I had a couple of hours to kill before a meeting yesterday afternoon so I made a 20-mile detour and dropped in on a huge Chevy/Cadillac dealership in Gilroy to have a look at the 2016 Volt as I'm really curious about their regen paddle which some of the commentary says is what's implemented on the Bolt.
Left my partially-disabled friend in the car but then cooled my heels for a few minutes while being totally ignored - I either don't fit their typical customer profile or else they saw me drive up in the i-MiEV.
Anyway, when I finally connected with someone they said they didn't have one and that Volts sell out immediately after they get them and the next one was coming in three weeks and was already spoken for but I could see it then. I didn't bother engaging them in conversation about either the SparkEV or Bolt, nor to charge my car (the person graciously said I was welcome to do that), as I felt like a fish out of water in this showroom.
Although I could have used the DCQC near the dealership, I had no trouble making it to my meeting with two bars flashing at my final destination (having driven almost 60 miles) - avoiding the freeway for the last seven miles from the dealership to the meeting, with my passenger nervously sweating as I gleefully pointed out the almost-empty fuel gauge. It was going to be a long meeting and I had access to a dryer outlet there so it was a matter of emphasizing to him exactly why I wasn't at all worried as I had the RR consistently greater than the GPS distance-to-meeting location and we were on very level ground with no wind and didn't need the heater. After the meeting and dinner and almost-full (CaniOn said 95% SOC) recharge, I impressed the group by pre-heating the i-MiEV before taking off for home into that cold evening.
Which brings me back to the Bolt: the 200-mile range threshold was probably correctly identified by marketeers as necessary to overcome innumerate (love that word!) consumer resistance based on perception rather than reality. I really hope they're successful!