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Like cfspeakman noted in another post, he knew of one other that was getting a Bolt from a CA dealer before GM shut that down - that was me and below is the car. When that word from GM was reportedly given to the CA dealers (which is what my sales rep told me), my car was still sitting at the lot in Mira Loma and had been there for over 2 weeks and so I thought "oh crap I hope I don't get shut down." But by that point we had already completed the purchase paperwork, and while certainly not impossible I didn't think it was highly likely that the dealer would unwind the deal. I think dealers typically love taking money in, but don't like giving it back nearly as much.

When I decided to get one, I first went to my local dealer in VA and asked if they had any on order, and they said that they wouldn't be selling the Bolt. I then went to 3 dealers in MD and each one had some inbound, but none that matched the specs I wanted (Kinetic Blue Premier with all options). Each one said sure I could place a new retail order with them, and it would arrive probably late March or early April, and each one was firm on MSRP pricing.

Like many others here on the forum, I had been following bro1999's Bolt purchase saga and saw that Rydell was advertising $1k off MSRP. So with about $800 for shipping (combined reg & doc fees in CA were about $100 more than in MD) the cost was pretty much a wash with the ability to get one in late January or early February instead of waiting until March/April.

The shipping went well, car arrived at Rydell on afternoon of Tues Jan 17th and sales rep sent me text to go ahead and arrange for transport the next day. I put in the request right away (car has been sitting at Mira Loma for over 2 weeks and dealer didn't have expected arrival date, so all I had set up with broker was the quote but no date), a carrier was assigned by the morning of Weds Jan 18th, and car was picked up from the dealer about 6 hours later. It then sat in a lot near I-5 in Burbank for a couple days (checking location with Onstar) and moved across the country on Sat Jan 21st (maybe late Friday, not sure)- Mon Jan 23rd. I think delivery of over 2,600 miles in under 6 days from when I entered the order is pretty good! Weather was rainy on arrival so the surface of the car was all wet, but walking around it and looking high and low I didn't see a scratch or ding anywhere.

For anyone in the VA/MD area, I plan to take some day trips to check out the DCFC Combo chargers around the region, mainly as a dry run to help with planning possible future trips of a state or two away (I've driven in all 50 states, always nice to hit the road). With the dry runs I can verify the chargers work with the car (and enter confirmation in plugshare for others to see - to include observed rate of charge), assess the actual range of making it there, and not attempt a trip with wife and daughter and find out plugshare was inaccurate about some details. So for those in the area that want to check out the Bolt out of curiosity or especially if you are really considering one, send me a PM and maybe we can get together.

So here are a few pics, when I got the Gen 2 Volt I debated between Silver Ice and Kinetic Blue and went with Silver since I'd never had that color. So this time I went back to the blue.

Free advertising for Rydells for 2,600+ miles:


Backed right up to my driveway:


My car was last one on and first one off - they sure don't leave much space between the back tire and the edge of the ramp:


Initial energy screens... should be easy to improve on those:







 

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Love the color! I'm glad it was able to make it to you safely. I look forward to your post about anything and everything Bolt. You "forced" me into a Gen II with all of your great information and I have no doubt the same will happen with the Bolt. Enjoy!
 

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Love the color! I'm glad it was able to make it to you safely. I look forward to your post about anything and everything Bolt. You "forced" me into a Gen II with all of your great information and I have no doubt the same will happen with the Bolt. Enjoy!
OK, see you in Ohio to check it out and you'll be hooked once again :)
 

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My oh my oh my... that's a pretty nice looking vehicle.
The funny part is... I'd take it over the Mercedes.
 

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Ted Britt in sterling, va has one on the lot !!!
Are you sure?

"Unable to find inventory items that matched your search criteria."

Even if they did I'm not too keen on them, "All new vehicle prices exclude freight, tax, tags, and processing fee of $689.50" -- which is $389.50 higher than where I bought the Volt in MD... so no thanks.
 

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We have known dealers reporting discounts, one $1000 off, other two are not sponsors so I can't them but one is $1500 off and the other at invoice...Heck, if you're a Mass resident there COULD be another discount but you have to be Mass resident and buy from a Mass dealer which do not yet have Bolts...
 

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Congrats man. I still hold the "most eastward Bolt" record though. :p
 

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I'm moving to Ocean City (j/k)
13 Bolts on boltstats....."MPG Ho - AMPed" bringing up the rear. :p


Also, not a single OR Bolt, even though OR was an initial release market with CA. MD, VA, and TX Bolts outnumber the OR Bolts!
 

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I need to stop reading these threads, they just make me want a Bolt more and more. Like the color probably my second favorite after the orange.
I felt the same way about the orange except you can't get the black grille so I will probably go with red when the time comes to upgrade.
 

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Today the weather was pretty good for January, 55F (13C) for the morning commute and also in the afternoon. So with this that should give a preview of the likely range on a nice mild day.

My normal round-trip commute with no stops or detours is 108 miles, 17-20 miles of which is on I-95 (different routes in AM and PM), and in each case I normally set the cruise on 65 MPH. The rest of the commute is about 15 miles with speed limit of 50-55 MPH and about 18-20 miles with speed limits around 40-45 MPH with lots of traffic lights. With those 108 miles completed, the display said there was about 206 miles remaining, so the car did very well.




The bar graph below shows the predictable pattern for the PM trip: good miles per kWh for the first 20 miles with the moderate speed limits, nice big downhill around mile 20, miles 25-45 on I-95 where the efficiency takes a hit, then the last few miles on lightly traveled backroads with speed limit of 45 and another nice downhill before getting home.

As for the slide chart, the highest I've been able to get on the technique was 3.8 for a short time, but it's tough to stay in the darker green when also using the highway so that takes a hit, oh well.

For terrain I figured that would end up around the midpoint, as the net uphill I have on the way to work gets balanced out by the net downhill on the way home. Maybe this is so I can tell my wife I had to drive uphill both ways to work, just like I told the kids I had to walk uphill both ways to school.

Since the weather was nice and mild around 55F in morning and afternoon, no climate control was used at all - not that I use it a whole lot anyway.

For the outside temperature, I thought the 55F was pretty good and mild but the color is down in the orange, I guess we will have to see what it looks like when the temps get in the peak efficiency range around April and May.

 

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Congrats Jeff,

I was one of those that got cut off right after you. Rydell had an Arctic blue Premier with the two packages that I wanted and they were ready to take my $1000 deposit and start my paperwork. Then the sales rep emailed me the next day to say that GM shut down out-of-state sales. I have a Calf. address to use, but I'm not paying $4000 in taxes there plus $3000 more in Georgia so.....

I'll get one soon though I hope, but I'll have to get more creative.
 
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