Korea Wants More Chevy Bolts

General Motors began taking pre-orders in South Korea last week for the all-electric Bolt. In under two hours, the entirety of the first shipment was spoken for. By the end of that day, March 17, more than 2,000 additional orders had been placed, proving — once again — that GM is killing it in Asia and Koreans are tech-obsessed.

Incredibly, most of those customers hadn’t even laid eyes on the vehicle. The Bolt doesn’t make its official Korean debut until March 30th, when it will appear at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show. 

After the swift depletion of GM’s EV stock, a group of enthusiasts drove a Bolt from southern Seoul to Busan, ferried over to Jeju Island, and finally drove across the island to the southern port of Seogwipo. In addition to 60 miles of water, the trip covered 293 miles worth of road — and the team managed it on a single charge. That’s leaps and bounds over the official EPA rating of 238 miles.

According to WardsAuto, GM will place new production orders immediately to ensure more vehicles get to Korea as soon as possible. However, the automaker will still have to hold a drawing to ensure the available supply is allocated fairly, as pre-orders continue rolling in ahead of the Bolt’s sales launch. While that date remains unspecified, it’s expected to be early next month.

That’s rather interesting, considering nationwide deliveries haven’t yet begun in the United States. Michigan residents, who live in the state where the Bolt is assembled, won’t even be able to place their orders until July.