One More Time: Chevrolet Volt Sales Surge Higher In September 2016
Lost in the media blitz surrounding the Chevrolet Bolt EV this month (which was both announced with a 238 mile/383 km range, and a price-tag of $37,495), was the Chevrolet Volt – the most consistent selling plug-in for the US over the past several years.
For September, and with some very deep inventories now on hand, 2,031 Volts were sold, a 114% improvement over the 949 sold a year ago.
We should note that September of last year (and thus the huge percentage gains this year) gets a big fat asterisk; as a year ago GM found itself fast running out of first generation copies of the Volt, and also dealing with a slight delay in the new iteration’s release, which pushed the gen 2 car’s debut last year back a month to October.
Which means that next month we will see the true start of apples-to-apples, year-over-year comparisons of today’s 53 mile, extended range Volt. In October of 2015, 2,035 Volts were sold.
Year to date, 16,326 Volts have been sold, which is 76% better than a year ago (9,264).
Also of interest this month with GM and its EVs (not named the Bolt):
*- from almost no remaining inventory, GM sold 6 Cadillac ELRs
*- with a still decent amount of stock penned up and to be released into “Bolt season”, GM sold 315 Spark EVs in September
*- all Chevrolet Spark EVs produced between 2014 and 2016 were recalled due to an airbag issue (as well as 4 million other GM cars)
*- GM started an online advertising program/video promotion, entitled “Real Volt Owners. Real Stories”, one can watch the first episode here