GM sold 181,000 total tax credit eligible EV's as of March 2018. Selling about 3,000 domestic Bolt's & Volts/Month would potentially start the tax credit wind down at the end of Q3/18. Could it be GM is...too...gaming the system?
Exactly. The current incentive was poorly thought out (and I'll spare everyone my usual anti-progressive rant).I wouldn't blame them, if they did. GM and Tesla are soon going to be finding themselves at a huge competitive disadvantage. Other manufacturers took the slow and cautious wait-and-see-attitude about EVs, while GM, Nissan and Tesla really stuck their necks out to essentially create the market. Now their necks are going to be cut off along with the Fed EV incentive, while the timid souls following on their coat tails potentially eat their lunch (to the tune of $7500) in the marketplace.
I was under the impression that bold and forward-thinking were business attributes to be rewarded, not a cause to be royally screwed.
Agree 100%.Exactly. The current incentive was poorly thought out (and I'll spare everyone my usual anti-progressive rant).
The current program should be replaced with an unlimited rebate set to progressively phase out for everyone over the course of time. This phase out could be determined by a committee that evaluates the effectiveness of the program and determines the phase out period based on certain criteria rather than an arbitrary date. This incentivizes early investment and disincentivizes latecomers.
GM look like tree hugging eco-terrorists in comparison to the lying bastards at VW.If GM is only developing the Bolt to make them look good in the eyes of environmentalists and to get some kind of corporate tax advantage, that would be effin stupid!
Yes...or wait until the fracking-at-a-loss-to-investors scam blows up, and EVs look much more attractive.GM just needs to sell the Bolt in highly urbanized countries with short cross-country distances and extremely high fuel prices. In the US, the Bolt is too expensive for budget-minded buyers, who have been thriving on Civics and Corollas for decades, and too small for those who enhance their life with F-150's, Silverados and Rams.
Getting slightly off topic, as is our wont here, but I've just had two separate conversations with new mothers who had their baby late in life. They both traded high-end mid-size BMW/M-B sedans for a 6000# Denali/Escalade. Their rationale, "If there's a collision, I want my baby to be the one living through it!"for those who enhance their life with F-150's, Silverados and Rams.
No need to advertise if your production is limited and you’re easily selling every one that’s built.If GM is concerned about Bolt sales, WHY DON'T THEY EFFIN ADVERTISE THEM??!! Anyone EVER seen a commercial for a Bolt? No!