Originally published on CleanTechnica.
The Chevy Bolt EV is now available for order in the country of South Korea, according to recent reports. Deliveries to the market are expected to begin next month (in April).
Interesting news considering that nationwide Chevy Bolt EV deliveries in the US haven’t even begun yet — and, for that matter, deliveries (of the Opel Ampera-e rebranding) aren’t expected to begin in Norway (where there appears to be quite strong demand) until May. Considering that the units to be sold in Norway are rebranded, though, the delay makes some sense.
Still, I have to wonder why deliveries in South Korea begin before deliverers across the US have begun in earnest. Who knows?
Push EVs provides more: “GM Korea used the first day (yesterday) of the fourth International Electric Vehicle Expo to start taking orders for the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which will arrive at Chevrolet Korea dealerships next month. The Chevrolet Bolt EV is expected to be much more successful than its plug-in hybrid sibling, the Volt, which is already on sale in South Korea.
“The increasing expansion of Bolt’s availability outside the USA, might mean that GM finally realized that this electric car is much more appropriate for the Asian and European markets that prefer hatchbacks that are small on the outside but big on the inside. Unlike the USA market that prefers bigger cars like the ones sold by Tesla. The ultimate test of this car’s success will happen in Norway, with first deliveries of the Opel Ampera-e confirmed to start in May.”
An interesting point — though, I still think it’s an open question how much GM actually wants to sell the Bolt EV. How much it actually wants to sell large quantities of them, that is.
Reprinted with permission.