Yesterday word came that the 2017 Bolt EV production line at the Orion assembly plant in Michigan has officially started.

A rumor was delivered courtesy of Twitter from the WaterlooRegionVoltec group in Canada.
From Steve R. -My plant guy tells me they are producing saleable Bolts today. Currently @ 9 Bolts/he, long term goal of 30/hr - 1 shift opt

- WaterlooRegionVoltec (@WRVoltec) October 24, 2016
Insiders have been reporting for months production would begin in October, and, as you may have noticed, the month is nearing to a close.

As we reported in May, General Motors released a pdf stating clearly that October was the Bolt's SORP (start of regular production) month as well, but then pulled the document and scrubbed away all mention of production.

An inquiry to the Orion plant's media rep was re-routed to a dedicated Chevrolet Bolt rep, after which he did not answer the question directly.

"We remain on track to begin sales of the Chevrolet Bolt EV later this year and can't wait to get these vehicles in the hands of customers."

Playing Devil's Advocate for a second:

GM has been building "test" vehicles for months, so it is possible the "plant guy" is confused. First cars are also supposed to go to Lyft, but retail orders now in the system will also need to be filled.

Another reason for an information vacuum might be to strategically tease out info, and milk the media, as Toyota did with launch of the 2016 Prius when it dribbled out tidbits, and each little revelation was a new story cycle.

In the Bolt's case, Chevrolet has issued no press releases on fundamental things from which it could garner press value.

These include when Bolt dealer orders will be open, when dealer allocations are coming, what states are getting the Bolt first (though reps have vaguely suggested it will go to strongest markets, implicitly California ZEV states).

We have reported a few of these as they've been verified by indirect sources. To date,Oregon and California are taking orders, dealers in other states may be taking pre-order deposits on a case by case basis, without actually being able to place orders.

GM surely does not wish to be accused of over promising and under-delivering.