GM made the first sales of its new Chevrolet Bolt electric car. The auto dealership, where the first three cars were sold, is located a few miles from the Tesla factory in Fremont. This step was a crushing blow for Tesla, which is wildly popular among the consumers, but even so it didn't deliver its new Tesla 3 car model to the mass-market. GM has declared that it is going to deliver hundreds of Bolt to dealerships in California and Oregon, to the end of the year.
According to the press service of Chevrolet, one of the first new Bolt EV electric cars was bought by an ex-law enforcement officer William Mattos, who also owned Chevrolet Spark EV and Volt of the second generation. Another buyer is a software developer Bobby Edmonds, who previously drove the BMW i3. The third customer is a commercial real estate broker Steve Henry, who changed the Toyota Prius into the new electric car of Chevrolet.
The Bolt is on sale for $ 37495 and the Tesla 3 - for $ 35,000. The Bolt has a range of 238 miles, the Tesla 3 - 215 miles.
The Chevrolet Bolt won the 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year award.
At the same time, Tesla will begin delivering the Model 3s in 2017. The company says they have 373,000 pre-orders, albeit they will not be able to complete all at once. If Tesla was able to satisfy the demand, the Model 3 would instantaneously become one of the biggest-selling cars in the country.
While Tesla tries to meet the demand, Chevrolet has the opportunity to get target customers, interested in electric vehicles.