General Motors Is “Working Quickly To Satisfy [Chevrolet Bolt] Demand”
A couple of weeks ago, General Motors announced the delivery of the first three Chevrolet Bolts.
Since then, we haven’t heard much in regards to other Bolt deliveries, but GM assures us that it’s working to satisfy demand and that demo Bolts have been distributed across the initial launch markets and that order books are fully open at all certified dealers in California and Oregon. Inventory has began to arrive at dealership over the last few days.
Chevrolet media representative Fred Ligouri stated:
“Bolt EVs have begun to arrive to California and Oregon. The process for dealer order entry in these states began in late fall and is fully open.”
“In addition to the three cars delivered to customers, 17 dealer demos were delivered last Tuesday to San Francisco area dealers.”
“We’ve since sold additional Bolt EVs. We have begun filling dealer orders and are working quickly to satisfy demand.”
So, sales are indeed underway, though we won’t have a sales figure for December until GM reports the amount on January 4. We do believe that up to 2,000 Bolts will be produced by the end of the year, but sales themselves will fall well short of that figure due to the lag getting to dealerships.
There is an interesting (if not somewhat meaningless) race brewing between the Chevy Bolt EV and the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime.
The Toyota recently set the record for most plug-in vehicles sold during a debut month in the US, with 781 sales over the last 3 weeks of November. The two newcomers are both expected to challenge this year’s winner, the Tesla Model S, for the title of the best selling plug-in vehicle for the US in 2017.
Ligouri let slip some timing for other states too:
“A number of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States including New York, Massachusetts and Virginia will see first deliveries this winter.”
He added that most major metro markets nationally will see first deliveries take place by “mid 2017.”
Source: Hybrid Cars