General Motors made its first delivery of overall three Chevrolet Bolt EV units this morning in the Castro Valley, Portola Valley and Fremont. The electric vehicle is being delivered first to retailers in Oregon and California. The auto making giant has fulfilled its promise to release the car before the end of the year to start a new era of longer-range, zero-emission and more affordable vehicles.
Chevrolet Bolt EV to come in these regions soon
The car making company is committed to making the Chevrolet Bolt EV across the nation by mid-2017, according to Automotive News. Additionally, the Chevrolet Bolt will become available in Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region in the first quarter of next year. General Motors said that in the first half of the year, it will expand to additional “major metro markets” before getting Electric vehicle-certified dealerships across the United States around midyear.
In a company press release, Alan Batey, the president of General Motors North America, said all of the hard work that their team had put into engineering, building and designing the Bolt EV “brought them to this truly satisfying moment of making the first deliveries to customers on-time and as planned.” He further made the announcement of the first three deliveries of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
The electric vehicle boasts an impressive $37,500 price tag and 238 miles or EPA-rated range on one charge. According to Fox Business, Batey said that only Chevrolet has the ability to offer a car like the Bolt EV with ground-breaking tech wrapped in a modern design that comes at an affordable price and is fun-to-drive.
General Motors to produce limited Bolt EV units
The technology and range attracted him to the electric vehicle, said Bobby Edmonds, one of the first owners of the Chevrolet Bolt EV in Castro Valley. Edmonds said it is a roomy and a good-looking car and he loves the fact that it is from a U.S.-based brand. Further, the consumer said that he is looking forward to the longer drives he can make in comparison to the i3 that he owned.
By starting the deliveries of the much-awaited electric vehicle before the end of this year, the U.S.-based electric carmaker is fulfilling its promise and investors must not forget that the electric car will be available in limited quantities only. The automaker is planning to produce around only 20,000 to 50,000 Bolt EV units next year, according to reports.
According to Cnet, “After the State of Michigan signed into law a series of bills that permit the testing of driverless vehicles within the state, the automaker will begin testing autonomous cars on roads of Michigan”. The car maker said the testing of next gen of autonomous cars will begin early next year and will be built at the Orion Township assembly plant.