First Chevrolet Bolts delivered in Northern California

Hey Tesla, how ya doing?

General Motors has delivered Chevrolet Bolt EVs to its first three customers. And in a not-so-subtle shot across the proverbial bow, those Bolt electric vehicles were delivered pretty much within earshot of Tesla Motors' San Francisco Bay Area headquarters. Let the games begin.

The three new Bolt owners are a retiree from Fremont who'd previously driven a Chevrolet Spark EV; a software developer in Castro Valley who ditched his BMW i3; and a real estate broker from Portola Valley who turned in his Toyota Prius. So let's just say Bay Area emissions won't immediately be reduced by a whole lot with these three EVs.

That said, Chevrolet expects to deliver more Bolts to customers and California and Oregon this month. By early next year, Bolt deliveries will start in places like New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia. And by mid-2017, the car should be available nationwide.

The Bolt boasts a single-charge range of 238 miles and a base price of $37,495. Last month, the car took home the 2017 Green Car of the Year award from Green Car Journal and was named Motor Trend's 2017 Car of the Year. For now, it's in a league of its own, but the Bolt EV is expected to go head to head with the Tesla Model 3 at about the same price and range points, but the Tesla may not see the light of day until 2018.

Analysts have already forecast some big things for the Bolt. Earlier this year, Kelley Blue Book analyst Karl Brauer said Chevy would move between 30,000 and 80,000 Bolts during its first full year of sales.

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