Chevy Volt Takes Off In Netherlands With Record-Setting Sales Month

SEP 4 2013 BY MARK KANE 11

Opel Ampera

Opel Ampera

August surprised us with high sales of both the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera in the Netherlands.

The Chevy Volt, with 477 registrations, jumped to the “Top 18” with 1.7% market share!

This is a remarkable number considering that never before have Volt sales exceeded 60 units in the Netherlands.

The YTD figure for the Volt now stands at 728.  Discounts have certainly had an impact on sales.

Meanwhile, the Opel Ampera had “only” 104 registrations and 0.4% market share, but the YTD number of 812 is still above Volt.

Nissan LEAF seems to be on the podium in plug-in ranking, but with only 51 registrations and 0.2% market, it’s certainly outside of the Top 100 ranking for passenger vehicles. This yea, 266 LEAFs were registered in Netherlands so far.

The Renault Zoe didn’t shine last month with just 37 copies registered and 0.1% market share.

And finally, we have Tesla, which started deliveries in Netherlands, with 5 registrations for the brand (all Model S likely) and 8 YTD sales.

We will watch how the situation in the Netherlands develops in the near future because now this 674 plug-ins sold in August might be some kind of peak that can’t be sustained.

Source: Best Selling Cars

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It’s very odd situtation Volt competing with Ampera on Europe market

Well the Volt is the original while the Ampera appears as a copy.

The Volt is based on Opel engineering.

It is odd.

And it would be nice if they sold the Opel Ampera in the USA just to provide some diversity.

It’s not odd if you understand that GM would really like to kill the Opel (and Vauxhall) brands and use Chevrolet everywhere.

Selling the Chevrolet Volt was part of increasing the Chevrolet brand awareness.

A reason for the sales spike may be the delay of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the deadline for full plugin subsidiaries. Mitsubishi will not be able to fill all pre-orders until the end of the year and some buyers will have canceled their order and switched to the Volt.

In fact for 15 mln. country unbelievable figure.

The 40 EV mile plug-in hybrid is the best of both worlds.

All the EV power you need for the daily commute, and the ability to travel over 300 miles in hybrid mode. It can replace an ICE vehicle, charge at home, no need to look for a plug while you are out, no need to rent a car or worry about range for longer trips, no need to insure two cars, and no need to hold on to an older ICE vehicle as a back up.

It’s not rocket science. The Volt outsells EVs in the Netherlands for the same reason it outsells EVs in the states.

And when Ford finally drops the price of the 21EV mile C-MAX Energi to below $30k, and 21EV mile Fusion Energi to below $35k, they both will enjoy the same higher sales volume.

Meh. It is also the worst of both worlds . . . it depends how you look at it. It is lugging around an ICE when running on battery and it is lugging around a heavy battery when running on ICE.

I think there is a market for both pure EVs and PHEVs . . . it really depends on your specific needs.

People talk about lugging around an ICE and how much added weight it is, but lugging around a lot more batteries to not necessitate the ICE adds a comparable amount of weight.

Both are great cars – basically the same car with slightly different front styling. It’s good to see people noticing what incredible cars these are!