Moving the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV from concept to production came at lightning fast pace; promising the affordable electric vehicle would be available by the end of 2016 is presumably an even greater task to fulfill.
Chevrolet has iterated the 2017 Bolt EV will still reach customers by the end of 2016, but it seems the pre-order timetable has been pushed back slightly.
Cleantechnica reports, upon a visit to a local California dealership, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is not available for pre-order just yet. The dealer instead said November 2016 for pre-orders to officially begin. The original report also states deliveries had slipped to January of 2017, utterly skewing what GM has told us since the production vehicle’s reveal.
We reached out to Chevrolet for clarification and the brand told us retail production for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will begin this year. Chevrolet also stated the EV will be in dealerships shortly thereafter, meaning 2016 is still a firm timetable for retail purchases.
It remains to be seen how availability will work initially, but we’ll bet hot EV markets like California will be the first recipients of Chevrolet’s EV.