Chevrolet Bolt EV ‘Production Intent’ Test Car Spotted, On-Sale Date Close

For would-be Chevy Bolt buyers there’s good news.

Those rumors that have been floating around for the past couple of months that the battery-electric powered Bolt would be delayed by up to six months were just that — rumors.

Chevrolet confirmed yesterday that the electric hatchback is on schedule to be launched late this year, with sales to start soon after, trade publication Automotive News is reporting.

The Detroit automaker’s spokesman, Fred Ligouri, told the publication, “We’re on the same timeline we’ve always communicated. … Retail production of the 2017 Bolt EV begins later this year, and it will be in dealer showrooms shortly thereafter.”

For some time, General Motors’ engineers have been discovered testing pre-production Bolts around the Detroit area.

This past weekend, a blue Bolt was caught in a parking lot near a cars and coffee event just north of Detroit, and an Automotive News reporter snapped some photos.

The GM engineer driving the car referred to it as a “production-intent” vehicle.

Production intent is a term for vehicles that have all of the correct parts, finishes and colors.

This news coincides with a Hybrid Cars report two weeks ago that Korean battery and EV component supplier LG Electronics was gearing up its assembly line before the end of this month to provide components for the 2017 Bolt.

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GM announced last March that the Chevy Bolt EV entered pre-production on the Orion assembly line.

In May we captured a screen shot of a document showing the Bolt with a “SORP Oct” (Start of Regular Production) mention at the Orion plant before it was replaced with one that removed the Bolt’s SORP.

The Bolt is estimated to be EPA certified for more than 200-miles range and to start at $37,500 before an eligible $7,500 federal tax credit and state incentives, which could let it net for mid-high 20s.

So, the Bolt delivery date isn’t far off, meaning buyers can be less antsy about waiting.

Automotive News