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New 2018 Bolt, when?

With the current "oversupply" of Bolts in CA, I know this topic is a little premature, but how do you think GM will handle the model year change over for the Bolt? The current Bolt is a 2017 MY car, and I know cars / trucks from the same company have different MY's within a calendar year, so will GM go to the end of the CY with a 2017 Bolt?
If so, will it be a "December" roll out of the 2018 MY, to roughly correspond to a full one year of sales ?

I am waiting to see how this shakes out, along with the restriction of Illinois sales until May with a June / July delivery, where I live. I am thinking they will have the 2018 MY come out late this year, and if that is true, I would wait at least until news comes out about the '18 so I don't miss a big change, and possibly get a better deal on a '17 if I decide to.

Anyone have any guess on how this will be handled?
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Looking at the way they calculate CARB credits, it's in GM's best interests to milk the 2017 production run as long as possible.
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I've been wondering the same thing. In the case of the Gen 2 Volt, the MY 2016 ended early and some running upgrades landed with the '17s before the national rollout was even completed.

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I've been wondering the same thing. In the case of the Gen 2 Volt, the MY 2016 ended early and some running upgrades landed with the '17s before the national rollout was even completed.
Yeah, but there was no difference in CARB credits for 16s and 17s.
For model year 2018 and on, the Bolt only qualifies for 3 ZEV credits compared to the '17s 4.
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I thought it would just play out with after the 8th month as usual so August-September would be 18s ?
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I contacted Chevy directly and they stated sometome in December, 2017 the new year models would arrive.
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Looking at the way they calculate CARB credits, it's in GM's best interests to milk the 2017 production run as long as possible.
Only if they can USE the credits - otherwise they just go to waste. (It would be different if they were approaching the limit of EVs for tax reductions, but they aren't, yet)
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Only if they can USE the credits - otherwise they just go to waste. (It would be different if they were approaching the limit of EVs for tax reductions, but they aren't, yet)
Huh?

ZEV credits and the Federal Tax Credit are unrelated.

And the Tax Credit in not tied in any way to model year, only the # of units sold (and the quarter in which they reach 200K).

Excess ZEV credits can also be sold (that's the only way Tesla has ever shown a profitable quarter).

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Normally the next year's models ae released in September, but in the case of the Bolt, I suspect they will announce whatever changes there may be (I predict very little) and take orders, but I would guess deliveries would be late December, or even January. The CARB credits are the deciding factor.

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The way that CARB ZEV credits are calculated will change next year. Right now a 2017MY Bolt generates 5 ZEV CARB credits. Starting with the 2018 Model Year, that same Bolt sold in 2018 would only earn 2.88 ZEV credits. So it is in GM's interest to sell as many Bolts in CARB states this year to maximize the number of credits earned because next year the credit gets cut nearly in half.

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