First Chevrolet Bolts Arrive At Dealership In Michigan

6 months ago by Eric Loveday 77

Chevrolet Bolt At Feldman Chevrolet In Novi, Michigan

The first Chevrolet Bolts have made their way back to dealerships in their birth state.

Though not officially on the list to receive the Bolt before the 2018 model year around September, some Michigan dealers have gone to great lengths to get Bolts on their lots.

Official Chevrolet Bolt Distribution Schedule

Take, for example, Feldman Chevrolet of Novi, Michigan. The dealerships website currently lists 4 Bolts in stock, including this one:

Chevrolet Bolt At Feldman Chevrolet

Pricing for the listed Bolts run from a low of $40,275 (LT Bolt) to a high of $43,595 (Premier Bolt).

Feldman secured these Bolts from dealerships outside of Michigan. The exact process isn’t clear, but a check of the window stickers (see blurry, upsized image below) for each car confirm they’re from out of state (Irvine, California, in this case).

Bolt Window Sticker States Car Was Originally From Irvine, California

Live in Michigan and want to test drive a Bolt? You can at select dealerships now, but availability will be extremely limited until July when the electric car officially arrives back in its birth state.

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77 responses to "First Chevrolet Bolts Arrive At Dealership In Michigan"

  1. Texas FFE says:

    I found out from dealerships certified to sale and service the Bolt EV in a couple of different states that they have received their CCS chargers that Mary Barra talked about. These are ChargePoint Express 100 units rated at 24 kW. By years end there should be over a thousand of these CCS chargers at Bolt EV dealerships around the country up and running.

    1. David Lane says:

      Awesome FFE, keep us informed! Does Chevrolet have a policy about public use of dealership chargers? I suppose it depends on the dealer?

      1. Texas FFE says:

        The one dealer that I talked to that has his CCS charger up and running is allowing public use or at least Bolt EV owners. It’s a pay for charge system managed by ChargePoint but the price is set by the dealer.

        1. WadeTyhon says:

          I have a feeling most of them will be opening them up to the public.

          Hopefully they are accessible outside of usual business hours if they will be charging a fee.

          1. Bacardi says:

            Why? A dealership may NEED it for service appointment, to recharge after several test drives or when they deliver the vehicle…Now service/sales will have to kick out the public…

            1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

              Do dealerships in other regions really not put locked gates across the entrance to their lots, to prevent people from stealing cars? That’s pretty standard around here, in the Kansas City area.

              The stated purpose of requiring Chevy dealers to install an EV charger for the Bolt EV is so the service department can check the car’s onboard charger if needed. That being the case, I would expect the dealer to install the charger at or very near the service department, for their convenience.

              I find quite bizarre the notion that the dealer would install such a charger outside the gate to the dealership. That would make it accessible after hours, but it would also make it darned inconvenient for the service department, not to mention partially blocking the entrance to the dealership!

              1. unlucky says:

                Nissan dealers are encouraged to make their EVSEs available 24 hours by rearranging their lots so that they are accessible even when the rest of the lot is blocked. Some have done this to varying degrees of success.

                Their position on DC chargers seems to have varied more over time. Many dealers around here make little to no effort to keep the DC chargers available at night and some even ICE them during the day.

        2. Mike I. says:

          A couple of the VW dealers in Silicon Valley also got those Express 100 units. They initially set the price crazy high to discourage use. They have since been set to more sane $0.20/minute. That’s already $12/hr, which is still over $0.60/kWh. If you can believe it, the original fee was set much higher, but I cannot remember the exact figures.

    2. Mikael says:

      Do they have any plans to add fast chargers too?

      1. Texas FFE says:

        24 kW is probably going to as fast as it gets for Bolt EV dealers right now. It looks like Chevrolet mass ordered the ChagePoint Express 100 chargers. The Express 100 is about $15,000 installed compared to $30,000 for installation of the 50 kW Express 200.

        1. David Lane says:

          Great info on the DC fast chargers at dealerships. I hope Chargepoint and Plugshare show them to the public via their apps.

          1. Texas FFE says:

            Bad news there. I talked to ChargePoint about why dealerships that had functioning CCS chargers didn’t show up on the ChargePoint app. I was told that the dealerships selected “private” on their ChargePoint accounts which means that ChargePoint can’t show the location of the chargers or give out any information on them.

            And PlugShare won’t show any charging stations unless the station owners give permission. If you want to find the Bolt EV dealerships with CCS chargers the best place is Chevrolet.com. The automated dealer map on Chevrolet.com allows you to screen for certified sales and service Bolt EV dealerships and we know that all 1000+ of those will have CCS chargers.

            1. Texas FFE says:

              Just a bit of clarification on why I believe ALL certified Bolt EV sales and service dealerships have received their CCS chargers already. I randomly called half a dozen certified Bolt EV sales and service dealerships in three states and they ALL had received their CCS chargers but most of the chargers were not yet installed. The reason for this I believe is that Chevrolet required the dealerships to purchase the CCS chargers as part of their certification.

              1. As per your note: “PlugShare won’t show any charging stations unless the station owners give permission.”, not quite, as anyone, EV Owner, or not, can add a listing on PlugShare.

                However, anyone can also email their support team, and have listings rmoved: if they are duplicates. So, a dealer could also ask them to remove a listing that was ‘Private’, or ‘Unapproved’, the same way.

                Also, their are a number of listings that are private on PlugShare, as Businesses sometimes list them on the site as such, (Public/Private) for traveling employees to know they are there; also Personally Shared Home Stations are technically Private, as they are not Public.

                A Dealership could actually list them in this fashion, as Private, but Shared Stations, if they wanted. Other Businesses have done that, too.

                And, if a person lists a Dealersip, the Fair thing to do, is to approach them, and ask if they would like to be listed and known as a Dealer that Supports those with Electric Vehicles! Then ask for a contact name if any approvals are requiered, to be included in the Description.

                That, and add at least 3 photo’s: A close up of the Charging Station at 4-6 feet, A medium shot at 10-20 Feet that shows visible markings around and any signage, and a wide/long shot at about 50-100 feet that shows the obvious wall it is on, or other easily seen visible points! Then you have a good listing that is usable. Add a link to the Dealers website in the Description, and their Phone Number, too.

            2. unlucky says:

              In ChargePoint’s system an EVSE can be private meaning you couldn’t use it even if you knew where it was. They have a system where cards can be authorized in (essentially) clubs and if you aren’t in that club you can’t use the EVSE at any price. You can be in multiple clubs though. If you are in the club the EVSE won’t even show up for you on their map even if it appears for those in the club.

              This is why chargepoint EVSEs (and chargers) list both a price and a “restricted” or “unrestricted” on them. A restricted EVSE may be free but only works for those in the club. Employer-owned EVSEs are usually this way. They are free for employees but no one else can use them at all.

              To use this charger you would have to have the dealer swipe their card to turn it on for you. So it’s not going to be open 24h (as it is unmanned all night) and you may never get to use it.

              Public infrastructure is better located at places everyone can access easily than in dealer lots which are blocked all night. Dealers may ICE the spots or not repair the charger because it isn’t part of their profit model anyway.

              1. David says:

                Uh-huh.,
                If the dealers DC chargers don’t show on Plugshare and are not readily accessible to Bolt driver’s from out of town when needed, their practical value is limited.

                That is disappointing. I as an enthusiast am willing to put up with a little bit of hassle to fast charge (going out of my way, etc.) but many don’t have the luxury of time and energy to find a hard to access charger.

        2. unlucky says:

          If a dealer doesn’t have 3-phase power they will never have more than a 100 anyway. And dealers haven’t had a lot of reason to have big commercial power in the past.

          It’s quite possible you see all those 100s simply because that’s all that dealers can install, not that that’s all they are offered by Chevy.

          1. Scott Franco says:

            Yea, its true. If the business district does not have heavy machining or similar, they may not have three phase.

          2. Texas FFE says:

            This is not true about the Express 100. The Express 100 uses 480V, 3-phase power. But it only pulls down 32 amps which is the big difference between it and the 50 kW charger.

          3. alohart says:

            I am surprised by this assertion because our current and former condominium apartment complexes both have commercial 3-phase power. Public charging stations at shopping centers in our area and our EVSE in our apartment parking space are powered by 2 phases (208V) of 3-phase power.

            So maybe 3-phase commercial power is more common than you think.

    3. Texas FFE says:

      I’m really surprised that we have heard nothing about the roll out of these CCS chargers in the news media. The roll out of 1000+ CCS chargers sounds like a pretty big deal to me no matter where they are installed. I only found out CCS charger roll out by accident then didn’t realize how big this was until I started calling dealers around the country.

    4. Nick says:

      I wish they’d go with something with higher power. Having only 25kW is disappointing. :-/

      1. alohart says:

        I have read that installing a more powerful DCFC can become very expensive, especially where demand surcharges exist.

  2. WadeTyhon says:

    Ordering has also started here in Texas, a month ahead than was officially scheduled.

    I received an e-mail this past week from my dealer that ordering has begun now and can be placed online for those who already put down a deposit.

    1. Texas FFE says:

      They might have stepped up the ordering but I’m not convinced that we are going to see Bolt EVs on dealer lots early in Texas. I just talked to dealer in Colorado and they’re sold out of Bolt EVs, not that they ever had many. They might find a way to sneak you one in Texas if order and are willing to pay full MSRP or above but if want your car off the lot and if you want a deal you’re probably going to have to wait.

    2. Bacardi says:

      Or just buy one today at a California dealership and get it for several thousand off…

      1. If not delivered to you by a truck, it will be a quite interesting adventure, Driving a Bolt EV from California to Texas!

  3. ffbj says:

    Michigan by way of Irvine, a rather circuitous route, but one which GM is quite familiar with.

    1. DangerHV says:

      Yes, efficiency at it’s finest! The GM way.

      1. ffbj says:

        Zap! Yeah, I heard they were blaming the slow roll-out on Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.

        1. Ah, so she ‘Did Delete’ those ‘Personal’ emails!

    2. Bacardi says:

      All GM had to do was this to gauge demand…Allow a “reservation” with small $500 refundable deposit to be placed on chevy.com; reservation locks you into a queue…You now have 30-90 days to have a Chevy dealer convert your reservation into one of their reservations…GM would know ahead of time the overall demand and which states to send them two all while utilizing their great franchise dealer network…

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        It seems a bit much to ask GM to set up online ordering for a car, or to coordinate with dealerships regarding which cars to ship where based on those online orders.

        GM is set up to sell cars to dealerships, not directly to customers.

        Or, to be snarky about it: You appear to have confused GM with Tesla. πŸ˜‰

        1. “Or, to be snarky about it: You appear to have confused GM with Tesla.”, Naw, he confused GM with a company that could LEARN from Tesla, And Apply what they observed working for Tesla!

  4. Warren says:

    We should see crash test results soon. My dentist has a Volt, and was anxious to test drive the Bolt. The dealer called him to say it was in. But before he could get over for a look, they sold it to the wreckers. πŸ™‚

    http://www.iihs.org/

    1. Scott Franco says:

      Once more with clarity: did the dealer crash it?

      1. Warren says:

        The Insurance Institute lab is just down the road. They buy random cars, off the lot, for doing their crash tests. They bought this car within the last three months.

  5. David Murray says:

    I have a feeling the slower-than-expected sales of the Bolt EV has accelerated the roll-out to other states.

    1. scottf200 says:

      Good point and a little worrisome as CA has 50% of the EV market and it was one of the first states to get the Bolt.

      http://www.ev-volumes.com/news/usa-plug-in-vehicle-sales-for-2016/

      β€œNearly 50% of US plug-in sales are still in California. The other 9 states with ZEV mandates (CT, ME, MD, MA, NJ, NY, OR, RI, VT) stand for 13%. The data shows the accumulated sales between January 2011 and October 2016.

      β€œThe 10 ZEV states typically have a combined 28% of the total vehicle market but their share in plug-in sales is around 62%. In 2015/2016, the plug-in share in the 10 ZEV states was 4–5 times higher than in the US states without ZEV targets. With nationwide PEV adoption like in the ZEV states, plug-in sales would be 2 times or more of what they are today.”

      1. Scott Franco says:

        It will pick up. I see a lot of dealer stickered leafs here (meaning new). Lease deals of $200+ are average for the leaf, and there were no shortage of E-Sparks here in Silicon Valley (which I highly suspect sells more BEVs than any other area in the world).

        The leaf is famous. The Bolt is not. I think sales will improve when word gets around that you can buy/lease a Bolt with 3 times the range for similar money.

    2. Kdawg says:

      This doesn’t appear to be an official rollout to MI, but a dealer that took Bolt EVs from CA.

    3. unlucky says:

      http://insideevs.com/chevrolet-bolt-state-state-rollout-schedule-general-motors/

      Is it sped up? It’s May. Did any dealers get them from GM outside the May states listed above? There are some who have had them transferred from dealers in the rollout states, but that doesn’t mean the rollout is sped up.

  6. Hayd5377 says:

    Led Stanford in Dearborn, MI had one in March which had their name on the window sticker. There have been some in Michigan for a while now.

  7. MarkT says:

    My local Bolt dealer in IL also circumvented the availability process via CA.

    A few days later GM corp put a halt on sales from their dealership. GM = not happy

    1. Dave86 says:

      The Chevy dealer here in Monroe, Wa. (25 miles NE of Seattle) had 5 Bolts trucked up from California last March. None were available at the time for lease.

      1. Dave86 says:

        Wow. If I would have read the last sentence of Mark’s post more carefully before I posted, then I would not have stated which Seattle area dealer!

    2. Bacardi says:

      Trying to find some truth here, I fail to find any…

      Just look at autotrader/cars.com and watch Bolts totals increase to states where they haven’t rolled out yet…

  8. Roy LeMeur says:

    A couple of points…
    Here in the NW, they can’t keep any Bolts in stock. They are flying off the shelves. Everyone I speak with that has bought one loves it.

    As others have pointed out, there are GM dealerships in almost ‘everywhere’ USA.

    In lieu of creating their own supercharger type network, the smart thing that GM could do is put a half-dozen public chargers in every dealership with a mix of types. They shouldn’t use these for service department. It should have it’s own dedicated chargers.

    They are being stupid by not moving ahead with something like this.

    BTW, here in the Seattle area, a buddy whose company installs EVSE at many of the local auto dealers tells me only a couple of GM dealers are putting in “one” charge station and that those are not readily accessible to the public.

    I predict the Bolt will be way more desirable than the new higher-range Leaf. You can charge at any Nissan dealer in western WA.

    The Bolt is a winner. Please point me to one bad review of the Bolt.

    GM is stupid not to invest in their own dealer-based charging network.

    Duh!

    1. Daniel says:

      The only drawback I can think of is that car dealers traditionally aren’t placed in areas that lend themselves well two car charging infrastructure in that they are usually not placed near travel arteries where people may be seeking a charge while driving outside their vehicles range also in that there is often very little around in terms of any type of retail or something to do for 25 or 30 minutes besides sit and be hounded by the salesman trying to sell you the latest whatever that the dealer is offering

      1. Lou says:

        Dan: Nothing wrong with your comment, but a little punctuation would sure help…

      2. As an ‘Urban’ EV, GM is OK with no long distance Quick Charging service for the Bolt EV at this time.

        Once Tesla Model 3 Production and Sales/Deliveries in the USA surpass it, they will start to understand better, and by the end of 2018, I think GM will have gained some understanding beyond their current failure to grip: People who want to buy 200 mile range EV’s, might actually want to drive them for more than commuting and errands!

        They might have even connected with VW to ‘Guide’ them in locating some of their charging infrastructure!

        I think that when Tesla has over 2000 physical Supercharging Stations, in the USA, with a few 100 of them with over 20 Supercharging Stalls, GM will be hard pressed to argue against doing something for their EV Product Buyers! So, by 2019-2020, GM will make their Announcements that they will be expanding EV Charging infrastructure for their EV Customers! (If not sooner!)

        If they don’t ‘Get it’ by that time, I think they might not ever figure it out!

    2. unlucky says:

      They’re moving well in my area too. And I managed to sell one already to a person who previously had no interest in buying an EV. And another friend is going to test drive one later this week and already asked about which options to get.

      And I see one or two a day, not counting my own.

      It’s been good news in this very EV friendly area.

      1. Unfortunately, in Ontario, Canada, the Few 2017 Bolt EV’s they ‘Alloted’ Dealers, are all gone or spoken for, so if you want one today, you will wait until 2018’s start to ship!

        So, people waiting for Bolt EV, same as waiting for a Model 3!

        Another coworker told me late last week, that they reserved a Tesla Model 3! I don’t hear of people telling me they are getting a Bolt EV, at work!

        The Electric Vehicle Society (of Canada) has a few members with Bolt EV’s that orders them much earlier! (But these people are all shorter than me, so I think that helps, in Head and Leg Room issues!)

    3. Scott Franco says:

      So I’ll speak up. Those 25kW chargers are awful when you are traveling. I means that if I am taking a long trip, I am going to have to wait twice as long at each charge station.

      GM rolling out 25kW charger to their dealers is not that great news, and I suspect the dealers will also soon realize that they are taking twice as long as needed to fill those new Bolts as they arrive from the factory.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        It makes perfect sense to me for GM to sent low-power DC fast chargers to their dealers. Contrary to what all too many people posting to InsideEVs seem to think, EV chargers at dealerships aren’t there for the convenience of customers; they’re there for the convenience of the dealership.

        Even a not-very-fast DC charger is sufficient for the dealership to check the car’s charging system, and it’s unlikely the dealer is going to need to keep more than a handful of Bolt EVs charged up at any one time. Furthermore, a low-powered DC charger is less likely to require the dealer to beef up the building’s electrical system.

        Relatively slow charging should suit the dealer’s needs just fine.

        1. ffbj says:

          Yeah, they are next to worthless to customers.
          Are they available at night? I doubt it.

          1. Texas FFE says:

            Faster is always better but the Express 100 will charge a fully drained Bolt EV in a little over 2 hours whereas it will take 9 hours with an L2 charger. I hardly call the savings of 7 hours useless. If I was traveling cross country I would much prefer to charge over night at an RV Park where I put up a tent or a hotel with a charger where I can sleep comfortably but for day time driving during dealership business hours the Express 100s would be really handy if there were no commercial CCS stations available.

        2. WadeTyhon says:

          They certainly don’t have to. But if they’re being told to install them by GM, why not make it available to customers? L2 chargers are fine for service appointments since they usually give you a loaner car and tell you to come back later.

          Not out of the goodness of their hearts of course… it could get non-Chevy drivers into the dealerships for a charge. They could also charge customers for using the service and it might pay itself off on electric rates after a few years.

          There is always space outside of the gates where a few cars can park. Some dealerships have a actual parking spaces just outside of the gates. This would be a good place for the charger… less likely to be ICED! But may not be a practical place to install depending on how far it is from the building.

  9. JeremyK says:

    We’ve had plenty of captured test fleet Bolts at work for months, but saw one of these “Feldman” Bolts yesterday (big window sticker in rear window) and was more than a little confused. Now I know the rest of the story. I should go test drive one. I live in Novi, just not willing to pay full MSRP.

  10. Bob Nan says:

    So the cars made in Michigan is not sold in Michigan so far. What a pathetic state of affairs. It’s a big state and an auto state with very little public transport.

    Ideally GM should have sold their Bolts there along with CA. At least now its arriving. Hope the sales of Bolt will increase to 2,000 range since they have planned only 30,000 for 2017 Worldwide and out of that, some 20,000 may be for USA.

    1. digicool says:

      Yeah, established companies who get bailed out by taxpayers have to satisfy investors before they can satisfy enthusiasts. Precisely why enthusiasts flock to Tesla.

      1. unlucky says:

        I have not noticed enthusiasts flocking to Tesla.

        I attend a group of EV enthusiasts and Teslas are relatively rate in the group. For a long time there were more RAV4 EVs (the original one, from the EV1 timeframe) than Teslas in the group.

        Tesla has done a great job of spreading EV ownership to non-enthusiasts. People who just have money and want to spend it on themselves. This is a good thing. But it seems like they don’t appeal as well to the real tree hugging EV nutters.

        1. Mark.ca says:

          Where do you live, unlucky?
          I’m in E LA and i have yet to see a Bolt on the street. I went to a Chino dealer a few weeks ago to see one but they had none. Teslas on the other hand are all over the place. I hope the Bolt sales pick up for the sake of ev’s in general.

          1. ffbj says:

            He probably lives in a god-forsaken state like Iowa, or maybe Wisconsin.

          2. Mark.ca says:

            Update….so today i saw the first Bolt in the wild in Montclair. It looked like a Cruze was placed in a vice and squeezed a bit so the car got shorter but higher…It’s better looking than the Prius but i think Chevy missed an opportunity here and sales reflect that.

        2. Stimpy says:

          You haven’t noticed only because the only Tesla you can buy is a high end luxury car.

          This will change MIGHTILY when the Model 3 hits volume production! What EV owner wouldn’t drool just thinking about accessing that Supercharger network? πŸ™‚

          1. Just don’t be drooling on that plug!

  11. Tom says:

    This might be slightly off topic but Oregon is apparently considering a new EV incentive that is intriguing. They want to offer the sales person who sells a BEV a $250 sale bonus. Very clever. The claim is that this will more than double what a sales person makes on a commission. I think it would be huge bank for the buck.

  12. Larry Allin says:

    Congratulation Michigan on getting your first few Bolts and good luck. Across the river in Ontario the Bolt has come and gone. All 2017 deliveries and most 2018 deliveries have been already sold so Michigan if you find yourself with some extra Bolts please send them across the river to Ontario.

    1. Ontario 2018’s going fast, too! How many are we getting then? A truck load or two, for the whole Province?

      Oh well, I guess it is OK, since the 2016 Provincial Program to get 200 DC QC’s and 300 Level 2 charging stations installed by March 31, 2017, the EVCO (Electric Vehicle Chargers in Ontario( Program, kind if dropped the ball!

      It seems we might have actually hit a reality of about 50% of that! And, these were all supposed to accept Direct Credit Card acces, but it seems most still need some new network membership, beyond ChargePoint, that is!

      Cranberry Golf Resort, where I am at this weekend, in Collingwood, ON, is in cooperation with Tesla, planning to add a number of (I Presume) Destination Chargers at the resort!

      This will help to fill in some of the dead spot area up this way, and I hope they add a couple J1772’s as well, for general EV access!

  13. Warren says:

    I just checked Autotrader. There are four Bolts for sale in Hawaii! They are not scheduled for Bolts until September.

  14. Warren says:

    Florida has three dealers with Bolts. Kansas has a dealer with two, Michigan two, Minnesota one.

    1. Warren says:

      The coasts have more than they can sell right now. Some dealers, in the flyover states, know there are a handful of EV fans in their states. If they can get Bolts from the west coast surplus, they will make those sales before the official rollout arrives. Sure to PO other dealers. πŸ™‚

      1. Warren says:

        I am surprised there are none in Atlanta. I guess that everybody who had any interest in EVs bought one when they had those great tax credits. πŸ™

  15. kubel says:

    Terrible window sticker photo. Whatever jerk took that photo should be ashamed of his photography skills. What a waste of human life he is…

    Oh wait, that was me… back on April 8th. πŸ™‚

    Actually the original isn’t that bad, that’s what you get for stealing from facebook πŸ˜›

    1. Ha ha ha! Good one, Kubel!