Friday, December 16, 2016

Dude, where's my Bolt?

Since my initial blog post chronicling my Bolt adventure went live a few days ago, it’s already been viewed almost 1,400 times…including by one person in New Zealand! You win the “Most Distant Reader” award, whoever you are. 😉 Thanks to everyone that has taken interest. Knowing that my Bolt was built and loaded on a truck, the next question is (and the thing all you guys care about): Where’s my Bolt??

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I’ve gleaned some new information about my Bolt’s whereabouts. After badgering my sales rep to death, I was able to finally convince him to give me the rail car information for the train that my Bolt was loaded on. The info I had previously received stated that my Bolt had left the Orion factory on a truck heading towards Toledo, Ohio. Using that rail car number the dealership gave me, I was able to get an update on the location of the train car my Bolt was loaded on! (a Norfolk Southern rail car, FYI). A big assist goes out to the Corvette owners forum that had all the rail car tracking information stickied!

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Maybe my Bolt was on this hauler? Photo credit to Joe Lopez

That’s the good news. The bad news? My Bolt is still in Toledo, Ohio! As of 8PM yesterday, it has moved a whopping 2.9 miles since it was initially loaded on to the rail car a few days ago. I’m fairly certain the sub-zero winter weather in the Midwest region hasn’t helped anything.

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My Bolt is on a train! And moving excruciatingly slow. 😔

So I am happy that I am now able to track my Bolt on its journey to sunny California, but am hoping that train gets moving a bit quicker than 3 miles per day! It’s looking less likely that I will be able to get my Bolt back to MD before the year is out, but I should at least be able to finish all the paperwork so that I qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit this year.

If anyone has any questions at all, please feel free to ask in the comments section. I’ll try to answer as best as I can.

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  1. WadeTyhon:

    Man I knew our rail system was hopelessly behind the rest of the world, but 3 miles a day? XD I think you could have pushed your car farther than that heh. But you are right - the weather is most likely the culprit.

    Is the Bolt replacing one of your other EVs or is it just going to be added to your collection? I haven't decided for sure if I want to trade in my Spark or just hang on to it for now.

  2. Hope your getting the blue favorite color. Also the color of our 2016 Volt. Does anybody know if somebody is going to start up a tracking site for the Bolt like VOLT STATS?

  3. What Corvette forum? There seem to be a few of them out there.

  4. Man I am as excited about you getting this car as you are! I'm in Maryland too, so I am jealous as can be. We still have a year left on our BMW i3 lease, but I'm fairly certain it will be replaced by a Bolt when the time comes. The i3 has been a very nice car, but going from 80 to 238 miles on a charge makes all the difference in the world!

  5. I am pretty sure the weather isn't a major factor once the cars are loaded onto flatcars. They probably need a certain number of flatcars ready to go before they can hook them up to locomotives so that may account for them bobbing around. FWIW I believe the Orion plant has its own rail spurs so I wonder if they move them to Toledo that way or by truck. Anyway I also have notice that my car is in transit, so now I will have to pester my dealership about getting that rail car info!

  6. Update: the train left Airline Junction this morning! Westward ho!