The electric lemon just can’t be made into lemonaid…
Seven states into Chevrolet’s gradual rollout of the Bolt EV, dealerships are already discounting the car by several thousand dollars..
Greenwood Chevrolet in Hollister, CA, about 100 miles south of San Francisco, is advertising discounts of $2,000 to $3,000 on its Bolt inventory this month.
California dealerships, which got the Bolt first, have been the quickest to mark it down.
Fremont Chevrolet, which delivered the first three Bolts to retail customers in mid-December, raised the discounts advertised on its website from $2,000 in February to $3,000 in March. Another Bay Area dealership, Dublin Chevrolet, listed $3,000 discounts. Both were promoting three-year leases starting at about $260 a month, with $3,995 due at the time of sale.
Combined with the $7,500 federal tax incentive and $2,500 California rebate that the Bolt qualifies for, buyers there can effectively pay less than $25,000 for the base model, well below the $30,000 threshold that General Motors sought to meet with the car.
Nationally, the average amount consumers paid below sticker price grew from $1,400 in January, a 3.4 percent discount, to $2,200 in February, a 5.3 percent discount, according to TrueCar.
At Harbor Chevrolet in Long Beach, Calif., all 21 Bolts shown on its website are discounted by at least $1,285. One Bolt Premier is $4,160 off, a nearly 10 percent markdown. Another nearby dealership listed 32 Bolts in its inventory, with two priced at discounts of more than $5,200.
Chevy sold – that is, gave away at a net loss each – a meager 2,693 Bolts from December through February. Sales began initially in California and Oregon before expanding to New York and several other East Coast states.
Nationwide availability is expected by September.
It doesn’t help that GM FUBAR’d the rollout… Arizona and Colorado should have been at the top of the list…
What I hear from people I know that work in Chevy dealers, the dealers did what they could to not end up with too many Volts. So much that GM cracked down, and in order to get vehicles they wanted (like pickups and SUV’s) they had to take Volts along with them. I imagine the same thing will happen with Bolts, as they will likely sell even worse then Volts.
Yup. Chevy touts the Bolts’ range – appx. 238 miles, IIRC, under ideal conditions. But that still sucks compared with even the thirstiest “gas pig” SUV. Oh, but you’ll save so much on gas! Sure, fine.
But how much does the car cost?
Meanwhile, you can buy any of several new IC economy cars that go 400-plus miles on a tank and cost half as much to buy…
…cost half as much, and don’t depreciate as much, either!
And what happens if you buy a Bolt (it could happen…) in a state where they sell them, and then it breaks down in a state where the dealers don’t sell them? Who would service it? Oh…that’s right….you wouldn’t have to worry about that, because it can’t go that far.