The Chevy Volt found itself in the shadow of the upcoming 2017 Bolt EV this month

The Chevy Volt found itself in the shadow of the upcoming 2017 Bolt EV this month

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.

With 238 miles of range and a sharp price, will the Bolt EV outsell the Volt in 2017?

With 238 miles of range and a sharp price, will the Bolt EV outsell the Volt in 2017?

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).

The 2nd generation Chevrolet Volt has now completed a full year of availability in the United States

The 2nd generation Chevrolet Volt has now completed a full year of availability in the United States

Also of interest this month with GM and its EVs (not named the Bolt):

And that's a wrap! Cadillac ELR is now sold-out!

And that's a wrap! Cadillac ELR is now sold-out!

*- 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