First Chevy Bolt EV Delivered In The United Arab Emirates


The Chevy Bolt EV expands to another global market, this time the UAE.

Since mid-2017, the Bolt EV has been expanding it’s availability outside of the U.S. The long range electric hatchback is already available in Canada, Mexico, South Korea and in Europe as the Ampera-e. Now, we can add the United Arab Emirates to that list.

Several months ago, the Bolt EV debuted in the country at the 2018 Electric Vehicle Road Trip event. The multi-day road trip covered over 1,750 kilometers (1,087 miles). The event was a proving ground and early marketing push to show just what the little EV was capable of.

Bolt EV arrives in UAE

Now according to Arab News, the Bolt EV has arrived at showrooms across the country. The first lucky owner of the new electric car was Saeed Obaid Juma Al-Leem Al-Ali. His goal with the purchase was to take a step towards a more sustainable lifestyle with zero compromise. Al-Ali stated:

Having been a Chevrolet fan over the last few years, I always keep a close eye on their new model introductions, however, the Chevrolet Bolt EV was one that I was particularly excited about due to its green credentials. (…) I feel very strongly about investing in a more sustainable future, constantly making adjustments to my lifestyle, and the Chevrolet Bolt EV is a big step in the right direction.

According to Molly Peck, chief marketing officer at General Motors – Middle East, the Bolt has very well received. The company expects interest to continue to grow as more vehicles arrive at showrooms.

For those currently in the UAE interested in switching to electric, you can view more info about the Bolt EV, schedule a test drive and view electric vehicle charging stations from


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They just need to produce more of them…a lot more.

Then they can sell them at even heavier discounts in the US. They don’t really move here unless they are heavily incentivized. It is a great car for Europe, unfortunately they aren’t selling there. For the US market cars com shows a 2.5 month supply (2800 or so), I think most manufacturers like to keep around 3 months. GM claims the demand is high here, but I just don’t see it based on sales.

I am really curious as to when we see the new GM EV supposedly coming very shortly now. I don’t know how they have kept it under wraps (either that it really isn’t coming at the end of the year).

You are absolutely right. It is a great car for Europe. We couldn’t afford to move there, so we bought ours here. We just drive around and pretend we’re in Europe. 🙂

Unless you are in China, you may never see the next upcoming GM EV:

Will it be drive by women? This is the question.

Well yes, of course! Why wouldn’t they?

Maybe you’re thinking of Saudi Arabia? But even the Saudis are finally moving past that insane, ridiculous sexist restriction.

Right car, wrong time. I’m afraid that the ship has sailed for the Bolt. GM shoulda rolled out the Bolt a couple years earlier than they did, they mistakenly thought they had nothing but time before the Model 3 came out. Now that the Model 3 is crankin’, the Bolt is facing an uphill battle.

Model 3 crankin’? You can’t get SR Tesla 3 that’s comparable in price to BoltEV for 12 to 18 months (which is Tesla time of 6 to 9 months). In absence of cat (Tesla 3), mice (others) should party.

Sorry, I should’ve qualified my statement: The Model 3 sales and production are crankin’ compared to the Bolt. Is that statement inaccurate? You see, GM gambled that all the folks waiting for Model 3’s would jump ship and snap up Bolts. That hasn’t happened. The gamble failed.

Sorry, I’m just the messenger..

GM did not take much of a gamble. At least not anymore than any other product launch. They are selling pretty much what they set out to sell. I seriously doubt they were ever aiming to steal a bunch of Tesla fans away. They were after the Leaf, and Prius fans. BTW, you are kidding yourself if you think there aren’t any people that bailed on their Model 3 and bought Bolts as the Bolt forums have plenty of people there that did just that.

I didn’t say that no one bailed on the Model 3 for the Bolt. Obviously there’s some folks out there- however not enough to even hardly make a blip.

And as far as GM selling the amount of Bolts they set out to: I’d say then that if you’re correct, then they didn’t ever think they could compete with the Model 3. I always have to remind those I’m speaking with- don’t mistake the message for dislike for the Bolt. I don’t dislike the Bolt, I think it’s a really great car. It’s just completely outdone by the Model 3. Sorry..

I always ask people, who say “Sorry, I am the messenger”: if it is not you, who is the author of this message? 🙂

I see no evidence that GM “gambles”. They deliver what they said they would deliver – on time, to the advertised spec or better, and at the advertised price or better. That’s how they are the world’s largest automotive company in terms of production and sales.

I was closely following the Bolt story in 2016-2017, and here is what I remember:

GM said they were planning to start selling the 238 mi/charge Bolt from (1) below $37,500.00 before incentives, in (2) Jan 2017 in select states, (3) roll it out nation-wise by the end of 2017 and in foreign markets afterwards, with (4) the annual production @ 25 to 50K units.

Here is what we know now:

GM indeed started selling the 238+ mi/charge Bolt from (1) less than $37,500.00 in (2) Jan 2017 in select states, (3) rolled it out nation-wise in Aug 2017 and to select foreign markets in 2017-2018, with annual production @ about 35K as of today.

There is no battle. There are TM3 buyers and there Bolt buyers. They are not the same people. The Bolt is the right car at the right time for people that really want to drive all electric now, today, have utility and don’t have, or want to spend the extra $10-20,000 it takes to get a TM3. It’s just that there are less folks like that then there are folks with cash to burn on the latest status symbol.

Agreed. In my opinion (which means nothing), there were/are many potential Bolt buyers (like me) who strongly considered the Bolt but ended up backing out once the Model 3 was released. Lots of EV enthusiasts have waited years for 100 mile cars, then 200 mile cars, etc. The performance and spec difference between the Bolt and Model 3 is a pretty wide gap, but relatively speaking the price isn’t. Especially considering factors like Autopilot and a legit long-range driving charging network. I see Model 3 sales going up, UP, while Bolt remains flat. Especially once Tesla really lowers the wait-time for a Model 3.

But what do I know? I’m usually wrong and probably am about this topic, too.

Bolt should have been a CUV right off the bat if they wanted it to sell well.

A CUV is a sensible car that looks like an SUV, for those who can’t afford or don’t actually want an SUV, but are too insecure to just buy a car. Does a flat nose make a car a CUV? Is the Kona a CUV? It is smaller than the Bolt inside.

If by CUV you mean bigger, boxier and higher off the ground, you need to remember that all of these characteristics mean more aerodynamic drag and lower range. Chevy wanted to maximize range, so they tried to compromise and provide a vehicle with outstanding range for the money and kind of CUV like. I think the fallacy is, some believe that you can take the Bolt’s platform, stick any kind of body on it and still get 240 miles in range and that just isn’t the case.

Absolutely true. But this news gives me hope that Americans could at least be talked back into sensible sized pickup trucks.

The guys around here, drive slowly and not very far, with a beer between their knees. They used to drive S-10’s, Rangers, etc. Now they are in huge rigs that could fit an S-10 in the bed.

A pickup like the one pictured in the article, especially with an aero bed cover, or camper shell could be built on the Bolt platform, and get good mileage.

Yes, a Equinox size CUV with a Bolt drivetrain would have been great.

And it would gotten heaps of criticism for not going 200 miles on a charge. That is the modern benchmark.

That photo of Bolts looks like Maven Bolts waiting for free charger at DCFC.

Just off frame is BoltEV/SparkEV storming around waiting to charge.

Looks like they cropped you out of the photo, man! 🙁 lol