignore that they can’t order the option, and order a car anyways figuring they can sell you… Read more »

Interesting…that implies the build and price could be up on later this week (which would seem about right given where we are at in the year and GM’s stated “late 2016” delivery targets).

I received the option list from my dealer.

I chose my options, gave the codes to my dealer and I have a price.

My order is saved in their system and it will be placed on Thursday, the first day of official ordering.

SparkEV-Fiat500-Leased - M3 Reserved - Bolt- TBD

Lease deal or purchase? Full MSRP or negotiated pricing? If lease; do you have the figures on RV and money factor?

We will buy and not worry if we are getting the best deal.

I am personally concerned about the future supply of lithium.

There may be some instability at the end of the year (my guess only), and I would prefer to have at least one electric vehicle.

I have a call in to see if there is flexibility on the price, but I seriously doubt it, and don’t expect it.

I hope there is no extra charge.

So, how many weeks or days are we away from the first Bolt being sold as a regular, retail dealership sale?

It depends if you are in a CARB stat or not, but in the CARB states maybe 6 months.

Total nonsense. Prepared to eat crow when your prediction is proven false?

Six months, really? I thought all the comments from InsideEVs staff/editors said we should expect the Bolt to go on sale before the end of this year.

This is definitely good news.

Rick Alpern/Keyes Chevrolet and Rydell Chevrolet are the two Southern California GM dealerships who actually WANT to sell the Bolt and Volt. Both have been active in the community for years and are very price competitive.

I’ve leased a Volt from Rick and sent three others to him and Keyes- they also leased their Volts from him. Great guy and service. We all did the paperwork over the phone and flew in to pick up the car, took about an hour at the dealership and they even picked us up at the airport – simple.

Props to Keyes.

I think the Chevy Bolt is going to be extreamly production limited for the next year.

Why? GM has said they are not supply constrained up to 50k Bolts for the first year. This would be triple the Volt’s best year of sales. Do you have evidence that contradicts this?

SparkEV-Fiat500-Leased - M3 Reserved - Bolt- TBD

Source? All statements I’ve read is anticipate 30k and able to ramp to 50k without issues.

You and he are saying the same thing, that is, no problem making 50,000 vehicles if the buying public wants to purchase them.

Although you must pay full list price, it is apparent that you may make an order for a ‘loaded’ or ‘stripped’ model and still keep your place in line – so that you get exactly what you want and the proper color and features.


I don’t think I have ever seen a solid number on production and certainly nothing that would be detailed enough to split global and NA sales. 50,000 a year globally (well EU and NA – this isn’t really a global offering) would be a bit disappointing. There were 30,0000 Nissan leafs sold in 2014 in the USA with over 60,000 sold globally that year. I know the Leaf has dropped back a bit but it would be nice to see GM sell 50,000 in 2018 in the USA and a further 50,000 in the EU. My personal prediction is that the bolt will be deliberately under sold and made in as small numbers as possible without looking bad until the competition catches up. I’d love to be proven wrong but I think that the bolt is more about squeezing the compliance crowd, combating Tesla’s negative comments about GM and putting pressure on M3. I suspect it will also be aimed at making Nissan’s life uncomfortable wit the Leaf 2.0 and Zoe 2.0. The leaf will be sold globally and Nissan will have to make pretty decent money with it in every market it goes into so can’t be as generous… Read more »
Just_Chris said: “There were 30,0000 Nissan leafs sold in 2014 in the USA with over 60,000 sold globally that year.” Thank you for that reality check. I am rather puzzled at comments labeling the Bolt “extremely production limited” or even a “compliance car”. Just look at the annual sales totals reported on InsideEVs Monthly Plug-in Sales Scorecard. 25k-30k cars in a year will easily put the Bolt into the top 4 best selling PEVs. GM is pretty clearly signalling that they plan to make the Bolt more production constrained than the Volt was, but that is likely because the Volt sold less than GM anticipated. Much as I’d like to see GM aim for at least 100,000 in the first year, with the ability to ramp up to at least double that, I do understand why GM is being more cautious about producing the Bolt, and has taken steps to limit its production costs. Mind you, I’m not happy about it, but I do understand it, and I think it’s rather unfair to GM to call the Bolt “extremely production limited” or a “compliance car”. More important, at least to me, is what GM does in the 2nd or 3rd… Read more »

“My personal prediction is that the bolt will be deliberately under sold and made in as small numbers as possible without looking bad until the competition catches up. I’d love to be proven wrong but I think that the bolt is more about squeezing the compliance crowd”

I’ve seen this sentiment many times on this forum but it doesn’t make any sense at all. GM have invested a significant amount of money into developing this car, why would they not want to recoup that investment? If there is a significant demand for the car they are just as interested in making money on this car as they are from making money from any ICE car. After all, that’s what it’s all about – making money. They don’t care where that money comes from.

If they really didn’t want to sell more of this car than absolutely necessary (for CARB credits for example) they would only do the very minimum of effort required to reach their goals. They would not make a car that pushes the whole EV industry forward and raises the bar significantly for everyone as that would be counter-intuitive.

You are correct, GM made a substantial investment in the Bolt and would like to sell as many as possible. 30-50k is their estimate of demand. The enthusiasts here believe demand will vastly exceed that number. I think they’re dead wrong.

The best way to estimate demand is to look at similar cars. Tesla directly targets BMW, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, etc. They offer similar size, styling, performance and exclusivity at a similar price. They’ve taken a meaningful chunk of that segment.

The Bolt compares against Honda Fit, Kia Soul, etc. But it costs A LOT more. It will lose badly in that segment. That leaves two target customers:

1. EV enthusiasts who will pay extra and accept some shortcomings. This is a tiny market.

2. Lyft/Uber drivers. This takes the Bolt beyond “compliance car” territory and is GM’s primary target. This market is also small, but growing.

Everything about the Bolt is designed for Lyft/Uber. GM is making a large investment now to gain experience and be well-positioned when full autonomy grows this market exponentially.

Do we have a predicted date for the first delivery?

I reckon GM could turn up early to the party with the first batch out early November. They have very deliberately been under promising and over delivering with the Bolt.

I dare say it’ll be 5 years before I see a Bolt in Australia but I am still really excited about the car.

Yep, another one here wishing for an Australian Bolt – but have ordered a Tesla III , as there is no news about the Bolt coming here – and meanwhile, I am enjoying the Volt.

When will the Bolt sell in SC?