Published on January 18th, 2017 | by James Ayre0
Chevy Bolt EV Distribution Plan — Nationwide Ordering By July, Deliveries By September
January 18th, 2017 by James Ayre
The Chevy Bolt EV will be available nationwide by September, with nationwide ordering beginning by July, according to GM.
The timeline is via a chart provided to Green Car Reports by Chevy upon query, so presumably it is at least roughly accurate. We’ll have to wait to see if things play out exactly as planned, of course.
Overall, the delivery schedule looks pretty similar to the one many people guessed previously, with GM apparently trying to make sure that the Bolt is available nationwide before the earliest possible launch of the Tesla Model 3.
People in California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia can reportedly order a Bolt right now, and ordering opens up for people in New York and New Jersey this month. Sequenced rollout of ordering in chunks of states (and delivery fairly soon after) goes through June before ordering opens in the last 31 states. “Buyers in the last 31 states won’t get their cars until September — whose first 20 days are, admittedly, still defined as summer,” according to Green Car Reports.
“Chevy has said numerous times it will prioritize Bolt EV sales in those markets where it sees demand, both from its Volt plug-in hybrid and for electric cars in general.
“The chart indicates that those states, not too surprisingly, are on the West Coast, in the Northeast, and then spreading into Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.”
“We note with amusement that GM’s home state of Michigan comes dead last in this list.
“Chevrolet says that 1,200 of its roughly 3,000 dealerships nationwide are certified for Bolt EV sales and service, with at least one in each of the 50 states.”
So, it looks like those in “EV unfriendly” states still have a while to wait until the they get the Bolt that they want (if they want one). If Tesla is on time with the Model 3 launch, which is an open question, then it may well end up being the case that nationwide availability of the two models occurs within just a half year or so, rather than the Bolt having a year head start as originally supposed.