First Chevrolet Bolt EV batch is heading to dealers

Truck load of Chevy Bolts depart Lake Orion, Michigan by Joe67

Joe67 is the Senior Member of the forum who toke the picture where we can see a “Truck load of Chevy Bolts depart Lake Orion, Michigan” as he puts it.

Considering that GM started the Chevrolet Bolt EV production in late October – as it was planned – the delivery of the first batch happening in December isn’t surprising and was rather expected.

But seeing it’s believing, it’s great to see this second generation electric car on roads in 2016, the same can’t be said about other automakers… – I’m looking at you Volkswagen with your already annoying and endless press releases about 2020.

Yet I don’t think that the 2017 MY (Model Year) will have a strong presence outside the usual suspect states of California and Oregon. It’s the slightly improved 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV – with ACC and heat pump – to be released in summer next year, that will reach high production and sale levels.


It’s still unknown how many will GM build for the European market, but an Opel Ampera-e without a heat pump wouldn’t be very welcomed in Norway for example.

While all Tesla cars – including the Model 3 – were thought and designed mainly for the USA market that loves big cars, the Chevrolet Bolt EV/Opel Ampera-e in the other hand, seems much better suited for Europe. I hope that GM understands it and increases production even if this car fails to have much success in the USA.


All in all, I’m very happy to see this electric car being delivered, even if it’s at another Continent.


What do you think? Will the Chevrolet Bolt EV/Opel Ampera-e be more successful in the USA or in Europe?



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My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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4 years ago

We still don´t have a prive tag on the ampera-e. I think that´s for a reason – my guess is 49000Euro for the base model.
But there are no alternatives in summer 2017, maybe they sell 10000 ampera-e in the whole of europe (in 2017).

4 years ago
Reply to  lo

No, Karl Thomas Neumann said they will not reach 40k 😉

4 years ago

Tesla doesn’t have any heat pump, why do you think the Bolt needs one absolutely?

4 years ago

The Tesla doesn’t have an heat pump and it works just fine in Norway. When it is really could the heat pump doesn’t do much good for lowering consumption anyway. I think it will be more successful in the US though

4 years ago
Reply to  Apkungen

Tesla must quit the Model X 60D, because too low range in winter.

Jonas Jovial
4 years ago

Can this affect the Bolt success:

Up to 40% degradation is aceptable and espectable during the waranty period?

4 years ago
Reply to  Jonas Jovial

That’s a pretty horrible warranty. Ironically a Bolt with 40% reduced capacity will still have more usable battery capacity than pretty much every new EV sold today except Tesla..

4 years ago
Reply to  Bolt

Except Tesla AND Renault Zoe R90

4 years ago
Reply to  Buzzar

Today you can’t buy the Renault, but you can order it 😉

4 years ago
Reply to  Jonas Jovial

Read the Tesla warranty terms. Tesla guarantees you ZERO minimum capacity.

4 years ago

Ampera-e would be sufficiently welcome in Norway, even without a heat pump, that Opel Norway has been saying for a while that it’s sold out for 2017. You are off course right that putting a heat pump in there would make a lot of sense, especially in a cold place like Norway. But it’s simply wrong to say this shortcoming has made the car unpopular.