Why is not GM taking advantage of Tesla Model 3 delays with its Chevy Bolt? Sales are down to 1400 unites in the USA. I asked this question today in GM Electric Vehicle Owners group on Facebook and one of the Volt owners shared a very interesting insight. By the way, Bolt is already popular and here is what makes Chevy Bolt grow in popularity.
Phill Brooks Writes.
We loved both of the Volts that we owned, But the Chevy Bolt is fantastic!
Now, with warmer weather we are showing an average of 267 miles per charge possible with a top possibility of over 300! The car has incredible torque and can actually burn the tires in Sport Mode.
Chevy Dealers Don't Know Enough About Bolt
We find that the dealers do not do a good job of selling the Volt or the Bolt because they simply do not know enough about them.
They do not have a clue about how the cars drive and the "in's and out's" of increasing mileage, the apps to use to find charging stations and a shear lack of putting in 24/7 charging stations to turn on with the ChargePoint cards.
Use 401K to Pay For Your EV
They have no idea how to get the most out of the $7,500 tax credit by using a 401k to draw money out and let the car pay for the taxes on it.
While I have waited in the few dealerships while charging, I am their best salesman and have sold a few Bolts by explaining the car to possible buyers.
It only cost me $1.50 in electricity per every 50 miles of charge at home on my 240v charger and if the dealers want to they could charge me what the electricity cost, I don't care. I know that if GM is serious about bringing out over 20 more EVs by 2023 they better build a charging network at the dealers.
Charging stations, like BLINK are charging $2 per hour to charge which is over 3 times what gas will cost me. I will not use them. Stores, like Kohl's and Staples put many free charging stations in because they know that by giving me $1.50 worth of electric, it is like giving me a coupon to spend in their stores while I am charging my car. That is smart.
The general mode in the above mentioned discussion is that unlike Tesla GM doesn't want to sell electric cars. Action speaks louder than words.
GM could start advertising Chevy Bolt more aggressively. It could also improve Bol's front seats, making them more comfortable This has been a constant refrain since the model was introduced. People have written numerous times on Bolt and EV forums that the front seats issue has been a deal breaker for them.