We know the Bolt EV is going to be delivered into the hands of waiting customers in California and Oregon first, but recent news from electrek suggests that GM is scaling back their Bolt launch plans.
Those not living in either states will have to wait until next year to get their hands on a Bolt EV and even then, future owners will see a “slow flow” throughout 2017. A big change compared to their commitment last year, stating that the Bolt will be a 50-state vehicle at launch.
According to a tweet posted around four weeks ago, GM’s Orion Assembly plant was gearing up to produce 30 Bolts per hour, but the initial production number was 9 per hour. Maybe the change in plans is due to production issues.
GM spokeswoman Michelle Malcho told the Wall Street Journal that other states will be getting the Bolt in 2017 but only in “limited quantities”. She also states that “We are focusing on this year getting the cars ready for customers…and doing it the right way.”
Or GM could be looking at the Bolt as more of a compliance model than a mass market one since it’ll be available first in two of the 10 states with Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate.
Whatever the case, some forum members will still be getting their hands on a Bolt EV before the year ends.