Typically dealers get a first look at production cars at their dealer before finally getting first allocations, you might want to inquire about that very first one. Good for an early look aside from the shows.Out of curiosity, I looked up my local dealer, and evidently, they're one of the biggest Volt dealers in Southern California. I imagine that will give them priority for the Bolt. I'm probably going to inquire with them sometime this summer. I'm afraid if I contact them too early, they're going to want to get me into a Volt. Nice car, no doubt, but I think I'm ready to go all-in on a pure BEV.
Dealers are free to handle allocations however they see fit. Some dealers will take deposits, other may not (just have a list). If someone plays golf with the owner of the dealership, they could get moved to the top of the list at any time. The owner of the Honda dealer where I got my Fit EV took the first one the dealer was allocated - I waited 7 months to get mine. Honda never had a "master" waiting list for the Fit EV, I was on the waiting list at 5 dealers (none of them required/took deposits).I think it's just more of putting down a deposit to have your name higher up on the waiting list and then finalizing the options once the trim and color list is out. May or may not be a smart move depending on how many the dealership is allocated, buyer could be waiting for a while. Also, not sure if the deposit is refundable in case someone changes their mind.
We'll see what GM decides to do re trims/options. The Spark EV has just two trim levels (1LT & 2LT) and just ONE option (DC Quick Charge package). There is one paint with an up charge and then there are accessories (sill plates, wheel lug nuts, etc). I would expect to see more than that on the Bolt, but you may not have as many " a la carte" options as you might think.It would be nice to see what colors will be available both exterior and interior and the trim packages. GM should put this out there to get an idea what the public would be interested in. If I purchase the Bolt, you can bet I'm only buying one with all the options that I want, not what is on the lot.
That's probably the best way to look at it, it's basically a test city for green vehicles. What's going to suck is as time goes on and gas prices start to go up again or taxes come out for regular petrol or diesel vehicles, then green car tax credits might start to go down. Less of an incentive to get one, now it's more of a NEED. The need to avoid being taxed.I'm a bit jealous too...They have better charging station infrastructure, incentives and they'll probably get first dibs on most future eco cars too... At least if anything goes wrong with a new vehicle, they'll be the first to experience it.
In Georgia, not only did the legislature do away with the EV tax credit (was $5000, even for leased vehicles - I was able to utilize before it went away), they have now instituted an annual alternative fuel vehicle fee of $200! The law-makers reached the conclusion that EV drivers were robbing the state of gas tax revenue, so they found a way to close the "loophole." (If anything, ICE cars need to be penalized - for future costs to deal with climate change.) No real incentive to purchase an EV here... Still planning on getting a Bolt - in spite of it all... I'm just crazy I guess...What's going to suck is as time goes on and gas prices start to go up again or taxes come out for regular petrol or diesel vehicles, then green car tax credits might start to go down.