Rumors have been circulating around recently regarding the Bolt’s delivery date after a report was released by Cleantechnica but, their claim has since been retracted.
The author’s original source was a dealer representative at their local Chevy dealership in Southern California. When he mentioned putting in an order for the Chevy Bolt on October 1st to the rep, he was told that the dealership won’t be taking in orders until sometime in November. This would also push back the first deliveries and probably delay it until 2017 if the representative was right.
Another publication, electrek, reached out to GM about the delay and was told by a company spokesperson that deliveries are still set to commence later in 2016. They’ve even received an email from Fred Ligouri, communication manager for Chevrolet’s electric vehicles, stating that Chevy will “begin deliveries of the 2017 Bolt EV later this year.”
Where the author could have gotten the 3 months delay is from the August order date that they claim Chevy shared back at ACT. October was when Chevy planned to start regular production of the Bolt and this date was on a leaked production schedule earlier this year.
Another point to make regarding pre-orders is that Chevy doesn’t seem too keen on taking them like Tesla. Ligouri said as much earlier this year; “We haven't taken any. We don't need to, to begin building our products. We're really excited to offer it when it goes into retail production at the end of this year to those that have expressed interest."
Deliveries will be prioritized for the more EV friendly markets so some delay is to be expected if you live outside of those areas.