Chevrolet Volt Sales Card U.S. – Exclusive InsideEVs Sales Infographic

JAN 7 2015 BY MARK KANE 23

The Chevrolet Volt didn’t have a strong sales year in 2014, however it managed to stay the best selling plug-in model in the U.S from December 2010 to the end of December 2014.

In total, 73,357 units were delivered, roughly 26% of all plug-in cars sold in the U.S. during that period.

The Volt held a solid sales lead in 2011 and 2012 and then market share fell to 16% in 2014. In the coming months, the second generation Volt will  fight the battle with the Nissan LEAF for dominance of the plug-in segment.

One of the most interesting facts we found was that in October 2012, Volt exceeded 2% of all sales with a Chevrolet badge. Average share is however at 1% (much less than in the case of LEAF and Nissan, but this time data provided by General Motors includes trucks).

For more sales-related info, check out the full infographic and see our previous one on the Nissan LEAF (UPDATED with new market share graphs).

U.S. – Chevrolet Volt Sales Card – December 2014

U.S. – Chevrolet Volt Sales Card – December 2014

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23 Comments on "Chevrolet Volt Sales Card U.S. – Exclusive InsideEVs Sales Infographic"

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This is a much sadder story than the Leaf’s. The Volt 2.0 better knock it out of the park. Given the current options, there is no reason that the Volt shouldn’t remain the best-selling plug-in in the US.

I have a 2012 Nissan Leaf (great car). I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 2016 Chevy Volt. I suspect they’re many who are doing the same. The Nissan Leaf just does not serve my unpredictable transportation needs, the Chevy Volt will and it can seat 5. The Chevy Volt is going through a transitional period at this time, both in manufacturing and in the marketplace. Once the 2016 Chevy Volt comes to market sales will skyrocket.

Seems reasonable to me. +1

“The Nissan Leaf just does not serve my unpredictable transportation needs”

The 90 mile range isn’t enough?

You get 90 miles? My 2011 get 35 miles in the winter if I keep the heat turned OFF. There is no battery heater and we are having problems with capacity loss. Still never got more than 60 miles on a full charge even when the car was new.

I don’t own one, but isn’t that what they advertise?

No more than 60 miles when new? Good to know that. The Volt sounds better all the time.

Epicurus, I have never gotten 90 miles on one charge. Even if I did that wouldn’t stop me from switching to the Chevy Volt. I have given up a lot in the last two and a half years just be faithful to the sprint of electric vehicles. With the Volt I can still keep the faith and make no compromise. I can give you several stories of when I didn’t know if I was going to make it home. I believe in the next 8 to 15 years we will not need an internal combustion engine in the Chevy Volt. At this time in history we (I) needed it. The leaf is a good car. I have to take many pictures to remember my first electric car. It has not given me any problems and Nissan USA has been good to me. When I needed to go out of town I’ll call the dealership and they will give me a PO# that I would take to the car rental and get an ICE car ( paid for by Nissan) to
take out of town. I did that a couple of

“I can give you several stories of when I didn’t know if I was going to make it home.”

Scary. How far could you go on a charge?

“When I needed to go out of town I’ll call the dealership and they will give me a PO# that I would take to the car rental and get an ICE car ( paid for by Nissan)”

Is that benefit for as long as you own the Leaf?

You are asked, How far could you go on a charge? I live in Maryland and in the winter I get 48 miles on a very cold day. In the most ideal situations in the summer I would get about 75 miles on a single charge.

“The Nissan Leaf just does not serve my unpredictable transportation needs”

This fear is exactly why Volt sales skyrocketed vs. the Leaf in the first few years. There was a lot of fear like that, and the Volt benefited from fears like that.

It has taken a while for a lot of drivers to be OK with the idea of one of their household cars having a limited range before they finally bought.

Now more and more plug-in vehicle drivers are figuring out that one of their cars in their multi-car households really doesn’t serve “unpredictable transportation needs”. It goes to work and back M-F, and other vehicles are used whenever there is something “unpredictable” outside the range of their EV.

The Volt benefited from those early range anxiety fears. The Leaf is now seeing more sales success now that early buyers have spread the word about how they have managed to do just fine with an EV with a limited range.

Or: the Volt had its CA HOV lane access taken away, while GA added a rebate program that essentially lets you lease a Leaf for free.

Yes, and you can add that when Nissan slashed the MSRP of the LEAF down to the bare bones, shortly thereafter the upward trend in Volt sales peaked and began their decline.

@Nix –

You hit the nail right on the proverbial head. But you missed the point. Sure, if you have 3 or 4 cars laying around, then a BEV with 45-75 miles of range, depending on temperature and other factors, will do. Yet, how many people want to pay insurance, servicing and maintenance for other cars just to buy an electric commuter? This is why that market is so limited.

Everyone here defending Volt are correct. It’s a bridge technology to full electric in the future when lithium ion prices come down due to volume, and means of charging works it’s way deeper into mainstream society.

We’ll get there. I have no doubt. While we are crossing that bridge, a Volt or other PHEV/EREV that can go 50+ miles using no gasoline is needed. All will hail the day we can go 400-500 miles electric without charging – but until then, the range-extender model is the one to beat.

“in the future when lithium ion prices come down due to volume” The hen and the egg dilemna. If GM or any other carmaker(except tesla) cared to produce a good ranged EV in large volume, prices would go down and sales go up big time. It is appealing to see hybrids (like the Volt) as a bridging technology, BUT the truth is much more dark. At least three main carmaker had a BEV with 120 miles range in 1999. So they could do it then, why not now? Because they do not want to sell good range EVs at a fair price. The hybrids are actually a mean to RESTRAIN sales of BEVs. It is AntiMarketing of BEVs we witness now. What do you think of a company offering an hybrid with 40 miles range when you KNOW they did 120 miles FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. Wouldn’t it be reasonnable to assume they can manufacture a car with at least 200 miles 15 years later in this technologically racing world of ours?!? Economy of scale would drive down the prices fast and with a minimum of good advertising, this rEVolution would have an exponential demand and the sales an exponential curve.… Read more »

Yep, the plug-in hybrids have more sales potential in the hinterlands until, as you noted, the BEV range is twice or three times what it is now. GM could sell a lot of Volts if they had any advertising campaign at all.

The Model S has already 3 times the range of other BEVs. Built by the hundreds of thousands with all the means of any big car maker a 300 miles EV would cost 25k$

that white volt looks so cool in that pic

+1. It’s a shame the VOLT is so expensive in Australia.

I sometimes wonder if Australia with it’s compete lack of interest in reducing oil consumption isn’t a really good place to see the true cost of cars. here the volt is really expensive and the leaf costs about the same as a regular Prius perhaps a little less if u buy on finance. That kinda makes sense to me, I look at a volt or a i3 or outlander and I think that has to cost a lot more than my leaf they are just so much more complex. I love them all but I think the volt 2 will be a little bit cheaper and a little bit better but I think the leaf 2 is where we will see the step change either same price twice the range or same range 10k off the price. I am hoping the surprise GM has in the bag in addition to the volt they have already released most of the info on is a 40 kWh+ volt with no ice for about the same price as the currently expected volt 2 erev.

People of Australia and bought polititians do not reflect the same interests.

Epicurus, the 14 day loaner car ( rental car) program is for those who lease the Nissan Leaf. That is 14 days per year. I don’t know if you purchased a Nissan Leaf if the program extends to you. Another reason why I need the Chevy Volt is full my wife’s unpredictable transportation needs. I came home this evening and it was only 6 miles of electrical range left on the car. My wife wanted to take the car to her office to do some business and l told her she had to wait until it accumulated some charge. She was not feeling that. I live in Baltimore Maryland and the temperature today was 15 degrees Fahrenheit. It drain the battery. I did go where I told her I was going. The car made it look like I was lying. Nissan is doing everything they can to promote the Nissan Leaf and I commend them for that. It’s an
excellent fit for some people, but for me and my family, we need the
second generation Chevy Volt with seats for five.

Congrats to GM. They would have sold 100,000 if they could have gotten more cooperation from their “sales” division, their dealerships. Get the dealerships on board nationally and Volt Gen-II might have a chance.

Technology wise, the Volt 2.0 is a big step ahead. However, given “ricer” style design with its blingy grilles and tail lights, fake side window extension and busy dashboard with translucent shifter, I wonder, if it will really attract more buyers.

I personally don’t find it “lovable” anymore, but acknowledge it tries hard to offer something to everybody.

Let’s see, if this formula proves more successful for the Volt. It doesn’t work well with me, though. I have never owned a car that didn’t “speak” to me with a clear design. The Volt 2 just yells loudly and annoyingly.