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.
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CHEVROLET DELIVERS FIRST BOLT EVS TO CUSTOMERS
FREMONT, Calif. — In the San Francisco Bay area today, Chevrolet delivered the first three Bolt EVs to customers, fulfilling the brand’s promise to offer a long-range electric vehicle at an affordable price.
“All of the hard work that the Chevrolet team have put into designing, engineering and building the Bolt EV brings us to this truly satisfying moment of making the first deliveries to customers on-time, as planned,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand chief. “Only Chevrolet is able to offer a vehicle like the Bolt EV, with ground-breaking technology wrapped in a modern design that is also fun-to-drive at an affordable price.”
The first three customers to receive the highly anticipated Bolt EV are excited to take delivery and include:
William “Bill” Mattos, a retired law enforcement officer from Fremont, California, whose new Bolt EV becomes his third Chevrolet electric, after previously owning a Spark EV and second-generation Volt
Bobby Edmonds, a software developer with a family of four from Castro Valley, California, who replaces a BMW i3 with the Bolt EV
Steve Henry, a commercial real estate broker with a family of five from Portola Valley, California, whose new Bolt EV replaces a Toyota Prius
“The range and technology attracted me to the Bolt EV,” says Bobby Edmonds. “It’s also a great-looking, roomy vehicle and I love the fact it’s from an American brand. I look forward to the longer drives I can make compared to the i3 that I owned.”
Named the Motor Trend 2017 Car of the Year®, the Bolt EV offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge, enabling owners to go beyond average daily driving needs with range to spare.
The Bolt EV begins at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $37,495, which includes destination and freight charges, but excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. Depending on individual tax situations, customers may receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500.
Standard features include electronic precision shift, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle and 10.2-inch-diagonal color touch screen. The top-trim Premier model adds leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, surround camera, rear camera mirror and more.
Bolt EVs are currently in transit to California and Oregon markets and are arriving this month. A national rollout begins in 2017, and a number of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States including New York, Massachusetts and Virginia will see first deliveries this winter. Bolt EVs will arrive to more dealerships in additional major metro markets throughout the first half of 2017. The Bolt EV will be available at Bolt EV-certified dealerships across the United States in mid-2017.
More information on the benefits of driving electric can be found at www.ChevyEVlife.com. More information about the Bolt EV can be found at www.chevrolet.com/bolt-ev.
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