Chevrolet Volt Sales Pass 2K Again In August

SEP 1 2016 BY JAY COLE 89

The Road to 100,000 Sales For The Chevrolet Volt In The US. (104,000 through July 2016)

The Road to 100,000 Sales For The Chevrolet Volt In The US. (100,964 through July 2016)

After being the first plug-in vehicle to pass the 100,000 sales mark in July for the US, the Chevrolet Volt now finds itself heading into the next 100k with a strong ~5,500 unit lead over its nearest rival, the Nissan LEAF.

The earlier arrival of the 2nd gen Volt (compared to the Nissan LEAF) allowed the extended range GM car to easily hit the 100k mark first

The earlier arrival of the 2nd gen Volt (compared to the Nissan LEAF) allowed the extended range GM car to easily hit the 100k mark first

For August 2,081 Volts were sold. A 51% improvement over the 1,380 sold in August of 2015.

Year to date, sales are up 72% (14,295 vs 8,315).

August is the second month in a row over the 2,000 mark (July – 2,406), and the 6th consecutive month north of the 1,800 level.

We should note that these sales improvements are largely due to the fact that new (and much improved) 2nd generation Volt is competing against its former/1st generation self…and that true year-over-year comps on the same model won’t get underway until October (when some 2,035 were sold).

That said, by the time October comes around, we suspect that most focus will be on the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV – which starts production at GM’s Orion, Michigan in that same month, with first deliveries happening by year’s end.

The race to 100k(through July) - now who will take down 200K first?

The race to 100k(through July) – now who will take down 200K first?

Other GM plug-in news of interest from August:

Not One Volt Battery Pack Has Ever Been Replaced Due To Battery Degradation. Ever.

Not One Volt Battery Pack Has Ever Been Replaced Due To Battery Degradation. Ever.

*- with new inventory essentially gone, just 6 Cadillac ELRs were sold, we bid you adieu

*- Spark EV sales were down about 10% from last month, at 292 units

*- GM reports that of the first 100,000 Volts sold, not one battery was replaced for capacity degradation

*- the Opel Ampera-e (unfortunate name of the Chevy Bolt EV in Europe) will makes it debut in Paris on October the first, and also has its first drag race today (watch/details)

*- Ari Collins Volt is the 2nd to hit 100,000 all-electric miles – of note: over the same time, only 139 miles was driven on gas (details)

*- Chevy Volt owners got the chance to take a ride in the new Bolt EV this month in Michigan (watch)

*- LG started major part production of Bolt EV components this month in South Korea, will shortly begin shipping to US for assembly by GM


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It’s a big move up from a gas car BUT it’s still a hybrid. Many owners brag they never need to add gas. So why not just buy a 100% Electric SPARK EV or BOLT?

Because the Volt can act as the family car for road trips without much aforethought.
A Spark EV can only do 82 miles before charging and the Bolt is not yet on sale.
Even with a 300mi range Tesla, you can’t go on a vacation filled with day trips without planning exactly where you’re going to go and where/when you’ll charge. Most people aren’t willing to accept that level of effort in order to give up gas yet.

While you have a point, it would be a small family that likes to be close.

When I was Leaf vs Volt, I had that thought but then I couldn’t imagine ever cramming my family in there for an extended drive. So I got a Leaf.

I picked Volt for the other important reason, I did not want to put my months old baby in Car without IIHS 5-star safety rating.

Because sometimes emergencies happen, and I prefer to be prepared for them.

Try renting a car in the middle of the night for an interstate trip.

If everyone replaced half of their gas use with electricity it would have a huge impact on the environment. Plugins are a good intermediate step towards a gas free future.

People want the security of having a gas engine backup in case they need it. Soon enough they will realise they don’t and will probably buy a pure ev next time.

I own a 2015 Volt and only bought a pure EV as a second car because I had a Volt. The Volt enables people to have their second car be a pure EV with no sacrifice and the Volt can be the low mileage commuter and run exclusively on electricity 85℅ of the time.

I had a Leaf… commuting to work was fine. But weekend errands around the metroplex were always a challenge. One day I got stranded because a fast charger was not available after hours, and I didn’t plan for that. Had to call a tow truck.

Now I have a 2nd gen Volt. Its an all-around better car than the Leaf. It’s faster, it’s better looking, it’s more fun to drive. And I will NEVER have to face that situation again trying to find a working charging station at 1:00 in the morning.

Using a few gallons of gas every year is a small price to pay for the convenience.

+1 It seems lots of people just don’t know the genius of the Volt. I look to Tesla to forward pure-EV transportation into the near future. One company, however, cannot bring full BEV driving into the mainstream very fast. So we wait and wait. Until then, Volt or a car like it can provide us with a stress-free solution to being a slave to Big Oil. I put forward the questions – will GM make a 3rd gen Volt? And will it have a back seat for 3 six footers? This remains to be seen. Perhaps the Bolt EV will take Volt’s place as it’s “green halo” product. This will free them up to concentrate on their favorite task: Making billions on gas-fired SUVs, crossovers and trucks. I hope GM continues on improving Volt and introducing new generations. We’ve all been hoping for a crossover, larger sedan and truck version. Good luck on that! I think the 4 seat Prius Prime with it’s paltry EV range and 4 seats proves to us how great the Volt really is. Sure, it’s tight inside – and it won’t work for people who regularly need space for 4-5 adults…But it is a great… Read more »

There is a company Based in Utah called VIA motors that already makes work vehicles that use the erev/voltec tech. They use the Silverado 1500 and the Express vans.

I’m not sure if they do it for other cars, (id say no, since they have to certify theyre safe with the government.) but its a start to what you mentioned.

Bob Lutz in the chairman of the board. (he worked with GM to pioneer the volt, and save it in the bankruptcy restructure of the company)

I have a 2017 Volt and drove 2512 miles without using any gasoline this summer. However, I also have two children who are going back to college and both are at schools which are about 100 miles from our home. I don’t think either the Spark or Bolt would have as much carrying capacity as the Volt, and I would not be willing to trust that I could make the 200 mile round-trip to drop off their stuff and get home without needing to stop for a charge. With the Volt, it is/was simple. It is the perfect fit for my lifestyle and driving requirements. It may not be right for everyone, but it is undoubtedly the right car for me. I’m sure others could say the same thing about the Spark or the Bolt, and that’s why car companies have always offered multiple types of vehicles. One size will never fit all.

I also have a gen 2 Volt, and have driven 87% of my miles on electric (and have 5500 miles since the last gas was added). I adore the flexibility it offers. I can drive anywhere I want, on a moments notice – but still typically displace most of the gasoline consumption of day-to-day driving. Maybe the 200+ mile Bolt will be enough, maybe not. I’ll give that alot of thought once they are available and I can see one.

The Author Is Comparing Apples To Oranges …THE VOLT IS “NOT” A “FULL & PROPER ELECTRIC VEHICLE” (((It has a Petrol engine)))…THE LEAF IS A “PROPER BEV!!!…How do people get these Jobs???? :)(*&!@#^%$#&*()(:

The Leaf is an improper car, on range. The Volt is a proper EV, having logged as many or more electric miles than the Leaf.

Jim, the Volt vs. Leaf comparison has been ongoing for the past 5 years. The vast majority of people interested in plug in cars think it is a useful metric. You look at the two major players under $40k and see who is outselling whom. It seems pretty simple.
That having been said, I have to admit that I find the purista’s complaints that comparing a BEV to a PHEV/EREV isn’t appropriate. So keep up the good work, this article will be back in 30 days and I expect to see you here! LOL!


Average first gen Volt drivers drive nearly as many miles per year on electricity as Leaf drivers:

Nissan LEAF average annual electric miles driven: 9,697
Chevy Volt average annual electric miles driven: 9,112

With the GEN II improvements to the Volt, I’m sure that gap has closed.

One of the arguments for owning a short range EV is that you can always rent a gas car for long trips — or use another ICE car in the household. The biggest difference between the Leaf and the Volt, is that Leaf owners use a completely different ICE car when they burn gas for longer trips, where Volt owners use the same car when they burn gas for longer trips.

Having previously owned a 2012 Leaf and having recently purchased a 2017 Volt, I can authoritatively report that I drive a higher percentage of miles on electricity in the Volt. For a monthly 120-mile-round-trip I used to have to drive my 2005 Prius for the whole distance. Now I cover half the distance electric and only half on petroleum. I also traded my Prius on the Volt. Outside of my 120-mile trip, I have used 0.07 gallon of gas to get me home once.

Larry, I also leased a 2012 Nissan Leaf. My wife 2 kids and I got stuck once in Frederick Maryland because I ran out of charge. I vowed never to get another electric vehicle unless it can cover 275 or more all-electric miles. I have the 2016 Chevy (a PHEV). November will make one year since I’ve had it. I have a Tesla Model 3 on order. There are two options I am very interested in, I need the larger battery option and all wheel drive (dual motor option). I am hoping that the model 3 will be able to cover 275 miles on one charge. If it doesn’t I will cancel my order and wait for the technology to improve. I read some place where someone said, “don’t let perfect be the enemy of good”. The Chevy Volt is not perfect, but it’s damn good!

Jimijon, what EV do you drive? And what do you think of people who drive a “pure” EV when they can, and their ICE when they have too?

Hmmmmm. Well I’m wondering why ask the question in the first place. If you are a pure ev proponent and the volts are primarily being driven as an EV then all is good right?

Note that neither the SparkEV nor Bolt were available when I purchased my Volt, and still are not where I live.

I imported 4 volts to costa rica. 2012 all.

1 only spent $53.00 for coolant on only 1 car.

These are fleet cars for REST-MEDIC RESERVA memory foam mattresses sales team.

They are the best.

Never buy a another gas only car!www.
Hey that is the lowest cost car I have had in 20 years. Ij

Interesting, Ira. I hadn’t heard of many Volts getting purchased out of North America or Europe. Good to hear they are working well for you. A used Volt is a great bargain.
What does a litre of gasoline cost and what is the cost per kWh in Costa Rica? I think I remember gasoline being expensive even though Venezuela is nearby and has a ton of oil.

Cool! Thanks for the info. Probably sold by the versatility and low cost of maintenance.

Maybe you missed the part about a second volt reaching 100k all-electric miles. How many Leafs or Model S owners can say the same. “Just a “hyrid”…shrug

I can assure you there are several 100k mile Teslas and it came out well after the Volt.

There was a 100k mile Leaf that blogged. Last I heard, he was at 130k.

But that all means little. There could be lots of people that don’t post their mileage out driving around.

Bjorn (a blogger) has 225k km on his car.

Delivery was probably mid 2013 being in Europe and all so almost 1/2 the age of the oldest Leaf and Volt.

That is 139k miles.

There are at least 5 on the Tesla forum with over 100k miles

With all the improvements over Gen 1 and the general increase in plug-in sales this should consistently be 3,000+.

If the dealers actually tried to sell them, I’m sure 3,000 would be easy.

I agree. I’ve yet to see a Volt in a NJ Chevy Dealer Showroom. If they have any, it’s parked outside. NJ Chevy dealers have no love for Volts.


You wont’ see them in Socal dealerships either

Won’t see them in SoCal dealerships? I bought a 2017 Volt a couple weeks ago at a dealership in the San Fernando, there were at least a couple of dozen on the lot, near the front. This dealership doesn’t have a “showroom”, just room for a single car in the entrance lobby of the sales office. That single car was a ‘vet.

Somehow the extremely low incidence of maintenance is not really viewed in such a positive light by the dealerships would be my guess. So they stick it off in the back forty hoping no one will notice, or ask about it. Somewhat like the mentality of, if you ignore something it will go away.

Ditto western Virginia…

I’m also disappointed. If there was more awareness around this car, it could be selling 3 times as many.

Awareness and dealer engagement are both very important. So are gas prices for “mass market” at this point, so that’s hurting sales too.

Four people at my employer bought Gen 2 Volts last month. They all love it and rave about it. Two of them had a Gen 1 Volt and that was the best car they had ever owned, until Gen 2 came out. They can’t stop smiling.

I agree, BEV and PHEV sales should have gone exponential years ago!
ICE car makers continue to un sell them.

And you did nothing to help…

Because you drive a HEV and an USED BEV.

Put your money where you mouth is and buy a new PEV!

Sure you can always claim to wait for Model 3 because it is always in the future… LOL.

By the time it comes out your Canadian dollar will probably dip to 1.4 to 1 and $35K Model 3 will cost you $50K in Canadian dollar…

In hindsight, I should have waited and gotten a used volt or spark ev.

Saints be praised! REXXSEE now has a USED BEV??? !!!

That’s at least a start. I used to think he was one of these Big ev experts who had never been near one let alone part any of HIS money to purchase one.

It does some good. Purchasing a used BEV advertises the electric ev/phev market and it reduces the amount of used inventory, therefore new ones will have to be built eventually to replace them.

The lack of used BEV buyers is a critical problem right now. It makes for very low residual values (e.g. 2 year old Leafs with 24k miles for $9000).

New BEV leasing cost is ALL about residual value. So are financing terms for those who buy instead of lease. So far manufacturers have been eating a lot of the costs, but that only works at small scale. We desperately needs a healthy used BEV/PHEV market in order for new sales to grow.

So get out there any buy used, everyone! 🙂

+1 It’s hard not to see it, and then go further and recognize the same fate is likely headed for Bolt.

Huge accomplishment!!! Keep them coming.

We are also waiting for a Volt Crossover 😉


So, 2081 Volts moved in August. I will bet even the BMW i3 will be close to that number from a company that makes 1/10 the cars of GM. And GM really needs to be serious about their fast charging investment like BMW and Nissan are. Without Nissan and BMW investing in EvGo, the network would probably be broke. For GM to say they are not getting involved is ridiculous. At least put some DCQC stations at their dealerships like Nissan, KIA, BMW have at some of their dealerships. If there are DCQC stations at some GM dealerships, it must be very rare site.

What for a fast charge on the Volt when there is a generator on board to take me home anytime anyways ? I drive a Volt and I never care for charging on the way, I leave that to those who are depending on it.

I wish these comparisons didn’t get made at all between the volt and the leaf they’re not the same powertrain it’s just a disservice and a confusion to the public and people that may be less informed than those who frequent these sites as to what these cars really are the volt is a hybrid it is in no way a direct Leaf competitor it’s more a direct competitor to the BMW i3 or any other plug-in hybrid, series or parallel

They’re indifferent relating to tax rebate purposes. I suspect GM decided to not make the Malibu a PHEV so that it wouldn’t be counted towards 200k limit. By the time Bolt hits full production, GM may be encroaching on the manufacturer limit for rebate.

Sorry, but it is a direct competitor. Why do I say? Because generally anyone interested in an EV is going to research and consider both of these cars, along with the i3 and whatever else is available where they live. In a perfect world where all cars were electric, they may not be competitors. But in today’s environment they are. Just like the Volt will be a competitor to the Tesla Model III. Why? Because the same group of people will be considering both. Just because one is a hybrid doesn’t mean it isn’t competing for sales.

100% agree. When I was ready to get an EV – I shopped the Volt and Leaf.

Funny how it was the pathetic EV mode on the Civic hybrid that first teased me for EV

I shopped both the Leaf and Volt, before getting the Volt. For me they were competitors. Like all car choices, each option has strengths and weaknesses compared to the buyers needs and wants. For me the Leaf was the only EV I seriously considered, none of the other ones had the set of things I was looking for (price, roominess, etc)

Daniel, the Volt and the Leaf are the face of plug in cars for most Americans, since most of us can’t afford a Tesla. The fact that the Volt has a gas genset matters not.
And the interesting thing is that the short ranged Leaf is taking a distant second to the Volt right now.
But once we have BEV’s with 200+ mile range selling for less than $40k, I think the shoe will be on the other foot. This time next year it will be very interesting to see how the Bolt is looking vs. the Leaf and the Volt.
Hopefully the III will be out by the end of next year to add a whole lot more intensity to the competition.

August 2013 Volt sales were 3351.

These “2000 plus” sales in 2016 are pathetic for a car in this price class.

Apples to Oranges. In 2013 there were only a few plug-ins available. Now there are dozens. Not to mention the difference in gas prices.

Though I agree with your sentiment. If everyone really knew what the Volt was, and dealers actually tried to sell them, there would be a lot more sales.

Pathetic because everyone hanging on the edge is freaked out about the next big jump. Why buy 85 miles when, if you wait, you get over 200 miles that charges faster, has more usable room and has addressed most of consumers’ concerns by watching the Volt and Leaf people chat away. I am in freeze right now. We have driven 200,000 miles at 48mpg in our two Priuses. We are on our second Prius. 2002 kept until 2007. 60,000. Then the 2007 now with 140,000. Not comfortable cars! I have severe back pain on trips in our Package 5. Chevy, BMW, Mercedes seats for ME have been perfect on the road comfort vehicles.

Did you buy one?

If not, then you got no reason to call it pathetic.

Ok, good! See more Volts every day, Leaf drivers are considering them as replacements to my chagrin, but I get it.

Do we know if the number was supply or demand-limited and why?

North American inventory has been over 5,000 for the last 5 or 6 weeks. So it is demand limited now.
For the longest time there was just 2-3k in NA inventory and a lot of us thought the Volt was supply limited, but if that was the case then, it isn’t now.

And available discounts back this up. After GM card, 7.5k fed, 2.5k state, and whopping 8k concession, I could be in one for $14k – New. My SO doesn’t like its visibility. Me, rear seats.

Painful to walk away from the best passenger car drive train on the planet, at that price. But what is one to do? If Model 3’s dash doesn’t get fixed, we’ll probably cancel there, too.

Wow. $8k off the price? Here in Northern Virginia Truecar has it oscillating between $2500 and $3500 off. You must be in California.

Thanks. Not to be too picky, but could the new Cruze be once again playing a role in the “limited” demand? The dealers have gotten a bit better with selling the Volt, but perhaps not quite there yet.

I don’t think too many people cross shop the Volt and the Cruze. They may share a platform but they are really aimed at different markets.
I think cheap gas, GM’s bad reputation with small cars and no Volt advertising are slowing the Volt down. That and the fact that a small car with smaller back seats only appeals to a certain section of the car buying public.

Jay, I wouldn’t call the LEAF sales a “revival” (at the end of the first sentence). I think you meant “rival” 😉

GM stopped the Opel Ampera right at the wrong time. They could have another 1000 sales from Norway and UK now.

Yeah, didn’t give it a chance, esp. with pulling the Chevy brand from “Old Europe” and keeping the price way too high.

Can’t wait to read Jay’s analysis of Tesla with the latest sales figures in. Telsa has sold 26K vehicles in 8 months (3.25K/month avg). It will take a miracle for them to produce/sell 54K more vehicles in the next 4 months (13K/month avg)to meet their 2106 target of 80K.

Apples to oranges but I was really sorry to hear about the Spacex Falcon explosion. Glad no one was hurt but I was REALLY enjoying Spacex going from strength to strength.
Here is hoping they are up and at ’em soon.

Eduardo Pelegri-LLopart

I see more Volt 2 in my neighborhood. It seems a nice car but…

I just spend a while trying to figure out what onboard charger it has. The GM site is terrible, from the POV of an electric vehicle customer. If the info is in there, I can’t find it.

Looking elsewhere, it seems it has a 3.3 kW, which was one of my main objections to the Volt 1, so no go on my side.

3.6 😉

While I at times would like a 6.6 wk charger realistically the 3.3 I have fits my needs 95%+ of the time. The only other time I miss it is if I’m charging at a free Chargepoint station and there isn’t another car plugged in to the same station!

Eduardo Pelegri-LLopart

I rely on the 6.6 kW on my 500e at least every other weekend, sometimes both days on a single weekend, and on occasion during the weekdays. I recently drove from mid-Peninsula to Monterey for a work appointment. There and back on electric. I had to be careful with my speed but it worked as I had enough time to fully recharge in between. It would not have worked with 3.6 kW.

Maxing at 3.6kW is a bad idea for any BEV.

For the Volt, 3.6kW is fine. Commercial charging prices are still much too high (and gas prices are too low) to make an economic case for 6.6kW charging during the day.

I charge at 110 at home and like it fine, but when I go to lunch at a cafe and I am paying by the hour for the electricity, it just ticks me off that I am charging at 3.3 not 6.6 in my 2013 Volt. And I usually spend 45-60 minutes charging over lunch so getting 7-11 additional miles instead of 15-22 miles is also less than optimal.

Here’s a thought. The moment they realize that they’re putting more electricity in to your car they’ll jack up the price!

The only truly fair way is to charge per kWh as some cars can only take 3.3, others 6.6, 7.7, 10, etc.. I guess it’s illegal however to “resell” electricity by the kWh in certain locales though. How stupid is that…

Eduardo Pelegri-LLopart

From my POV (a BEV driver), a problem with charging per kWh is that charging a 3.3/3.6 takes longer and, in the case of a hybrid, its using a charging stall that is not available to BEVs that may need for their return drive. I’ve encountered this multiple times, though not as often now.

The ideal solution is more charging stalls. A partial slution is to limit the charging time.

Gen 2 Volt is 3.6 kW. Wish it was higher, but it works fine for home charging. Public charging is pretty much useless with a Volt, especially when paying by the minute.

What for a fast charge on the Volt when there is a generator on board to take me home anytime anyways ? I drive a Volt and I never care for charging on the way, I leave that to those who are depending on it.

Even the 3,3KW charger ; I bough it at the same same I got the car but realized later that it’s not necessary at all. The basic 1.5KW is enough to charge the car overnight.

The fully autonomous model 3 will be a volt killer.

If the base III is actually sold for $35,000, it won’t even matter if the Tesla credits have expired. It will outsell the Volt by a large margin unless GM can get the Volt price down below $28k, before credit. And even then the Volt will be at a disadvantage due to the perceived lack of quality inherent in Chevy small cars.
The Volt is a great car but it doesn’t have the Tesla cachet and the vast majority of car buyers have no idea how nice a car it is.

You perceive Tesla as having good quality? Hahaha, their quality is so bad their CEO has to sleep at the end of the production line and they still have notable quality issues for a high end 5 figure car up in to 6 figures.

Cachet and quality are not synonymous. Teslas have a ton of problems, more than most cars, but they look cool, everyone is talking about them and Tesla has done a good job of fixing the vast majority of the problems that sneak by QC.
Tesla is cool and Chevy is not. It is pretty simple.

That’s certainly true, and sometimes perception is enough persuade to put up with niggling problems, as long as you are able to drive the best automobile on the planet for the money. Yeah, it’s cool.

Good numbers but it still deserves BETTER sales.

And . . . as usual . . . GM, PUT THAT VOLTEC DRIVETRAIN INTO MORE BODY STYLES! . . . minivan, SUV, pick-up, large sedan, wagon, etc.


Volt is doing okay. I see a lot of them on the road.

But the major problems are Chevy brand which doesn’t help and low gas price.

2012/2013 were hot selling years because gas was about to cross the $4.50/gallon mark in California.

With less than $2.20/gallon in California, people are flocking to SUV/Crossover.

Even the solid midsize sedan sales are down while crossover sales continue to break new records.

I see more and more big ass trucks and suvs on the road. Makes me sad.

Volt will forever become a 20k/yr car unless 4 things happen.
1. Gets the green sticker again.
2. Gas prices go up to $4.
3. volt becomes a cuv like the niro.
4. Price drops by $7500.

Well its good that at least some Volts are being sold, in view of the monies they spent developing it – although it looks like most of the actual sales of the Malibu Hybrid will amortize the design cost of the new Voltec. I don’t get the BEV snobbery. I’ve had an expensive BEV, but it used plenty of gasoline getting it repaired. Only actual driving of the car used no gasoline. I just went 1650 miles in my ELR without the engine starting even once. And yet people still claim its not an electric car. Even when driving to get it serviced, its all electric. In fact the last time the engine ran was at the service shop 1650 miles ago, and then only around a pint of gasoline was used. The next argument is that ‘why have an engine if you aren’t going to use it?’ Excuse me, thats dopey on 2 levels. My air conditioning condenser is a WASTE 8 months out of the year, taking up valuable realestate. I suppose I should rip it out since I only use it a fraction of the time. The second thing, is the cost, and size of the volt/elr… Read more »

A Leaf simply can’t be the only family car for most. I’ve had one 2 years. Any EV with 80ish miles range doesn’t really have that range for highway trips. 70 on state highways. 60 on the interstate and hwy range is only 50 if you have the heater or AC on.