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First 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV buyer Bobby Edmonds, at Fremont Chevrolet in Fremont, CA, Dec 2016

First 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV buyer Bobby Edmonds, at Fremont Chevrolet in Fremont, CA, Dec 2016

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The second benefit is no surprise; it's the ability to travel solo in the carpool lanes on California's notoriously crowded freeways, especially Highway 101 to the airport.

Finally, he loves no longer having to visit gas stations on a regular basis just to keep a gasoline car running.

"I plug in the car when I come home" at the 240-Volt Level 2 charging station he installed in his garage, he said, "and I always have a 'full tank' whenever I want to leave."

ALSO SEE: Thinking of buying a 2017 Chevy Bolt EV? Read the owner's manual!

Chevy also identified two additional Bolt EV buyers in this morning's group.

Steve Henry is a commercial real-estate broker living in Portola Valley. His family of five is replacing a Toyota Prius with their new Chevy.

And retired law-enforcement officer William "Bill" Mattos, in Fremont, is a long-term Chevy electric-car driver. He previously owned both a Spark EV minicar and a second-generation Volt plug-in hybrid.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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Global Chevy brand chief Alan Batey lauded "all of the hard work that the Chevrolet team have put into designing, engineering and building the Bolt EV."

His words came in an otherwise largely pro-forma marketing statement that underscored the car's on-time delivery (take that, Tesla) as well as its "fun-to-drive" character and "affordable price."

EPA-rated at 238 miles of range, the all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV starts at a base price of $37,495 including delivery. A DC quick-charging port is a $750 option.

To celebrate today's first deliveries, the Chevrolet publicity department also released an atmospheric 2-minute video showing steps in the production of the Bolt EV at GM's Orion assembly plant in Michigan.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this article said the Bolt EV was produced at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. We thank readers Rich K and MHOmpg for pointing out that it's actually the Orion plant. We regret the error.]

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