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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Set for Production in October

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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is entering production in October

It’s hard to believe that the Chevrolet Bolt only just debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. And that it was just this past January that we got our first look at the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV in its first commercial. Since January, this electric car has already started its pre-production pilot—Chevy even went so far as providing the public with a look at the process—and now is gearing up towards starting true production.

They grow up so fast.

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According to a report from Automotive News, the Bolt EV is set to start production in October. Chevrolet is planning on starting the initial annual production number around 25,000 cars—including vehicles that will be exported to China. This number is low, considering Chevy estimated that it will sell 80,000 Bolts in the first year, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

This early launch will allow the Bolt to come out before the Tesla Model 3 and the second-generation Nissan Leaf, both of which are the Bolt’s stiffest competition. It’s also rumored that some of the Bolt models will be reserved for Lyft drivers.

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So far, Chevrolet has let us know that the electric vehicle, which has a 200-mile electric range, will be produced at General Motor’s Orion Assembly plant outside of Detroit. The Bolt is also going to have an extremely affordable price tag for an electric car, coming in with a starting MSRP $37,500, which doesn’t include federal tax credits and incentives.

No wonder Obama thought the Bolt EV was worthy enough to become his seat for a few minutes.

News Source: Green Car Reports; Automotive News (subscription required)