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Bolt Availability USA
In the United States, the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV was available to order online in mid-October of 2016. On December 13, 2016, the first 3 Bolt EVs were delivered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with large shipments sent to California dealerships in late December. By the end of January 2017, over 1700 Bolt EVs had been delivered in the American market.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt Availability in the USA is scheduled as follows:
|Dealer Ordering Month||In-Dealerships By (approx)||States|
|October 2016||December 2016||California, Oregon|
|December 2016||February 2017||Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia|
|January 2017||March 2017||New York, New Jersey|
|February 2017||April 2017||Washington|
|March 2017||May 2017||Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Colorado|
|May 2017||July 2017||Illinois, Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania|
|June 2017||August 2017||Texas|
|July 2017||September 2017||All States|
Bolt Availability Canada
The first deliveries in Canada happened in January 2017. GM wills tart with Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia – the provinces that have special EV incentives.
For the other provinces and territories, GM promises to provide the Bolt EV within 12 months of the retail launch (so early 2018).
Bolt Availability Norway
The Ampera-e (the Bolt EV European version) launch is set for April 2017 in Norway. Deliveries will start in June 2017.
Bolt Availability France
After Norway, later in 2017, France will get the re-badged Bolt EV.
Bolt Availability Germany
After France, in late 2017, Germany will start to get the chance to order the Ampera-e electric vehicle.
Bolt Availability For Europe
Other left-hand-drive European countries, aside from Norway, France, and Germany (see above for specific country info), will have to wait until late 2017 or during 2018 as production increases.
Availability of Chevy Bolt in South Korea
General Motors Korea opened the order books on March 18th for the first allotment of 400 vehicles and sold them all within 2 hours. GM is set to officially debut the Bolt EV in South Korea on March 31 at the 2017 Seoul Auto Show. First deliveries will likely occur near that date.
Availability History of the Chevy Bolt
Below is the reverse chronological history of the announcements by GM as to when the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV would be available in specific markets.
North America: USA/Canada availability
North American availability is expected early in 2017 as a 2018 model year. In Mexico, the Bolt will ‘start commercialization’ in mid-2017.
As of the last few days in December, hundreds of Bolt EVs were seen being delivered to dealerships around the San Francisco and LA areas in California. Owners started to get their vehicles on December 30.
Canadian Update December 2016: GM Canada says the Bolt EV will arrive in early 2017. First deliveries will happen in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia in the next few weeks. For provinces without EV incentive programs, GM says the Bolt will arrive within 12 months of the retail launch – so that could be as late as early 2018.
Update November 2016: Some GM dealerships in Oregon and California are slated to get shipments of the 2017 Bolt EV during the week of November 28th.
A dealer in Texas said that he can’t order a Bolt EV until the first quarter of 2017, but there will be Bolt EVs available for test drives around the time of the Dallas Auto Show in March.
Update September 2016: GM started production of the Bolt EV and they will ship to dealerships in “late 2016”
Update August 2015: GM recently moved the production target to the fourth quarter of 2016. The long range Bolt EV will be a 2017 model year.
The official announcement from Chevy at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show was that the Bolt EV “is designed to offer long-range performance in all 50 states and many global markets.”
In February 2015, GM North America’s president Alan Batey said the Bolt EV will be available in 50 states, but “we have not said where we will sell it outside the U.S. yes.”
We expect that means it will be sold wherever the Chevrolet Volt is currently sold, but initially, it may only be available in select US States.
European deliveries will happen after the North American launch later in the year, likely Fall 2017.
In a press conference in February 2016, GM CEO Mary Barra said the Bolt EV will make it to Europe in the near future as the Opel Ampera-e.
Back when the Volt was sold Europe under the Opel Ampera nameplate, it had redesigned bumper covers and headlights to make it look different since the Chevy Volt was also sold in Europe. We expect the Ampera-e to look different, and to be sold alongside the Chevy Bolt EV in countries where GM has a positive brand image.
In addition, the Bolt for Europe and Ampera-e will have a Type-2 charging inlet and Type 2 CSCS variant in place of the North American J1772 charging inlet.