Dealers told to expect the car in January
According to Automotive News, at least one California Chevy dealer expects to see his first Chevrolet Bolt in January of next year. All indications though are that there will not be much initial inventory and production will ramp up slowly. That is the same approach that Nissan took when the LEAF was first available. Launched in December 2010, Nissan slowly released vehicles to their dealer network and manufacturing new product happened at a glacial pace as they closely monitored production. Look for a similar rollout of the Bolt.
According to Alan Batey, President, GM North America, “We plan to go to all 50 states,” he said. “It’s not going to happen overnight.” Nissan originally made the LEAF available in five states – Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington. The LEAF was not available nationwide until March, 2012.
Nissan has yet to release any information about when their longer range LEAF might be available, but the sale of the first 238 mile Chevy Bolt, whenever it happens, will turn up the heat another notch.
[Source] Automotive News