Report – Chevrolet bolt goes wide, Honda Clarity Electric goes narrow image

Chevrolet started the sales of the Bolt EV with a slow rollout – in California and Oregon alone last year, then another dozen or so of states so far this year, but it’s seemingly ahead of schedule with the US-wide release.

According to the latest report on the long-range model’s welfare, Chevrolet is set to release the model nationwide in August – a month faster than originally planned. According to Steve Majors, Chevrolet marketing director, the dealers can already order their Bolts starting this month. “We were waiting for the training to be done, we were waiting for the right tools to be in place,” said Majors. “We are kind of ahead of schedule on implementing all of those things as well as making sure we have enough sufficient inventory.” There’s a reasoning – any dealer interested in the Bolt needs DC fast-charging stations.

Meanwhile Honda is still struggling with a sales strategy from the past – the Clarity battery electric version is coming in just two US states, California of course included, and as a leas-only option, with “no purchase option at lease end.” The 89-mile EV doesn’t seem like a great deal when considering its very limited availability as well as very low range – and it’s also reportedly not very price when you add up everything. The lease offer is also limiting – $269 per month for 36 months, $1,999 down payment and with a limit of 20,000 miles per year.

Via Automotive News