Chevy Bolt Will Be Available Nationwide by August

By · June 09, 2017

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

General Motors announced this week that it will accelerate its plans to sell the 238-mile Chevy Bolt electric car throughout the United States. All authorized dealerships nationwide can now order the Bolt for deliveries in August rather than September, as previously planned.

The Chevy Bolt, which sells for about $30,000 after federal tax incentives, is the first so-called affordable long-range electric car on the market. The Bolt’s official range is 238 miles on a single charge. That range approaches the level of what’s provided by internal combustion cars—arguably enough to win over car shoppers who like the idea of an EV but hesitated due to limited range. Following on the heels of the Bolt, Tesla is expected to start selling the Model 3, its affordable long-range EV, by the end of 2017. That will likely be followed by similar long-range models from Nissan, Audi and others.

Monthly sales of the Bolt EV hit a new high in May: 1,566 units—or 5,950 cars so far in 2017. The nationwide rollout of the Bolt at an accelerated pace will help GM get closer to its target of 25,000 sales in its first year of production. Jim Cain, a Chevrolet spokesman, said that sales were “right on plan.”

“The term I would use is slow and steady,” said Marc Cannon, a spokesman for AutoNation, the largest dealership group in the United States. “They’re making sure they meet the needs of early adopters, and they’re taking their time doing it.”

The Bolt has been selling in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Virginia since the beginning of the year. Since then, sales of the long-distance EV have expanded to Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

A nationwide ad campaign is planned for the coming weeks. “We were waiting for the training to be done, we were waiting for the right tools to be in place,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet’s marketing director for cars and crossovers. “We are kind of ahead of schedule on implementing all of those things as well as making sure we have enough sufficient inventory.”

Contact your local Chevy dealership to find out when the Bolt is coming to your town.

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