The Chevy Bolt EV is now officially available in every state and it helped GM deliver a record 2,052 units last month – about 100 more electric cars or 5% higher than in July.
The small boost with national availability is not really surprising considering that the all-electric vehicle was already available in most of the US’ most populous states and that inventories have been concentrated in California, where the vehicle is available since last year.
Last month, GM confirmed that Bolt EV inventories increased from 104 days to 111 days in June. The automaker temporarily shut down its Orion plant, which should help with the soaring inventory, but GM insisted that they would increase production after – though it has yet to have a significant impact on US deliveries.
But if the trend continues, the monthly volume could start to be significant by the end of the year:
In the meantime, inventories are not exactly well-distributed. It can still be difficult to get your hands on one in certain markets, while in other markets, like California, there are decent inventories and some customers have been getting away with paying less than $25,000 after incentives due to discounts. You can always check with your local dealers for inventory and see if you can find a deal.
In Europe where the vehicle is sold as the Ampera E, Norway received a few hundred of units, but other countries have seen lower allocations and they are back-ordered until next year.
Things theoretically could get more difficult in the next few months as Tesla’s Model 3 starts reaching more markets and gets in the hands of customers instead of only employees, and other upcoming all-electric vehicles, like Nissan’ next-gen Leaf, start hitting local dealerships.
One thing is for sure, the all-electric vehicle market is going to get a lot more exciting by the end of the year.
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