First Chevy Bolt EVs will go to the West Coast

Chevy dealers in LA, SF Bay Area are already reporting allocations.

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True to the form of many of the plug-in vehicles that came before it, the Chevy Bolt will start public sales on the US West Coast before making its way across the country for the 2017 model year. Chevrolet spokesman Fred Ligouri confirmed reports from the GM-Volt forum and Hybrid Cars that the first Bolts will go to "Bolt EV-certified dealers" in California and Oregon. "We'll work to satisfy nationwide demand as quickly as possible as we ramp up production," he told AutoblogGreen on Monday, adding that the car will be available in all 50 states. Ligouri didn't give a timetable for when the Bolt would officially go on sale nationwide.

The automaker still hasn't been specific about when the first Bolts would hit the streets, only saying it'd be by year end. The model, which will have a 238-mile single-charge range and has a starting price of $37,495, a combination of range and cost has can be seen as a breakthrough of sorts.

Los Angeles dealer Keyes Chevrolet told GM-Volt that it's been allocated 78 Bolts, and that 35 have already been spoken through customer deposits. GM-Volt also reported on a dealer in the San Francisco Bay Area's Silicon Valley receiving its own allocation, but, again, neither dealer is saying when they'll receive the cars.

Last month, ride-hailing operator Lyft, whose investors include GM, said the first Bolts that will roll off the assembly line will be earmarked for rentals to Lyft drivers, though a person familiar with the process said that wasn't quite true, and that Lyft drivers would merely be among the first to receive Bolts.

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