Chevrolet Bolt Sales Estimations Plus Volt Make April Interesting

Chevrolet Bolt vs. Chevrolet Bolt

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Let’s see what Chevrolet Bolt and Volt delivery estimates reveal for April?

Unfortunately, due to GM’s recent decision to withhold monthly sales reports in favor of a Tesla-like quarterly reporting system, we don’t have very much to share with you here. However, what we do have to share is compelling, to say the least. Keep in mind, we will watch, update, and adjust the sales scorecard in July when GM releases quarterly sales.

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InsideEVs considers this information important to our readers and a testament to what we’ve been doing for some time. So, we won’t deprive you of what we’ve learned over the course of the month.

As expected by most, Chevrolet Bolt sales are flat for April. Our estimated numbers match up pretty well with that of last year’s numbers. Chevrolet Volt deliveries are down again year-over-year, but there’s a bit of a twist.

In March 2018, Volt sales jumped ahead of Bolt sales by a very slim margin. This is because GM has upped production and inventory on the Volt as of late. Added to this, Bolt allocations are actually down.

Last Month’s Results: Chevrolet Bolt And Volt Sales Show Promise This March

Additionally, GM restarted Bolt deliveries to South Korea a bit earlier than previously reported. Bolt EVs started to once again find their way to Asia in late March, rather than sometime in April, which was the initial plan.

Taking all of this into consideration, along with monitoring daily inventory and sales, Volt sales surpass Bolt sales once again this month, at least based on our detailed analysis and expert opinions and estimations.

For the month of April 2018, we estimate U.S. Chevrolet Bolt EV deliveries at 1,275, compared to last April’s 1,292 and last month’s 1,774. Meanwhile, The Volt sees an estimated 1,325 copies moved for the month.

Yes, again, Volt sales are somewhat of a disappointment when compared to April 2017’s 1,807 and last month’s 1,782. But, nonetheless, things are looking up for GM’s aging plug-in.

Despite the growing competition, it seems GM is aware that its highly successful, long-range plug-in may still have some pull as people begin to be apprised of the EV market.

Let’s face it, as more and more people’s eyes are opened regarding electric vehicles, searching for a car sheds even more light on the segment. There’s still not a widely available PHEV (EREV) with the sportiness, range, reliability, and overall track record of the Chevrolet Volt.

It can also be assumed that those looking at all of these newly offered plug-ins have come to realize the Volt as an incredibly viable option. Moreover, people initially considering the Bolt, and either having issues with availability depending on location, over-extending their budget, or simply not having the local charging infrastructure or readiness to go all-electric are finding the Volt as the best choice for their priorities.

***InsideEVs good friend and contributor Wade Malone provided assistance with sales estimations and related analysis.

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66 Comments on "Chevrolet Bolt Sales Estimations Plus Volt Make April Interesting"

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peter904

Sounding more and more like a compliance car than a world beating, mass produced ZEV.

Mikey

Super dumb comment. It’s the highest range “affordable” BEV to this day, and GM has made them easily available. I can drive to two Chevy dealerships within 10 minutes of my home in Wisconsin (not California!) and buy a Bolt today. That automatically makes it not a compliance vehicle.

The soft sales indicate two things:
– Mainstream consumers still aren’t as interested in BEVs as we enthusiasts wish they were.
– The enthusiasts, who are more likely to be liberals, refuse to buy American cars (with the exception of Tesla). That also explains how the completely lack-luster Prius Prime is doing so well. Rather than buy a great BEV, people would rather buy a mediocre Japanese car. If the Volt and Bolt were re-badged as Toyotas, they would sell five times as many and everybody would rave about how reliable they were.

Mark.ca

…or…or….or some can’t get over its looks. You design a car from scratch and it ends up looking like that?!

ClarksonCote

Yet you’ve advocated for the Leaf; have your had your eyes checked lately?

Mark.ca

If you think the new leaf is not better looking than this you need an exam, fast.

Mikey

I actually like the look of the Bolt. Granted, I never jumped on the “Nissan Leaf is super ugly” band-wagon either. Lots of people just don’t like hatchbacks though, I get it. To each their own.

ziv

I hear you, Mark. The Volt isn’t the most gorgeous car on the road. But it isn’t actively ugly like the Bolt or the Gen I Leaf. It is really sad that I have to give that sort of qualified praise to my Volt, but it is true. GM has given each of their electric cars at least one, sometimes two, significant flaws. The Bolt is truly ugly, the Volt has horribly cramped back seats and no real 5th seat, the ELR was ridiculously overpriced.
But the Volt would sell very well if it were priced at $29,900 if there were still a $7500 credit.
The problem is that people don’t want to spend $32,000 for a small Chevy, even if they get $7500 back on their taxes.

ClarksonCote
I don’t get the point. Anything that is cheaper will sell well. Look at the Prime. GM could have made that if they wanted a car with lackluster EV range and anemic acceleration. That is not what people said they wanted, and that’s not what GM wanted to build. They built a “moonshot” vehicle that people said couldn’t be done, and yet, they did it. Their owners are some of the most satisfied ever in the automotive industry, survey after survey, echoed by award after award. Yes, there are some areas for improvement, and not everyone will find it suits their needs. Welcome to the land of any-vehicle-ever-made. I get everyone wants a car with 1,000 miles range that costs only $1,000 to buy. But when comparing price tag, you need to compare against EV range, total cost of ownership, etc. etc. and yes, its size, form factor, performance, and the like. The Volt and Bolt EV beats most of the competition out in every area. Volt loses on size to others, Bolt EV is most affordable long range EV available. John1701a and others were quick to criticize the Gen 1 Volt only seated 4 people. Gen 2 seats 5… Read more »
Ziv

There is a reason prices are usually $99 or $399. Left digit anchoring, psychological pricing, it sounds silly but the science is sound. People pay more attention to the left digit than they do to the rest of the number. $29k sounds a lot cheaper than $30k. It sounds stupid but it is how the majority of buyers think.
And secondly, Chevy has been guilty of building really poor small cars for generations. Think Vega/Chevette/Cavalier/Aveo/Sonic. There were a couple decent cars. Like the early Vegas, but the majority of small Chevys really stunk. And the Volt and Bolt pay for that huge payload of ill will.

Will

I love the Sonic and Spark. I use to cross PA in my little Spark

Mark.ca

The Volt looks great, i’m talking Bolt here.

Will

I will say 26k to get back the pruis says

Texas Leaf

I agree that the previous comment is dumb but I don’t agree with your assessment of why sales are soft. Bolt EV sales have been a disappointment ever since it was introduced. GM always seemed more interested in maximizing profit off of every Bolt EV than maximizing sales.

When the Bolt EV came out there really wasn’t any competition but GM made it difficult to buy one. Now the competition is growing and the Bolt EV is losing market share.

ClarksonCote

“but I don’t agree with your assessment of why sales are soft”

Are they soft? These are sales estimates. The estimates are within 50 copies of last year’s April, but in the negative direction.

ziv

GM dealers were selling the Bolt for $32,500 on TrueCars until last month and they were on every Chevy lot near me. Now they are much more scarce and the TrueCars price has gone up to $35k.

Will

So the Market is dictatating $33k-$34k the true market price

Get Real

You lost me when you blamed “liberals”, really!

Why don’t you go back to watching Faux news or a Trumpster or Scott Walker rally?

I have both a Bolt and Volt and my experience with GM dealerships has been less then stellar not to mention GMs lackluster advertising and promotion of its EVs compared to its trucks.

Mikey

Sorry, but it’s a real thing. Google it. For some reason liberals are much less likely to buy American cars than conservatives. I’m not passing judgement on it, but the trend is real.

FYI, I’m mostly liberal and I own a Chevy Volt myself. Your “Faux news” and “Trumpster” comments were comically childish, but they also happen to be incorrect.

alohart

I think the effect is due to conservatives being much more likely to buy American rather than progressives avoiding buying American. I think that progressives are much more open to buying whatever car best suits their desires regardless of the car manufacturer’s home country whereas conservatives feel that buying American is more patriotic despite that much of the content of “American” cars is made in other countries, and many “foreign” cars are made in America.

Lou

I’d never heard that liberals are less likely to buy Chevy than a Japanese model. Would seem that the opposite should be true(with the wacky “Government Motors” nonsense out there from the right. I own a Volt and a Sonic. You know why? I bought the Volt(used) because I wanted an affordable EV, the Sonic because I needed an affordable car. I think that sales of Bolt EV’s are hampered simply by the cost. Running around $32K to $38K is a lot of money for a small car. Not just a Chevy, but a small, non luxury car.

Get Real

OK, lets start over.

Your assumption makes no sense regarding plug-ins since OVER 1/2 of all plug-ins sold in America are sold in California.

Will

Real always coming on here with nothing to contruibute but troll and yeah at people

Get Real

So says WillTroll.

Uber Kenetic-Blue

Agree, just nOt sure Chevy is truely committed to EV, I have seen no commercials for Bolts, and most people I talk to don’t even know there is a difference between Bolt and Volt.

Lou

Chevy is running that commercial where they show the Volt and the Bolt with their owners. No mention of either car, but at least they are on TV.

Paul

Or they tried the seats in the bolt and wondered what the hell they were thinking?

Robert Weekley

On the other hand, as gas prices Rise to $1.60 a Liter in Vancouver, B.C.; Toronto, Ontario Radio Station Talk Show Staff – Start Discussing “Hybrids!” Barely mentioning EV’s! Today!

Peter Gerard

When I read your comment “The Enthusiasts, who are likely to be liberals”, I scratched my head in wonderment. I don’t view this a liberal vs conservative issue.

I think that GM could seriously improve their marketing of the Volt (and Bolt). I’ve driven both the 1st and 2nd Gen Volts over the last 5 years. Almost no one with whom I’ve discussed the Volt had any idea that it has a gasoline engine and that the issue of “range anxiety” does not apply to this electric vehicle. I see that GM has not gotten the word out about the Volt.

Also, the Volt technology could be incorporated many of GM’a vehicles, especially their SUVs and Trucks and that would have a major impact on the overall fuel efficiency of their fleet. If I was going to purchase a $50,000 truck and was given the option of obtaining one that would have an all electric range of lets say 50 miles and it would add perhaps $10,00 to the sales price, I suspect many customers would opt for the Voltec version. IMHO.

WadeTyhon

It is entirely possible to be mass produced and a legitimate effort that is not merely a compliance car or attempting to be “world beating”. 😉 Just for comparison, ~488/week Bolt EVs arrived at US dealerships in March. ~300 Bolt EVs/week arrived at US dealerships in April.

This is likely due to exports. GM Korea in particular is going to be pushing the Bolt EV pretty hard this year. As many as 5,000 will be exported to Korea, mostly over the spring and summer as they were in 2017. As far as I’m aware, South Korea has no ZEV requirement but they do have very generous incentives to stimulate EV sales.

http://media.gm.com/media/kr/en/chevrolet/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/kr/en/2018/march/0312_chevboltev.html

http://media.gm.com/media/kr/en/chevrolet/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/kr/en/2018/january/0115_bolt.html

Don’t expect the Bolt EV to ever beat the Model 3 or Leaf in Global sales. But at the same time it far outpaces any ZEV compliance requirements in North America.

jimi seko

In my opinion, the thing that makes the Bolt and Volt seem like compliance cars is the fact that they are BOTH converted gasmobiles with front wheel drive.

Mikey

Actually, neither of them are converted gasmobiles. Sharing components with another car is not a conversion. The Volt is related to the Cruze and the Bolt is vaguely related to … maybe the Sonic… but they are nowhere near conversions. By your logic, the Nissan Leaf should be considered a converted Nissan Versa. The true examples that you were looking for would be the Volkswagon Golf EV and Ford Focus EV. Those are true conversions, not the Volt or the Bolt.

Will

I dont mind they use some of their platforms ro reduce cost

dan

Sounds like they still beat the Tesla model S and model X for the month. Are those compliance cars in your world?

Miggy

Dan the two from GM may beat the Tesla S and X for this one month in the USA but no way come close to their worldwide sales.
Global sales are the ones that count.

Ziv

I am down with being a bit parochial on electric car sales. Because their is no way any country or region can compete with a command economy like China’s. I am a bit of a cheerleader for electric cars everywhere, but I am loudest in my support for the electric cars being sold in the US. Luckily, two of the best electric car makers in the world are US companies, Tesla (#1) and GM (#3 in my book)!

SteveSeattle

The Bolt and Volt have proven popular in the Seattle area, but that attitude may take a hit as they are now effectively $3,000 more expensive with the expiry of the WA State sales tax incentive.

Jean-François Morissette

I think going forward you will have to adjust your sales chart with a color code or something to better distinguish estimates versus actual sales. Keep up the good work!

Texas Leaf

I am a little skeptical of the estimated Bolt EV sales numbers. Bolt EV inventory has been running less than 2,000 units all April. Normal inventory is usually 60 or more days but these Bolt EV sales numbers would indicate an inventory nearer to 30 days.

WadeTyhon

According to Cars.com:

https://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action/?mkId=20053&mdId=36274172&rd=99999&zc=10453&stkTypId=28880&searchSource=QUICK_FORM

Current Bolt EV inventory is 2,637. At the end of March, total Bolt EV inventory was 2,807.

The highest peak of inventory in April was on April 12th at 2,888.

But a significant number of inventories are still leftover 2017s. If just looking at 2018 Bolt inventories, then there is about a 30 day supply. If looking at 2017 and 2018, there is about 60 days of supply.

David

Honda clarity.

Threader

Clarity just as ugly as Bolt. Take the 2nd Gen. Volt styling and stretch it 18 inches longer and raise the rear roof height and move back the rear seats 6 inches. Then remove the gas generator and 18.4 kWh T battery and line the floor bed with 80 kWh. Make AWD standard and replace all the interior cheapo Cruze plastics with high end materials Now make 5,000 of those a month and sell it $40,000 before incentives.

Will

Take the clarity close to Volt 52miles electric to 47mies in Clarity and it has a better hybrid system at 46mpg combine and its way bigger and more spacious

David Murray

I assume that when the quarterly numbers are released, all the estimates will be changed to reflect the final numbers?

Texas Leaf

The Bolt EV is/was an important EV but I’m afraid it’s time as the market leader has come and gone. I think Leaf sales will surpass Bolt EV sales for at least the rest of the year and it will probably be worse next year when the 60 kW Leaf comes out. The Bolt EV is just too Plane Jane and too high priced to compete with the Leaf now.

GM has to step up it’s game now if it wants to stay relevant in the EV game. EV range is nice but people also want increased comfort and technology. The only way GM can regain market share with the Bolt EV now without major upgrades is with drastic price decreases.

Will

I see a refresh coming to make the bolt look attractive

Ziv

From your mouth to Gods ears!
I hope that will happen but I am pretty sure GM doesn’t feel the time is right to sell the Bolt in large numbers. They have crippled the Volt, then the ELR and now the Bolt through intentionally limiting sales by making poor choices on rear seat space/lack of ACC/slow charging, massive over pricing and unattractive looks, respectively. That can’t be an accident.
Taking my paranoid hat back off…

Lou

Tex: I think people will wait for the larger battery LEAF, the Bolt EV will probably continue to sell as it does now. However, depending of course on price, the Gen II LEAF with the larger battery(and TMS)may sell quite well.

JOSHUA COOPER

I have to say, I’m a car guy, I own 7, and the Volt is the best small car I never considered. Never test drove one until just before I went to go buy a Ford Fusion Energi. After the test drive of the Volt, we went home, had a VERY short discussion, and bought the Volt the next day. Now I get to zip around everywhere I go in a well built car that gets roughly 850 mpgs. We have just over 11k on the clock now, and we’ve filled up maybe 5 times. Driving 90mph when passing someone on the highway in near total silence is surreal and wonderful.

The only critique is that it’s a bit small. If they put this drivetrain in a Malibu, it’d be just about perfect.

I also need to be able to buy the RWD Voltec drivetrain and controller to put in one of my classics.

Uber Kenetic-Blue

I love my Chevy Bolt EV, but understand the issue Chevy is facing trying to sell this car for $44k in a lot more of markets where infrastructure is still a challenge. However, Chevy could help buy offering home owners ways to at least get an affordable home option installed as part of the deal. An L2 charger at one home is ideal for these cars. Installation assistance with local electricians could go a long way. Plus, I’m getting tired of just seeing ads for Chevy trucks. Come on, Chevy get out there, be creative and help out those that on the fence for an EV.

Klaus

I also love my Bolt. I don’t know many potential Bolt shoppers so I’m not sure if that would help or not. From my experience with the car and what I see online in reviews, they need to improve the seats, replace a few of the hard plastic panels with softer touch materials, add TACC, and drop the price a few $k, at least for the top trim. Couple that with some improved marketing and I think it would sell much better.

Some still won’t like hatchbacks or the overall look, but I think those changes would increase sales.

Larry

We’ll have to see how effective the heavy rotation of TV ads for the Honda are. The only ad I have ever seen with the Volt is a fleeting glimpse in the ad promoting that many people are buying their first Chevy – note, my Volt is the first GM car I have ever bought in my 75 years.

ClarksonCote

But it’s not $44k it starts at $37.5k. Add in $10k of rebates in many places and you’re looking at $27.5k. Add in normal $3-4K discounting by dealers and it really starts at $23.5k. That’s not too shabby.

Will

Nissan and Honda have ads during NBA playoffs for the Clarity and Leaf

JeremyK

GM spends money on truck advertising because GM makes a heap of money on every truck sale. The same is not true for the Bolt, which by many accounts is break-even or a money loser for GM. That said, I absolutely love the Bolt…so much so that I can look past the cheap seats. I can drive across the entire state of MI on a single charge, and plug in when I get to my destination. This is NOT a city-only car.

Why Not?
First of all, thank you for keeping the monthly Plug-in sales scorecard alive. Many of us EV enthusiasts are looking forward to it every month. I know GM’s decision to report only quarterly makes your life more difficult. Hopefully, no other makers will follow. Honestly, it makes no sense why GM suddenly decided to do this, other than they are trying to hide the fact that their plug-in offerings are not doing so well and are falling behind in an ever-expanding market. Based on the discussions in this thread that is not going so well. Personally, I am on my second Gen I Volt and love it. My wife would love a Bolt, but it is just too expensive and there are few used ones available. I don’t mind the looks of either, but I agree that they are a little cramped, especially for my 6’4″ frame. I wish GM made a Malibu with the Bolt drivetrain and one of their SUVs with the Volt drivetrain. I think they would sell like hotcakes. The problem is that GM is still losing money on their plug-ins. That means they can’t lower the price to increase volume without incurring major losses and… Read more »
Jean-François Morissette

@Steven Loveday In Canada, I hear that a batch of VINs is on hold due to some problems that need corrections with the wipers. Could it be hurting Bolt sales in the US also?

WadeTyhon

It’s certainly a good point if a recall is also made for the US. So far there is no recall in the US for this issue so the Canadian recall shouldn’t have an impact on US deliveries I don’t think.

But the recall definitely would have hurt Bolt sales in Canada for the second half of April. It’s a pretty minor thing I would think, so the wiper issue should be resolved soon (hopefully).

Will

I felt that the car was very heavy and felt cramp in the volt. Bolt was fun to drive but price was to high. Went by the local dealer to test drive the Bolt but it was sold in 2 days that it was on the lot and the Bolt was gone as well here in ohio. Waiting for the Demos to see how much they are willing to discount

Zacarias

The best way to improve the Chevy Volt sales is adding some more battery juice. For 2019 they should increase the electric range from 53 to 75 miles.

johngalt181

I’ll bet Clarity sales will beat Volt’s by Summer. Its a newer larger design with only slightly lower PHEV range.