Chevrolet has officially delivered the first retail-sold Bolt EV’s at an interesting location. In a rather ballsy move of symbolism, Chevy is delivering the very first Bolt EV’s in Tesla’s homeland: Freemont, California. You know, the location where the electric car startup company has their factory.
“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. “Only Chevrolet is able 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.”
You have to somewhat praise Chevrolet for this little PR stunt. The company is making good on their promise to deliver a mass-market electric vehicle with 200-plus miles of range by the end of 2016. The Bolt EV is handedly beating Tesla, who’s mass-market Model 3 is still nearly a year away.
Chevrolet is rolling the new Bolt EV out similar to how the company rolled out the Volt back in 2010. They’re starting in California and Oregon, with a nationwide rollout to slowly follow in 2017. Details of exact timing and locations for the Bolt EV’s proliferation are still not entirely clear.
The Bolt EV is EPA-rated for 238 miles of electric range and features a starting price of $37,500 before a federal tax credit of $7,500.