Chevrolet Bolt State-By-State Rollout Schedule Straight From General Motors


Here’s the complete 50-state rollout schedule for the Chevrolet Bolt straight from General Motors.

Chevrolet Bolt Rollout Schedule For U.S.

Chevrolet Bolt Rollout Schedule For U.S. (via GreenCarReports/GM)

First deliveries of the Chevy Bolt commenced right before the end of 2016, with 579 delivered (all in California, we believe ) in December 2016.

Oregon was next up, with Bolts arriving there recently.

The distribution plan posted above shows two different months for the various states. The first listed month is when ordering opens in those states. The second month is when first deliveries in the listed states are expected to occur.

All 50 states should have Chevy Bolt at dealerships no later than September 2017 – which basically means that the extended nationwide availability will arrive as a 2018 model year car, as an anticipated 2 week Summer shutdown/MY change over happensย in early Summer in Orion, Michigan (where the Bolt EV is made). But if you can’t hold out for your state to have Bolts, then you can always order from a dealership in a state with availability now.

With nationwide availability and relatively high production levels, the Bolt clearly is not a compliance car.

Although the first 3 Chevy Bolt EV deliveries technically began on December 13th, "real" consumer deliveries didn't get started until around the sales volume for the month

Although the first 3 Chevy Bolt EV deliveries technically began on December 13th, “real” consumer deliveries didn’t get started until around Christmas…limiting the sales volume for the month

Source: Green Car Reports, Hat tip to Alan H!

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Well I guess TX cleared the “All states” bar, but just barely.

Smart of GM to release this to give confidence to non-ZEV buyers.

Yeh and even AZ. Order in May!!

Oh I forgot I already have a Tesla:)

Any Texans that don’t want to wait until August can always pick a Bolt up in Colorado in May. You can drive an Bolt from Colorado to Texas CCS charging in Oklahoma City with a single overnight NEMA 14-50 charge in Garden City, KS. Too bad we can’t take advantage of the $3,500 CO income tax credit.

The Colorado credit is, as of a few weeks ago, $5k “on the hood.” However, I’m pretty sure that the way it is written is that you have to prove that you’re a tax-paying resident of the state to get the credit. I’m not sure, however, if you can get the money by leasing and having the leasing company take the credit and then driving out of the sate. I’m hoping our legislators were smart enough not to use my income tax money to subsidize Texans, but that might be asking a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have four generations of family in Colorado and I own property in Colorado. But I don’t work in Colorado and I don’t pay Colorado income tax. I don’t think I would feel very guilty about talking my way into getting the $5k tax credit.

I just went to the Colorado EV tax credit website, it looks like the CO tax credit is $6,000 right now!!! I bet the Bolt is going to sell like hot cakes once it’s available in Colorado. I might be worth it to wait a few more months and try to pick up a low mileage used Bolt out of Colorado.

I’m in PA. just ahead of TX.
And this is why I’m depressed.

Don’t be depressed, come to Maryland, not too far away and well within the range of the Bolt (or one short stop if you’re in Scranton or Erie).

I’m living in MD and PA, and just plunked down $1k for a Bolt with Criswell Chevy in Gaithersburg, MD. I still have my Tesla M3 deposit in the works (savings accounts ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but I think if the Bolt fits me well I’ll probably cancel my M3 reservation.

But.. but.. compliance… CARB…


Dont worry, this just means that for those few hold outs who kept saying compliance car… they will find a way to re-define compliance as something else.

An August release in Texas is perfect! It can arrive just in time for my birthday.

If you looked up the history of cars that GM cancelled for low production {still higher than projected annual Bolt production goal} you may notice that they typically cancel cars with a mere 30k annual sales. Note: they don’t do a nine month trickle out release on Colorado or Silverado pickups.

Then you have to contend with dealers unwilling to sell them. I expect to see a Bolt available in my area of Alabama after the first Tesla Model 3 is delivered in Alabama.

Ooh.. another pizza

FYI Mark, “Chevrolet reported that 1,200 of its approximately 3,000 dealerships nationwide are certified for Bolt sales and service. There will be at least one Chevy dealer selling and serving Bolts in each of the 50 states.”

So look for a Bolt EV in your state sometime between July & Sept.

GM is well aware that at the moment the EV market is small. It has not built the Bolt EV to fail or because they expect it to fail.

They know that about 22% of all plug-ins on the road in the US are GM products. They are also well aware that they basically created the roots of the modern EV in the 1990s.

The technology of the Bolt and Volt are here to stay in one form or another for a very long time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mark C posted FUD:

“Note: they donโ€™t do a nine month trickle out release on Colorado or Silverado pickups.”

Well, I suppose that’s progress of some sort, when a serial EV basher feels compelled to compare a new PEV with the Silverado pickup, the #2 best-selling passenger vehicle in the USA!

Poor Mark C. Now he can’t move the goal posts any farther! ๐Ÿ˜›

Up the rEVolution!

Yeah, this is really definitive. Ha ha.

I did say it was a compliance car.
This proves they don’t intend it to be.
Kudos to GM for following through

+1, EV4Life.
I too a$$umed the Bolt would not make it out of the short list of compliance states. I stand corrected. Once again, I’m glad to be wrong. This rollout schedule has convinced me that GM is genuinely in the EV game.
Keep em’ coming GM!

@DangerHV and @EV4Life

Good, I’m glad you’re glad you’re wrong! ๐Ÿ™‚ Nothing but good news here.

The Bolt and Model 3 will not feast off of each other’s potential customers. They will expand the market together and the investment will eventually pay off for GM and Tesla (and other EV leaders).

You’re a compliance dawg!

I’m still saying that I will see a Model 3 in South Carolina before I see a Bolt.

I’ll bet a pizza on that.

I assume you mean for sale in SC. You may get people driving through from other states. And I do agree – sad but Bolt may well indeed be a compliance car as many have predicted. If they were serious, they would have rolled it out to everyone day one. If I get my M3 quick enough here in GA i’ll come up and visit you.

Does that mean the Model 3 is a compliance car too, since it won’t be rolled out on all states on day 1 either? Same goes for the Model S.

That comparison is irrelevant since Tesla only makes evs they, by definition, have no need to make a compliance car.

But they are selling the ZEV credits. If you don’t like the Tesla example, the how about the Nissan Leaf? It was also rolled out state by state. I guess it was just a compliance car too.

It’s a fuzzy definition. It’s not whether I like or dislike your Tesla example which does not matter, it’s just not accurate.

I think the Bolt has elements of compliance but is more than a compliance car, say like the Fiat 500, a true compliance car. The Bolt is certainly not that.

The term “compliance car” gets tossed around a lot. I can’t believe some are still trying to label the Bolt EV as that. The reasoning is getting worse & worse as well (thus why I gave my Tesla example). Either a car is or is not a compliance car. You can’t be just a little bit pregnant.

The term compliance car does not have a fuzzy definition. It is a very specific term meaning specific things.

The definition only becomes “fuzzy” when people attempt to label non-compliance cars as compliance cars and make up their own definitions.

What if it has 3 of the 4 values that are considered compliance or 2 or partial elements of all 4? So it’s just that people have fuzzified what a compliance car is, as there is no hard and fast definition. So yes you can be sort of a compliance car.

Yes there is. If the car is only offered in the CARB Compliant states, then it is a compliance vehicle.

“That comparison is irrelevant since Tesla only makes evs they, by definition, have no need to make a compliance car.”

The point is that some here have developed a habit of using the term “compliance car” where it’s wildly inaccurate, apparently just to be insulting to GM and other legacy auto makers, and not because the term has any relevance when applied to a car like the Bolt.

In that respect, it’s every bit as meaningful — or rather, not — to call the Tesla Model S a “compliance car” as to call the Chevy Bolt a “compliance car”.

In both cases, it’s 100% factually incorrect, and in fact it appears to me to be deliberate trolling.

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Even the Prius Prime wasn’t available in every state on day 1, and it might have a shot at being the top seller on the InsideEVs Sales Chart for 2017.

I’ll see a Bolt in Georgia before my Model 3, but it will be on a truck headed to Florida.

I guess that gives Nissan until September to get Leaf 2 out there !

Sounds just about right. We’ve seen some possible indicators that the Gen 1 Leaf will be on sale until August.

Nissan will have to show a production prototype first and then it will be at least a year to get into production. I wouldn’t expect the Leaf 2 until at least the 2019 model year.

I’m not so sure, I was expecting news about an upgrade but the longer the silence continues the more I’m starting to think that they might be thinking about skipping the upgrade and going straight to 2.0 ?

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced the Leaf 2 at the CES 2017, coming ‘soon’. But you will not hear a date until the new Leafs are on their way to the dealers.

Why would they have to show a prototype? Why can’t they spring it on us fully formed?

I think they really want to avoid the Osborne Effect.

I’m a current LEAF owner and have given up on Nissan delivering a replacement this year.
For a so called market leader they sure seem to be doing a lot of following.

I am a Leaf-follower now as well. Soon to be a Leaf-forgetter, if the Tesla Model 3 fills my preorder, before Carlos Goshen can actually reveal and deliver a Leaf 2.0. I think Nissan has pulled the “Plug” if you can get my “Shift”!

I’m surprised you’d consider a Leaf 2.0 over a Model 3 but not a Bolt EV. At least take a Bolt for a test drive when it’s available near you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve seen at least two with Michigan plates (non manufacture) around Detroit.

There are a ton of Bolts rolling around Detroit, without manufacturer’s plates…but those vehicles are part of the captured test fleet. They’ll probably be sold as used cars eventually.

It’s a little surprising GM didn’t put Michigan on before the “all states” rollout.

Also it would be great if TX were higher. It’s a big market.

Where are Ontario and Quebec on the schedule? And Norway?

Ontario an Quebec would be orders in November 2016 with deliveries starting in Late January to early February.

Norway is the launch market for the Ampera-e. Target is June-July this summer.

There are five states according to the chart besides CA and OR that are supposed to be taking orders right now, MA, MD, VA, NJ & NY. Has anyone from one of these states placed your order for a Bolt,

There’s a guy in Maryland driving one now (but he had it shipped from CA) ๐Ÿ˜€

I was told by a dealership in Danbury CT that they expect to have cars in May. Does this mean they actually told me the truth? ::gasp::

This looks like a logical enough plan to me. Bolts will likely be production-limited for 2017. We won’t get a real feel for the demand of this car until 2018.

Guessing the “all states” will be the MY18 model…

The catch is GM can’t make Virginia dealers carry them. None of the dealers I know of say they will carry it. I suspect at least one dealer near DC will, but it is a very long way to go for service.

The car now appears on the website slide shows of several northern Virginia dealers, along with the “Car of the Year” award. It would seem a bit awkward to have this on your website, and not offer it. But I wouldn’t put it past many to encourage you to come in, only to try and sell you a Volt.

It’s called, “Bait & Switch”, and is all too common…

If a person falls for a “Bait and Switch”, they’re mentally weak. You seem awfully concerned about it.

So, the only people who fall for a high-pressure, professional salesman’s attempt to manipulate them into buying what the dealer wants them to buy, are “mentally weak”?

Wow. I can only guess that you work for a dealership, since you seem to be defending that unethical and dishonest practice.

The same with Classic Chevrolet and Huffines Chevrolet in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. They are going to want to sell this car for sure.

If some of the smaller dealers talk a customer into a Volt who doesn’t want to wait on a Bolt to arrive in their area… that’s still a win for EVs. Volt sales should be quite good this year thanks to the Bolt.

I just emailed one of those dealers. They have a demo in transit, expected first week of February. Will contact me, when it arrives, for a test drive. Two hundred miles round trip for warranty checkups will be a definite pain. ๐Ÿ™

I think the issue of GM dealers actually carrying and trying to sell the Bolt is one of the immense unknowns hanging over our heads. There’s a huge volume Chevy dealer in Rochester, NY (Bob Johnson) that has carried the Volt and advertised it, and, based on what I see on the roads, sold a good number of them. But other dealers in the general Rochester area refused to carry the Volt.

I’m sure that dealers will get on board with EVs in time, I just wish they would quit dragging their feet.

I think it’s hard to convince dealers to sell it. For one you have to spend some money to just carry it. Probably around 10k and maybe more. Then the bread and butter of dealership service is gone. None of the normal dealership rip-offs associated with service. So it’s sort of a conundrum for dealers on whether to carry it or not.

When I spoke to someone I know who manages a dealership, he said you’d have to be an idiot not to carry the Motor Trend COTY. He also said the cost of tooling & training to support the Bolt EV is chump change for any high-volume dealer.

That’s probably true, though there a lot dealers who will be idiots them, according to your dealer. Also 10k is not much to a high volume dealer. A few ripped-off customers easily pays for that.

It’s actually more like $25K and it’s the cost of doing business. So far all the Bolt EV sales I have heard of were at MSRP, so not sure why you are saying “ripped off”.

The Nissan, and BMW dealers around here all have an EV or two, but you need to ask to get to drive one. They don’t want to sell them, and their customers are not interested in them.

“… have an EV or two, but you need to ask to get to drive one.”

And how is that different from ICE cars?

Hey Lou. I was justo ut your way yesterday and was surprised to only see one Volt in the Rochester area. I did see four Teslas, though. Do you notice a lot more Teslas, or maybe it was because of where I was / luck of the draw (small sample size, I admit).

I wonder how popular BEVs are over there. Here in Syracuse, they are very rare. There are lots of Volts, though.

Can you really order from any dealership even if you’re state doesn’t sell it? What about service?

It was previously reported that GM would only authorize dealers to sell the Bolt if their service department was equipped to service them. That means special training for the staff, and they have to have a DCFC station on site.

I presume that’s still true.

Somewhere I read that was incorrect. They are only requiring a 240 volt charge station, which most/all? Volt dealers already have.

Pretty sure they need DCFC. Otherwise they can’t test and debug any fast charging issues.

They aren’t necesssrily required to have a full 80kW DCFC however.

Right you are. I forgot what I read. They are actually requiring a low power, 25 kW DCFC, that can run off 240 volts, single phase. Much easier for dealers I am sure.

The funny thing is, our local Nissan dealer was selling Leafs for three years before they got a DCFC station. My neighbor went right over to try it out, never having seen a DCFC before. After a few minutes it overheated, and shut down. I think he said it does work now.

I presume that is true as well. I did check with my dealer about that requirement and they admitted they were unaware of that requirement. They also said they would comply with that rule if GM says it’s so. I do know my dealer has had multiple people going for certified training but they will not have a DCFC installed by the time they start selling Bolts. They did install a 24KW charger for the Volt. BTW your posts are informative and well thought out. Thanks for your contributions.

24 kw for the VOLT? That would be something to see because, the volts have been either been 3.3 kw or 3.6 kw. You sure?

Per your “They did install a 24KW charger for the Volt.”, like Bill says, are you sure! Maybe some guys called it a fast charger, by mistake?

I know some dealership people call Level 2 EVSE’s, Fast Chargers, for lack of knowing better, and because 4-5 hours is Fast, compare to 12-20+ hours, on 120V!

All states by September. That is great. Any information on all dealerships. in all States?

Will Tesla be able to sell cars in all 50 States, before GM has its Dealers actually stock the Volt and Bolt on All GM Dealer Lots? Will the Bolt be available for purchase and delivery, at All of the US GM dealerships, before Tesla has the Model 3 available for purchase and delivery without preorder or significant lag time on delivery? Tesla should beat GM, on the above two questions if all goes well before 2020?

Every dealership around here now has lots of Volts. The trick is getting folks to buy them. They go in looking at the Volt, and go out with an SUV.

And that is why the Voltec drivetrain in front of them and Bolt EV Drivetrain in back, withe the 60 kWh Battery in the middle, with a 10-12 Gallon Gas Tank, would be a great fit for GM AWD SUV’s! They could get 150-200 miles EV Range, plus another 250-350 miles range on Gas,

“Tesla should beat GM, on the above two questions if all goes well before 2020?”

It is extremely unlikely that Tesla will be able to do direct sales in all 50 States within only 3 years, especially with the GOP in charge of both chambers of Congress, and the Trumpsters running the White House. Trump himself may not be hostile to Tesla, but much or most of his “oil-igarchy” cabinet will be.

There is an outside chance that Tesla will succeed with its lawsuit in a Federal court, which would make all State laws blocking sales irrelevant. But I don’t think the odds of that are very good. I don’t think Tesla has a strong Federal case, since States are allowed to regulate sales within the State.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think control of the US Congress or White House by a particular party has any bearing on what states decide to do about their car dealer / franchise laws.

Thank you to the IDIOTS in the GA state government. Once one of the hottest and progressive EV states, now due to the EV TAX and no incentives — we DO NOT even make it onto the roll out list. We may as well be West Virginia….

Texas did the same thing. We had funds for an EV/Alt Fuel tax credit for 2 years I believe.

But just as people were starting to learn about the program and utilize it, it ran out of funds. When brought up for renewal, the state legislature couldn’t come to an agreement on how to fund it in the future so they let it die.

Very frustrating… as Texas politics usually is.

Dude, I get your frustration, but we are NOT West Virginia!

“Itโ€™s very safe to assume that this car is going to be here sooner rather than later,โ€ stated Balch. โ€œWeโ€™ve also committed that itโ€™s going to be a 50-state vehicle at launch. Thatโ€™s to show our commitment to the technology.”

–Shad Balch “GM Manager of New Product and Public Policy Communications”

Is 9 months later still considered “at launch”? LOL

Sounds to me like a supplier F’d something up and GM had to reorder replacement parts. So, whatever bank of parts GM had for builds had to be completely restocked. Easier for some parts than others.

He’s saying they committed to nationwide availability (to dealers at least) at launch. As opposed to being a compliance car first and then expanding later if it is a success.

He isn’t saying they committed to a simultaneous nationwide launch.

It’s a good thing for SpaceX, that their 9 Merlin Engines all light up Simultaneously, and don’t take this slow and staggered approach, for Launch!

Sadly, this still won’t stop some EV enthusiasts, ones suffering from invincible ignorance, from calling the Bolt a “compliance car”.

Yeah, I’m looking at you, Leafowner!


We’ve already had 20 Bolts driving in Scottsdale AZ at the Cruise Automation office for over 4 months . More in May would be great. Higher gas prices would be the only way most people open their eyes and minds to plugins.

Woo, enjoying my compliance car Bolt in MD today!

Damn, little help Jay!

No worries.

Just as random FYI, it takes the system a bit to convert/embed the pic…all you have to do is just drop the URL in there and it’ll magically convert in a few minutes to an ~hour.

Thanks. I always thought it was one of you fixing it later. Lol

It can be, system doesn’t always work depending on the source

Look at that poor thing there not plugged-in. See how useless EVs are?

More seriously congratulations. Having had mine a bit now I can say it’s quite a difference after a short-range EV.

@ unlucky and @ bro1999 – will either of you be posting any type of driver review ? (For those of us in “September” states)

In particular, I am curious how the Bolt compares in interior size and comfort, and driving pleasure to a Leaf. I have a Leaf now and the lease is up in December, so I’m trying to determine if I should buy it or turn it in and replace it, possibly with a Bolt.


I don’t know if I’ll post my full review. I have written one though. I’ll say this. Unless you are sensitive to the price difference, there’s no reason to buy a LEAF over a Bolt (assuming you can get one) except the following: The Bolt is too narrow to fit golf clubs as well as the LEAF. You’ll have to take the false floor out, your driver out of your bag and then your driver still won’t lay flat on the floor. If you want to have your golf clubs in the trunk all golf season you might not like this. The Bolt doesn’t have CHAdeMO. If you only have CHAdeMO options available to you and you rely on them a Bolt simply won’t do (unless the longer range wipes out your need to fast charge). Other than that the cars are very similar and the Bolt is better in virtually all the ways they do differ. Honestly right now I would tell anyone looking at a sub-Tesla EV (not PHEV) that they should get a Bolt. If a Bolt isn’t right for them then I would recommend getting a used short-range EV instead. You can get a lot of… Read more »

What a damn shame about not being able to carry around golf clubs all the time. I guess the skis are also not able to be carried around all year too?

I feel your pain – NOT.

Awesome, been following your blog. That bolt went on quite an epic journey all over the US! Now it is finally home. Congrats! ๐Ÿ˜€

I spoke to my neighbor with the Leaf. They had test driven the Volt several times, in Richmond, even taking it home on the weekend. He talked to that dealer this afternoon, and was told they are scheduled to receive some Bolts, and will contact him for a demo when they arrive. I think GM’s Bolt rollout is amazingly fast, compared to any other maker so far.

I live in WA and wanted to lease a Bolt from a Portland dealer. I found out that lease offers are zip code based and there were no offers for WA residents yet so I my lease payments would have been $600/month and $6000 down!

Theres roughly 182 chevy dealerships in the state of California. If the bigger dealerships can push 100 or more bolts out each month due to high interest then you could begin to see18200 a month then the robinson effect kicks in and you could see even more or so kicking in. God help the order numbers coming in when they actually start an advertising campaign but I don’t think that will happen until chevy can get production numbers up much higher.

I don’t see this as a serious effort by GM. They are on course to sell maybe 15,000 Bolts in the US this year and they aren’t doing anything to change that. In theory they could ramp up production to more than the 30,000 their current line is capable of; but, there isn’t any reason to expect it. The February sales went down, despite adding 3 more states. They seem to just want to practice building EV’s for when Europe outlaws ICE vehicles. Tesla is serious about EV’s because that’s what they do. Nissan is serious about EV’s, they keep trying with their Leaf. But GM seems stuck in the ICE world.