Although both model have about the same range and price, the Chevrolet Bolt will most probably have a head start of about a year over the Tesla Model 3.
Chevy’s perks are mainly its thousands of Chevrolet sales and service outlets nationwide while Tesla has the upper hand when it comes to cachet. Plus, the latter already has more than 300,000 pre-orders from folks who are eagerly awaiting the Model 3’s arrival.
But, as you may have experienced, patience does have a limit and so, it won’t be surprising to see these folks turning their attention to something that’s available right there and then.
Steve Majoros, marketing director for Chevrolet cars and crossovers believes that they would be able to nab some of these buyers. This is because the Bolt will be launched right on schedule with a starting price tag of $5 less than slated on top of a 238-mile range, which exceeds GM’s initial estimated range.
Most folks would say that the Bolt lacks the excitement that Tesla’s Model 3 has but Chevy’s dealers reveal that interest on the Bolt has been building up as we come closer to the start of the production, according to a report by Automotive News.
It discloses that a manager from one of Chevy’s dealerships in Silicon Valley claims to have more than 500 people on the Bolt waiting list and expects that the figure will grow in time.
So, it looks like GM’s game plan is to rely on frustrated Model 3 buyers to give up waiting for their reservations and turn to the Bolt instead. And, to be honest, that doesn’t sound like an impossible feat right now.