Chevy Bolt, Baojun E100 Push GM Global Plug-In Sales Ahead Of U.S.

Bolt EV South Korea sales numbers are strong in 2018


Chevy Bolt sales are significantly higher than the Volt internationally.

This summer, we have noted that Bolt EV inventories and sales in the US have been low as the automaker has put greater focus on exports. South Korea has been the biggest beneficiary of this. After a solid performance in late March + April selling over 500 units, the Bolt EV jumped to the top of the Korean EV charts for May with 1,014 sold. Following this success, we were astonished to see the Bolt EV hit an impressive 1,621 deliveries in June followed by a solid July of 872 deliveries.

For August, Chevrolet again delivered a respectable 631 Bolt EVs to Korea.

S Korean Chevy Bolt EV sales approach 5,000 in 2018

Year-to-date totals have now reached 4,625 units through August. This is a 1,079% increase from the same period in 2017. The Bolt EV is the 4th bestselling domestic GM Korea model for the year overall among all categories. In less than 5 months, South Koreans have taken home more of the electric hatchbacks than Canada and Europe combined. While South Korea does not have a ZEV mandate, they are taking a carrot approach to EV adoption. Regional subsidies for electric vehicles can exceed $23,000.

We don’t expect Korean numbers to continue at this pace for the entire year, however. Roughly 5,000 Bolt EVs are expected to be sold in South Korea in 2018. That number is now fast approaching and deliveries to Korea are slowing as we expected.

In the coming months, production will likely focus on the United States. However, a planned production increase later this year should provide the Bolt-hungry Korean market with more inventory.

As far as overall international sales are concerned, current year-to-date totals are as follows:

Chevy Volt

Canada – 3,320

China – 1,111 (Buick Velite 5)

South Korea – 104

Mexico – 25

Chevy Bolt

South Korea – 4,625

Europe – 1,809 (Opel Ampera-e)

Canada – 1,651

Mexico – 10


China – 11,127

The biggest seller abroad for General Motors is the Baojun E100, followed by the Chevy Bolt EV. Baojun (jointly owned by General Motors (GM) and SAIC Motor) recently expanded availability of the tiny EV. GM has also announced that the E200 will be launched this month and will eventually replace the E100 on the market.

This brings international plug-in totals to 23,782 units. Once final August numbers are in, the total will exceed 24,000. We do not have sales figures for the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in for China.

In comparison, an estimated 21,372 GM plug-ins have been sold in the U.S. between January and August. Historically, U.S. GM plug-in sales have significantly out-performed their international sales. Strong demand for the Baojun E100 and Chevy Bolt has changed this, with the automaker finding more success around the globe with their plug-ins.

European and Chinese sales data via Car Sales Base. Mexico data via GM Authority. Canada data via GreenCarReports.

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EVs - finding more US driveways every month!
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4 Comments on "Chevy Bolt, Baojun E100 Push GM Global Plug-In Sales Ahead Of U.S."

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A lot more Bolts could be sold in Canada if there was any stock. Currently you have to place an order which will be delivered in 8 to 12 months.

That seems to be the case everywhere at the moment! Unless you live in a few select California cities where there is still a surplus of leftover 2017 (mostly base model LTs) and 2018s.

Since the first half of the year production was already up over 2017 and since next quarter production is being increased an additional 20%… you’d think this would help with availability. But I doubt it will be enough. Alas supply and demand have not been balanced.

Hopefully LGs new battery production facility will enable GM to increase production in 2019 as well. Canada and South Korea deserve some more attention!

That Baojun looks about the size of the Norwegian “Buddy” EV from the last decade. I assume it outperforms the Buddy by far though.

The locally produced competition like Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro should eat into the Korean Bolt sales very soon.
Currently LG can’t produce enough battery packs for Kona and Ioniq, and Bjorn Nyland reported from Korea that the Niro uses SK batteries as LG is already at its limit and could not produce fast enough.