Chevrolet Bolt EV Available To Order Now In Canada, Arrives In A Few Weeks – Nationally By Year’s End
While first deliveries are just getting underway now in the US for the Chevrolet Bolt EV, to the ‘North’ in Canada, GM has announced that the
238-mile 383 kilometre (it’s how it is spelled in Canada) electric vehicle is now also available to be ordered (link to build online here), but more importantly is arriving very soon for most Canadians.
For Canadians in those provinces with sizable plug-in vehicle rebates, such as in Ontario with up to $14,000 (details), Quebec (up to $8,000 – details) and British Columbia (up to $5,000 – details), first deliveries happen in just weeks, as GM Canada touts an arrival date of “early 2017”.
However, and like in the US, the nationwide roll-out for the ‘have-not’ regions is a bit delayed.
For Provinces without special incentives, GM promises to provide the Bolt EV “within twelve months of the retail launch” … sorry Albertans.
Using our OEM-decoder ring, we understand this statement to mean no model year 2017s for Canadians outside of the 3 provinces that drive plug-in vehicle sales. If Bolt EV production timing is inline with other offerings, the 2018 Bolt EV would arrive in Canada no earlier than ~September 2017.
“The new Chevrolet Bolt EV provides an exciting new vehicle choice for Canadians looking for leadership in environmental and technological innovation,” said Laura Pacey, Chevrolet Brand Director for Canada. “This ground breaking vehicle will help Canadians to find new roads in design, technology, connectivity and environmental performance.”
Long term, and more important that the actual arrival timing, is that GM has priced the Bolt EV to sell in Canada, with the base model being offered from $42,795 (+DST) – an amount equal to $32,469 USD dollars; more than $4,000 less that the starting price-point of $36,620 (+DST) in the US.
In Canada’s most generous province for incentives – Ontario, where plug-ins get a 30% price reduction up to $14,000, the base Bolt EV receives a $12,839 rebate ($11,361 pre-tax), giving the Bolt EV an effective price of $31,434 or $23,850 USD.
Also of note: all Canadian Bolt EVs include DC fast charging, which is a $750 option ($990 CAD) in the US