2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Production Has Begun

General Motors’ 238-mile electric car starting at $37,495 before a $7,500 federal tax credit is reportedly now being produced on “a slow assembly line” at the company’s Orion Township, Mich. plant.

A story by the Associated Press says California and Oregon participating dealers are to get the 2017 Chevy Bolt before the end of the year, with other states coming online next year.

It’s unclear how many dealers nationwide will be selling the Bolt. GM has about 2,000 out of 3,000 total dealers selling the Volt, and the automaker is not sure how many of its dealers will be certified for the Bolt.

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It does say it will have an advantage over Tesla in servicing the vehicle due to this larger network, as Tesla does not have as many service centers, or even service centers in every state.

However the Bolt will not have access to as extensive a charging network, though government-backed plans aim to improve this state of affairs over the next few years.

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EV watchers have meanwhile hoped the Bolt will breakout in sales volume beyond – or well beyond – a previous high for this class of EV of just-over 30,000 as seen by the Nissan Leaf in 2014.

Others, including Michigan-based analyst Alan Baum does not expect more than 25,000 sales if not less for year one.

Known to be following the Bolt are the Tesla Model 3 due as soon as late 2017, and the next-generation Nissan Leaf which also may get here around then.

The Bolt at this stage leaps to first place in range-for-dollar, beating others, and promises to be a well-designed front-wheel-drive compact crossover.

People in California are saying they’ve received notice of their ordered Bolt’s production during this month, though timing for delivery is not set.

Associated Press

Hat tip to Brian Ro.