Chevrolet Bolt Sales Up Year-Over-Year For January, Volt Sales Are Another Story

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Chevrolet Bolt sales

Chevrolet Bolt EV

After finishing 2017 with a bang, the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV continues to impress into the new year.

We can’t say we’re surprised that the Chevy Bolt exceeded January 2017 numbers, however, barely. In January of 2017, the Chevrolet Bolt was only in its second month on the market, and really only its first full month of sales. Additionally, the car was only sold regionally in California and Oregon during that month. Nonetheless, last January the Bolt became one of few electric cars in history to surpass the four-digit threshold for January.

The Bolt continues to find itself in a positive position with the all-new Nissan LEAF just finally coming into the mix, and the Tesla Model 3 just beginning to see increased production and deliveries. In the coming months, it will be interesting to see how the Bolt fares as these two competitors are added to the pot in much heavier doses.

The new 2018 Nissan LEAF should give the Chevrolet Bolt a decent run for its money now that it has finally arrived. However, sadly, we still have to wait another month or two to see the impact in all of its glory.

Aside from a surprisingly weak February and March, Bolt sales increased every month in 2017 to culminate in a December that eclipsed the 3,000 mark by a notable margin (3,227). We couldn’t expect this month to continue that climb, being that January is just not a solid sales month for EVs, at least historically.

For January, 1,177 Bolts were delivered, which is up 1.3% from last January’s 1,162.

In October, GM publicized its future electrification plans, which will include up to 20 electric vehicles. In the short term, GM will offer two new all-electric vehicles inside of the next two years.

As we previously reported, the first is a Bolt-based Buick utility vehicle. We received exclusive information back in July from a source who attended a GM focus group. During the event, GM accidentally included the upcoming information in a presentation given by CEO Mary Barra (check out that photo below). We expect to see this model debut in Detroit in January and be available in the fall.

An InsideEVs anonymous source was at a focus group this summer and confidently states THIS is GM’s next all-electric vehicle – a compact utility offering under the Buick badge

While Chevy Bolt EV sales continue to strengthen, its stablemate, the Chevrolet Volt, not only has to compete with the Bolt, but a large and growing range of plug-in hybrid rivals.

Chevrolet Volt Sales

Chevrolet Volt: An ever-growing field of plug-in hybrid competitors has cut into the Chevrolet Bolt’s stablemate

November welcomed the Honda Clarity PHEV – which has been priced strongly ($33,400 for a mid-size car with 47 miles of range) and is likely to become one of the Volt’s toughest rivals to date. In December, the Clarity PHEV kicked it up a notch, selling 898 copies. We’ll have to wait and see how it fares this month.

In addition to the Clarity, Hyundai just released outstanding pricing for its IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid, which starts at $24,950. It joined the mix in January, along with its corporate cousin, the Kia Niro PHEV. This new pair arrives ahead of multiple upcoming PHEVs with plenty of sales potential.

Additionally, the Toyota Prius Prime has proven a very strong contender, having placed narrowly ahead of the Volt for five straight months. Until December … when the Prime surged ahead with a solid 2,420 copies sold, making it boss to the Volt for a full six months.

With the growing mix of PHEVs and aggressive pricing, the Volt may continue to see declining sales into 2018.

For January, GM sold 713 Volts (against a total of ~28 other plug-in offerings in the U.S. market). This is down 55.7% from the 1,611 sold in January of 2017.

With all of the being said, the news still continues to be positive for GM on the EV front as a whole. The automaker sold ~1,890 plug-ins for January, to start off the new year on a positive note … at least in terms of year-over-year, Bolt sales remain intact. However, due to lagging Volt sales, this is down from last January’s 2,773. While Bolt inventory should have garnered a better result, January saw a changeover to MY 2018, which seemingly had an impact.

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127 responses to "Chevrolet Bolt Sales Up Year-Over-Year For January, Volt Sales Are Another Story"

  1. WadeTyhon says:

    Could be much better…! I was hoping 1500.

    1. WadeTyhon says:

      Actually inventory isn’t as strong as I thought. 1200 of the 2017s listed on Cars.com are listed as ‘unknown’ and ‘new’ so they most likely aren’t even at dealers yet.

      Of the 1100 or so that remain, 700+ are LTs, many of them Base models that take longer to sell than the premiers. So maybe this was mostly due to supply for the 2018 MY change.

    2. Viking79 says:

      Exactly, no real change for 2018, people that bought one probably got one already.

      Volt crashed, I wonder if that was due to the Honda Clarity? It also shows people are willing to pay a bit less for Prius Prime, but that vehicle is limited size much like the Volt. Wondering what the Clarity PHEV sold this month, if it was still rising in sales or drop a bit, hard to know since it has only been out 2 months.

      1. SJC says:

        They need a Volt CUV, the Equinox is mid sized, they need a compact.

  2. scott says:

    a 1% gain from last year is not impressive. I would consider it a huge disappointment. Especially combined with a crash in volt sales. Not a good start to 2018.

    1. Jean-François Morissette says:

      I agree. Totally.

    2. WadeTyhon says:

      Yeah the 2018 MY changeover in January can account for some of that… but there was enough inventory out there to beat this number.

    3. VazzedUp says:

      Last January had pent up demand from the largest EV market. It would have been nice to see big numbers, but this is still good news.

    4. Viking79 says:

      Exactly, and if you adjust for the number of selling days (25 this year, 24 last year, according to GM press release) you are actually down this year. Either way it shows that tax incentives are what are pushing sales of the Bolt EV to a large extent.

    5. menorman says:

      I completely agree, especially since the Bolt is now available nationwide instead of just in CA and OR.

    6. bro1999 says:

      So when the Model S/X sales crash 80% from December, what will be the positive spin you put on that?

      Bolt sales go down: haha! No one wants the Bolt if not for incentives!
      Model S/X sales crash even more: *insert lame excuse*

      1. Bro, Is that you, getting ‘Old Man Syndrome?’

        Anyone here who is anyone, knows that Tesla Uses the 1st 2 Months of the Quarter to ship most of it’s inventory Overseas, so they too can be delivered by the End of the Quarter!

        Ships are a Bit Slower than even the Diesel Semi’s Hauling up 5% Grade, in getting Product to the many countries from the ONE Factory Tesla Has, and even the ones completed in Europe, are mostly built in Fremont, with last bits ‘Assembled’ there!

      2. arne-nl says:

        Fantasizing…..

      3. Recoil says:

        Hey Bro Tesla sales are up 105% year over year. The sad fact that last year in January the Bolt was only available in 3 states and was still only in its second month of deliveries yet this year when it is available in every state is sells only slightly better. It is a sign that people do not want a subcompact car that doesn’t look very good. The sad part is that each month it should be growing but for sales to tank over 50% is not good.

  3. Lamata says:

    They should have known that Volt sales would suffer, Bolt sales will take away from Volt sales every time. Most People do prefer BEV over Hybrids when given the choice . Hybrids are only a Stepping stone to EV’s.

    1. Mint says:

      Yeah, but the Volt+Bolt total is lower. Down from 2773 a year ago to 1890 in Jan 2018. That’s a horrible result.

      I was really expecting more from the Bolt. I know Jan is a down month, but 2000 should have been doable.

      Unless GM suddenly decided to export a lot of Bolts, I’m wondering if this is a demand issue. Hopefully it doesn’t persist…

      1. Dan says:

        It’s January. It’s not a demand “issue” any more than Minnesota has a cold “issue”. It’s seasonally low demand. Only 900 model S were sold last January. It’s not the time that people go out and buy EVs.

        1. mx says:

          Especially the East Coast January we’ve experienced. Arctic weather pushed down into the coastal states. You have to stay home and make sure your heater works and your pipes don’t freeze. :^)

        2. Mint says:

          Yeah, but it’s much more than usual seasonal variation. Typically we see a 20-30% drop for cars in general, and 40-50% drop from Dec to Jan for EVs.

          Bolt sales dropped by two thirds.\

          Anyway, just one month so far. No need to panic.

      2. Viking79 says:

        To be honest, the Bolt EV is not a style of car that will ever have high demand in the US. It is a filler until the CUV/SUV models come.

        1. ziv says:

          I agree, but the fact that GM appears to be putting that crossover into the Buick lineup limits the probable sales trajectory of the vehicle. Buick is a stale brand in the US right now. It will be hard to overcome that, even with the much cooler look of the concept vehicle. If that cool look gets delivered, that is. But I am seeing a lot of Buick Encores around my town being driven by young professional women who really seem to like the utility of the vehicle.

          1. EJ says:

            Buick is the #1 GM brand in China, the biggest EV market in the world. GM markets the Chevy Volt as a Buick model there as the Buick Velite . They don’t care much about the US market, and that’s understandable. A Buick BEV CUV will sell very well in China.

  4. bro1999 says:

    This was expected. January is typically the worst month for EV sales.

    Interesting that there are only 400-something 2018 Bolts listed on cars.com. Makes me wonder if GM was focused on cranking out Bolts for overseas markets in January (South Korea especially).

    1. Terawatt says:

      The sales aren’t limited by inventory, so it is irrelevant who GM were producing for in January.

      I’m wondering if the new LEAF is stealing share from the Bolt. Apart from the range I would prefer the LEAF in every way (but I’d wait for the 2019 hopefully launching this autumn to also get the range).

      1. Mint says:

        I’d say both range *and* performance are big advantages for the Bolt, but you may be right.

        I chose Leaf for the ProPilot primarily, but also looks, room, and price (in Canada there limited Bolt supply, so no discounts). I wouldn’t be surprised if others found 150 miles good enough to save $8k.

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          Room and looks? Bolt seems to beat on both of those as well, from everything I’ve seen.

          Admittedly haven’t seen a new Leaf in person yet, but the pictures don’t impress. And the old Leaf certainly doesn’t make me confident the new Leaf will look great in person.

          1. Brian says:

            The Leaf has a little less passenger volume, but it is wider (more hip room in the back seat) and has a considerably larger trunk. I guess it depends on your needs. The Bolt is great for carrying lots of people (such as an Uber), but the Leaf is better if those people have lots of stuff (such as bringing kids to sports practice/games).

            As for looks, that’s 100% subjective. I happen to prefer the looks of the 2018 Leaf, but the Bolt isn’t a bad looking car (like the 2017 Leaf was!)

            1. WadeTyhon says:

              Good assessment of both cars and their utility. Size of each family is key as to which one is better suited for them.

              The Bolt is better for carrying a small number of people and a whole lot of stuff! 🙂 We used ours as our primary moving vehicle last month. Everything except our two couches and our mattress fit in the Bolt. (Of course, it did take several trips.)

              1. Mint says:

                I highly doubt a Bolt is better than a Leaf for cargo.

                With the rear seat up it’s a huge difference, and I can’t imagine folding the seat makes more difference for the Bolt than the Leaf (the Leaf is 1 inch wider and the Bolt is 1.4 inches taller).

      2. Ryan says:

        What are you basing this “not limited by inventory” claim on? Anybody I know who has tried to get a Bolt has been told to “get in line.” And as WadeTyhon posted elsewhere in the comments here: “Actually inventory isn’t as strong as I thought. 1200 of the 2017s listed on Cars.com are listed as ‘unknown’ and ‘new’ so they most likely aren’t even at dealers yet.

        Of the 1100 or so that remain, 700+ are LTs, many of them Base models that take longer to sell than the premiers. So maybe this was mostly due to supply for the 2018 MY change.”

        GM is still being very conservative in production on these vehicles, likely due to battery contracts with LG Chem. You can’t expect them to sell more cars than they have batteries.

        1. bro1999 says:

          A dealer in NoCal said that of the 20 or so Bolts they had in stock a few days ago, 17 were LTs and just 3 were Premiers.

          1. And that 17 Base to 3 Premium Mix is because …. they ave no idea what people actually want? Before they Stock them! Therein Lies the Problem – of Inventory Cars based on such a short range marketing data perspective: 1 Dealer, and 1 Dealers Market Area!

            At Least Tesla Makes ‘Inventory Cars’ Based on a much Broader Knowledge of typical Sales Data, and can do a better job of being close to the right mix of non personalized cars built.

            A Single Dealer can’t get enough data to match the overall needs, plus – they can’t go out of their market area to make sales (but buyers from other places – could, I suppose, come to them! It does happen)!

  5. Mike says:

    Is it really that surprising? Chevy not running big specials as model 3 takes customers who can afford and new Leaf takes those who can’t. Market getting tougher.

  6. Spoonman. says:

    Chevy could move more Bolts any day they want to by including the tax credit in the lease. Maybe they’re playing credit timing games, who knows. But I can’t imagine they’re getting many of these leased in non-CARB states, and it seems like it would be basically free for them to change that.

    It also seems like a lot of the remaining 2017 inventory is lacking DC fast charging.

    1. “It also seems like a lot of the remaining 2017 inventory is lacking DC fast charging.” – At lease that is not the Case for Base Models in Canada! If you can find one!

  7. tech_guy says:

    Not so great numbers. Makes me think the true market for BEVs is mouse nuts.

    The market now has medium range offerings from 25k and long range offerings from 35k, but no one is doing 50-100k units per model yet (not even M3).

    1. Dav8or says:

      Bingo!! You win the prize! You actually used critical thinking instead of drinking the EV enthusiast Kool Aid. There is no great big EV revolution happening. There are no legacy car makers in danger of collapse because they are “behind” Tesla.

      There is however a slow and methodical evolution happening largely due to government mandates here and abroad.

      1. And EV Range at Prices Coworkers – in Aerospace (Not Exactly Flipping Burgers Wages) are interested in and able to afford!

        The New Nissan LEAF (Leaf 1.8?) Could Get some action here in Canada, from New Buyers, but the eGolf needs to up the range!

        I have coworkers that like it, but are challenged by it’s current Range – even after they did their first step up! The 60 Ah Cell Model – never made it to Canada, the 94 Ah Cell Model – might work for them – but they would still need some form of at work charging – to be safe, and have confidence (longer range commute that me, by far!), and the potential 120 Ah Cell has not been announced as selected for the eGolf, yet (As far A I have saw)!

    2. ffbj says:

      ..and the 500k reservations for the Model 3 would be the elephant sized version of your colorful phrase.
      It’s like your’re pretty cool and got a few looks, and in walks some Adonis.
      Tesla Model 3 is that Adonis.
      All others pale in comparison.

      Because you’re a tech guy you think you’re smart, and probably are, but not about this.
      Extending the argument: in my encounters with very smart people I find them to tend to think that others are stupid. They are often wrong about that.

      Preferring a Model 3 over any other contender since it’s immensely better than any other offering, seems smart to me. But then I’m just some dummy on a comment board.
      Speculate, Investigate, Delineate…can’t remember the rest.

      1. Scramjett says:

        I believe it’s Define, Delineate, Investigate.

        FWIW, I happen to think that most people are smart, just in different ways.

        I also think the “stupid people” phenomenon is just a case of confirmation bias where we’re just catching people at their worst rather than how they normally would be.

      2. Spider-Dan says:

        A $1000 refundable deposit is not nearly the same as a $40,000 sale.

        The one constant so far is that lots of people talk a big game about EV sales, but when it comes time to put pen to paper, suddenly all these real world concerns get in the way. Even in EV website comment sections, it is not uncommon to encounter BEV purists who deride PHEVs as filthy gas guzzlers, but drive gas-powered ICEs themselves.

        In summary: the idea that there is some lurking wave of EV sales just over the horizon is a myth. We aren’t going to wake up one day and find out that total sales have tripled year-over-year.

    3. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      Also:
      – The usual slow January at the beginning of the tax year
      – Manufacturers were pushing out 2017s in order to get TZEV and ZEV credits that travel (can be applied to any state)
      – Some buyers would have brought forward purchases in order to ensure they got the tax credit because of the fear that it would be canceled.
      – 2018 Nissan Leaf, Model 3 and Outlander PHEV are just dribbling onto the market.

  8. Superbikemike says:

    If they offered the Volt in a body style (preferably a wagon) with any utility, I would buy one in a heartbeat.

    1. Paul Stoller says:

      This +1000000, put the voltec drivetrain in the new Regal wagon (TourX) and you would have a great vehicle, but GM won’t build that, but hey they might put a diesel in it for you.

    2. Dav8or says:

      The only thing that sells worse than BEVs in America is wagons. Not likely to happen. I expect that Regal wagon to disappear soon too.

      A CUV yes, because there is no way a CUV is a wagon! 😉

      1. So – If Wagons Disappear from a line, and they put the Voltec Drivetrain in that – and it stayed, you could say – “Drive Matters!”

    3. Spider-Dan says:

      Why don’t you already have an Outlander PHEV?

  9. Paul Stoller says:

    Maybe GM should put diesels in these vehicles and just give up on the whole EV thing, I mean that’s what GM is pushing now, do we get a plug in Malibu, plugin Equinox, plugin Colorado, nope they shove diesels down our throats.

    GM doesn’t care about growing the EV market, content to try and be fast followers. GM is no better than VW.

    1. Dav8or says:

      How many Bolts, or Volts did you buy this last year?

      1. Paul Stoller says:

        I bought a Gen1 Volt a few years ago, if GM wants my business in th future they need better product. It’s okay if they don’t produce it someone else will. GM has lost a lifelong customer because of their failure to lead.

        1. Paul Stoller says:

          And I know I’m not the only one. Conquest sales are meaningless if they don’t become repeat customers, and I know GM has lost the faith of many folks who were Volt customers because when it came time for another more capable vehicle GM offered them no options, just pushing diesels.

        2. Dav8or says:

          Failure to lead???!! GM IS FIRST COMPANY ON THE PLANET TO OFFER A 200+ MILE BEV FOR UNDER $30,000 AFTER CREDITS… PERIOD! HOW IS THIS NOT LEADING??!!

          The special snowflakes in the “EV community” and right here on this very blog asked for this car 3-4 years ago and GM delivered IN SPADES! It would cause a revolution they said. Where were the sales?

          It turns out, it’s not GM that’s not serious, it’s YOU and many like you that are not serious. Go ahead, wait for the glorious Model 3 someday, but in the mean time I’m driving all electric while you’re likely still screwing around with hybrids.

          1. Paul Stoller says:

            Leading would have been expanding Voltec to the Malibu, the Equinox, the Colorado. GMs engineers deserve great praise for the Bolt, they have engineering talent in spades. But from a market standpoint they are not leading, they are only offering products in a niche that is naturally limited (compact cars). Wake me up when GM is serious about a full line of vehilces.

            1. Also – the Bolt Engineers and the Voltec Engineers – need to Cross Pollinate, and get Higher Battery Range and yet More Powerful Voltec Drives with Bigger Batteries in new Vehicle Packages, or Mix Voltec Drivetrain (in Front) with Bolt Drivetrain (in Back) for 4 Wheel Drive EREV Tech – Beat the New Mitsu at it’s own Game!

              1. Paul Stoller says:

                I like the way you think, I totally agree.

            2. Spider-Dan says:

              You are comparing GM to a mythical automaker that does not exist.

              The reason why GM does not have an entry in the Malibu/Equinox/Colorado classes is the same reason nobody else does either: it would cost too much to make a market-viable version.

  10. bro1999 says:

    FWIW, January was the last month to lease 2017 Bolts. As of today, they are purchase only. If you want to lease a Bolt, you’ll have to find a 2018. And I’ve heard the lease pricing for ’18 Bolts is worse than the 17’s.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      It’s early in the year. They’ll load up the rebates only when they know how many they need to sell.

  11. Warren says:

    We bought one of two identical Bolts in mid-July. They were already sitting on the lot for months at that point. We got ours for over $2K below list. In early January the twin was being offered for $4K below list, including GM’s $2K sweetener. The twin to ours is still sitting on that lot.

    1. floydboy says:

      Months huh? Very interesting!

  12. CCIE says:

    GM pulled a bunch of sales into December with pricing deals and fear of the tax credit being removed. So, it’s no surprise that January sales are soft.

  13. TJKR says:

    Can’t help to think that the upcoming availability of the Model 3 had something to do with this and will continue to eat into Bolt sales. I know someone who bought a Bolt and was on the fence about Model 3. If the Model 3 was available, he would have gotten it in a heartbeat.

    1. bro1999 says:

      The 3 has been “available” since July of last year, but that didn’t impede Bolt sales much the rest of the year, if any.

      1. jelloslug says:

        It would have if it would have been available in volume.

        1. theflew says:

          In volume and a price less than ~$45k. Many reservation orders said it was a stretch for a $35k car. Now you add at least $10k to that to get one. Notice how quickly they went through Tesla and SpaceX employees with the high feature model.

          1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

            AWD and performance are also not available so Tesla also has a bunch of existing Tesla owners waiting to pay _more_.

        2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

          No.

          Firstly because, with the large incentives on it the Bolt is a lot cheaper, it has a more utilitarian form factor and a smaller turning radius.

          But, more importantly, they aren’t trying to sell it in any significant volume, and the Model 3 details are available, so Model 3 availability won’t have significant impact.

    2. Someone out there says:

      How is the model 3 “available”? First of all Tesla is barely producing any, second what little it does produce cost $50k+ and are exclusive to people that ordered it 2 years ago.

      1. And – unless incoming Model 3 Reservation Volumes Drop Greatly – it may still be 2+ Years out for any new Reservation today!

        I say – Why Wait Longer – Drop a $1,000 at the Bar – or on a Tesla Model 3 Reservation, in a Refundable Deposit – the Choice is out there! The Only Refund at the Bar – is found in the Washroom! ;^)

  14. JyChevyVolt says:

    Bolt sales were down because GM didn’t give Californians a good lease rate. When you don’t add ACC, you better offer a good lease rate.

    The Volt will sell less than 10,000 in n 2018. Too much competition from other automakers. Customers don’t care about pure EV mode. If they care that much, they will buy a pure BEV.

    2018 is the first year automakers have to sell to other CARB States. It should make for some interesting strategy.

    1. menorman says:

      And even if they do care, the Clarity PHEV is in many ways a better alternative than the Volt. Real-world reports are showing that it isn’t hard to keep it in electric-only mode for its 47 mile AER and it’s generally a more comfortable and luxurious vehicle than the Volt at the same price. And it’s a Honda.

      1. bro1999 says:

        If only they didn’t make it look so ugly. The Volt looks like a ‘vette next to a Clarity.

        1. Paul Stoller says:

          If Honda wanted to shake things up they would put the Clarity PHEV drivetrain into the Oddesy.

          1. Spider-Dan says:

            Again, it doesn’t work like that.

            What you’re asking for is like someone 15 years ago saying, “The Prius gets such good gas mileage, why don’t they just put that drivetrain in the Highlander?”

            The idea that execs at GM or Honda simply haven’t considered putting their advanced hybrid drivetrains in extremely popular CUVs/SUVs is pretty silly.

        2. JyChevyVolt says:

          The Clarity looks much better than the Volt. The Clarity is a huge car that can comfortably seat 4 people on a road trip to New York. I heard a young family had a rough road trip last year on the Bolt EV.

          My advice to bro, sell the volt and get the Clarity PHEV and the wife will be super happy.

          1. bro1999 says:

            The Clarity is fugly. Not FUGLY like the Prius or Gen 1 Leaf, but lower case fugly. Those rear fenders….I mean jesus, wtf.

            1. JyChevyVolt says:

              You can buy it and customize the back. Surprised, someone with a BVolt would can Clarity fugly.

              You should let your wife test drive it.

          2. CCIE says:

            Wow, first time I’ve seen anyone say the Clarity looks better than any other car.

            It’s hideous, especially the back half.

            1. bro1999 says:

              I saw one in person at the DC auto show last year (the fuel cell version). The lines on the car made me think this is what Quasimodo would look like if he was turned into a car. *puke*

            2. MTN Ranger says:

              Exactly, the Clarity and Mirai are hideously bad. The Bolt EV is mainly boring, but no uglier than any other subcompact hatch. The second gen Volt is a good looking car marred by small rear seat room.

              1. stan1 says:

                The second gen Volt looks more like an economy car than its predecessor. More “normal” looking but not “premium” per GM’s claims. Really hope the Buick is an actual attempt to sell plug-ins. I strongly fear it is their last chance to change course.

      2. BenG says:

        Chevy is going to have to drop the Volt’s price considerably if they want to keep sales up at levels we used to see.

        The Volt just forces too many compromises to be a compelling buy at that price any more. Interior seating and space being the biggest problem.

        One thing that I believe has to have an affect is the poor reliability ratings the 2cnd generation Volts have gotten from Consumer Reports. They now have the 2017s rated and they got 2/5, same as the 2016s: below average reliability compared to others made in those years.

        I’m a used car shopper who won’t consider a car that can’t hit 3/5 in the Consumer Reports reliability survey results, and I am very happy to see the 2017 Bolt earned a 4/5 … puts it on my radar for a used purchase in a year or two for sure.

  15. ffbj says:

    The Bolt has had it’s moment in the Sun, and now that sun is setting.

  16. Vince says:

    GMs fault for the decline in sales. Inventory was low in California all month. I’m really disappointed in them. Also, I expected more from this company at the auto show. Maybe a reveal of an all electric Cadillac. I have come to the conclusion, they are not serious.

    1. Paul Stoller says:

      They are not serious, GM would rather sell you a diesel.

      1. Mike says:

        Today maybe yes, but tomorrow they are working toward hydrogen replacing diesel. All smokers are going away.

    2. Dav8or says:

      How many Bolts, or Volts did you buy this last year?

      1. floydboy says:

        Thirty.

        1. Dav8or says:

          This is my point. You bought zero. So did nearly everyone else here and yet they complain that GM didn’t supply enough when in fact it’s really a fault of the EV community not being all that serious about driving electric.

          1. Paul Stoller says:

            Bullsh*it, GM is only offering EVs with limited utility and appeal, when they start making vehicles for the each segment then you would have an argument.

            1. MTN Ranger says:

              The Bolt EV has much more utility than the Model 3. I say that as a Model 3 reservation holder.

              1. Utility – For Stuff – Bolt probably Wins, but for longer drives, like Toronto to Key West, Bolt is not your ‘Daddy!’

                1. Dav8or says:

                  Neither is the Model 3. Anybody serious about driving that trip, isn’t going to screw around with plugging in and waiting around even if it is a “Supercharger”.

                  1. bro1999 says:

                    Especially anyone 5’10” or taller sitting in the rear seats. People call the Bolt a clown car, but tall people sitting in the rear of a Model 3 for more than 5 minutes would probably rather sit in the “clown car” Bolt’s rear seats than look like a clown in a Model 3 with their knees bent 90 degrees with no thigh support. Lol

              2. Paul Stoller says:

                This is true, but I don’t want a Model 3, I might be interested in Model Y, but I’m really wanting something more traditional like a wagon or Equinox size vehicle. I really want an EREV Colorado

                1. Dav8or says:

                  And there you have it. Mr. and Mrs. America really isn’t ready to drive all electric at all and that was my point all along. Some talk a big game, but in the end, all they really want is a pick up truck that gets 50 mpg.

                  Now can people see why BEVs are about 1% of car sales? Even here on an electric car forum, people really don’t want them, they’d rather keep buying gas because it’s convenient.

                  1. Spider-Dan says:

                    I can’t agree with this enough:

                    Even in EV forums, self-styled EV advocates can’t bring themselves to buy EVs.

                    But somehow, we are supposed to magically leap from “There isn’t much reason to invest in EV development because no one wants to buy them” to “Everyone wants to buy an EV” overnight.

            2. Mike says:

              And obviously a big multinational company is going to be conservative and cautious with new tech. This isn’t something you do overnight.

            3. Spider-Dan says:

              The rallying cry of the always-pending EV revolution:

              “As soon as automakers offer better electric vehicles, THEN I will buy.”

              Are the Volt and Leaf clearly superior to the EV1? Yes. Is the Bolt a massive technology upgrade from the Leaf? Of course. But the goalposts for putting your money where your mouth is always keep moving.

          2. Unfortunately – they can’t just ship those unwanted Bolt EV’s up to Canada to those Waiting in Line to Get one! Too Bad!

      2. Vince says:

        I bought 2 Volts in 2013 and I bought another in 2016, followed up by another Volt in January of 2017. They have been excellent cars. I believe if GM was serious about selling them they could do more. They could begin by beefing up their infrastructure for EVs through their dealer network. Followed up by serious EVs through Cadillac and Chevy. Personally I believe the Bolt is a good start.

  17. Gerhard Hauer says:

    Bolt is utterly disappointing.

    1. Dav8or says:

      Why? Do you own one? If not why not and what BEV do you own?

      1. Stan says:

        In response to some of the comments regarding the Bolt, as one of the November buyers in a market where Bolts are just starting to be available, I could not be more pleased. Comfort, performance, styling, range–all everything I had hoped for in a car that is fun to drive (full disclosure, my car is a Premier). I can’t help but think that December sales were pushed in part by fear that the tax credit would go away, and as several people have noted, this January in the East has been a miserable time to buy cars. Now that the tax credit situation has stabilized, the situation should improve.

        Count me as one of those who thought about Model 3 but needed a car sooner than 2 years out. I am quite satisfied.

    2. bro1999 says:

      If the Bolt is “utterly disappointing”, what is the Model S and X? They crashed even more in January percentage wise. But it’s Tesla, so I’m sure you’ll spin those as “mindblowingly awesome”.

      1. floydboy says:

        This discussion is about the BOLT! Touting Tesla S and X sales changes no facts on how the Bolt performed. And no, nobody said anything about Tesla’s sales being mindblowingly awesome” except YOU, as some Pavlovian response of derision.

        1. bro1999 says:

          The discussion turned to “utterly disappointing sales”, so I brought up Tesla’s Ludicrously disappointing sales drop last month to put things in perspective.

    3. floydboy says:

      THIS!

    4. Mike says:

      So you’ve driven one? I have and thought awesome!

  18. BenG says:

    I’m very interested to see how many Bolts GM is going to make this year. Are they going to be content to sell ~40,000 like last year, or will they boost production and cut prices like they could?

    I’m guessing they unfortunately will stick with low production and high price since the Bolt is in a class of vehicles that just isn’t very popular in the US. Maybe they’ll aim for volume production of the new Bolt-based CUV from Buick.

    1. bro1999 says:

      We’re not gonna see more than incremental sales increases for the Bolt moving forward. GM stated they will start making money on EVs by 2021, which is when the first of the next-gen BEVs in GM’s pipeline will come out and they will hopefully start trying to sell in full force.

      The Bolt is a stepping stone until GM’s plug-in floodgates open up. 🙂

    2. JyChevyVolt says:

      GM doesn’t need to sell 40,000 Bolt. They could have supplied 20,000 to Korea but choosed only 4700. The Korean version was priced over MSRP!

      It’s clear, the Bolt EV was a CARB play. Make the bare minimum like other automakers.

      1. bro1999 says:

        Here’s the silly compliance car talk again.

        Why does GM sell the Bolt in the other 39 states that AREN’T CARB states if it’s merely a “CARB play”?

        Not to mention the number of CARB credits GM receives in South Korea (0) or Canada (0). And why is the Bolt going to be sold in the UAE later this year? For those 0 CARB credits? Lol

        1. JyChevyVolt says:

          Why did GM send 4700 to Korea?

          1. GM need to sell about 30,000 LG battery.

          2. 4700 is the amount needed by Europe before selling Opel.

          3. margin is higher, selling it to Korea.

          4. GM is selling in the UAE because Tesla and Toyota are targeting that market.

          5. look at the price for Bolt in other CARB States. It’s cheaper than California!

          Don’t be a fanboi. Stay neutral like me because it’s ultimately your money at stake.

          1. JyChevyVolt says:

            I don’t buy Tesla because it’s a piece of junk. I want relibility not some gimmick.

          2. sean says:

            GM only had 30k batteries contracted. 30k is a sell out for their anticipated sales. The low number was 15k.

  19. BenG says:

    The 2017 Bolt scored an above average 4/5 from the Consumer Reports reliability survey. That is great news for Chevy, LG, and Bolt customers. With this confirmation that it’s a reliable, well-made car, I hope to own one down the road, maybe buying a used 2017 in a couple years.

    Unfortunately the second generation Volts continue to be rated a below-average 2/5 on reliability.

    1. CCIE says:

      GM should have kept the Volt simple, like the Gen1. But CR also seems to have something against it. Anyone who reads the Volt forums knows it’s not a 2/5.

      1. Mike says:

        +1
        Love my new Volt.
        Would only trade up for a Bolt or Tesla.

        1. EJ says:

          Seconded ! My 2017 Volt is a blast, and the ideal commuter car for me. I charge at home, or at my employer’s parking lot. My GM dealer gave a substantial discount. With federal tax incentive, the Volt LT costs me only a little over $20k. Yes, it has its shortcomings, but the Volt is no vaporware such as many of the cars discussed here (M3, Clarity, Niro etc.), at least in my state (not everybody lives in CA) and it is cheaper by far. Buy one if you need a car right now and can’t wait, you won’t be disappointed.

  20. dm33 says:

    What is the sort order for the table?

    The Tesla Model S seems lost in the middle of the table yet is likely to the top seller for the month no matter how big the shortfall from their prior estimates.

    1. Steven Loveday says:

      The full sort happens when the table is complete.

      1. Brian says:

        Until then, is it just sorted as it was the previous month?

        1. Steven Loveday says:

          Essentially, except for new models or removed models.

  21. cab says:

    So did I miss the reveal of the new small electric CUV (speculated to be a Buick) at the NAIAS this year or did that just not happen as folks (and this article) speculates???

  22. Bill Howland says:

    I do like some of the BOLT ev’s design decisions compared with say, Honda’s Fuel Cell Clarity which is self-described by Honda as being Extremely advanced.

    For instance on the Bolt the system voltage is the typical mid 300’s of volts that they’ve always used for the volt, elr, etc., and they get a whopping 200 hp out of it.

    If anything, the BOLT is overpowered. But without hardly any changes the BOLT ev powertrain could be put at each axle of a an extended Cadillac Escalade or a Buick Denali, or Silverado Extended Bed. 400 hp and 120 kwh of batteries without hardly any design work. Or use the 200 hp / 60 kwh battery pair on one axle and use a plain old ICE engine on the other axle and have a great 100 mile electric range, high power PHEV.

    Meanwhile, the Honda Clarity FC supposedly big technical advances include a quiet air compressor (ok -we’ll grant them that), and a Boost Converter that transforms the 330 volt Fuel Cell voltage to 500. Except Chevy gets the same amount of power at 330 volts.

    So GM’s trouble is analogous to Toyota’s. Both companies could make a full range of really great Phev’s or Bev’s, should they ever feel like doing so.

    GM has committed to 20 new ‘electrified’ vehicles in the next few years. I hope they’re just not all non-plug-in Prius look-alikes.

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