Chevrolet delivered its first three Bolt EVs to customers today. That makes it the first of an expected future wave of relatively affordable all-electric cars that provide more than 200 miles of driving range on a single charge. The Chevy Bolt EV has a starting price of $37,495—which after a federal tax credit brings the net price to about $30,000.
“All of the hard work that the Chevrolet team have put into designing, engineering and building the Bolt EV brings us to this truly satisfying moment of making the first deliveries to customers on-time, as planned,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand chief. “Chevrolet is proud to offer a vehicle like the Bolt EV, with ground-breaking technology wrapped in a modern design that is also fun-to-drive at an affordable price.”
The first three customers—a retired law enforcement officer, a software developer, and a commercial real estate broker—are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. “The range and technology attracted me to the Bolt EV,” said Bobby Edmonds, the software developer based in Castro Valley, Calif. “It’s also a great looking, roomy vehicle and I love the fact it’s from an American brand. I look forward to the longer drives I can make compared to the i3 that I owned.” The Bolt offers an estimated driving range of 238 miles, compared to the current-generation BMW i3’s range of up to 114 miles.
The customers took delivery of their Bolts at the Chevy dealership in Fremont, Calif., where Tesla manufacturers its vehicles. Tesla is also promising a 200-plus mile electric car—the Model 3—in the $35,000 price range. The first deliveries of the Model 3 are expected in about a year.
Additional Bolt EVs are currently en route to dealerships in California and Oregon. A national rollout is scheduled to begin in 2017, starting with deliveries this winter in New York, Massachusetts and Virginia. The Bolt is expected to become available across the United States by mid-2017.