One of the hurdles on the way to widespread EV adoption that we don’t seem to talk about as often is the push to get franchised dealers to stock EVs. Now, on the surface, that seems like a simple thing of requiring them to set aside floor space, but manufacturers don’t always make it that easy.
This new plan would have GM setting up regional facilities to store Bolts that are ready for purchase. This means that dealers wouldn’t be stuck with the two classic options of either carrying a bunch of stock or forcing customers to order a car and wait weeks. These facilities could cut customer wait times and dealer costs significantly.
The program would work much like, where commonly ordered specifications would be on hand and could be delivered to dealers within a day or two. It’s also a way to push EV sales in areas that might not be huge markets yet, with less risk for dealers. This would mean the dealer doesn’t have to sit on inventory if it doesn’t sell, which is always a concern.
According to Automotive News, GM first broached the idea at a dealer meeting in February. We reached out to GM reps for comment but didn’t hear back in time for publication.