Chevrolet Bolt Finally Starts To Outsell The Volt

Over nine months after launching in California and Oregan, U.S. sales of the Chevrolet Bolt have finally eclipsed those of the Volt following the EV’s nationwide rollout.

In both July and August, Bolt sales surpassed the Volt with August alone accounting for 2,107 sales. That figure is 83 per cent higher than the outgoing Nissan Leaf could muster up last month and also puts the Bolt ahead of more premium offerings like the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz CLA, Mazda CX-9 and Jaguar F-Pace.

Whereas the Bolt is all-electric, the Volt is a plug-in hybrid that features a compact internal combustion engine to extend its range. The car has been kicking around since 2011 and while one may have expected to see it superseded by the Bolt, GM spokesperson Jim Cain told The Truth About Cars that the Volt “offers its own solution to range anxiety.”

Since premiering late last year, the introduction of the Bolt throughout the United States has been slow. Following its initial availability in California and Oregon, sales swelled to include Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Washington. The likes of Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont then received the Bolt. Now, all states are selling it to customers.


  • Benjamin B.

    People are waiting for a Tesla Model S. I predict the resell value will be horrible for the first years of the Chevrolet Bolt. I would consider leasing one, but I would never buy any electric car that doesn’t have a Tesla badge.

    • OdysseyTag

      Model 3 you mean.

    • Knotmyrealname

      I’m getting the feeling – more and more – that Tesla has well and truly taken the lead, the rest are ‘trying’ to catch up and thus offering terribly compromised products. Tesla provides a 100% EV dedicated line-up and illustrates a 100% commitment to EV future. No-one else is putting their money where there big mouths are. To the punter, one talks the talk, the other walks the walk. If you’re looking to buy a EV vehicle in the next couple of years you’re going to want to but one that will have an established infrastructure. At least. No-one else is even close to providing that. There seems to be so much denial from the others that the trust and hope that the consumer puts in them must be dissolving at quite a pace.

  • Blade t

    Chevy really needs to take a hint from Tesla and style these models better. They would sell way more if they looked good. Nobody is going to feel “cool” driving a bolt or a volt….

    • Mill0048

      Agreed. Vehicle designers always say, “good design doesn’t cost anything”. But then why is it that cars built to a cost rarely have a sexy design?

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