It had been strongly hinted but today General Motors officially confirmed its 200-plus-mile range Chevy Bolt EV will be available before the end of this year.
“The all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will be available late 2016” said the only bit of detail in an e-mail prior to this week’s pre-production Bolt revelation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Prior to this definitive statement, suggestions had been that the Bolt could be in dealers by December 2016, and this promotional e-mail sent by Chevrolet to those who’d opted in for info and copyrighted by General Motors seals the deal.
First though, plans are on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Pacific time for GM CEO Mary Barra to make the Bolt the focal point of tech advancements the company is globally developing.
Whether the Bolt will get a staged roll-out as the Volt has in California and other states following its emissions rules, or nationwide has not been said. The Bolt is however to be a 50-state car.
GM says based on its internal testing, the Bolt will have “more than 200 miles range at an affordable price” – believed around $37,500 before available incentives.