The first three customers now have them. Chevy will have the EV available nationwide by mid 2017.
The Chevrolet Bolt can finally start electrifying the green car market because the first examples of the EV are now arriving at dealers in California. The Bowtie already delivered three of them to buyers in the San Francisco Bay area.
Chevy began Bolt production in November but had to scale back the original plan of launching the electric hatchback nationwide simultaneously because only limited quantities were available. The new strategy is to send them to California and Oregon first. A slow rollout will happen nationwide throughout 2017. Dealers in New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia will have them before the end of the winter. The brand’s EV-certified dealerships throughout the country will have them by the middle of next year.
The Bolt starts at $37,495 including destination, but a federal tax credits slice $7,500 off the price, which brings the base price to $29,995. Qualifying customers in California can also get $2,500 mail-in rebate from the California Air Resources Board. With these incentives, buyers in the Golden State can lease one for as little as $309 a month with no money down. Chevy allegedly loses $9,000 on every one it sells.
The Bolt uses a 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack that lets the EV get an EPA-estimated range of 255 miles in the city, 217 miles highway, and 238 miles combined. Even base models get steering wheel paddles that control the regen-on-demand system, a 10.2-inch infotainment system, and rear vision camera. A plusher Premier trim gets heated, leather seats; a 360-degree surround camera; and camera display in the rearview mirror.
The Bolt is already garnering critical praise. For example, the EV is Motor Trend 2017 Car of the Year and a Car and Driver 10Best. It’s also a finalist for the prestigious North American Car of the Year.