California and Oregon now ‘Fully Open’ For Chevy Bolt EV Sales

Since the first three Bolt EVs were delivered in Tesla’s backyard last Tuesday, a few more have been, and Chevrolet reports Oregon and California are now open for business.

Where the few others were delivered was not stated by Chevrolet media rep Fred Ligouri, but he otherwise said dealers set up to sell the Bolt are able to take orders, and inventory is arriving.

“Bolt EVs have begun to arrive to California and Oregon,” said Ligouri. “The process for dealer order entry in these states began in late fall and is fully open.”

Of the perhaps 25 or so Bolts that made for a nice photo opportunity in Fremont Calif., it’s believed that some may later have been redistributed to other local dealers as demos.

“In addition to the three cars delivered to customers, 17 dealer demos were delivered last Tuesday to San Francisco area dealers,” said Ligouri.

Meanwhile, unaccounted for is a seeming discrepancy in the numbers of units being built and the handful that have been reported as delivered.

Since late November GM’s Orion Township assembly plant has been churning about 100 cars per day. Despite a planned shutdown of some GM plants, Orion is not on that list indicating the Bolt will continue to be produced as fast as feasible, and one might surmise about 2,000 Bolt EVs have been produced.

“We’ve since sold additional Bolt EVs,” said Ligouri commenting on the initial three while not commenting on the production versus reported sold discrepancy. “We have begun filling dealer orders and are working quickly to satisfy demand.”

At this stage, California and Oregon dealers here and there are reporting they do have cars – some of which may show stock numbers, but this may be in advance of actually having cars on the lot.

But, California and Oregon dealers which have not yet received Bolts do expect cars later this month, or next month, and are taking deposits for cars coming on allocation.

Chevrolet has otherwise said its national rollout begins in 2017.

“A number of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States including New York, Massachusetts and Virginia will see first deliveries this winter,” it said last week, and major metro markets will be stocked by “mid 2017.”

This is around the early point at which Tesla aspires to get its first Model 3s sold, as well. A few analysts however are not banking on that car being available before 2018, and time will tell.

For those who are antsy about getting one, the extra potential months may be a bother. The big picture however is the first of the 200-plus mile EVs for under $40,000 are not far off.


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