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    Default Montgomery County, MD purchases fleet of 16 Bolt EVs

    http://insideevs.com/montgomery-coun...evrolet-bolts/

    My tax dollars at work. It appears that Montgomery County paid $600k for 16 Bolt EVs, the county paid full price ~ $37,500 for each of the 16 Bolts purchased.

    Here is another article regarding the Bolt EV purchase: https://ngtnews.com/montgomery-count...services-fleet
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    That is great, Now all I have to do is talk the City of Baltimore into the same thing.
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    If I walked into a Chevy dealership to buy 16 cars, I think I could have done better than full price!

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    Default Montgomery County, MD purchases fleet of 16 Bolt EVs

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim I View Post
    If I walked into a Chevy dealership to buy 16 cars, I think I could have done better than full price!

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    Agreed. I don't think we have all the details. If the purchaser paid full retail, I can't imagine they keep their job long.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMap View Post
    Agreed. I don't think we have all the details. If the purchaser paid full retail, I can't imagine they keep their job long.


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    Until you dig deeper and find whom at the dealership is related to whom in the county government or more likely someone on the county board...

    Everybody's happy now (except the poor schmuck taxpayers)... the town got nice new Bolts and the dealership made a nice profit.... no one's getting fired. Heck, the purchasing dept agent will probably get a promotion for not paying more than MSRP!
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    I agree that we don't have all of the facts so we should not assume that the county did not negotiate the price when purchasing the fleet of Bolt vehicles. If they paid $37,500 per vehicle and that price included the DC Fast Charging option that normally costs $750 then at least the county got almost a 2% discount.

    The county recognized there is significant cost savings, X thousand dollars per year per vehicle, for refueling and scheduled maintenance with the Bolt versus a conventional vehicle or hybrid vehicle. The article did not state whether the county would be building a charging infrastructure that includes CCS or only Level II charging.

    Montgomery county currently operates an alternative fuel refueling station where county residents can purchase CNG and E-85 for their alternative fuel vehicles. The article did not state whether county residents will be able to pay to use the new EV charging infrastructure.
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    Fleet sales of the Bolt to cities and counties reaffirms that Chevrolet's strategy for the Bolt is not to compete with Tesla for the luxury/near luxury EV sedan and crossover market. This also helps explain why Chevrolet chose not to include ACC on the 2017 Bolt.
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    It they are like our community, which has two Volts, they bought stripped/base LT models. I'd be surprised if there wasn't some bidding that took place between fleet dealers to provide them at below MSRP.
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    While I would agree that fleet vehicles are usually the base models, in the case of the Bolt EV, a valid case could be made for getting the Premier. Several of the safety features are only available on the Premier trim, and if the county insisted on having them, they got quite a discount.

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    In the video, it appears that all of the Bolts at least came with DCFC. Unclear what other options it may have included.

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