The first Chevy Bolts are on the production line, but only California and Oregon dealers will actually get cars before the end of the year.
This is the most significant EV to hit the streets since the Tesla Model S and it will beat the Model 3 by a year. This is the first affordable, mass market EV with a 238-mile range.
It also comes with a mainstream manufacturer badge that could sway the general public and the car will cost less than $30,000 when the federal tax incentives come into play.
Is being first enough for Chevy?
Chevrolet could steal a march on the competition and really make things difficult for Tesla’s Model 3. Getting the Bolt into showrooms as early as possible is a simple yet massively effective strategy and it wants to sell 30,000 in its first year.
Of course Tesla has hundreds of thousands of pre-orders for the Model 3, which is a stylish, premium alternative that actually costs less before the federal tax incentives are taken into account. It also seems like a better car when you put the two head-to-head.
Tesla’s car isn’t here, though, Chevy’s is and it’s coming to a showroom near you.