Compliance cars, or vehicles made just to satisfy government regulations, have done little to promote electrification. Such vehicles are only sold in states like California and Oregon, where consumers are fairly warm to EVs. Some people have been calling the Chevy Bolt a compliance car, but it seems that label won’t apply.
While it’s true the Bolt is only going to be available in traditional EV markets at first, Chevrolet is looking for aggressive expansion. In about six months, the automaker is looking to sell the car nationwide, per Green Car Reports.
Still, California will be huge for the Bolt, with estimates that half of all sales will come from there. That’s not surprising, partly because California is the single biggest automotive market in the United States, so it’s important to vehicle sales in general. Californians are big into low- or zero-emissions vehicles. One visit to the Inland Empire will show you why.
Unlike with the Spark EV, Chevrolet is looking to sell far more Bolts than required by the government. The company only needs to sell 6,750 Bolts to blow past “compliance car” territory. Considering it has amazing range and a competitive price, it’s a vehicle consumers might actually want to drive. Selling over 6,750 of them should be a breeze.