Originally Posted by DaV8or
Well, I can't speak for the rest of the state, but here in the Bay Area they are kind of sitting. My theory is, the general car buying public is just still not sold on BEVs yet and EV fans here are all 100% sold on the Tesla Model 3 and are willing to wait as long as it takes and pay whatever it ends up being.
Word of mouth and demonstrations will sell the Bolt. Not a bunch of advertising, not a bunch of news articles, not a bunch of awards and probably not by any Tesla fans! It will be sold by Bolt fans and it will take some time to catch. Just like the Volt did.
sales are slipping in existing markets due to decreased interest (and not frigid weather), well, the car is being rolled out across the country in stages and also around the world in the same manner. We won't know how 'popular' the Bolt is until it is available everywhere GM plans on selling it. IF
sales are stagnating in Feb/Mar (and it's not due simply to the traditional effect cold weather months have on car sales) maybe it's because all of the 'must have/first-to-own' geeks in western states have gotten their cars. Other states' EV geeks will soon (or are just now) getting their turn, as are people in Korea and Europe. After ALL those people have paid top dollar for their car, and the production bugs (like driver seats) are worked out, and the release of the model3 and LEAF-2 get real close, expect moves from GM to keep sales high. I don't think much in terms of sales incentives will be seen until after 10K units have been moved and pent up demand has been met.
Personally, I think that the model 3 will be GOOD for Bolt sales. Once people realize that they are going to have to pay over $40K for the model3 that they WANT (and not the base model) and that they are going to have to wait until 2019 or later to get it, they will be knocking on GM's doors to check out the Bolt. I'm more worried about the next-gen LEAF, honestly.