Thanks to GM, no bolt for me.
It apparently doesn't matter if you put down a deposit 6 months in advance and become the first reservation at a major Bay Area dealer. Reservations numbers 1-5 are sitting in Milpitas where they've been for an entire week. Reservations 6-24-ish were delivered over the last three days. Many happy bolt owners have been streaming out of the San Jose dealers. Just not me.
Just ten minutes ago I got the official word that it won't happen -- they won't have my Bolt for me before 2016 is over and as such I cannot claim the tax break. Because they can't seem to find anybody to ship it the last 8 miles from Milpitas and supposedly have no control what order they're sent over in. The manager there steadfastly refuses to let me do the finances based on the VIN even though I've had the VIN for nearly a full month now.
Without the 2016 tax break, I'm not buying it. Having that $7500 tax hit apply to this year's deductions was a core part of the purchase plan for me. It was the reason I went to so much effort to get first in line and be a responsible buyer. Feeling rather screwed over by GM at the moment, yeah. The dealer also doesn't care in the least as they know that the moment I walk away from the deal there will be a line of others to snap it right up; no sweat off their back whatsoever. Watching the salesman go "well, er, sorry!" and give a goofy smile just makes it sting a little more. This was going to be the first Chevy I'd ever bought, and all this does is continue to teach me to avoid this company.
So, whoever ends up getting the nice blue Premier bolt that ends in VIN 2016, do enjoy. At least I still have my Tesla3 reservation. Who knows; maybe that'll come out before 2020.