Barring any unforeseen hiccups, General Motors will be the first automaker to enter the U.S. market with an electric vehicle that costs less than $40,000 and gets over 200 miles of range. Specifically, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will return 238 miles of range on a single charge, and cost under $30,000 after federal tax credits.
And GM is right on schedule to deliver the first production Chevrolet Bolt EVs by the end of this year. Reuters reports GM has officially fired up production at the Orion assembly plant, where the Bolt EV is being assembled alongside the Chevrolet Sonic. Flexibility will allow the assembly plant to build either vehicle, depending on how consumers take to the Bolt EV.
Currently, the report states “every fourth or fifth car on the line” is a Bolt EV.
The first 2017 Bolt EVs will reach the west coast in California and Oregon markets, where customers have successfully begun placing orders. A nationwide rollout is expected next year, along with availability with ride-sharing service Lyft, and car-sharing service, Maven.