Chevrolet Nets 1,225 Volt Sales In June, Countdown To 2016 Model Continues

JUL 1 2015 BY JAY COLE 38

As We Are Quickly Running Out Of New Stock Footage Of The Current Generation Chevrolet Volt, We Anxiously Await The 2016 Model

As We Are Quickly Running Out Of New, First-Run Images In Our Library Of The Current Generation Chevrolet Volt, We Anxiously Await The 2016 Model

While we eagerly await the first deliveries of the next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt that are expected to happen in about 2 months, we are only left with the current gen’s sales report until then to pass the time.

2016 Chevy Volt (With fancy illuminated charge port) Is Expected To Arrive In September...At Least For Californians

2016 Chevy Volt (With fancy illuminated charge port) Is Expected To Arrive In September…At Least For Californians

For June, 1,225 more Volts were sold, which is much better than the monthly average for 2015 so far, but trails June of 2014 by 31% when 1,777 were sold – and also a time when no one was looking ahead to the new car.

For the year 5,622 Volts have been moved, off 35% from 2014 when 8,615 had been sold through the first sixe months.

As for that 2016 model, we have good reason to believe the early estimates for the 2016 Volt efficiency (MPGe) and range numbers were a little light.  During the month, GM updated the new Volt’s online specs by bumping the needle a little from a 102 MPGe rating to 106 MPGe, while some shots of the Volt’s dash readout optimistically showed 54 miles of range.

Getting back to the current edition of the Volt, and the sales situation, with the last of the first generation cars rolling off the line in May, and the 2016 Volt probably not hitting serious volume numbers until late fall, we are left only with what is already build and in current inventory to buoy sales until then.

Heading into July, GM has about 6,000 Volts still in stock (less the 4 that were maliciously burned by an arsonist this month).

This means that GM can net no more than around ~5,000 sales over the next 4-5 months realistically speaking.

The only thing we don’t know yet, is if sales will peak this summer and then fade out in the fall, or if it will be an even burn.  Until then, we’ll just pencil in about ~1,200/month on average for the next few months going forward.

Highlights around the Chevrolet Volt and other GM products for the month were:

2016 Chevy Volt Launch Timeline

2016 Chevy Volt Launch Timeline (click to enlarge)

55 Pre-Production Bolts are now built and testing, all of which are exceeding GM’s 200 mile range expectations (full story here)

– 62 Cadillac ELRs were sold in June – which means absolutely nothing, as just over 150 copies (updated to include N. California) of the 2014 edition are left to be sold scattered across the country (the better performing, 2016 ELR just started production a couple days ago)

– GM showed off old Volt batteries repurposed to power a building (full story here)

– Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt (full story here)


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38 Comments on "Chevrolet Nets 1,225 Volt Sales In June, Countdown To 2016 Model Continues"

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Tell me again when ’16 volt will be in Florida? Ready to trade my ’12 with 85,000 miles.


To expand on Jello’s comment, according to this source, production for FL begins in late October, with actual deliveries happening later.

It looks like FL dealerships can put in orders (DSOP) on Oct. 1st, so if you want to be one of the first FL deliveries, you would want to close the deal by the end of Sept, so the dealer can put the order in as soon as they are allowed.

What volumes will be available for the Volt out of the gate? Will it be a trickle for a few months or are they going full steam?

IIRC, California will be getting all of the production first, then it will trickle to other states.

So depends where you live. For me, in Texas, there is pretty much no chance of seeing one until after New Years.

Good sales in the USA but not Worldwide.

“(the 2016 ELR just started production a couple days ago)”
Does it get any enhancements.. at all?

“Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt”
Was Android Auto confirmed now?

Brace yourself for the next wave of “Volt is a failure” articles from the mainstream media.

I can’t wait for the next generation Volt. I’m hopeful that it will be like the second generation Prius – and truly break into the mainstream.

Of course.. and it really doesn’t matter how good of a car it is, or how well it does or doesn’t sell. Plus I’m sure there will be a new wave of “volts catch on fire” stories that aren’t true as well.

And don’t forget all of the people that will try to compare the Volt to the Model-S as if somehow a $34,000 car is expected to perform as well as a $70,000 car (or worse if comparing to the P85-D)

And remember none of the critical articles will be written by anyone who has ever owned or driven a Volt.

I don’t think I’ll be getting one, but I wholeheartedly agree. I’m hoping that it will be a great success as well. GM seems to be positioning it as a commuter car instead of an all purpose car. Not sure if that’s the best approach though. It’ll work in some markets to be sure, but I don’t know if it’ll work that well in urban areas among people who are looking for a single all purpose car. We’ll see I suppose.

I’m really wondering what is going to happen to the Volt when the Bolt comes out. In that I think most of the plug in people might go running over to the pure EV. But the local dealership told me that the new volts will come in October.

Many enthusiasts will jump ship to the Bolt. However, the 2016 Volt will start to take some of the mainstream market. There will be market for both cars, for sure, and I expect the Volt to outsell the Bolt at least for the first generation Bolt.

After a few years, many mainstream buyers who bought a Volt will realize that they don’t really need the range extender. When those buyers replace their Volt, it could be with a Bolt. Combined with (hopefully) growing infrastructure, I could see Bolt 2.0 competing with and even overtaking Volt 3.0. If that happens, then the Volt would be doing its job as a transition vehicle.

I agree with Brian’s analysis. Volt 2.0 is going to have a bigger impact. LEAF 2.0/Bolt/Model III is going to help a lot of people transition away from the extender.

I do feel the need for extenders will be around for awhile based on the article a few months ago on the LEAF owner who just could not deal with his once-a-year-scenario requiring the extra range. Though the 200 mile BEV is really going to help that, there are some people that are going to need the extender for that reason.

As for environmental arguments, nothing beats a solar offset EREV other than a solar offset BEV. That includes fuel cells as well, so EREVs will have a place for awhile and the Volt is doing a great job along with the BMW i3 Rex as well.

I believe that the 3rd generation Volt technology will probably be targeted more towards SUV’s, trucks, vans, large cars, etc which wouldn’t do all that great with the GEN I Volt drivetrain dropped directly into them.

The PHEV technology will work up the food-chain, while small EV’s with 200+ mile range and fast charging bite into the current compact Volt market.

The Next Gen Volt is out this fall, but the Bolt won’t be out for a year (or more) after that, nationwide.

So we will have at least a solid year of Volt sales before the Bolt.

I think even a lot of die-hard plugin fans still aren’t comfortable with a BEV. Or their driving style just doesn’t make it work.

Personally, I’m on the fence.

I don’t know. We’re a one car family and as of now, a PHEV or EREV all purpose vehicle is what I’m leaning towards. However, in five years, things could change as the kids get older and the one car deal may not work anymore. In that case, I’d be open to a 200+ mile BEV for one of the cars.

However, if I could afford it, I’d get the Model S because the insanely good cargo capacity makes it a great all purpose vehicle. I’m intrigued by the “3rd Gen” crossover that Tesla is supposed to be co-developing with the Model III, but I’m not convinced the timing will work for me.

But in your case you’re adding a car, not trading in a Volt for a Bolt.

Ah, I see what you’re saying. From that point of view, if I were in a position to continue being a one car family (which is possible) then you’re right, it would be a difficult prospect to go from something like a PHEV or EREV, which has more range flexibility, than to a BEV. If I can swing a Model S due to its utility, or if the range in a Model III is right (and also had good utility), I think I would lean towards trading in for a BEV simply because Tesla’s supercharger network will give me the range flexibility I need. For vehicles like the 2nd Gen Leaf or Chevy Bolt, the lack of a similarly built out charging infrastructure (and the fact that chargers will likely not be free at the point of use) would probably make me lean towards keeping my current EREV/PHEV if Tesla continues to not be an option for me. In any case, I’ll probably wait until 2020 before deciding simply because, by then, most of the bugs will be worked out and I would likely get a better vehicle no matter what. I’d also have time to see how they all… Read more »

I would never consider a Volt/ELR if I had passengers every day. Even very small kids.

99.9% of the time, I’m the only one in the car.

Yes, I agree. What I didn’t say (and probably should have said now that I think about it) is that the PHEV I currently have in mind is the Outlander PHEV. It would be nice if GM came out with an EREV SUV, such as an EREV Chevy Traverse (or equivalent), or if Nissan came out with a PHEV/EREV Pathfinder (or equivalent), but I’m not optimistic about anything like that making an appearance anytime soon. I also find my optimism over the Outlander PHEV ever making it stateside to be disappearing as well.

I agree for the ELR, but disagree for the Volt. Aside from a bit of an awkward egress, the back seats are comfortable and spacious, unless everyone is 6 foot 5 inches or taller.

Heck, the bucket seats in the rear are also far more comfortable on trips than a normal car too.


Having ridden in the back seat of a Volt, I find it far more comfortable than the typical bench seat found in the back of most sedans. Granted, I am only 5’8″, and a taller than average passenger might be more comfortable in the front seat. But for children? Not a problem at all. In fact, the battery intrusion of the current Volt may be a plus for really young kids – it helps separate them from one another!

Based on most normal car owners who aren’t pushing a technology envelope nor care much about environmental or geopolitical reasons to drive electric, the Volt will continue to be a popular car. Plus, most people wonder what happens when the car runs out of charge in a pure EV (it’s by far the biggest question I get from people)? I have yet to need a flatbed/tow, but I’ve had a couple close calls. Until there are L2 and L3 chargers in a lot more public places for people to see that they won’t be stranded, that fear will keep most people away from BEVs. But, once we do have that infrastructure (even just ~ 15% the number gas stations would be enough), then pure EVs will take off.

I am not too sure that the Gen II Volt will be all that much of a success to start with. Yeah, it will have a two or three month pop in sales figures but then it will taper off to little better than it is doing now.
The 2016MY Volt MSRP is just too high. When/if they reduce the MSRP next year the sales may take off but I can see GM making an incremental change down to an MSRP of $31,500 and not getting much of an improvement in sales.
It may be that making an EREV vehicle is simply more expensive than Chevy can market effectively. Given the relatively cheap gasoline we are enjoying, buying an electric car doesn’t have quite the financial improvement that it would have had if gas was still close to $4 a gallon. But Iran could change that factor any day now.

It’s not the MSRP, it’s the stupid dealers.

Where I bought my ELR, the dummy didn’t tout the Fed credit and were completely dumbfounded when I needed some data for the Texas grant. (“First one we ever did.”)

When they came out with their ‘deal’ scribble, no credit or rebate was mentioned at all which would have lowered the effective price by 20%!!

Tesla’s sales strategy is looking better and better.

MSRP isn’t really as relevant to GM sales as you make it out to be. GM has always moved product based upon discounts like consumer cash (AKA throwing money on the hood). Right now the majority of GM’s cars have $1000-$3000 bucks in consumer cash available on them. I believe that the new MSRP has future Consumer Cash offers already baked into the price. I believe we will see more traditional, typical GM discounting with the 2016’s, after the initial release. My guess is that with typical discounting, the “special” price (Act Now!!) will be under $30K most of the time, after typical discounting. I base half of this on my own hunch, and half of my statements are based upon the roll-out of the 2016 being very typical Mass-Market compared to the original Volt rollout. The third half of what I base my statements on, are comments on 2016 pre-orders on where there is already talk about discounts off the price of pre-ordered 2016’s. The fourth-half, is that Volt sales were actually the very best when they were discounting $5K off the original price, before they cut the MSRP by $5K, and sales numbers didn’t improve. GM has… Read more »

I would agree that on most of their vehicles the MSRP doesn’t matter as much as the deals. But the Volt is a car that is way more expensive than the car most potential Volt owners bought last time. The MSRP has to be below $30k or a majority of the potential Volt buyers simply will not even visit a Chevy dealer to look at a Volt. As Loboc notes, even if they get to the dealer, half of the time the dealer doesn’t want to sell the car, so it has at least two strikes against it to start.
The sad thing, Nix, is that I think you are right that within 4 or 5 months the Chevy dealers will make good deals on Volts.
And it won’t matter.
Because the people they want to sell the Volts to won’t come in or even call up to ask about the Volt because they “know” it is too expensive for them.

Very true… Hopefully GM has a plan in mind to straighten out their dealers with respect to offering and selling the Volt.

Herein lies the genius of the Leaf’s “S” trim. It gets the car’s starting price under that “magical” $30k mark. Most people opt for at least some options, pushing it over $30k, but the price starting with a $2X,XXX is what gets their attention. I hope that GM soon offers a stripped down Volt for $29,990.

Brian, that is exactly what I am hoping for. Get the people onto the lot to look at a base Volt and then up-sell them.

Ah! The mystical “base model stripper” used to get buyers onto the lot, only to find out that there are none in stock. And the dealership has a lot full of cars that have a moderate number of options already installed.

That actually doesn’t work like it used to in the days before internet searches. Now people can shop their options and find the car they want with the options they want, and goto the dealership who has that stripper trim level they want.

That sales technique worked better when people actually had to go to the lot to find out what dealerships had in stock. Once they hooked you into the dealership, they up-sold you. Sorta old-fashioned these days.

Ziv — You’ve actually unwittingly stumbled upon the key component of setting the MSRP for Price-Point shoppers. They look at the MSRP and create a perceived value for the car in their mind that the Volt is expensive. Expensive is conflated with high quality in the minds of Price Point shoppers. These shoppers now believe the product is valuable and they want it — if they could just afford it. This is step 1. Establish perceived value and desire. Now comes the the second step of selling towards Price Point shoppers. Now that you have established perceived value and created desire, you toss in the “limited time offer” that is supposed to turn the table on its head. Now the Price Point consumer is supposed to react with this thought: “Oh boy! I just heard/saw an ad for this valuable car I’ve always wanted but couldn’t afford! Now I can save $4,000 dollars on it, but just this weekend (or just this month). I can’t really afford it at the discounted price, but it’s $4,000 off!! I don’t want to miss out on saving $4,000 dollars…. Heck, who can afford to just throw away $4,000 dollars? Geez, it is hard… Read more »

re: “optimistic” 54 mile range on dash.
Obviously, you have never driven a Volt.
That is an estimate of the range based on temperature and recent driving efficiency.
I have a 2013, rated at 38 EV miles, Spring Summer and Fall I always get 40 – 48. Definitely above the rated.

They have so far said it will be rated at 50 EV miles per charge. That means most people will get above 60 per charge. So saying 54 on the dash estimate is optimistic is completely wrong. That’s just right for current temps.