Chevrolet Bolt To Arrive In Mass Volume At Dealers The Week Of November 28


Motor Trend Car Of The Year - Chevrolet Bolt

Motor Trend Car Of The Year – Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet Bolt In LA - Image Credit: InsideEVs / Tom Moloughney

Chevrolet Bolt In LA – Image Credit: InsideEVs / Tom Moloughney

The Bolt is coming…the Bolt is coming!

Dealerships in both California and Oregon are reporting that they’ve received notice for their first shipment of Chevrolet Bolts, which should arrive the week of November 28. That’s sometime next week! And at least one dealer says it has Bolts on the lot right now.

And in mass numbers too. One dealership alone is reporting that it expects to receive 39 Bolts next week, followed by another 14 a few weeks later.

Michael Little, a sales consultant at Boardwalk Chevrolet in Redwood City, California, states to the dealerships has logged at least 40 pre-orders for the Bolt:

“Those people have paid a $1,000 deposit that holds your place in line. We’re expecting to receive 39 Bolts the week of Nov. 28 and another 14 on Dec. 12.

Meanwhile, Brian Satterlund, new car sales manager at Ron Tonkin Chevrolet in Portland, Oregon, stated

“We have six now and four are already sold. Mid-December is the target week for when we get any more.”

The Bolt EV will first be released in California and Oregon (details), before heading out nationally later in 2017.

So, if there ever was a doubt that General Motors would fall behind schedule and perhaps not deliver a Bolt until 2017, those doubts can be laid to rest. GM has hit its promised date for Bolt deliveries and has become the first automaker to deliver on the promise of a long-range affordable electric car available to the masses.

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no comment on planned rollout for the rest of us?

At the speed of Lichen growing !

Somewhere between that and how flows molasses in January.

I hope done goes to the dealership and take pictures, seeing if believing!!

Still no Bolts on AutoTrader. It seemed like there were Model Xs on AutoTrader about a week after the first delivery although way over MSRP. If people are talking delivery on Bolts, Bolts should start showing up on AutoTrader very soon.

DaveinOlyWA –

Dude, you’re in Olympia, right? You’re 110 miles to the Columbia River, which puts you about 120 miles from the center of Portland, OR. You shouldn’t have any problems driving down and picking one up in PDX, and then driving your new Bolt home.

The dealer to watch in Portland is probably Wentworth Chevy. They had 65 Spark EVs on their lot late last summer and moved all of them in 3 months. See this:

Dave86 (Monroe, WA)

“$25,995 MSRP with federal tax credit from $0 up to $7,500”


The wider rollout speed probably depends on how many and how fast their product sells in CA and OR…
If they are only producing 30k per year that is less than 3k per month once production is at full speed which it is probably not yet…
Congrats to GM and may more follow them quickly in the rollout of 200+ mile EVs…

They Started production at a pace of 1500/month. There are reports that they are now up over 2200/month (100 a day). On one shft they should be able to eventually ramp up to a pace of over 6000/month. This should happen over the next few months.

People keep forgetting that the Bolt EV is not just sold in the US. It will be sold in a number of other international markets under both the Bolt EV and Ampera-e. Also of note some Canadian Bolt EV orders are now receiving official target production weeks in early January for their cars. European Ampera-e orders are being told “mid” 2017.

So a full roll out is only a few months away. So I’m not sure if many of these comments are impatience. Strong will to watch GM burn or just ignorance.

Neromanceres said: “There are reports that they are now up over 2200/month (100 a day). On one shft they should be able to eventually ramp up to a pace of over 6000/month. This should happen over the next few months.” Your math doesn’t work. 2200/month certainly fits within the scenario; that comes to 26,400 for a year’s production. The 6000/month number is wildly off, presuming that previous reports are accurate when stating that GM will be producing a bit over 30,000 cars in the first year. 6000/month would come to 72,000. It’s entirely possible that GM’s auto assembly plant(s) have the capacity to crank out 72k or more in a year, but that doesn’t matter if they’ve only contracted with their suppliers for a bit over 30k parts. “People keep forgetting that the Bolt EV is not just sold in the US. It will be sold in a number of other international markets under both the Bolt EV and Ampera-e.” Not forgetting at all. An InsideEVs staff member has estimated that about 5000 units out of the production will go to Europe. That’s 5000 out of the “>30k”, not in addition to that. If and when GM starts assembling Bolts… Read more »

I concur. GM is battery-constrained. They’ve said so themselves, it is in their contract with LG. Still, I was off on when the Bolt would show up, thought early January. Good job to whomever runs production there!

When did GM ever say they were battery constrained? Do you have a quote?

GM said they can produce more if there is more demand. You’re the one capping the figures, not GM.

The reports of 30K per year were simply fod. I have some connections at Orion and they are planning to build far more than 30K. Now it might be possible that GM estimated 30K for US sales. But the Bolt is intended for far more markets than the US.

Right. You have connections. Lol.

That new market includes the Open Ampera-e for the European market, which may become even greater in sales than the North American market, since gas (petrol) prices in Europe is higher. Germany itself is leading in the local production of cheaper electrical energy with renewables (mostly photoelectric), so the Opel Ampera-e will travel for much less cost per km than any other vehicle sold there.

“they are planning to build far more”

They can plan whatever they want, no one at that plant calls the shots with how many to build…

Title should be changed to;

“Limited Chevrolet Bolts To Arrive At CARB Only Dealerships The Week Of November 28”

It is more than a little disingenuous to imply to your larger readership, that GM is in fact, keeping their original word and pushing for a big Nationwide Release. Which they clearly are not.

And it’s more than a little revealing of your anti-GM bent to say “Limited Chevrolet Bolts” which implies the Bolt is something less than it is.

Well – ‘Limited Edition’ vehicles used to mean very important, highly in demand, but over priced, and low volume! Are we seeing anything different here, with the Bolt EV Production and Delivery Reality?

Bolt EV = Very Important (to EV Buyers) = Yes!
Highly in demand = Maybe – Not yet Proven.
Over Priced = Some Still say that it is.
Low Volume = Apparently even lower than GM Thought it would be (or they are hedging their bets that Donald Trump will support their wishes to reduce Sales of EV’s based on legal requirements!)

Yeah, I just had to laugh, I saw the photograph. I guess mass numbers means something different to me. I’t more a trickle from the fire hose.
I never them expected to see anything but what they are doing, and it makes sense for them to do it that way.
Actually somewhat more akin to the way Tesla sells cars.
1. Create anticipation.
2. Win some awards to fan the flames.
3. Do a slow motion roll out, to keep inventory down.
4. Cars not made unless the are already or soon will be sold.

GM set a special group up to study Tesla’s methodology and the Bolt is an instance of that study coming to fruition.

And that group got it almost right. Except for the detail that Tesla’s vehicles are absolutely awesome and are available without dealing with a stealership. Except for Michigan, were GM blocked Tesla from sales. But the people in Michigan can’t buy a Bolt, either, at least for the time being, without going to another state. Notably, for a Tesla, they don’t have to go all the way to California…
That said, any EV is better than none (or one that gets confiscated and crushed), as it replaces one ICE. Most of EV buyers had an ICE before.

Yep, for just Some Guy, you are right on the button. I use to know someone named Just Some Guy, maybe you’re related.

In Video School – we had a Camera Guy – his Name was Guy – too! (But – he was not just ‘Some Guy’ – he was ‘The’ Guy!)

Exactly, delivering early and satisfying customers, its all a cheap trick to lull us into complacency.

It certainly looks like GM is planning a strong roll-out compared to Tesla’s Model X roll-out last year. Tesla basically sold a couple hundred pre-production Model X to keep their promise of delivering in 2015. The Bolt should sell more than that by the end of November it seems, and I think they’ll quickly go over 1,000 in December.

If you remember GM announced that the gen 2 Volt also would hit nationwide on its release in the fall of 2015 only to walk back that announcement just a couple of months before the release when they announced the 2016 model would only be available in CARB states followed by a 2017 model for the whole country in March of 2016.

I was unaware that CARB is selling cars now….

Amazing when other companies are limited with how many they can produce they is little backlash. Also amazing how orders have already been confirmed online for these Bolts as far away as Quebec and yet people are still complaining.


Indeed. It’s great that there is this much pent-up demand for the Bolt, but I think people are ignoring real-world limits here.

Is it in any way out of the ordinary for a car produced in moderate numbers — a planned annual production a bit over 30k in this case — to have the initial release be rolled out somewhat slowly?

Furthermore, let us please remember that LG Electronics is making the EV powertrain for the Bolt, and that LG Electronics is new to making auto assemblies. If the rollout of the Bolt is slower than normal for a car, then I rather doubt it’s because of any sinister, manipulative marketing plan by GM intended to frustrate buyers. If it is especially slow, then it’s probably because LG Electronics’ new division is taking awhile to ramp up production.

If I was in charge of production of GM’s first BEV, I would try hard to ensure quality was high from the start, and worry about quantity later.

GM and LG should be able to ramp up production in the second half of next year if the car is a hit. Not a huge amount, but it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to produce 40-50,000 instead of 30,000 in 2017.

That appears to be entirely possible. When asked what GM could ramp up production to, a GM spokesman replied — I can’t remember the exact quote, so this is a paraphrase — ~”about 50 thousand”~. The real question is what is specified in GM’s contract with LG Chem for its new, cheaper battery cells. Presumably GM won’t want to look elsewhere for batteries, because it would have to pay more per kWh, which would cut into what is probably already a rather thin profit margin for the Bolt. So, I think production will be limited not only by what GM actually wants to produce, but also by how many kWh of batteries they have contracted with LG Chem to supply. According to what I’ve read, LG Chem makes battery delivery contracts two years in advance. So hopefully GM has a contract with some flexibility, which will allow them to significantly increase the number of Bolts they can make in the 2nd year of production. As someone recently pointed out in response to one of my posts on the subject, Bolt sales are also limited by demand. I don’t think that’s going to be the limit; I think GM is going… Read more »

I can’t recall, are these batteries being made at LG Chem in Michigan? If so, don’t they have some straightforward ability to add lines or shifts? I didn’t think that plant was running at capacity yet…

LG has no capacity to make cells in Michigan as far as I know. The packs will be made in Michigan eventually if they aren’t on day 1. But they won’t be making cells there so it probably won’t add any net increase in available packs for Bolts.

Cells and packs for the Bolt EV are assembled by LG Chem in South Korea where LG still has a lot of capacity.

It’s tough to switch battery suppliers. And it isn’t just a question of price.

You can’t just buy cells on the spot market and put them in an EV. You have to do a lot of safety and longevity testing.

If GM didn’t start working on second sourcing about a year ago then we won’t see any non-LG cells in Bolts this year no matter what the demand is.

So if GM signed a contract for only 30,000 cars worth of cells in a year then I’m sure you’re right that we’d be lucky to see 50,000 cars in a year.

10 000 additional Bolts is pocket change for GM, but 1/3 of what LG is building! Quite an extraordinary acheavement if they could pul it off…

Its also 600 MWh’s worth of batteries…. 40% of what LG produced in 2015.

If you’re hoping for big output I think you have to hope that GM and LG adjusted their agreement upward when the Model 3 got 100,000 reservations quickly.

If GM changed their mind around that time about how many they could sell then it probably will have been early enough to allow the companies to revise their production upward in early to mid 2017.

Then of course you have to also hope that there is enough demand to buy those extra cars they replanned to build.

I’d say there is a non-zero chance GM reevaluated at that time. That and the European refocusing on electrified vehicles after VW’s Diesel shenanigans may have changed their mind. And then again maybe it didn’t.

I feel kind of dumb spending this much time on this. Even 30,000 cars will be enough cars for everyone who is in an EV-prone area of the US to get one. Making more than that would really be to satisfy unexpected EV converts. And again I really hope there are a bunch of those.

The Bolt isn’t GM’s first BEV, even if you ignore the EV1. There’s the Spark EV. (Yes, it’s a compliance car, and derived from an ICE, but neither of those is a rare thing for an EV.)

EV1, S-10 EV, Spark EV, Bolt EV.

It’s at least their 4th EV. And only the EV1 was recalled and crushed.

I have always figured we would be lucky, if we can drive to Maryland, to see one, by next spring.

California was in the forefront of creating our car addiction. Seems only fitting that they address it first.

Sorry, the plan is to fill CA with EVs before the Calexit. After that its well understood that EVs will be illegal in the (semi)United States.

Well I guess I’ll be an outlaw then because I’m not going back to gas cars.

The plan is to fill CA with EVs first, then after the Calexit, EVs will be illegal in the (semi) United States.

If California does exit the U.S., the rest of the nation stays the same as before (remember the Civil War?). California can become a new nation by itself.

Opps, sorry. Look at the election map. Without California, the USA lurches firmly right.

The Tesla Models S and X have hardly ever sold more than 3,000 units a month in the US but the Bolt hasn’t even hit the car lots and production is already up to 2,200 per month. I’m predicting that within six months the Bolt will be the top selling plugin in America. If sales in California and Oregon are really strong I can see how demand in the CARB states could delay delivery in the other states, but it’s hard for me to see that kind of demand as a bad thing.

If all the hype behind Bolt is any indication, they might sell all they make in CA + OR. Many in other states may have to order in CA and get it delivered, like many SparkEV owners had to do in other states.

For those who think of going that route, make sure your local dealer can service the car before buying in CA.

The Tesla Model S sold over 25k in the North American market last year, and is set to break that record this year.

It doesn’t look probable that the Bolt can best that figure in the first year of production, as GM is reportedly only planning to make slightly more than 30k units, and some of those are going overseas.

However, at best these figures are plans and/or assumptions, so it’s not impossible the Bolt will be next year’s best-selling PEV in the North American market. But I think it unlikely.

As son as the Chevy Bolt EV hits the streets, and many Californias see it and even take rides, then Tesla Motor sales will drop. Many of the Model 3 reservations will be cancelled and put down as a deposit for the Bolt EV instead.

maybe – I have a Ford Focus Electric and have just ordered a Model S that I will get mid December. I would much rather replace the Ford, which I am keeping with a Model 3 than a Bolt. The Bolt seems very much in the Prius mold – It screams I am a sustainable little electric car. My attraction to the Ford, although is has a rather limited range, is that it is a good looking car regardless of the fact that it is an BEV.
The Model 3 is high design – beautiful, unique, desirable, sexy – the Bolt can never be those things thus I don’t see people cancelling their orders – sorry..

I still think the Prius Prime will be top selling plug-in for 2017, based on pricing, Toyota’s reputation, a huge mass built-in customer base for Prius, and on Toyota executive’s comments about how they want it to follow the arc of the Gen 2 Prius.

The Prime will be among the cheapest Priuses you can buy after … there will be a lot of people who buy them for that reason alone.

Maybe not. The new generation Prius has abandoned its friendly, sensible vibe in favor of styling which turns many off. The Prime will sell better than the original PIP, but it’s half the PHEV of the Volt whose cost is within shouting distance of the Prime.

The Prime will not sell as expected, because it is smaller than the basic Prius (ony four seats), and the Volt will still sell better, getting much better range for a few thousands more.

Toyota reliability and massive Prius customer base combined with the low cost and high efficiency of the Prime should make it sell fast enough to quickly pass the Volt in sales in 2017.

The 4 seat limitation is a real handicap that will probably keep it from really breaking out with 100,000+.

Comparing Model S/X sales to the Bolt doesn’t really make sense. The Bolt is a compact car starting around $30K after tax credit while the Model S/X are large luxury cars with an average selling price around $100K.

It’s like predicting that the Ford Fusion will outsell the BMW 6-series.

Now I sit back and laugh as people pay over MSRP on the Bolt like they did the 2011 Volt.

Also, no GMS pricing initially. So sit back and wait. The 2018 model year will probably be the one to consider in February of next year. Most of the initial bugs will be worked out and it will be cheaper.

Then once the 2019 model year hits, it will be competing against the Model 3, so pricing should drop even more. That’s when things will be interesting.

Yep, the ‘gotta have it first’ impulse is an expensive one.

If you can wait until 2-3 year used ones hit the market you’ll really save money. I paid about a third of the cost that someone paid new for my Volt, my penalty is that the car had 35,000 miles on it and had been hit by a fragrance bomb by the detailer … otherwise like new.

Really, You’re laughing? Because they aren’t charging that in California dealerships that have taken Bolt orders.

So…is it going to be even remotely as popular as Model 3? We’ll know if the reports come in that they fly off the lot as quickly as GM can deliver them.

If not…how about some serious quick charge support GM?

It doesn’t matter how popular the Bolt is, so long as GM is limited in production to GM’s slice of the “pie” of battery supply from LG Chem. Tesla wasn’t able to strong-arm Panasonic to ramping up battery supply as fast as Tesla wanted, and GM won’t be able to do that with LG Chem, either. Especially not with LG’s growing list of customers all competing for a limited supply of cheaper cells.

My prediction: We will know that GM has decided to strongly ramp up Bolt production if and when they move to build or buy their own large-scale battery factory or factories. And not before.

I’m sure that if Bolt’s fly off the dealer lots at rates that suggest very strong demand GM will look into what it will take to ramp up production but if not GM needs to wonder what aspects of Bolt’s concept are different from Model 3 and what it can do to fix it.

No serious quick charge support is not going to help adoption, though it’s hardly the only difference between GM’s and Tesla’s approach.

I have in other posts commented suggesting the Bolt EV Drive Train sounds pretty good, I wonder how well it would do stuffed into a small pickup – like the Colorado?

Might take some mods – and a move of the drive line to the back somehow, to get real sales traction – not many small pickups with front Wheel drive!

Of course – for 2017 – they could add the CCS into the same base price as standard – for a boost in value! And – adding GPS would help increase the value as well!

Here’s how you strong-arm a supplier into making more cells: You pay them. Suppliers aren’t averse to selling more product (cells). In fact they love it, as it means more revenue and profit for them. They are averse to the risk of scaling up to make more cells and then you don’t buy them. So you have two ways to fix this: Guarantee you will buy those cells, either by giving cash up front, posting a surety bond, or by them simply believing you are good for it. Or you can just give them the money for the scale up costs directly, typically with a system in place to recoup that. Tesla couldn’t convince Panasonic to scale up back then because Tesla was broke. They didn’t have the money to pay for either of these methods. And they couldn’t be considered to be “good for it” since they didn’t have a ton of money. Tesla later changed to method 2. They have money and are covering some of the risk costs of scaling up production. This is by building the factory Panasonic would produce in. So Panasonic is glad to scale up. GM is not broke (right now), so they… Read more »

Well put.

I agree. And I’m sticking w/my prediction of 22k – 25k Bolt EVs sold in NA in the first year. This is due to demand, not supplier constraints. It’s not like the early days of the Volt/Leaf, where you only had 2 or 3 plugins to choose from.

I think kdawg is right. LG Chem could build more packs, eventually, but I just don’t think there will be enough demand in the US to sell much more than 25k to 30k domestically. Given the price of GM electric cars overseas, I doubt there will be that much demand overseas either.

However, if the demand IS there, then I think that LG Chem COULD ramp up production slowly but steadily, as “unlucky” and Spider Dan note. I hope that this will happen, that the demand will be there for the Bolt, but Chevy just doesn’t have the cachet or the reputation for quality that a car maker needs to sell a compact car like the Bolt at that price point in large’ish numbers.

Man, I would love to be wrong about that, though! GM selling 40k Bolts in the US in 2017 would be a very nice affirmation of growing interest in electric cars.

Well, I’m hoping GM can sell 30K in North America.

But I do completely agree that European sales will be hampered as long as it is made in the US. It’ll just cost too much. They probably could sell as many in Europe as NA, but without doing production overseas (perhaps even from KDKs plus semi-local packs) it won’t happen.

An alternate way to look at this is that Tesla was buying the large majority of Panasonic’s production, so if Panasonic expanded and Tesla went under, or couldn’t expand sales sufficiently, Panasonic would be in trouble.

LG Chem on the other hand has several customers, if GM can’t buy out their production there are others that will. At worst, they have excess production capacity or inventory for a period of time. Half of the automakers are planning on LG Chem-based EVs over the next three years, their risk is much less than Panasonic’s. Plus, as someone else said, GM can help finance/back LG Chem production expansion if they want to.

We also saw in Michigan that LG Chem can build a facility, and then install production lines as demand warrants. They don’t necessarily have to start a new plant from scratch to expand production.

With regard to LG production of motors etc., LG has ambitions to become a tier one automotive parts supplier, they are plenty motivated to meet demand on their first foray. And they aren’t a start-up, they have plenty of manufacturing experience.

As good as the LG news may read, my worry is the the South Korean car manufacturers (Hyundai and Kia) are also offering hybrids and electrics, so their national suppling may have priorities over the exports to the U.S. and others. LG is huge so I expect them to satisfy the demand from all their clients.

LG has four battery factories, one in South Korea, one in Michigan, one in China and one in Poland, which appears to me to mitigate concerns about favoring the S. Korean market.

I’m wondering of many of these initial Bolt sales will have a dealer markup typical of new cars that are in demand? If so, this will really go to show the problem of buying cars through dealers.

By satisfying demand by delivering a good number of vehicles to a limited geographic area, I think the roll out to CA and OR is designed to prevent or at least minimize that. State law prevents the manufacturer from setting prices, and, while there things a manufacturer can do, nothing ensures dealers don’t mark up prices above MSRP like a decent supply of vehicles.

GM is about making money and will only make as many as they need and not flood the market. Remember they signed with every other ICE maker to reduce the emission laws as trump moves in. Why? Because they don’t care for EVs it’s not there thing. Tesla has made it clear from the start that they build EVs and only EVs. You can’t play on both sides with out taking from the other.. when Intelligence Does prevail at some point for the rest of the car industry it will be like the smart phone industry playing catch up to apples iphone. Sadly but great that a new company like tesla can presell 350 to 400k in cars before they produce them and the rest just go yep. World is changing but big money oil and US autos don’t get it. By the time our air quality is like China’s these people my understand it, or at least be dead so our grandchild save us.

Please provide your source that indicates that GM specifically asked Trump to reduce emissions requirements.

It wasn’t specifically GM, but an auto alliance group where pretty much all the auto manufacturers are members of….except Tesla and possibly Nissan/Renault. This group drafted and sent a letter on behalf of its members asking the Trump administration to reconsider CAFE requirements.

So if we are going to call out GM, we also need to call out Ford, BMW, Mercedes, VW, Mitsubishi, FCA, etc etc

I live in Ohio and drive a 2011 LEAF. As such I am quite eager to get a look at a Bolt in actual sheet metal,on a dealer lot. I am not to optimistic that Bolts will be available here soon. GM certainly benefits greatly from ZEV credits in CARB states. At least one trade magazine speculates GM loses money on each Bolt, before ZEV credits, until such time that manufactuing efficiency improves. The allocation of US federal income tax credits for GM will run out, and the Bolt will be a lot tougher sell at $37K+. GM may not have a lot of room for price cuts to take out the sting once tax credits are over. Also, something I would like to hear about is what sort of range reduction is expected when the ambient temperature is arount 10 to 20 degrees F, and the climate system has to be set on high heat to keep frost and ice off the glass. All the articles I have read thus far took place in temperate climates where only A/C was needed. A/C is about four times as power efficient per BTU moved as resistance heating. A/C can be run… Read more »

Given the car is already going to be sold for about USD4,000 less in Canada than the IS I don’t see a lot of reason to think GM won’t be able to cut the price when the subsidy goes away.

March and October shouldn’t be a big deal. Usually it’ll be warmer than that in Ohio, except possibly in the morning. Preheat your car while plugged in and you should be fine. Obviously this will be a lot less effective in the deeper parts of winter.

Also note that heat pumps can be used below freezing. It’s just kind of complicated. You have to run a defroster on the outside coil, and while it sounds like it’d be a disaster efficiency-wise, it’s still more efficient than resistive heat alone. Anyway, I’m not sure any automaker would bother with that at this early stage of EVs. Maybe at later stages of development.

I haven’t seen in depth technical information i.e, shop manual for the Bolt. I would love to see how GM implemented the HVAC.

2013 and newer LEAFs can indeed run the A/C in reverse as a heat pump. In the LEAF, heat pump mode is only used above approximately freezing. There are two PTC immersion heaters for the cabin heat liquid loop. The HVAC energy consumption graph scale goes up to 6 KW, but I have not seen mine use more than 4.5 KW. In very cold weather, the heat for defrosting can use almost as much energy as the traction motor while cruising on level ground. There is also a battery pack heater in LEAFs that are sold in cold climates.

I have read thet the Federal tax rebates will continue but with lower amounts. Unless the new Congress changes the rebate laws, we have little to worry for several years. By then, the Gen 2 Bolt EV will lower its cost as the Gen 2 Volt did.

The Bolt can’t be coming yet! The Elon worshippers still say its vaporware! Lol

Cue the llamas!


All of these comments remind me of the gen 2 Volt rollout. This time last year we all sat here as the first gen 2 Volts started to hit dealer lots. Folks bemoaned the slow rollout, delay to non-Carb states, etc.

A year later there are well over 5000 Volts sitting on dealer lots and sales have essentially flattened for a car that would allow that vast majority of people to drive 100% electric day-to-day and yet have no range anxiety for out of town trips (something the Bolt EV will not be able to claim sadly).

I fear the excitement and anticipation for the Bolt EV will, as with the Volt, be limited to the EV nerds like us and we’ll see the same thing….pretty sure GM has this same concern.

Yes, with only ~1% of new cars being plug-ins, I don’t think we’ve “jumped the chasm” yet into “mainstream”.

It’s just going to take time for people to stop thinking plug-ins are weird.

We live in San Jose, our local dealership will be getting 130 total, we were reservation #79. Calling today if they have an update as to when ours will be getting here. Reserved ours 2 months ago, wouldn’t be surprised if all 130 are spoken for by now.

Provide an update on if that dealer has any of the original 130 allocations left open!

To all who will get their shining new 2017 Chevy Bolt EV this year: Merry Christmas!

I have a Bolt on order. First EV for me. Past cars have ranged from econoboxes, hybrids, and lately a series of BMWs with a WRX mixed in for fun. The Bolt is the first vehicle that satisfies my three criteria: (1) it offers good value for what it is, (2) it is highly efficient in terms of carbon footprint, and (3) it does not promise to drive like a sack of flour but as a decently-handling small car. Tesla P? 2 and 3 but not 1. Leaf? 1 and 2 but not 3. i3? Maybe just 3. My current 328i? 3 but definitely not 2 and only satisfies 1 by buying CPO.

I think many early adopters are focusing too heavily on the Bolt’s value, range, and efficiency. There are a fair few folks – the automotive press for one – who have been pleasantly surprised as how the Bolt might be a normal fun car first and an efficient one second.

I haven’t had a chance to drive one yet but I’m eagerly awaiting the opportunity. But I do own a Spark and Volt and they are both a blast to drive.

Having sat in the Bolt, I can say it will be a very comfortable and practical vehicle. And it should drive better than either of my cars. Enjoy your first EV, you’re gonna love it. 😀

Sat in a Bolt at the LA Autoshow. Not terribly impressed with interior built. Felt cheap all around. The front seats are uncomfortable.

To those that seem to believe that every EV “replaces” an ICE vehicle on the road, they don’t. You trade in your gasoline car, and someone else buys the car and drives it off the lot – spewing CO2 and NOx into the atmosphere. Now, there are two cars contributing to climate change instead of one. If you really want to reduce your carbon footprint, ride a bike or take public transit, but don’t fool yourself that trading in your gasoline vehicle made one damn bit of difference to the environment.