Dealers Now Accepting Orders For 2017 Chevrolet Bolt


2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Select dealers are now reportedly accepting orders for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.

This has been the week of bit-by-bit Chevy Bolt news, with the latest being that some dealers in California and Oregon are now in the process of placing orders for the long-range electric Chevy.

California resident Steve Jackwoski tells the story of ordering his Bolt over on his own personal blog. Here’s an excerpt:

“I looked at Chevy dealers in the immediate Bay Area and it appeared that Capitol Chevrolet had the best reviews and seemed to have the most inventory. I contacted them in the spring, and Kevin Rodriguez told me that the dealers didn’t know much about the Bolt but that he would keep me informed. In August, he let me know that they would be able to take orders in November with some limited deliveries in December. He said he could also now put me on a wait list for a Bolt.”

“In September, he reached out to inform me that they could take orders sometime in October – things were moving more quickly than expected. Then, on Friday, I got the good news: we could place an order on Monday. And sure enough, he and his GM, Scott Jobe, made ordering the newest electric car a smooth, painless process.”

Jackowski adds that General Motors has officially confirmed his order and that he has a tentative delivery date of January 2017. His dealer hopes that the delivery moves forward to sometime in December, but for now early January looks like it’ll be when Jackwoski receives his Bolt.

Recent allocation figures show that nearly 500 Bolts are coming to the Bay Area in the first wave. California, as well as Oregon, will be the first two target states for the Bolt. Other states will receive Bolts starting next year, but not all Chevrolet dealers will stock/sell Bolts as it’s part of an opt-in program that requires some special training and equipment requirements on behalf of the dealer.

Have you been able to successfully place a Bolt order yet? If so, provide us with the details in Comments below.

Source: Steve Jackowski via Hybrid Cars

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Lets see what kind of leases you can come up w/ GM.

Let the games begins.

If they do it right, they could a lot of people to lease Bolt EVs while they wait for their Tesla Model 3s. And if they end up falling in love with the car, may just cancel their Tesla order.

Your timing doesn’t work. I’m sure the initial few production runs are going to be purchase only. If the Bay Area is getting 500, and two states in total are carrying the vehicle at present, then this is a pretty slow production rate. Again, it’s not GM, it’s LG who is limited.
I think leasing a Leaf makes a lot more sense. The Model III reservation holders I know are going to hang onto their ICEs until they dissolve into a puff of rust and donate the chassis or sell it for scrap iron. You have to remember the differences between the vehicles in size, capability, and performance.

You lost me. Nissan won’t have a long range BEV for some time, certainly not before the Bolt EV. Also the Bolt EV has tons of utility space.

Regarding the timing, I expect Bolt EVs to start showing up nationwide in early (first half of) 2017. The Model 3 won’t show up in my neck of the woods until 2019 if I’m lucky. So I could lease a Bolt EV for 2 years in the meantime.

“may just cancel their Tesla order.”

Naw, I have room for two cars, and one hatchback and one sexy car is the right mix. I have to admit you have depressed the hell out of me with your M3 charging time estimates, but I was going to get a high end/big battery M3 in any case.

I was actually tempted to ditch it all an get a model S, but my accountant said “no, you are not either”. Damm.

I think Kdawgs being overly pessimistic on the Model 3 charge time estimates.

All new design … I’m pretty sure they’ll include some tweaks to everything from cell design, to pack design and cooling, to power electronics design that will enable a better charge rate for a 60 kwh Model 3 in 2018 than the 60 kwh Model S did in 2013.

Even IF any of that came true, we are not talking about number shattering rates. Will it be 2% better… 5%? Battery technology moves s..l..o..w.

Where’s he getting the L2 charge rate of the Model ≡?

The S has a base of 10KW MAX. I wouldn’t think the Model ≡ would have a slower/different one.

The Bolt will have the base of 7.2KW max L2 charge rate.

This is a shot in the dark but Tesla may even offer a dual charger like they do for the S.

It was a discussion about DCFC, not AC charging.

Charging time won’t be relevant for most customers, especially if they park in a garage with a charger or outlet. Either car will be ready in the morning. The Tesla will charge fast with superchargers on long trips.

That would be great if people bought both, but that’s over $70k. How many people are looking for (2) new cars? I’m not, as I plan to only own 1 car. I know most households have multiple cars, but these are supposed to be the low-cost EVs and they are $35k each. How many people in this market can afford to buy them both?

I think a nice lease option on a Bolt EV could be a great segue.

Wonder how many will be delivered this year? If someone have been in contact with a dealer seans the beginning of the year, place a reservation and still gets a delivery date in Januari 2017 where can’t be many Bolts delivered this year if it’s not that Lyft drivers will get there cars first.

My guess was ~1000, and it sounds like at least 500 at this point.

Not all dealers will sell it. Sigh. I get that if a dealer doesn’t want to opt in, then they probably wouldn’t try to sell them either if they were forced.

This is one of the problems with the dealer franchise model. If I were a dealer, I would think twice about not opting in and backing these kinds of vehicles. It is reminiscent of the music industry not buying into digital music.

Seems like the dealers that don’t want to embrace this new technology will be the latest variant of KMart and Sears… Slowly bleeding out until their business dies.

I’m worried that there are dealers that opted into the Volt program, but were not successful at selling them (they’re to blame), so now will pass on the Bolt EV.

You guys make a point, but keep in mind the BOLT when it is released rather has a “MOAT” around it.

There will be NO OTHER CAR for sale for an extended period that can go so far, with so much practical space (some say as big as an S), for such an affordable price.

Unless a dealership thinks this is a ‘flash in the pan’, he’d be crazy to not join in. Perhaps a microscopic dealer who can’t afford some of the servicing equipment.

Dealers rightly object, in my view, to being forced to do needless remodels (costing over a million dollars) of their perfectly good showrooms. When I purchase a car, I’m interested in the CAR and the DEAL, not how high or sparkly the showroom ceiling is.

The equipment necessary to service the BOLT is a very small fraction of these, to my mind, silly mandated costs, and pale in comparison.

What you’re saying is the franchise model itself is the problem…That’s a very macro way of looking at it…It’s a false assumption if a Chevy dealer is selling Volts/Spark/Bolt that the General Manager is telling his sales staff to steer potential customers towards ICE vehicles due to gaining more service appts… It mainly comes down to the sales staff not wanting to sell them for three simple reasons… 1. Follow the money; sales staff have deemed selling EVs are not as profitable as selling ICE vehicles…Why? Look to #2 and #3 2. We’re difficult and not fun to sell to; need to look in the mirror…The “typical” non-Tesla EV buyer…Many of you are smart, engineers, dare I say “geeky/nerdy”…Very hard for the average Chevy salesman to connect with…If a customer is in the market for Silverado, dealer can ask why he wants it which could lead to followup topics to boats/atvs, etc…Yet the EV buyer may want to talk about solar panels… 3. Path of least resistance…Dealers can easily BS around ICE vehicle stats, does a dealer know the specific MPG of let’s say a crew cab 4×4 silverado? Probably not, but he can say “around 20″…Now with EVs, you… Read more »

“It mainly comes down to the sales staff not wanting to sell them”

But how many people actually go to a dealership, that are shopping for a new car, and don’t already generally know what they want?

I can’t see someone shopping for a plug-in car actually being talked into something else. I also only see few people, that are not shopping for a plug-in car, to be talked into buying one (though I’m guessing this has happened in a few cases).

With the internet, everyone should be pretty aware of their car options before going to a dealer. What the salesman needs to convey is what specific options are available on that particular model, what they have in stock of that model, etc.

I agree, the majority do not shop like that…But even if you’re going from let’s say a hybrid, like an ICE Prius and just wanted to compare the Bolt EV to Prime they may have one or more of those questions…

“It mainly comes down to the sales staff not wanting to sell them”

If they weren’t forced to use a franchise model, there would be no bias to “not” want to sell something.

I dont know how true that narrative is, in california at least.

2013 I was test driving a Volt and the dealer was very happy to show it off and have it readily charged so I can feel the electric drive portion. It came down to bad performance/handling on freeway and only 4 seats why I didnt bite then and went with a fully electric VW eGolf in january 2015 instead. But I was pretty close to biting, and at no point he said: Look at this ICE instead, he knew why I was curious about the Volt and was fairly knowledgeable too.

There are certainly dealers that recognize and appreciate the technical progress of a plug-in like the Volt.

However, I think that’s the minority, since most end up caring about the bottom dollar. Commissions and related goals of a franchise that are separate from the general sale of general product hinder more from having as optimistic an attitude as the dealer you visited, in my opinion anyway.

I’m surprised you didn’t like the handling. I find it amazing, and many new Volt owners from BMW and Audi-type cars think it’s phenomenal as well.

Regardless, it’s great that you chose something electric. What’s your thoughts on the eGolf after having it over a year? Any notable pros and cons that stick out?

@Bacardi – well said, Thanks!

I read somewhere (can’t find it now unfortunately) that any dealer certified to sell/service Bolts need to install at least 1 DC fast charging station as part of the requirement to become Bolt certified. Cheapest fast charging station seems to be around $10k (24 kW) on a GM dealer equipment website. Doesn’t sound like that would break the bank for even a small town dealer, but who knows. Should be no problem for a Volt certified dealer to become Bolt certified….as long as they want to

Hopefully that’s true, because if the dealers around me all opt in, I just got 3 or 4 DCFCs to use 🙂 (I have none now)

Well, the units I saw were supposed to be put in the service bays….so not really accessible to the public.

I did also see 50 kW dual head CP units that are supposed to be installed out front….for a low, low cost of $39k! 😮

Apparently the rule is somewhat flexible. There is a big dealer chain by me that has only one old-fashioned wallbox (the rectangular chargepoint things – 30 amps) in their entire array of stores, namely several chevy and caddy dealers. The other stores without anything merely use the included ‘charging cord’ if and when they have to top off (formerly ELRs) and now Volts.

Personally, I just want a dealer to be able to test the charging system, and, if for some reason they need to drain the battery, to just charge it up enough on 110 if necessary to get me home.

The columbus service center had no 220 volt facilities to charge my Roadster. THey could only charge “S” fast. All charging was done at 110 volts since that is all they had. If that is good enough for Tesla, its good enough for GM.

I want a dealer to pass on savings to ME, not to purchase fast chargers and other expensive toys that will almost never be used.

That’s too bad it’s not mandatory to be public. Had they done that and partnered with Chargepoint for $0.10/minute for 25 kW units (about $0.25/kWh), that would pay for electricity and more. While 25 kW is only about 100 MPH charging speed at 5 mi/kWh, it’s better than most 6.6 kW L2 out there.

It would also help alleviate “range anxiety”, and it won’t take market share away from 50 kW eVgo.

But more importantly, it’ll bring in other EV drivers to Chevy dealership for foot traffic. I suspect they’d end up with lots of i3 and eGolf for trade in: come in for a charge, leave with a new Bolt.

Ok, that probably works in California where you have huge numbers of EV buyers, L2 stations every block and evgo fast chargers on every other block.

The situation here is a 50 kw ccs/chademo unit run on ricketty wiring (maybe 190 volts @ 160amps on the input) 150 miles from my house.

And if the airconditioning is on at the Indian Restaurant down the street where the juice is shared from, the fast charger craps out. (At least thats my guesstimate of what happens since PlugShare says sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. That’s ONE fast charger that maybe sometimes works within a 150 mile radius.)

Test drove bolt seems like the best EV out there. Smooth handling, great agronomics, pick up is great

Have you driven a SparkEV, and how does it compare? From some comments, plastic and narrow interior sound like SparkEV. If Ampera-e is 0-62MPH in 7.3 sec, 0-60 MPH in 7.2 sec for SparkEV would feel similar.

The Bolt EV is supposed to go 0-60mph in under 7 seconds.

Yes, but how much “under 7” is under 7? 6.99? If Ampera-e is any indication, it could be upper 6, barely under 7.

Also, SparkEV wants to spin the tires all. the. freaking. time. It will be tough to keep traction on FWD Bolt to do significantly better. That’s why I ask how it compares to SparkEV if he’s driven it.

Yes, hows that rear suspension?

Agronomics?? I would never have thought GM would go organic with the Bolt.

I thought it was “Jason and the Agronomics”???

Wonder how much of a premium dealers will tack on to the MSRP?

my thoughts exactly… how much gouging will GMs marvelous franchised dealers tack on to each supply constrained copy. Could get ugly… make folks long for Mr Musk’s prix fix method instead. There are times when paying MSRP is a good thing.

Ya, like Elon gouging you for options that you don’t want is sooooooooooooooooooo much better…

Those are “Options” for customers to choose.
Other than opting out of buying from a stealership, can the customer “Opt out” of the stealership markup????

Costco Auto program.

Called Costco Auto Program yesterday to inquire about the Bolt. They of course don’t have an information yet, and indicated that with new models, it’s usually 30-60 days past when dealers have cars in stock that their program can get a car for you. I’ve used the Costco program for my current car (that the Bolt will replace) and found it to be very straight forward. Might take a while to get a Bolt that way though.

So you think you can get a base model 3 in the beginning? Hahahahahahahaha

No way, Tesla will do what they do and sell the highest margin cars first and the lowest last. So your choice is to either fully option out a M3 to get one earlier or don’t and get it a heck of a lot later.

You ain’t kidding. I’ve been waiting to finally be able to order a Model X with the options I want (RN11980). On my configuration page I’ve had 60D, Titanium, 5 seat and no air suspension. Tesla pretty much wiped all of that out last weekend. Really tempted to call and get a refund of my $5K “loan” at this point.

So they aren’t going to fulfill your order? I would have thought they would fill it if you had ordered it some time ago. I understand not taking new orders but not filling out existing orders is a total dick move. But then again it’s Tesla and they can do no wrong I’m told…

This is prickly
(and will certainly Not win me friends with a certain hoard, here)
but I’ll guess that they will offer a very near, readily available X (probably Not Titanium, of course) for a nice price. That was my experience when they offered/dumped the MS 60D ‘for lack of interest’ two days after I ordered it, on first date of availability (that D order was shifted from a long-standing MX-D order, as the production date slipped for the third time(?). Thereabouts anyway)

They called me to place my Bolt order yesterday at Capitol Chevy. I had a $500 check with them, and Marcus Bueno told me that they had 42 depositors and an allocation of 104 Bolts.

I was #3 on the waiting list!

My choice was the about $38,000 and change for a black LT with seat heat and QC packages. As above, Marcus said December-January time frame.

“I looked at Chevy dealers in the immediate Bay Area and it appeared that Capitol Chevrolet had the best reviews and seemed to have the most inventory.”

There is a lot of bashing of legacy auto dealer “stealerships” in comments to InsideEVs, including my own. But I think we should highlight those few dealers who actually do make an effort to sell PEVs (Plug-in EVs). Not all auto dealers are bad; not all try to sell you a gasmobile when what you really want is a PEV.

So, tip o’ the hat to the Bay Area’s Capital Chevrolet!

I think all of the Silicon Valley dealerships that sell EVs are pretty dialed in. They have to be. Insideevs should run a story on just this area, not California in general. I have seen a flooding of new EVs of late, Sparks, Leafs and Teslas, with dealer new plates on them. A year ago I was the only EV for 2 blocks at my house, now there are about six of them, 4 Leafs and 2 sparks. They said Tesla sales are going up, I know where a lot of them are going.

The caveat is that I live in a relatively rich area of San Jose. No, I am not, but I choose a house surrounded by rich areas, quite on purpose — my housing values rise with theirs. When I finish my commute home there is a line of Tesla Model S cars that turn off into the hills where richy rich lives. We are the electric city.

I read a while back that Chevy’s top seller in the San Fran market was….not the Cruze, not the Malibu, not the Equinox or Silverado….but the Volt!

Here it is:

“There have been wins, however. The Volt, for instance, is Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicle in the San Francisco area and has been important to the auto maker’s attempt to lift its profile in California. And 70% of Volt buyers are new to Chevrolet.”

I was not going to post this until I noticed the case listed in the article is about CAPITAL CHEVY in San Jose, CA.

Funny how I also called Capitol Chevrolet MONTHS AGO and was assured BY TWO different sales managers to be on the TOP of their exclusive list for the BOLT. After confirming this fact a more few times every few months, I called [yet again] last week to hear that I WAS NOT ON THEIR magical LIST and there were now 40+ PEOPLE ON THIS LIST WHICH THEY WOULD BE HAPPY TO PUT ME ON THE BOTTOM OF.

I am a CASH buyer. Capitol Chevrolet will not be getting any of my business. I have my Bolt order now with another dealership which is more honest IMHO.

Feel free to ask me for the names of the managers, and the dates of each phone call.

THIS is exactly the reason I will keep my Model 3 reservation even if I get the Bolt.

Dishonesty is their main problem.


Did you leave a deposit?

I didn’t have the same experience. I left the (asked for) $500 deposit, they called me immediately when they had the allocation.

I would have been happy to give them 500 bucks. I was informed [twice] that they did not want a deposit right away and that they would call me to put down a deposit once the ordering system went live.

That is exactly how it worked at my 2nd choice dealership by the way. I am #1 at their dealership. Glad I had my name at two dealership since early 2016, in case this nonsense went down.

Today Thursday, I got the call back from my 2nd choice dealership and should have the car on their first truck in a few weeks.

Went to Capitol Chevy yesterday to place a $500 deposit. When they brought out the form, they already had the $750 high level charger marked as an option. Told them I did not want the high level charger, which I was then told I would need a $2,000 non-refundable deposit placed. Ended up quickly walking away from that mess. What other dealership did you end up with?

Why would you not want the CSS DCFC option for only $750 more?! It’s not something that can easily be switched in afterwards and would really hurt the resale value of the car. Without that option you can’t go on road trips either without 8+ hour stops for recharges. Seriously the biggest thing is the resale value of the car down the line though. There are a ton of Leafs sitting on lots not selling because they don’t have Chademo DCFC because someone thought it was a good idea not to get that option.

My dealership is Peninsula Chevrolet. They’ll sell you whatever you want, no markups. They won’t play games like this.

Forgot to mention that Capitol Chevrolet also indicated that their first two trucks of Bolts would carry a 5k non-negotiable markup. When I called them back last week they said that was also incorrect.

So it seems the story is what ever the next sale moron-ager wants to invent to try and get as much money out of you.

This will be my last non-tesla purchase i hope.

TESLA M3 here I come.

Just got my order in today … 2LT loaded.

So what was the “premium”, if any? Enquiring minds want to know!