By on January 17, 2017

2017 Bolt

Chevrolet has released the state-by-state distribution plan for the Chevrolet Bolt, with the all-electric subcompact gradually trickling inland from the coats from now until the third quarter. Nineteen states will see a preliminary wave of deliveries completed by summer’s end. That’s assuming, of course, that dealerships ordered the EV in a punctual manner and production keeps pace.

The manufacturer was careful to call this an “approximate” timeline. 

According to a distribution plan originally snagged by GreenCarReports, every state should have at least one showroom with a 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt in it by September of this year. However, General Motor’s rollout is already underway on the Pacific coast.

The first deliveries of the Bolt began right before 2016 came to a close, with 579 vehicles delivered — primarily in California. Oregon dealerships should receive their remaining cars later this month and a quick inventory search shows that some dealerships have Bolts already.

Following the model’s western launch, the next states to see the rollout are Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia. Those states should have the EV by the end February. By March and April we should see the Bolt cropping up in New York, New Jersey, and Washington.

chevrolet-bolt-2017-distribution-plan

The above distribution plan shows the rest of the rollout schedule for the United States.

Keep in mind that some of the initial volume could show up as 2018 model year vehicles, since the Bolt plant in Orion Township, Michigan has a model year changeover scheduled near the start of summer. Interestingly, Michigan will be one of the last states to see the new EV go on sale. However, Chevrolet has prioritized Bolt distribution for markets where it perceives the greatest demand for its Volt plug-in hybrid and for electric cars in general.

[Images: General Motors]

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22 Comments on “When Will the Chevrolet Bolt Glide Into Your State? Find Out Here...”


  • avatar
    madman2k

    trickling inland from the coats?

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Certainly intriguing. Can hardly wait to see how my local Chevy dealer promotes them.

  • avatar
    zoomzoomfan

    Kentucky is low on the list, as I suspected. We like coal burning brodozers, not sissy electric cars. (Stereotype, but still.)

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      There may be a bigger market for EVs in Mexico now that PEMEX gas had DOUBLED in price at the pumps.

      Amazing what American fracking can do to oil prices……..

      DRILL BABY DRILL!!!

    • 0 avatar
      OldManPants

      “sissy electric cars”

      #SissiesLikeMeMatter

      • 0 avatar
        zoomzoomfan

        Honestly, I really should’ve looked at a CPO or used Volt. My commute is 8.4 miles one way, so I do 16.8 miles a day on average (unless I go somewhere on lunch, which I usually don’t). I could go for ages without using any gasoline, as long as I got the necessary equipment to charge the car at home. “Sissy” or not, if I had found one for the right price, that’d just be smart. Alas, ’twas not to be.

        The Volt and Bolt will be well received in this area, anyway, because “‘Murica.” People who bought freaking Aveos were praised for not buying an “import” car. Never mind the fact that those were tin cans (with a Chevy badge) made out of reskinned Daewoos.

        • 0 avatar
          Luke42

          Don’t show your neighbors the VIN decoder!

          Their worlds may be rocked…

        • 0 avatar
          Thinkin...

          @zoomzoomfan:

          The “necessary charging equipment” for a Volt is simply… a plug. Do you have a standard wall plug in your garage or near your driveway? Voila; you’ve got the necessary charging equipment. All Volts come with a EVSE cord with a standard plug on the end, just plug it in and charge overnight. No need for 240v gear, when you can charge overnight!

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Effing Milwaukee and Madison will get all ours when they *finally* get here.

    I’ll find a pretext to revisit Mad Town ’cause I ain’t goin’ to no Milwaukee except coercion.

  • avatar
    Keith_93

    Damn. That list says I live in “ALL STATES”.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    Schedule might be adjusted based on whether anyone in the Blue states actually buys them, and how much GM can afford to lose by ramping up production while losing $9K per unit. Even in “super green” Norway with its big EV subsidies, the EV market is weakening as indicated by ever bigger discounts being offered – 30+% off sticker.

    • 0 avatar
      Thinkin...

      The $9k loss number is purely speculative, and highly disputed. But let’s go with it anyway.

      Current value of zero-emission credits for an automaker is $4-5000 per credit, so we’ll take the low number of $4k/credit. The Bolt will earn GM 4 credits per vehicle, netting GM $16k in EV credit per car.

      Thus, even if initial production losses are $9k, each Bolt will still net the General a $7k profit. That’s serious some serious cash to be made on a small car, and those numbers are assuming the worst.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        “The $9k loss number is purely speculative, and highly disputed. But let’s go with it anyway.”
        — Chevrolet itself said they’ll be losing $9K per vehicle sold. If it’s disputed, it’s not disputed by Chevy, only by people who want to see Tesla fail.

        • 0 avatar
          Thinkin...

          Do you have a source? Every article I’ve read says some variation of the following: “according to an anonymous source familiar with the matter, GM could stand to lose up to $8-9000 on the base model Bolt…”

          There is a LOT of speculation in “up to” $8-9k” and “base model” and “according to anonymous sources.” So if you’ve got an article quoting a GM rep directly, I’d love to read it.

          Until then, $9k sounds like a sensational headline worst-case-scenario, and misses that even at that level of “loss” on the production side, there’s still a $7000 profit per car.

  • avatar
    Tandoor

    So I may be wrong about the Bolt. I’ve been calling it a compliance car all this time (and GM would be stupid to not get the credits first) but just maybe I can consider buying one in early ’18. That is, if it’s not supremely uncomfortable to sit in like most Chevys. Can’t wait to meet my knowledgeable Bolt salesman. Maybe he won’t believe it’s a perpetual motion machine like my Leaf salesman did.


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