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Published on August 3rd, 2016 | by James Ayre


Chevy Volt Sales Boomed In July 2016, Highest US Sales Numbers Since August 2014

August 3rd, 2016 by  

Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid sales boomed in the US during July, even more than in previous months this year. A total of 2,406 Chevy Volts were sold during July.

2017 Chevy Volt SteveThat means that July 2016 was the best month for Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sales in the US since August 2014 — when 2,511 units were sold. The next closest month since that high-water mark was December 2015 — when 2,114 of the popular PHEVs were sold.

The high sales numbers are notable for other reasons as well, particularly for the fact that they’re well more than double those of the Nissan LEAF for the month — which only managed to move 1,063 units during July 2016. Some reasons for the relatively low LEAF sales, though, are no doubt that there is a much-improved refresh of the popular all-electric (EV) model on the way, the 200-mile Chevy Bolt is about to arrive, and ~450,000 people are waiting for their Model 3 reservations to be fulfilled.

Also of note: cumulative Chevy Volt PHEV sales in the US now total more than 100,000.

2017 Chevy Volt greyAutoblog provides more, revealing that “July’s Volt sales marked an 83% increase over July 2015, when GM sold 1,313 Volts. So far in 2016, Volt sales are up 76%, showing — once again — how much of an impact the revamped model is having on sales.”

Sebastian Blanco continues: “In fact, the new Volt more than doubled the Leaf’s sales, which came in at just 1,063 last month. Despite an overall July sales record for Nissan, Leaf sales for July were down 9.5% from the 1,174 Leafs sold in 2015. Overall, Leaf sales are down 37.6% this year. In the first seven months of 2015, Nissan sold 10,990 Leafs. So far this year, that number is 6,856. We don’t expect much to change until the 200-mile Leaf finally arrives.”

Chevy Volt 3Considering what a great car the revamped Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid electric car (or extended-range electric car) is, none of this should be too surprising…. I’m curious to see, though, if sales slump somewhat following the release of the Chevy Bolt. How much crossover between the two models is there? Personally, I would certainly consider buying a Volt, but remain unsold on the Bolt as of yet.

And hey, I wonder what would happen if people organized group buys like this.

Photos of Chevy Volt by Steve Hanley on Gas2

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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