The month of January is traditionally no friend to plug-in vehicle sales in the US, but that didn't stop the Chevrolet Bolt EV's momentum in its first full month on the market, while the Volt completely ignored traditional sales conventions and sales shot 60% higher.
As for the Bolt EV, after moving 579 copies in a shorten December, GM's 238 mile EV sold an impressive 1,162 copies in the first month of 2017 (which is almost exactly as we predicted at 1,200).
GM CEO Mary Barra And Mark Reuss (GMNA Boss) both separately made statements that more EVs based on the Bolt EV would be arriving in the future this month
Interestingly, the Bolt EV's January result made the 'podium' for the industry.
The Volt picked up the first spot for sales with just over 1m600 copies moved, while the new Toyota Prius Prime finished in second (logging 1,366 sales in January); with the Bolt EV in third - the only other EV to cross into the 4 digit promised land for the month.
Over the past few weeks we have seen a lot of first drives and reviews on the Bolt EV (here and here for example), but we also heard from GM's CEO Mary Barra as well, who said her company has bigger plans for the platform:
“…the Bolt is our platform that we’re going to continue on and have a huge range of vehicles.”
During January, the Bolt EV was still only sold regionally in California and Oregon, but GM says it expects about ~50% of all says to come from these areas....meaning we could extrapolate 2x the current sales as being a realistic 'could have been' figure.
Further to the company's roll-out plans Chevy released its "distribution plan" for the Bolt, which expands availability to 5 states in February (adding Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia), before ultimately being available nationwide by September.
Chevrolet Bolt Rollout Schedule For U.S.
Chevy Volt: Top safety pick for 2017, and (at least for now) top selling plug-in too
Separately, and still completely overshadowed by the Bolt EV's media debut glow, the Chevrolet Volt quietly went about its business ... of destroying past plug-in sales records in the US.
The extended range Volt moved an incredibly impressive 1,611 copies in January, good for a 62% gain over the 996 moved a year ago.
And it isn't the personal improvement gain that makes the result so impressive, it is the raw number itself.
Before the 1,600+ Volts sold this month, the most plug-ins sold of any model, ever in January, was the Nissan LEAF back in January of 2014 with 1,252 sales.
Editor's note: We know some readers like to know everything when it comes to EV sales and GM, so just to round out the numbers, the discontinued Cadillac ELR sold 4 copies, while the also recently ended Chevrolet Spark EV sold 3 cars in January.