Chevy Volt Quarterly And Monthly Sales Way Up, Chevy Bolt Rising

2019 Chevy Volt


2019 Chevy Volt arriving at dealerships now with major improvements

Unfortunately, due to General Motors’ recent decision to withhold monthly sales reports in favor of a Tesla-like quarterly reporting system, the following Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Volt numbers are estimates.

InsideEVs considers this information important to our readers and a testament to what we’ve been doing for some time. So, we have attempted to provide you with our best estimates. Our numbers are primarily based upon daily inventory tracking, as well as accounts from buyers, dealers and other sources.

If you have been following our sales articles for the past few months, you know that Bolt inventories in the U.S. were weak throughout the entire 2018 model year. GM has been prioritizing exports of the popular electric hatchback, particularly to South Korea. So much so that 2018 international GM plug-in sales have eclipsed domestic for the first time ever.

As a result, between March and July, the Chevy Volt has significantly edged out the Bolt EV in sales. For instance, in July we estimated 1,475 Chevy Volts and 1,175 Bolt EVs made their way to buyers. In August, we saw a sales increase of both models with an estimated 1,225 Bolt EV’s and 1,825 Volt’s delivered.

For Q3, Chevrolet reports quarterly deliveries of  3,949 for the Chevy Bolt EV and 5,429 for the Chevy Volt.

So for the month of September, we estimate 1,549 Chevy Bolt EVs and 2,129 Chevy Volts were delivered to owners. 

Chevrolet Bolt EV in Maven’s first all-electric fleet of shared vehicles for freelance driving launched in Austin, Texas.

Chevy Bolt inventories are strong heading into Q4

For the past two quarters, Chevy Bolt EV inventories have hovered between 2,000 and 2,750 units according to By late July, we began to see an uptick to about 2,900. In the last 2 weeks over of August, inventories were looking much stronger, averaging around 3,200 units. This is important since we had not seen Bolt inventories reach this level since February, 2018. The last time the Bolt cracked 3k was 3,003 units was on March 7th.

Well in September, this rush of product continued. Within 3 weeks, Bolt inventories at or in transit to dealers is now well above 4,000 units. These numbers still are not as high as Q4 2017, but the vehicle is looking much better stocked for the holiday sales rush. Smart consumers will take their new vehicles home before the end of the year. GM is expected to hit 200k U.S. Plug-In sales in Q4 2018. Not coincidentally, Bolt EV production will be increased 20% in Q4. According to GM:

U.S. and global demand for the Chevrolet Bolt EV has been very strong in 2018, with global sales estimated to be up more than 35 percent year over year in the second quarter and up more than 40 percent in the first half. In response, GM is increasing fourth quarter production by more than 20 percent compared to the average of the first three quarters.

We have seen some welcome changes to the 2018/2019 Bolt in the form of revised front seats and a user defined target charge level. The Volt will also receive several major improvements for its mid-cycle refresh. Optional 7.2 kW charging and power driver seats just to name a few. These updates should help the cars stay competitive in the second half of the year.


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Nice job coming up with numbers. Please update with them and the LEAF numbers.

Don’t worry. We have top men working on it. 🙂

Thanks! Which reminds me – perhaps it’s time to diversify the gender composition of staff writers? 🙂

How about hiring the best person regardless of colour, race, gender, ect?

Best person for the job. 100% Diversity is preferential treatment, and let’s face it, White males are, globally, a minority. Not as much as, say, an Ojibwa, but we aren’t in the Age of Expansion any more, I can’t imagine InsideEVs saying “nope, gotta get woke, gotta hire based on some esoteric maxim of culture versus what our customers want for content and attention to detail.”

Why should that be the standard now? For over a millenia, it wasn’t. Funny how when balanced representation in things is demanded that non-preferential treatment is important.

@Tim, I invite you to explore this subject in detail on your own. Talk to kids going off to college. Talk to workers in office, IT fields. Talk to truckers. This isn’t the forum for the debate, and I think @Assaf didn’t catch the Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie quote, like I did.


He missed the “Raiders” reference? That’s okay, someone with his qualifications would have no trouble finding a top-flight job in either the food service or housekeeping industries.

Ginger pulls the strings here. She just does it discretely behind the scenes with metrics and data. 😉

My electro-magnetics prof said that you can tell a real sexist, because they push for female regardless of ability (she made it a point that she did not benefit from affirmative action, and hated those who push for AA). But I wouldn’t mind having EV advocates who happen to be female. What happened to Chelsea Sexton and how’s Nikki (Transport Evolved) writings?

And here I thought you were going to make an engineering pun. Missed opportunity, Sparky!

I will settle for a few of them men dressed in women clothes…

He’s a lumberjack, and he’s okay…


Top. Men.

And still so few get the reference…it’s not like it’s an ark hidden in the warehouse somewhere.

Yeah, but to be fair it was a pretty obscure “Indy” film.

How did that scene go in Indiana Jones?

We have a bunch more. We always wait to publish GM story and LEAF story first

Oh sure, publish the Tesla killers first. 🙂

The Bolt is a decent ev, not spectacular, but good as a city runabout. The Volt, is good for longer trips, though it will phased out in a few years. At least GM is doing something in the space, a lot less than they say they are doing, but it’s something.

A 24 kWh Gen 1 Leaf can be a “good city runabout”. The Bolt is much more than that.

Without a nationwide charging network, the Bolt is at best a “state” runabout at this point. Interstate, not so much. Electrify America says they will change that. But yes, the Bolt is more than a city car. Intercity car for sure (except maybe Alaska and such places).

Stop it with no nation wide network

Then how about severe charger anxiety as in whenever you need to use DCFC, there’s waiting for free charging Maven Bolts, Leafs, i3 at one or two handle CCS site, sometimes hours long wait before even being able to plug in?

The “interstate” trips where a significant number of people live are all within reach at this point and EA is filling gaps as we speak.

I guess you haven’t looked at PlugShare lately.

Took you up on it and checked Plugshare. There are, in fact two new Electrify America DCFC locations opening up between Chicago and St. Louis. At long last, it’ll be possible to travel between the two cities in a Bolt without having to hit a Level 2 charger! Huzzah! Some more EA locations in Missouri as well, though it’s still a bit iffy trying to get from STL to Kansas city. Anyway, progress.

There are currently 19 EA operational stations and at least 45 stations in construction. There are two EA stations going up in Oklahoma that are not indicated on EA website. If Oklahoma is any indication, there may be a lot of EA station in construction that are not currently being tracked on the EA website.

If you have a Bolt EV you’re very close to being able to CCS charge from Chicago to Denver and then all the way to Los Angles with maybe a single overnight L2 charge in Eastern Utah.

The Bolt is a great long distance EV. The Electrify America chargers are quickly eliminating the limitations that existed for the Bolt EV and many other non-Tesla EVs. The biggest problem with the Bolt EV is the way is GM packaging it in terms of financing and options.

I took a ~500 mile, 1 day road trip this past weekend in my Bolt. Even the ’18 Leaf would not have been able to make the same trip, as there was a 177 mile stretch of 0 DCFC stations on the route.

Nope. Not with a 56 kW peak charging limit. The L2 CCS vehicles are going to clog up the L3 CCS charging network for years to come.

L2 CCS? L3 CCS? You are very confused.

So true about Bolt prices. I could lease the $10k pricier I3 way cheaper than a Bolt. When the bigger battery comes available I just might.

Forced Volt->Bolt Conversion

Routinely making 200 mile round-trips for work via Bolt, 64-74mph, arriving home with plenty of range available.

I wonder how many folks commenting on this site have actually used the EVs they’re talking about, or even own one at all?

I drive a Bolt every day.
DCFC speed totally sucks on the Bolt so anything more then 200 miles in a good weather day without destination charging, I take my Volt.

Rather then wait an hour or hour and a half for the Bolt to DCFC when going another 200 miles to do it again.


This is a good time to point out one can by a new Bolt plus a new Volt for less than the price of a single new Model S.

The Nissan LEAF is also leasing in some areas for a ridiculous $139 per month!

How is it that Leaf sales going up 248 units represents “shooting up,” but Bolt sales going up 324 over August is “tepid?” Curious framing, especially given that September was the Bolt’s best month since March!

Two different people writing the articles at the same time and updating titles and wording on the fly as numbers come in. Also, Bolt EV may, in fact, be lower for Sept. We only have the full quarter and our estimates to go on. I already changed the wording and fixed the titles.

Different authors. 😉 But yes, best in months… but far below last September.

Although even still, these are good numbers for GM! Strong 2nd place manufacturer behind Tesla. Changed title to ‘rising’ though. 🙂

Good to see the Volt continuing to improve its numbers! I think GM’s strategy is starting to pay dividends: really good loss-leader lease deals on the Gen1, get them out in the public for cheap on the resale market and let people experience them, then convert those into buyers. Most of the Volt owners I know bought 2-year-old used Gen1s.

Hopefully the positive word-of-mouth will continue and we’ll see the Volt re-overtake the Prius Prime’s spot as #1 PHEV. If it were the Clarity PHEV at #1 I could understand it, but the Prime is coasting entirely on name and is not as good of a product as the Volt or Clarity.

As a final side note, I wonder if there will be any commentary from the “GM is intentionally sandbagging their compliance car Bolt” crowd about the increased deliveries to South Korea? Gotta start moving those goalposts again…

For many, their BEV/PHEV are not used for long distance trips as there’s another ICE vehicle in the family that they can use…The Prime has more standard features (AEB and ACC) and optional features (sunroof and a HUD) than the Volt…

175-mile trip the other day with my Prime. Despite temps in the low 40’s and highway speeds almost the entire way, the overall result was 61.5 MPG with 90% of the battery still available (saved for local driving at the destination). It’s great for long distance trips.

I do especially like the ACC. It’s really nice when you encounter a slower driver, to have the speed automatically slow until you can get over to pass (or they finally speed up) then automatically recover. The auto-highbeams are sweet too. But what I find really surprising is how accurate the lane-detect is, even in the rain.

“90% of the battery still available”

LOL. So basically you drove a gasser. Great job on driving electric for 2.5 miles (10% of 25 miles).

All my local driving was entirely EV as a result, despite no where to plug in. That’s much more efficient than using gas for a short distance… exactly the advantage the choice can offer… the very point of having a plug-in hybrid.

60 MPG from a low-emission hybrid system is considered a gasser? That’s some serious cherry-picking. It’s becoming easier to see the Reverse FUD problem. Try to open your mind. My last tank was 89% electric. Who cares if some gas was used. That’s a remarkable step forward into the world of plugging in with such a supposedly small battery-pack.

Put another way, GM has some serious marketing problems to address. We’ve seen countless former Volt owners turn on the very approach they praised for years once a selection of EV choices became available… especially since many didn’t stay loyal by choosing Bolt. Think about how much switched over to Tesla. I know quite a few previously outspoken Volt enthusiasts who now own a Model 3.

The goal at this stage is to replace traditional vehicles with those offering a plug. So what if it becomes a “gasser” on a occasional highway trip. Most of the time that vehicle is driven, it will be using electricity.

I’m going by your comment “175-mile trip” … “90% of the battery still available”. That means you drove 172.5 miles on gas and 2.5 miles on electric. If that’s electric driving, I lurched forward when I accidentally had my truck in gear while turning the starter, so every car that lurch on starter is electric.

I can’t recall any Volt supporter ever having a bad word to say about the Clarity PHEV. It’s a compelling product that has some significant advantages over the Volt, and is a worthy competitor.

In contrast, the Prius Prime (and Plug-In Prius before it) are distinctly inferior offerings, especially coming from the automaker with the most hybrid experience in the world. In a sensible world, the Prius Prime and Clarity PHEV should each be what the other is.

The PiP had the lowest EV range of the first-gen PHEVs, and among cars, the Prime has the lowest EV range of the second wave. That’s underwhelming, to say the least.

Who is that supposed to impress? Mainstream consumers couldn’t care less about what enthusiasts have to say. What Toyota achieved with Prius Prime is what GM continues to struggle to deliver for Volt. It delivers efficient EV driving with efficient HV driving at an affordable price.

As for what an enthusiast believes the competition to be, there’s a rude awakening coming around the corner. That low-hanging fruit is almost all gone. Those purchases with government help don’t in any way represent what the masses will face. Think about how many sales must be repeatedly achieved to really make a difference at reducing the number of traditional vehicles offered by dealers.

Insults directed at Toyota are a waste. The real problem is what shares the showroom floor with Volt.

You’re the one who complained about Volt owners turning on “the very approach they praised for years.” So apparently you care about what enthusiasts have to say! Toyota had a huge lead in hybrid technology at the start of the EV wave. They chose to squander that lead by slow-walking their tech investment, settling for basically just adding a plug to their existing Prius. And that’s not to downplay the significance of how much the Prius has reduced gas usage! When you look at the total miles logged by that model line, the Prius has almost certainly reduced gas consumption more than any other car model in history (I doubt it’s even close). Toyota had a chance to continue the vision and leadership they showed when creating the Prius, and instead they chose to make a halfhearted PHEV and a halfhearted FCEV. That kind of status quo approach is what doomed Detroit in the first place. If you’re making the point that Toyota is beating GM in the showrooms… sure? I mean, if we’re talking about where the money is, we’re probably talking about pickup trucks and SUVs anyway. EVs are barely a drop in the bucket when it comes… Read more »

Since TOYOTA only makes cars that are profitable and that the vast majority of customers want, it will be interesting to see

1). How Profitable the Hydrogen fueled MIRAI is – since per TOYOTA it is more IMPORTANT than any Prius.

2). How many Billions of cars they sell of the MIRAI, since per S T J , Toyota only makes cars that the PEOPLE WANT!

Uh oh! Here we go! Star Trek John ain’t gonna like that, hehe.

Please don’t confuse things with the truth.

After all YOU’RE FORGETTING THE Prius Prime Has VARIABLE WAVE Rear Windows!!!!

The BMW i3 has a better lease offer, and 3X better driving experience than the Prime.
Buy thru true car dot com, and check it out.

Will we have to wait another 7 years, for a Prime with a 40 mile range?

Brings GM’s total cumulative US PEV sales to 193K. If they repeat this performance in Q4, their phase out will begin in April, exactly 3 months after Tesla. If they game it, they could make the phase out begin in July, 6 months after Tesla… but that would represent a quarterly drop of almost 30%. I don’t sense that GM is really interested in trying to game it.

Well, also the type of quarter they will be gaining (Q2) is not particularly strong for plug-in sales, and I don’t think they are planning a Model-3 style ramp in 2019Q2.

For Tesla, it was a make-or-break decision to ensure full subsidy through its biggest ramp-up ever (and the biggest ramp-up of any plug-in car).
For GM, it is probably better for them to bank strong December Bolt/Volt sales than to throttle them in order to gain a bit more in Q2. Besides, they have much bigger cash cushions, and this is still a sliver of their volume.

With over 4,000 Bolts and 5,200 Volts in stock at dealers now (according to, and the usual rush to buy EVs at the end of the year, it’s pretty much guaranteed GM blows past 200k during Q4.

The last quarter of the year you don’t have the option to push sales into the next quarter like Tesla could.

Hmmm, actually I think GM could, far more easily than Tesla, absorb the financial impact of pushing sales of a single model into the next financial year. Tesla is more nimble and can change or react faster, but GM has much deeper pockets.

Nice to see the numbers up, although at this point they appear to be little more than “bugs on Tesla’s windshield”. (OK, that was mean, sorry.)

If you were sorry, you would delete, or edit your post, but you didn’t. Go celebrate in the other Tesla threads. EV fans should be happy that there are companies at least trying to bring BEVs to lower levels of income, but instead most are elated that the rich folks are getting plenty of $70,000 cars to go make drag race videos with. The people that morned the loss of the EV-1 are truly gone and have been replaced by trendy hipsters jumping on a band wagon.

What jamcl3 wrote is true, Volt and Bolt is just a small fraction of what Model 3’s delivery number for Sept. Volt and Bolt is for us cheap (frugal) folks while Model 3’s are for yuppies and rich folks. I have a 2016 Volt Premier that I got it for about $22,500 after Fed tax credit. If Model 3 were available when I purchased my Volt, I would still pick Volt since can’t beat that price point.

It is a pity. I love my 2013 Volt, but I really need a roomier car and I really miss the quickness my old gassers had. I wish the Voltec drive train was in a sexier version of the Buick Encore. Yeah, sexy and Buick in the same sentence doesn’t make sense…

Uh, no Dav8or.

It represents the difference between being all-in (Tesla) and being in compliance mode (GM).

Don’t forget that GM fights against allowing Tesla access to markets and also fights for rolling back CAFE standards as another example of being in compliance mode and anti-competitive.

And I say that as a 2012 Volt and 2017 Bolt owner.

You can sneer at Tesla’s cars until doomsday, but that’s not going to change the fact that it’s Tesla cars which get people excited about EVs and dreaming of owning them… not Volts or Bolt EVs, nor even the Prius Prime.

To paraphrase a comment from abc123: Tesla is creating market demand whereas GM is merely responding to market demand. Therefore, GM will always be behind the curve when it comes to producing and marketing plug-in EVs.

If it was up to companies like Toyota and GM, sales of plug-in EVs would never grow past 1% of the market.

Considering that there at least 50% more new Bolt EVs for sale than new Leafs I would have to say that the Leaf appears to be more popular. The Bolt EV is a great car but GM has it priced too high and doesn’t offer enough options compared to the Leaf. We should see sales numbers more comparable to popularity as Leaf inventories increase towards the end of the year.

The Bolt priced too high?
If the Bolt price/range ratio was applied to the LEAF, the Nissan would cost 47 600$.

I rather think the LEAF is overpriced.

I tried many times to buy a new Bolt EV but I was never happy with the GM incentives or financing. I figure I saved at least $10k over the life of the vehicle on my fully loaded Leaf and I have ProPilot, which the Bolt EV has nothing similar. $10k for 90 miles of extra range that I would very seldom need never sounded like a very good value to me.

When I leased on last year from a dealer in SoCal, they passed the full $7500 tax incentive as a cap cost reduction, and also gave me another $3200 off the MSRP. That made my lease cost less than $300/mo out of pocket. 45k miles for 3 year lease. Premier Bolt with every available option. Highest oriced MSRP version on the Bolt.

The maxed out Leaf price is $5k less than a maxed out Bolt EV. On top of that I got $3.5k off of MSRP, a $7.9k Nissan lease incentive and a $2.5k EV rebate from Texas. Did you get 1% money factor like I got on my Leaf lease?

All the GM dealers I talked to wanted to give me a 5% money factor, wouldn’t give me a break on the MSRP and would only give a $2.5k lease incentive. I did talked to Chevy dealers in three different states. Your payments are lower than mine but I only have a $11k residual after 42 months where as you probably have a $23k+ residual.

Remember when the Bolt EV had an insurmountable lead having launched almost a year earlier? Now the Model 3 sells more in a month than the Bolt in a year at a higher price point and almost as much as both the Bolt and Volt yearly sales. (2018 US sales est numbers.)

It is becoming clearer and clearer that Tesla plays on a different turf and appears to largely different constituencies.

But yeah, GM blew that lead. At least they are now exporting more: the Bolt (and also the Volt to a large degree) is a car perfectly designed for Old World markets, that GM has insisted on trying to sell mostly in the US.

To some degree, yes. But I suspect most people that buy a Bolt could/would have bought a Tesla if they offered the product those users wanted. I definitely fall in to that category. If the M3 had been a hatchback, I’d have chosen that for sure. I would have been happy to pay the extra 15k over my Bolt Premier to get longer range and AWD. But if I can’t get my dog crate or mountain bike in the back, it’s a non starter.

They are very different cars but I do suspect most BEV buyers look at both and decide on features over price. They both have some real compromises.

One has to consider the product visibility.
GM doesn’t really advertise the Bolt – their fault. Tesla is simply everywhere in the news and perceived as the reference for electric cars.

Too bad that GM sold Opel to PSA.

The second generation of the Chevrolet Volt would have been well received in Europe (as the Opel Ampera).

Do Not Read Between The Lines

They released the Gen 2 before they sold to PSA. They didn’t release it to Europe and they didn’t release a RHD model either. I think GM is focused on BEV. With the way battery prices are heading PHEVs are going to struggle to compete with BEVs in smaller vehicles.

I haven’t seen any evidence that a Gen2 Ampera would have been better received than the Gen1 Ampera.

I’m pleasantly surprised by the Volt numbers despite the stiff competition in the PHEV segment.
Bolt, pretty much the opposite story. It is hard to decide whether to be more disappointed in US auto consumers, or in GM marketing. On the merits, this car should have been a smash hit. A few inches more in length may have done wonders to its US sales numbers (something I’ve been saying since early 2017).

What is “stiff” about the current competition… meaning other plug-in hybrids, not the actual competitor of traditional vehicles.

Prius Prime has been at burndown stage for current inventory since early summer. We know there will be a mid-cycle update of some sort. So, volume rollout to the other regions never happened and everywhere else was just selling what was left from old production.

Honda Clarity & Chrysler Pacifica have always been in low supply everywhere, so they don’t pose any competition. Ford Fusion & BMW i3 have always been at low sales and there’s nothing new to stir significant growth. Kia Niro is almost unicorn like, but a few have been spotted. What else is there?

I can’t make up my mind, if the Volt sales increase is by word of mouth, or, are there some GM Dealerships now willing to sell the car. And still, no Chevy or GM advertising.

Dealerships being willing to sell an EV, or not, certainly does have a large impact on sales. I think that’s the main reason why, year to date, the Prius Prime is outselling the Volt and the Bolt EV by a wide margin even in the U.S.

KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE. For many years that message of dealers being the true customers, not who ends up with the vehicle in their driveway, fell on deaf ears. Enthusiasts were so obsessed with the engineering, they fought tense online fights trying to convince others that’s all it takes to achieve high-volume profitable sales. They believed a sustainable demand was driven from end-user influence only. The topic of carrying supply as ready-to-purchase inventory was attacked as an attempt to undermine. The importance of the business was brushed aside as unimportant. This is still way MSRP is such a touching subject. Enthusiasts don’t want to face the reality of the sales so far really only being low-hanging fruit. Faced with the big picture of 60 million new vehicles being put on the planet every year, it’s too large of a problem to not take seriously. Yet, the “EV market” blinders are still being used. That’s all a bit of a downer. But until those here not addressing the affordable market and recognizing the role dealers play in that sales process, more opportunity will continue to be wasted. Think about how a middle-market consumer goes about making a purchase decision. It isn’t anything… Read more »

Imagine the Volt lost it’s ICE and put in a battery bigger than the Bolt…

Imagine the Volt got a bigger back seat, so it might actually be able to compete on utility with the Honda Clarity PHEV.

Right on! Let’s go BoltEV and Volt!

The Chevrolet Volt, the Toyota Prius Prime, the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, the Ford Fusion Plug-Hybrid, the BMW i3, and all the other PHEV models offer an option to people to buy a Plug-In EV without having to say goodbye to the petrol engine that they have become used to.

And their next step will be a pure EV.

We cannot expect from every single person to switch directly from an ICE to a BEV in just one step. These people require a slow change pattern.

PHEV’s play an important role in the EV revolution.

Bolt sales are still a sad joke.

The Bolt goes head to head with the TM3. That is a tough neighborhood to sell in. It doesn’t help that the Bolt has a very distinctive look, and charges relatively slowly. If it looked more like a hot hatch and kept the utility, and could charge at 75 kW+, which are very doable goals, it would sell a lot more quickly.

I don’t know of many “head-to-head” competitors where the average selling price of the two cars are ~$20k apart.

I love our Bolt. And as jamcl3 said, it is a great state runabout, allowing us to go 1000 miles a month, all over the state, for over a year now. Leaving the state is the problem.

If GM was serious about EVs, they would pay to use the Tesla network. There Is no other network at this point, just a bunch of yahoos scratching their butts, trying to figure out how to compete against each other, while accomplishing almost nothing useful.

I would’ve said to use Tesla, except Bolt’s charging power is too low. That means some Teslas might end up waiting for Bolts charging at 50kW (or 55kW) peak. There’s also the problem with free chargers. That’s not good.

stopped at a Chevy dealer today to see a Bolt. Salesman said he could sell all he gets. How Many? 6-10. A month? No – a year. Sometimes we trade stock to get Bolts. You mean you trade a Silverado to get a Bolt? Yup.

Chevrolet should not cancel the volt in its present form. Give the electric range 20 or 30 more miles. Add standard suite of safety features like Toyota and you have a winner. The volt is the superior design amongst plugins. And make it seating for five full passengers

I think the vast majority of people that want EREV are going to satisfied with 53 miles. Getting to the last 10% of potential buyers by adding 20-30 more miles of AER probably isn’t worth it. It is a balancing act though, and I could be wrong. My thinking on this is that a lot of people drive 30-50 miles in a day, but not a lot driver 53-83 miles in a day, at least not that often.

There’s no reason for Chevy to increase the VOLT battery since its the leader right now.

I discount the BMW since the small gas tank makes it necessary to carry a smelly gas can around.

Saying it another way, the BMW I3 WOULD be the leader if it had a decent gas tank, but anyone considering a volt would not consider an I3 since the price is too high, besides the just mentioned ‘killer’ feature.

But GM DID feel competitive pressure with the fast charger in the Honda Clarity, and so therefore has slightly bested it in next year’s premium model.

The Clarity is SELLING GREAT since there are no other MidSized PHEV’s in its price class, and with a huge AER (slightly worse than the VOLT) to boot.

I would consider a bolt ev if it weren’t a Chevy/

Its your loss man, Unless you don’t like the car’s Ugly Duckling ‘rep’. The car is great otherwise. Just get the cheaper Cloth Seats. Ongoing reliability should be great, and its a very sporty ride, probably made even better once you change out the mediocre OEM tires (I’m changing mine out at 36,000 miles).