Chevrolet Volt Sales Break Record but Still Stink

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande
2011 Chevrolet Volt. X11CH_VT193 (10/13/2010) (United States)
2011 Chevrolet Volt. X11CH_VT193 (10/13/2010) (United States)

Pathetic. That’s the only way these numbers could be described were this about any other car, and to a certain extent they still are.

Nonetheless, the Chevrolet Volt is already in position to break its all-time monthly sales record. GM says it already moved more than 2,500 units out of the barn this month, which bests the old record by at least 500 cars.

Sad as those numbers might seem, it’s important to look at the competition. Through July, there had been 10,666 Volts sold. While it’s not really a fair side- by-side because of the Chevrolet’s gas engine, the Nissan Leaf only managed to move 3,543 of its ranks.

Ultimately, that has to raise questions about whether or not EVs are actually starting to catch on. Sure, the sales numbers are growing, but is it enough?

Probably not when you consider that GM is said to be stopping production for a full month to make up for swollen inventory and poor demand. But things might not be all bleak for the Volt and others like it.

The Obama administration just mandated every automaker to have an average 54.5 mpg by 2025 which could stand to offer the Volt and cars like it a whole new popularity.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]

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  • Bedrockq Bedrockq on Sep 04, 2012

    Whoever wrote this article is a stinking idiot. That's the only way to describe it. Trying to put pig on lipstick.

  • Stephen Marcus Colmar Stephen Marcus Colmar on Sep 07, 2012

    I will be glad when the election is over, then we can stop having biased reviewers tell us that selling a 100 high end cars a day at $40k a pop is somehow a failure... just because they think it will somehow help thier guy explain away why he wanted to kill GM. On the plus at least this one didnt try making up facts.... Oops, there it is , the reason for the latest pause in the volt production line quoted by this blogger is not the reason given by GM. But hey, why let reality get in the way of a good story?