2017 Chevy Bolt EV pricing added to AutoBook configurator

The pricing for the two trim levels and various options have been added to the AutoBook configuration software. For more detailed options information, see my earlier blog post. As announced by General Motors, the entry-level Bolt EV, the “LT” trim level, will start at $37,495, including destination charge, keeping Mary Barra’s promise that the Bolt would be priced “below $30,000, after income tax credit.” Of course, some people will not qualify for the entire tax credit. The upper trim level “Premier starts at $41,780, including destination charge (or $34,280 after tax credit).

The Volt has a price advantage over the Bolt EV, even though its hybrid nature makes it a more complex vehicle. However, the Volt hybrid and Bolt EV are not really competitors, but are complimentary, in Chevrolet’s lineup. Add to these the Malubu Hybrid, which is currently available and the 2017 Silverado hybrid pickup, coming soon, and you have a suite of solutions for more fuel-efficient transport.

Here is the configuration option/pricing screen for the lower-level Bolt EV (LT):LT Configuration

Here is the configuration option/pricing screen for the upper-level Bolt EV (Premier):AutoBook-Premier

2017 Chevy Bolt EV shows up in AutoBook configurator

This morning, as I was getting my day at work started, I opened the General Motors “AutoBook” application, which I use to configure vehicles for customer order. Much to my delight, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is now in the configuration software!

This does NOT mean I can order one quite yet…but it’s a good first step.

Here is the configuration option screen for the lower-level Bolt EV (LT):LT Bolt EV

Here is the configuration option screen for the upper-level Bolt EV (Premier):AutoBook-PremierWhat I’ve noticed is the following:

  • Paint options are almost the same. The Premier gets an extra color: Silver Ice Metallic.
  • The LT has only one seating option: Dark Galvanized/Sky Cool Gray cloth. The Premier has three leather options (but no cloth): Dark Galvanized/Sky Cool GrayDark Galvanized Gray and Light Ash Gray/Ceramic White.
  • The LT offers a Comfort and Convenience Package, which adds heated seats, heated steering wheel and auto-dimming rearview mirror (standard features on the Premier).
  • Unlike the Chevy Volt, the entry-level Bolt EV has an optional Driver Confidence Package, which adds Side Blind Zone Alert w/ Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Rear Parking Assist, which are standard on the Premier. The Driver Confidence Package requires the Comfort and Convenience Package, as a prerequisite.
  • The Premier also has a few options not available on the LT (of course), like:
    • Infotainment Package: Adds Bose speakers, wireless device charging and two USB charging-only ports for the back seat passengers.
    • Driver Confidence II Package: Adds Low Speed Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist w/Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking and Intellibeam Headlamps. The Driver Confidence II Package requires the Comfort and Convenience Package, as a prerequisite.
  • Other options, available on both trim levels, include:
    • Aluminum sill plates
    • All weather floor mats
    • All weather cargo mat
    • black or dark silver grille (paint color restrictions apply)
    • universal tablet holders
    • CCS fast charging capability
    • Wheel locks

Have fun checking the options out. I have no pricing information, other than entry-level pricing starts at $37,495+TT&L, has been released yet.


EnergyONE logoToday is a memorable day for two reasons:

  • It’s my wife’s birthday
  • We have received the final regulatory approval for our solar panels

We have waited almost three years for this day. You may recall, our home owner’s association originally rejected our application to have solar panels added on our roof because, “We think they look ugly.”

Since then, the state of Texas made it impossible for our HOA to deny this to us (or to anyone in a neighborhood of over 50 homes). The HOA sent out a notice that they would no longer oppose those wanting to get solar panels, so we reapplied for them and our application was approved.

Then we had to locate a vendor. Solar City’s lease rates had gone up so much, over the last few years, making their product too expensive, when compared to electricity from the grid. We ended up deciding to buy, rather than lease and selected EnergyONE as our provider. One thing that changed, in the intervening years, seems to be inverters. The new system has a micro inverter for each panel, so that panels receiving shade will not cause non-shaded panels to reduce output. The Solar City system had just two inverters, one for panels facing East and one for those facing West.

Our current (no pun intended) electricity provider, BeyondPower, although a provider of 100% renewable energy, only pays wholesale for energy overage reimbursement. Our previous provider, Green Mountain Energy, pays retail but has a significantly higher price per kWh, than BeyondPower. We will have to see which one ends up being the less expensive choice, once we’ve got a few months of solar, under our belts.

We will be powering our three Chevy Volts from the sun!

Actual installation and testing should begin soon, so stay tuned for updates!Layout Drawing

September 2016 Sales Numbers

In September 2016, the plug-in sales results were mixed. The Tesla Model S has been coming on strong, up 200% over August’s sales (which was a 45% increase over July’s sales).

Here are the September 2016 sales figures, compared to the previous month:

  • Chevy Volt: DOWN 2% (2,031 vs. 2,081)
  • Nissan Leaf: UP 23% (1,316 vs. 1,066)
  • Plug-in Toyota Prius: UP 200% (4 vs. 2)
  • Tesla Model S: UP 39% (4,350 vs. 3,125) **estimated
  • BMW i3: DOWN 61% (391 vs. 1,013)
  • BMW i8: UP 9% (158 vs. 145)
  • Ford Fusion Energi: UP 16% (1,652 vs. 1,422)
  • Ford C-Max Energi: DOWN 3% (689 vs. 707)

In September, the average price of gasoline was almost unchanged, at $2.21 per gallon, in the U.S. It dropped, until about the 12th of the month, until it bottomed out around $2.18. After that point, it began rising, with a few minor drops, for the remainder of the month, finishing at $2.23 per gallon.
September EV Sales Numbers

September started slowly for me, with only three sales in the first six days. However, the sales pace started to pick up, in the second week, ending the month with six and one-half sales for the remaining three weeks of September.
My Sales by Month

Vehicle Sales by ModelMy sales, by vehicle, included one Volt and one Silverado 1500, keeping the Volt lead of one unit over the pickup. I’m pretty pleased with that. I also sold a couple Corvettes, one of which was a Z06.

Plug-in sales, compared to the same month a year ago, were evenly split. The Prius, BMW i3 and i8 as well as the Ford C-Max Energi were all down, with the Prius only selling 4 units. Tesla year-over-year numbers once again reflect a sizable increase in sales. Surpassing Tesla’s sales jump were the Chevy Volt and the Ford Fusion Energi, both with over a 100% increase over sales a year ago.

  • Chevy Volt: UP 114% (2,031 vs. 949)
  • Nissan Leaf: UP 6% (1,316 vs. 1,247)
  • Plug-in Toyota Prius: DOWN 98% (4 vs. 216) *this was down 99% last month.
  • Tesla Model S: UP 74% (4,350 vs. 2,500) *this was up 140% last month.
  • BMW i3: DOWN 77% (391 vs. 1,720)
  • BMW i8: DOWN 12% (158 vs. 182)
  • Ford Fusion Energi: UP 104% (1,652 vs. 808)
  • Ford C-Max Energi: DOWN 4% (689 vs. 719)

Three years…my, how time flies.

Classic ChevroletExactly three years ago, Hank Gaylor, the Showroom Manager at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, went out on a limb and offered me a sales position.

I had ZERO car sales experience (and almost no sales experience of any kind) but he liked my passion for the Chevy Volt. Classic Chevrolet has been the #1 volume Chevy dealer in the U.S., nine of the last ten years and usually does not hire people that don’t have previous, successful vehicle sales experience. I’m still amazed this happened!

Volts and chargersI feel my career has meaning, as I have introduced many, many people to Chevrolet’s growing list of plug-in and hybrid vehicles. I get to do my part to save the planet, while making a living.

Electric AvenueSoon, the modifications to one of the dealership’s buildings will be complete and I’ll move into what we’re calling “Electric Avenue.” Never being content with following others, our dealer, Tom Durant is investing a lot of money in our EV & hybrid sales efforts.

I am proud to be a part of this great organization.Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas