Chevrolet Bolt EV Sales Go Higher With National Roll-Out, Chevy Volt Lower

SEP 1 2017 BY JAY COLE 154

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Chevrolet Bolt charging up

This is the month many eager Americans, looking for an affordable, long range EV to park in their driveway, got their chance to own one!

The Chevrolet Bolt EV officially was made available for delivery nationwide in the US (a month ahead of its original schedule), and although inventory didn’t actually make it to every certified Bolt EV dealer in the US, the 238 mile Chevy found a lot of new homes in August.

Inside the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt…where many more Americans than ever found themselves in August!

For the month, an impressive 2,107 Bolts were sold, the best result to date for the EV.

The previous high was the 1,971 copies sold in July.

August’s result brings the year-to-date total up to 11,670 and also marks the 6th consecutive monthly gain for the car.  With that trend in mind, we are anxious to see how high sale can ultimately go as more inventory, to more states arrive…as well as the traditional “year end rush” for plug-in offerings.

For more info on the Chevrolet Bolt EV, as it relates to a long term test, check out our own Tom Moloughney’s review of the car here (spoiler: he comes away impressed).

Perhaps showing the results of higher demand in new states, or as a result of an extended Summer shutdown at its Orion, Michigan facility, average inventory of the Bolt EV fell in August by our calculations to about ~4,900 units.

On the slightly down-side, some early Bolt EV owners were given notice that their cars may have a battery issue that the onboard range estimator can’t detect, which has the potential to leave driver’s with less actual range than they expect, stranding them in the wild.  Thankfully, GM estimates that this effects less than 1% of early deliveries, or about ~100 vehicles.

Chevrolet Volt sales continued to be a bit soft in August

While the Chevrolet Bolt EV has seen its sales expand alongside its footprint, its plug-in stablemate, the 53 mile extended range Chevrolet Volt has seen in sales come under pressure.

It is still far to early to suggest that the Bolt EV is taking sales away from the Volt, but August was the third month in a row Volt sales have been lower year-over year.

For August, 1,445 Chevy Volts were delivered, off 30.6% from the 2,081 sold in August 2016. Previously in July, 1,518 were sold (vs 2,406 in July 2016).

August’s result also moved the full year numbers into the red as 13,895 (14k) Volts have been sold in 2017, down 3% from the 14,295 moved in 2016.

Despite the lower than originally anticipated sales this Summer, the recent factory shutdown in Hamtramck, Michigan did bring the national inventory down from a high of around 6,000 earlier this year to around 4,000 early in the month.  Although , the 2018s are now arriving (no significant changes – 2018 MY details here) and the level has once again started to climb.

 

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154 Comments on "Chevrolet Bolt EV Sales Go Higher With National Roll-Out, Chevy Volt Lower"

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Go, “compliance car” Bolt, go! Lol

I still have not seen one in South Carolina. I have seen a Model 3 here at the Greenville Supercharger though…

You should have taken pictures of that Model 3 because nobody else has seen them. On the other hand, some 13,000 people in the US OWN a Bolt EV.

Model 3 spotted in Burlington NC yesterday, not too far from Raleigh. Wonder why there’s making the rounds. Are they going to show up at stores so customers can look at them?

I just called the store, they said the Model 3 or one of them, stopped by for a few hours. One of several Model 3s driving around the country for “testing”. They don’t expect to have one to show until early next year.

Fred said:

“One of several Model 3s driving around the country for “testing”.”

Gee I thought they were already in production. Why are they still “testing”.

Way to go GM!

Employees outside of California are taking deliveries now of the Model 3, and there’s also a few rolling across the USA for some reason, making the rounds to showrooms.

And your not one of them (and I am BTW).

Sorry, this was a response to FFE. I do not have a Model 3 currently but do have a reservation.
I do have a Bolt and a Volt.

I wonder if he knows the difference between you’re and your

Several people took pictures of it at the Supercharger in Greenville.

I saw my first Bolt in “the wild” last week at the Quakertown Mall DCFC in NJ.

The owner seemed disgruntled and had a hard time getting the FC to work for him, and/or it was slower than he had hoped.

Side by side with my 2013 LEAF it is clearly LARGER. I think the LEAF has great headroom (at least in the front), the Bolt must be a monster.

Its narrow though

DCFC requires a few steps before it will start charging on the Bolt. Since most people don’t RTFM they’re going to have issues with EVs.

What are you talking about? Just plug in the CCS/FC and it immediately starts charging.

Leaf and Bolt are very similar size-wise. Leaf is slightly bigger then the Bolt in all ways but rear legroom and height:

Length
B: 164.0 ”
L: 175.0 ”

Wheelbase
B: 102.4 ”
L: 106.3 ”

Front Track
B: 59.1 ”
L: 60.6 ”

Rear Track
B: 59.1 ”
L: 60.4 ”

Width
B: 69.5 ”
L: 69.7 ”

Height
B: 62.8 ”
L: 61.0 “

I’m 5′-8″ tall and found the volt to to have such low headroom and difficult ingress/egress as to be unusable for me. The bolt is MUCH better in this regard.

I’m 6’4″ and don’t have any problems in the Volt. However, I can’t sit in the back seat as the ceiling slopes down too much (would literally break my neck if rear ended, I think). I’m not complaining about that though.

Looked at the VOLT and totally agree the back seat headroom is ridiculous… that was the major factor in not getting it.

Glad you pointed that out. The Bolt has the same issue actually. These back seats are dangerous for anyone over 6′!

Dan, I am 6’4″, 220 pounds, so I am a little above average and the 2013 Volt fits just right, even if I am wearing my Washington Nationals cap! Unless I am letting someone else test drive my car, then it is obvious that the back seats were designed by the Marquis de Sade.
Love my car, but the backseats have no legroom if the driver is taller, and the headroom is marginal.
The Bolt is much better with regards to interior space but it looks like a clown car. I will keep my Volt and see what comes out in the next couple years. If GM doesn’t get on the ball, my next car will probably be a Tesla 3 or Y. I want to drive an American car, and both GM and Tesla fit that bill.

That’s lucky. It must be the one that is travelling across the states so stores can check it out.

Hang around superchargers won’t help.

Underwhelming,

They must have that 5k inventory under covers on those lots ? If they actually exist !

Here in “less than EV friendly” central NY, two dealers have a combined 24 Bolts in stock, and one is featured prominently right outside the main showroom doors.

My dealership has 28 BOlt ev’s in stock, while only a few VOLTS. My salesman complained that the BOlts are not selling well.

But they are there for sale if anyone wants one. I don’t know what my particular dealer is letting them go for now, but another dealer in the area is leasing them for $25 cheaper than a volt which is curious since the Bolts have the higher MSRP.

We are very limited on Volts here too, but not Bolts.

Volts would sell better if stocked.

Bolt EVs would sell better once more standard-type discounting comes into play.

Is the down payment the same for that cheaper Bolt EV lease as a Volt? If so, that surprises me too, Bill.

I’ve been trying to get a decent Bolt Premier lease here in Pennsylvania, and it’s all crazy numbers like $530/month with $3000 down. So, whatever, I’ll wait until they’re 3 years old and keep my C-Max.

Or my wife will prevail and we’ll end up with that Volvo XC60 PHEV…

My guess is you’ll only need to wait a few more months for the initial hype to fade a bit and to get an attractive lease. Or go to Bill’s dealership. :p

There are multiple dealers in NorCal that have over 100 Bolts in stock. My salesman told me they stopped ordering new ones because of the overstock.

He was of the opinion that GM has to drop the price at least 5K (or provide sub $300 leases) to move them steadily.

I predict once Model 3 is in full scale production that GM will have to drop the Bolt’s price.

The Bolt EV price will drop regardless of Tesla around third quarter of next year due to tax credit exhaustion.

Yeah, I suspect if Tesla actually makes the standard range model 3 available in October/November without any required extras (like the premium interior and glass roof), so that people can actually order it for $35k, Chevy will drop the price, though maybe as part of a MY 2018 announcement. If Tesla releases the standard range, but people still can only get it with the premium interior and glass roof, then GM can keep the Bolt price as is. Then of course mid 2018, expect a price drop due to the federal tax rebate phasing out.

There is no reason for Tesla to release a base version of the Model 3 anytime soon. They need the money and the $35k version probably nets them close to nothing. With supposedly 500k preorders they can be a little strategic on when they are released.

We have to wait 4-6 months in Ontario Canada to get either a bolt or a volt. Something wrong there. Dealers in the states can’t sell them and we can’t get them.

The problems as I see in Europe:

Peugeot/Citroen now owns Adam Opel, so they have to decide to purchase the Ampera-E to sell to the huge backlog there. Perhaps they prefer to emphasize their own home grown electrics and will let the Opel ev die on the vine, so to speak.

In Canada, the problem you have is the car is TOO CHEAP, considering the exchange rate, and the fact you get a $750 fast charger, plus heated seats free.

There was all kinds of talk saying GM loses money on the BOLT ev. I never believed that kind of talk since the BOLT ev looks to me to be fairly priced in the states for what you get.

But by the time Canadian car dealers take their cut, there is probably little if any profit available, or even a loss, on each BOLT ev sold in Canada, because inexplicably they’ve priced it far lower than the states, and far more optional equipment standard.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Go EconoBox go!!!

I was predicting ~2900 for last month.
I thought there would be more M3 line jumpers, where’d they all go?!?!?!?!?

Still clinging to hopes that Elon keeps stringing them along with. The fanaticism is strong in that group. 😉

I just hope the seats in the Model 3 are serviceable.

You never know which random area a vehicle will be tripped up on.

Just as the trolling is strong in your posts MadBro.

What age is he- 18?? Does anyone take seriously the infantile opinions of a child?

bro1999 continued his Tesla-hater campaign:

“Still clinging to hopes that Elon keeps stringing them along with.”

Gosh yes, that must be it. And not that Tesla is offering a much better product. 🙄

Hardly an econobox.

Only because there’s not much “econo” at the current price point.

Elon still doesn’t know who you are….

When I bought my Fusion Energi in 2014 and my 2013 Focus Electric in 2015 there were very few DCFC charging stations and zero CCS charging stations in Texas. Now there are over 60 CCS stations in Texas and many areas of the country are saturated with CCS stations. With faster chargers and longer range BEVs becoming more available every day the value of PHEVs continues to diminish.

When I got my Leaf in 2013 there were may be 2 or 3 L2 stations in my area. Plugshare now show 9 DC fast charging stations of various types and 40 or so L2 locations.

Just hope that Maven/Lyft doesn’t start operations in your area with Bolt.

I just looked at plugshare… This word “saturated” apparently means a different thing to you than me. Outside of CA I don’t see saturation anywhere, especially when I know that nearly all those locations have only a single CCS plug, which is problematic in many ways.

There is a far greater density of CCS in the ACELA corridor/northeast than in CA. Are you sure you’re not waiting for plugshare to refresh?

Lots of empty stalls at the various CCS and DCFC chargers around me.

But, But, But the media keeps saying there is no charging network for the Bolt EV.

LOL Plugshare people Plugshare. And use the darn filters to see CCS.

I have a feeling we really will see the average selling price of Bolts end up in the mid 30s while Model 3 averages end up closer to upper 40s (vs. The predicted low 40s ). Indeed Elon’ s tweet yesterday about the smart air suspension coming and being tied to the dual motors on the Model 3 continue to push that car upmarket. Basically…I think we’ll see distinct price point markets for both cars despite their similar base MSRP prices.

Agree. These are two very different cars and they will sell for different prices in the end.

Problem is we have zero idea of the timeline structure and options…

What it appears to be, big battery first, AWD big battery next…We know there will be a ludicrous option but will that be offered before the smaller battery? We simply have no idea…

It would seem to be quite understandable that the Performance Model 3 will be Dual Motor & Long Range Battery, without a doubt, and we are told that Dual Motor Model 3’s will happen in about 6 Months.

Short range battery is expected to begin shipping in October, so it will be appearing before the Performance Model 3 (which may come with Ludicrous, initially, or not!).

Cab said:

“I think we’ll see distinct price point markets for both cars despite their similar base MSRP prices.”

Indeed.

The options for the TM3 are considerably more expensive than I expected. I was expecting them to be something like 1/3 to 1/4 less expensive than similar options for the Model S, since the TM3 is a lower priced car, aimed at a lower price segment.

Instead, Tesla has apparently aimed the prices to directly compete with such cars as the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4… which is exactly the cars that Tesla reps were using for comparison with the TM3. I shoulda paid more attention to that! 🙂

As to whether the average selling price for a TM3 will be closer to Elon’s earlier estimation of $42k, or closer to $50k… I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I do wonder if Tesla raised the price for the options in reaction to the unexpectedly high demand for the TM3. If Tesla did that only after Elon gave the estimation of $42k, then indeed we should expect the average sale price to be rather higher.

According to the UBS analysis, the TM3 has to sell for more than $42k to make a profit. So don’t expect to be able to order one for less than that for awhile. It’s good business sense for Tesla.

These analyses are really just slightly educated guesses, so we have no idea what the marginal cost of the 3 is.

But regardless of how much it costs to build, it’s always good business sense to sell higher priced model first when production ability lags demand.

Tying AWD and smart suspension is probably so that they can maximize the rated range of the AWD.

The Bolt has certainly been underwhelming in sales. A far cry from outlandish predictions, and quite far below the 30k that many hung their hats on. Still I hope they hit my prediction of 22k, but I’m not confident they will.
Six weeks now since production was halted.
No sign of it starting up again.

I guess it takes a while to retool a line that was already producing the car. lol.

Who made these “outlandish” predictions? Certainly not GM, as they haven’t made any official predictions.

Decent chance the Bolt makes in 2 months in a row of being the highest selling plug-in in the US. Underwhelming indeed! Lol

LG Chem, for one, said so. But I suppose that is not good enough for you.
Sales are far below industry predictions.
Thousands in inventory.
It’s currently not in production.

LG doesn’t care how many are sold or in what country.

~12,000 US sales so far, ~5,000
in inventory, and ~2,000 international sales, GM has produced nearly 20,000 through the end of August. The next 4 months are the hottest months for EVs.

30,000 Bolt EVs produced in 2017 looks pretty darn likely to me.

First they have to start producing them again.

Wow, dude. Seriously?

The same guy actually provides daily status on all his vehicles.

http://www.buzzsmith.us/4081-2/

You can see the vehicles he currently has in stock, in transit, and in production.

Yeah, I understand the shutdown was for 3 weeks. Sorry, I’m such an idiot.

No worries, dude. Mistakes happen.

As an EV advocate I just don’t want to risk miss information being spread about any EV. Especially about GM, Nissan, BMW and Tesla.

They all have their individual faults that should be acknowledged. But overall they’re headed in the right direction. Some faster than others. I just want to make sure incorrect statements are corrected. 🙂

Agreed, that sounds about right.

“It’s currently not in production.”

COMPLETELY FALSE. Been back in production for over a month.

At least when I post critical Tesla stuff, it is actually based in fact. You are just post complete lies like a true troll.

Prove it. Produce an article that says currently producing the Bolt from some reputable news agency.
Any article from the past month, which should be easy since they have been back in production for over a month.
Otherwise just don’t say anything.

Why would anyone write an article just to say production has started again. Shutdowns happen every summer. The only reason it was news is because it was extended an extra week.

The original articles in July made it clear that the shut down was a one week extension. And that production would resume by August.

Dealers have provided proof of this because they began receiving inventory. And dozens of new states received their first inventory in August.

And, ironically, ffbj is sort of insinuating they stopped because Bolt supply was high, when in fact we have statements from GM stating they retooled so that MORE Bolt EVs would be made relative to the Sonics being made.

I’m pretty sure none of those statements about retooling were from official GM sources. They were at least second-hand reports, as I recall; perhaps third-hand.

And ratios are a funny thing. Increasing the ratio of Bolt EVs to Sonics, while reducing the overall production from the line (because sales of the Sonic have fallen off), does not at all indicate increased production of the Bolt EV. It just means GM isn’t reducing production of the Bolt EV as much as they’re reducing production of the Sonic.

Looking at the U.S. sales of the Bolt EV so far this year, and comparing that to the original production goal of “a bit over 30,000″… I wouldn’t be at all surprised if GM is cutting back a bit on Bolt EV production. The latest InsideEVs Sales Scorecard commentary says sales of the Bolt EV have been increasing over the past few months, but I think they are still below what GM had aimed for. The Scorecard shows only U.S. sales, but from what I’ve read, only a small percentage of Bolt EVs are being shipped outside the USA.

Well Canadian dealers have now been given a few extra allocations on top of what was originally allocated for 2017. This is apparently from the production increase. Still it’s only making a tiny dent in the Canadian backlog. I’ve moved from 12th to 9th on my dealers backlog due to the production increase.

As noted by someone above, GM is on track for 30,000 this year, YTD sales plus inventory plus overseas sales.

Also GM has officially stated their production plans are unchanged, so it’s hard to conclude they’re slowing down production given that official statement.

http://insideevs.com/general-motors-comments-bolt-inventory-6-per-certified-dealership-nationwide/

A Chevy dealer in Texas good enough for you?
http://www.buzzsmith.us/4081-2/bolt-ev-inventory-web-40/

“No sign of starting up again.”

Of the Bolt? Production restarted over a month ago.

An amazing accomplishment considering that that tweet was sent a week after the shut-down began. So they were producing Bolts during the shutdown.

Dealers in the Bolt owners Facebook group posted that their customer orders were being once again built well over a month ago. #getaclue

You know, guys that have actual access to order status databases from GM, not some random FUD’ster on the internet.

Is there any reason to believe your “facts” about the Bolt EV are any more accurate than the FUD in your ongoing Tesla bashing campaign?

No, I don’t think so.

You’ve gone to a great deal of effort to establish a reputation as a troll who almost never writes the truth. You made your bed; now lie in it. Emphasis on the word “lie”.

You mean it was tweeted one week after the announcement of the one week extension of the normally scheduled two week shutdown?

Makes sense to me.

So what about they words are confusing to you?
“or as a result of an extended Summer shutdown at its Orion’
It means they are not in production.
Get it?

“Perhaps showing the results of higher demand in new states, or as a result of an extended Summer shutdown at its Orion, Michigan facility, average inventory of the Bolt EV fell in August by our calculations to about ~4,900 units.”

There was a shutdown in July. Then production started back up later in July.

Are you seriously that retarded? I see public education has failed yet again.

“…Are you seriously that retarded? I see public education has failed yet again….”

Hehe, as far as smarts go, you can’t expect much of that here. Seeing as even intelligent people can believe fairy tales, you can’t underestimate some of the GEMS here, and, I’m not talking about the Polaris car this time.

The shutdown ended already. At the end of July. It was a one week extension of an already scheduled summer shutdown in July.

You should probably stop digging yourself in on being completely wrong.

The extra week shutdown helped ‘relieve inventory’ already. They are not trying to blow through all of their inventory by shutting down the plant an extra 6 weeks until they have none left! Chevy needs inventory of its vehicles.

I don’t Chevy is in any danger of running out of inventory they have months of most models in stock. If they re-start production it is news to me.
So they shutdown July 17th, now usually these shutdowns are for 2 weeks, then the announced they would extend it, the shutdown. So we presume at least 3 weeks, putting them into the first week of August. So they restarted in the 2nd week of August?

I guess I just missed it.

An actual Chevy dealer with access to GM databases is obviously not enough proof for this troll. Lol

I was wrong about that. I kept waiting to see an article Bolt back in production. So I presumed they were still out.
Unintentional, as I did not think they were back up at Orion.

With Chevy and their plug in cars, you never know. GM has some of the best automotive engineers in the world.
But the top brass at corporate HQ are a bunch of penny wise and pound foolish churls.

I couldn’t agree more ZIV.

FANTASTIC engineering saddled by sub-optimal management and then there are the dealers.

I remember calling dozens of dealers about the Bolt in January and being told that this was a high demand vehicle and if I wanted one I would have to pay 5k or more above MSRP!

I am the minority in this. I had a great sales experience when I got my Volt at Criswell Chevy in Maryland. Mike Furman was the sales guy, no hassles, just a really good guy. Unfortunately Criswell is 70 miles from my home so I have to get my Volt serviced at Koons Chevy where they wouldn’t give me the time of day when I told them what I was willing to pay for a Volt.
And oddly enough, the service department at Koons has been outstanding. They replaced my original air dam for free with the smaller new one.
And they plug my car in when they leave it out for me to pick up every time I get my tires rotated.

Coincidently, Koons has some amazing prices on Bolts right now ($4-6k off).

So I’m at my local Chevy dealer and talking to the sales guy from who I have purchased 2 vehicles in the past. I asked about the Bolt and whether they were going to be selling them. He laughed and said they had two of them 4 years ago and couldn’t get rid of them and had to do a dealer trade to get rid of them.

No…no I did not confuse Bolt and Volt. He did not know there was such a thing as a Bolt.

Sales of EVs rise near the end of the year.

They’re on track to hit 30,000 or get close.

“They’re on track to hit 30,000 or get close.”

30,000 Bolt EVs sold by the end of 2017?

Not unless they blow well past Jay Cole’s prediction of maxing out U.S. sales at ~3000 per month. Or unless GM is shipping a significant fraction of its production to other countries. Various reports lead me to be reasonably sure GM isn’t.

We of course do not know if they will or not… however… the “over 30,000” quote is from LG. And refers specifically to battery packs produced for GM for 2017. This infers GM intends to produce 30k Bolt EVs this year.

For 2/3 of the year they produced just under 20,000 Bolt EVs. (about 12k sold, 5k in inventory, about 2k combined internationally so far) There is 1/3 of the year remaining.

The past two months have been hovering at 2,000 units sold. The remaining months will be higher just like it will be for most Plug-Ins.

The only way they produce significantly less than 30,000 is if they cut the current rate of production. That would be quite idiotic since demand has increased and more markets are getting access.

Yep, and that LG has expanded its battery production and broke ground on a new plant in Michigan for “advanced electric vehicle components”. Signs they are ramping up.

3,000 per month is an average. There’s no reason you can’t sell 4,000 in a month if they are already on the lot.

And so what if it exceeded Jay Cole’s prediction anyway? His prediction isn’t any kind of law.

Heretic! 😉

InsideEVs REALLY needs to add charts in this kind of article.

Cut them some slack, the news is literally just coming out !

The charts are available … From that article linked Right There at the top of the Page … “Monthly Sales” button.

Add more FY18 content…

Anyone have any idea what GM’s strategy is for Volt will be?

Knowing the tax-credit phaseout will be triggered mid-2018, the struggling sales will become even more difficult.

Think of the variety of new plug offerings other automakers will be promoting. Volt’s opportunity to stand alone is gone. A clear message to consumers is essential, something blatantly absent so far.

Don’t forget, the purpose of Volt was to alleviate “range anxiety” concerns. Bolt very effectively does the same thing.

The Volt needs a couple things:

1) Greatly improved reliability. If they can’t score ‘average’ reliability from Consumer Reports then that is a problem. Scoring ‘much below average’ as they did last year will really hurt.

2) Price cut. Given the Volt’s interior space limitations the price is too high.

and a 3rd item I’d like to see to polish up the Volt’s image: add an SS version, with eye-opening performance. Track mode where ICE engine is cranked up and boosting power. Tuned suspension and bigger tires.

I would be happy with Volt back seats that fit someone taller than 5’2″. The Volt is a compact car, but the backseats would shame any other compact on the market, and the there are subcompacts, like the Fit, that are much roomier.

And that is where putting a Voltec Drivetrain in the Bolt EV body, but with Volt Seats up front, could offer a 40 kWh version, with More Head Room, More EREV Range at about 150-165 Miles, plus room for a gas tank to give 300 plus Miles more on Gas, could be an interesting ‘Volt Tall Hatch LR’, for Long Range.

The reliability issues from Consumer Reports was from the 2016 model year, the first year of the Gen 2. And it was for silly stuff. The battery and drive train remain rock solid.

Trouble areas were Body Integrity, In Car Electronics, and Engine Minor.

I hope they show a big improvement for 2017, but I cannot just shrug off the poor showing like you do.

I love my Volt, but one of the reasons I bought a used one is because it passed the minimum hurdle of at least average reliability.

Volt still stands out in many ways against other plug in hybrids, but like flat screen TVs, the devil is in the details. Agree that decent marketing is needed to help state what the benefits are.

There are zero Volts near me in inventory right now, and I’ve heard about customers coming in angry to find there are none and storm off. So new 2018 inventory arriving should also help with sales.

Yup, the only major issue the Volt has at the moment is inventory that’s too low to meet demand.

Seven years after the Volt was introduced, no one has a PHEV that can equal it all-around. Heck, most of the current offerings can’t even beat the Gen1 Volt in most areas, most notably pure EV range.

It was nice to see the Wards article today acknowledging the excellent engineering of the Gen2. Hopefully Consumer Reports realizes their poor ratings on the 2016 were premature and based on a statically insignificant number of early vehicles.

Inventory too low? No, that’s clearly not the case, very easy to confirm.

Dealers not wanting to carry them, that’s an entirely different story.

How it that clearly not the case? The last paragraph of the article actually says that Volt inventories are down.

Also not sure where you’re coming up with the claim about dealers not wanting to sell them. I know HEVs/PHEVs/EVs don’t sell in some areas (SUV country), but that’s not brand specific.

“No, that’s clearly not the case, very easy to confirm.”

I disagree completely. We have dealers itching to get the 2018’s here, and several are on the way.

Most of this inventory stock is in CA and OR. Lots of the US has a shortage.

This seems to be the case here in Texas too. The dealer I bought from historically has 12-15 volts in stock most of the time. Right now they have about half that.

A week ago they had 22 Bolts in stock. As of today they have 18. So plenty of Bolt inventory. Less availability of the Volt.

Wow! Last I checked our largest dealer had two Volts and one Bolt in stock. Our MSA has a population of slightly over 300,000 in western Virginia.

I don’t know what their strategy will be, but I know what it SHOULD be, in order of importance.
1. Offer the Voltec drive train in something other than a Cruze body. An Equinox or something like it would be a good idea.
2. Alter the form factor of the battery to eliminate the center hump.
3. Offer DC charging as an option.
4. Increase the electric range to 1/3 of the Bolt (75-80 miles).

These are all good suggestions too.

“Anyone have any idea what GM’s strategy is for Volt will be?”

Presumably GM will continue the strategy it has established with both the Volt and the Bolt EV: aiming at market segments which won’t compete with its more profitable gasmobiles.

GM could certainly have put a Voltec drive in a larger car, one which would sell better. The fact they have not (unless you count the significantly overpriced Cadillac ELR), pretty clearly shows that they have no intention of doing so until the PEV (Plug-in EV) market segment becomes a significant percentage of new car sales. Most notably, there were a lot of complaints that the Volt’s back seat is too restricted to carry 3 adults. Yet the changes from the Volt 1.0 to Volt 2.0 did not include a significantly more roomy back seat. Why? Because GM didn’t want the car to attract a bigger market share!

GM is making more money per car selling gasmobiles than selling PEVs. Why would it change a winning strategy?

Unfortunately, I agree with most of what you said. Until EVs get mainstream, the big guys aren’t going to canabalize their profitable ICE sales.

Hopefully Tesla does well and forces everyone to compete!

GM put the Voltec into the Cadillac CT-6 PHV.

It’s a sweet car in many ways but it’s at center a clunky retro-fit job that eats up way too much trunk space, so I don’t ever expect it to sell in volume.

It’s good to see Bolt EV sales increasing in the US. I hope GM sends more inventory up north as sales in Canada have been decreasing since March.

It would have been nice to see them move 30 units this year — but that looks almost impossible. The model 3 may be the top selling EV in 2017 by the end of the year. (I hope I get mine by then!!)

That’ll seems unlikely. Tesla would have to sell about 5,5000/month for the next 4 months. The top selling EV (in the US) is the Model S at about 14k. They are selling about 2,000/month. So figure another 8k, to reach 22,000 by the end of the year. Tesla has sold about 100 TM3 so far.

Good job! I’ll have a beer to toast this. ?
Sales are finally over 2,000 units a month, let’s hope for 3,000 by the end of the year 🙂

I’m actually disappointed in these figures. Given the number of sales in my area I expected a big boost in sales.

An increase is nice but I expected a bigger increase. Maybe next time?

Sales usually uptick towards the end of the year for EVs. Plus the Bolt still is not at all dealerships that placed orders for them. I think this month will be the first month that Bolts will actually be able to be purchased in every state. Last months Bolts were still being built and transported out of the Orion factory.

I forcast November sales to be 3000+. Two reasons: end of year tax credit and the arrival of 2018 model year Bolt EVs. Dealers will be cutting prices on the 2017 to clear their inventories.

According to this, Bolt sales are 2052 in August 2017 (not 2107): http://www.gm.com/investors/sales/us-sales-production.html

“The Chevrolet Bolt EV had its strongest sales ever, with 2,052 deliveries.”

What’s the source for the InsideEVs number?

Jean-François Morissette

Haha we both had the same idea

2,052 were retail customer deliveries.
2,107 includes retail PLUS fleet (Maven/Lyft, etc…)

Regarding Bolt inventory, one data point local to me: I am in West Michigan and the Chevy website shows the nearest Bolt available is 70 miles away. After that one Bolt LT, the next closest is approximately 100 miles away–and across Lake Michigan in Wisconsin.

Has GM developed a solution in regard to the top of the dash glare off the inside of the windshield? The chrome trim in my 2015 and 2012 Volts (when sunlight reflected off of the chrome) is an “eye full” pardon the pun and as I contemplate getting a Bolt, I don’t think I want to place black velvet on top of the dash to stop the glare when looking straight ahead at traffic ahead of me.

Huh? My Bolt doesn’t have any glare.

The solution is there’s no problem. The dash is never brighter than the sky above. Your eyes take care of this.

As long as there isn’t chrome to directly reflect a bright spot (i.e. the sun) into your eyes it’s no issue.

And there is no chrome on the dash. It isn’t an issue in normal driving. I have had the sun catch the white part of the dash when coming at a very steep angle from the side but this is a very particular case and if the I were pointed a slightly different direction it would have just hit the wing mirror anyway. No fixing that.

I’ve done plenty of driving in my Bolt, trust me. It’s not an issue.

There are two different dash colors in the Bolt: light gray and dark gray. The light gray only comes with ONE of the two two-tone interior color options (and maybe only on the Premier…can’t quite remember). It is this light gray that has an issue reflecting off the windshield. Volt owners report a similar isdue with the two-tone brandy interior which has a brandy colored dash.

Indeed, on many cars if you combine a light colored dash with a more steeply raked windshield and then drive into the sun…welcome to reflection city.

My local dealer (in Michigan) finally has a Bolt EV on the lot. I’ll stick to my prediction of 22k sold worldwide for 2017. I think December there will be the usually up-tick due to the tax credit.

As they are now building more. If they start shipping more to Canada and Europe over the next few months 30K+ should be no problem.

steady growth 6th month in a row!

The uptick in sales is great news!

The real impact of going national is still yet to come too. With a dealer/lot inventory sales approach, the typical time on the lot for a new car can be 60 days. That means that we won’t see the true sales growth for going national until we get month-end totals AFTER the Bolt has been properly stocked on lots for at least 60 days.

It will take until we see Oct/Nov (and even Dec) numbers to see the full impact of going national.

These things take time. Patience is key.

wow 125 comments because the BoltEV sold 2107 cars. Who woulda thunk. I think it’s Bro’s fault.

Blame Bro? Bolt Be Bad Because Bro?

Four month wait in Canada for a Bolt or a Volt.
Move some of that US inventory up here. It will sell fast.

It has only been a week since I took the recycling, and trash to the recycling center, on my cargo bike. But the raw chicken, in the garage trash can was getting rank, and my wife insisted I go to the dumpster. It’s been raining for several days here. It’s 58F, with steady, slow rain. So I was forced to take the Bolt out. 🙂 I zeroed out the trip odometer. I turned the temp to 70F, turned on the seat and steering wheel heat, turned on the wipers, turned up my favorite Sirius radio station, and headed off in L, driving at the 55 mph speed limit. It was only 6.7 miles round trip, so the steady drain of the heat and accessories dragged the miles/kWh down to 3.0 for the first mile. It improved steadily, until I was up to 4.0 back in the garage. I’ve got my EV grin. The Bolt was the right choice for our last car.

Are the dealers selling Bolt in the place of Volt.

Also GM made a comment that they will review the continuation of Volt along with 5 other sedans and this could have damaged the image of the model.

Hope they issue a fresh statement about the continuation of the model.

Many in this country have 50 mile + commutes and Volt is certainly a good car for them. But it’s still pricey.

Neither the Prius Prime sales increased beyond 2,000 mark. That shows people are waiting for some other car.

I live in Houston and want to let you guys know that about 16″ of flood water killed my Bolt. My Bolt was in my garage. The total electrical system ceased to function. I could not even unlock the doors, had to use the emergency key to pry off the lock cover to unlock the doors. My insurance company has totaled the Bolt and so am awaiting an agreeable reimbursement settlement. Their current offer was for 86% of the amount that I paid 8 weeks ago, not acceptable.

Nice bump of 200, although I was hoping to see a bit more.

I’ll be interested to see what happens after Drive Electric week. Last year the Bolt came too late. This year the South Portland, ME event is going to have 2 Chevy dealers bringing multiple cars to the Ride & Drive, instead of 1 dealer with 1 Volt.