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August 2017 marked the second consecutive month during which the Chevrolet Bolt, GM’s all-electric hatchback, generated extra U.S. gross sales than the Chevrolet Volt, GM’s range-extended electrical liftback.

Now out there throughout America, the Chevrolet Bolt produced its finest gross sales month to this point in August.

The Chevrolet Volt, in the meantime, suffered its fifth consecutive month of decline.

Bolt > Volt?

Launched in late 2016, the Chevrolet Bolt was initially out there solely in California and Oregon. By spring, GM had added Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Washington. Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont, had been scheduled subsequent. With 32 extra states added for a full slate, Bolt quantity rose to 2,107 items in August, 54-percent higher than its month-to-month common by way of July.

Although actually not but a typical automobile, 2,107 August gross sales made the Chevrolet Bolt extra widespread than the Audi A3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz CLA, Ford Flex, Chevrolet Spark, Mazda CX-9, Ford C-Max, and Jaguar F-Tempo, amongst many others. Bolt gross sales had been additionally 83 p.c stronger than U.S. gross sales of the Nissan Leaf, now working on the finish of its first-generation’s tenure.

“There merely isn’t an reasonably priced long-range various for the time being,” GM spokesperson Jim Cain (no relation) advised TTAC this morning. The Chevrolet Bolt has an EPA-rated vary of 238 miles; the Nissan Leaf is now rated at 107 miles.2017 Chevrolet Volt - Image: ChevroletAs for the Chevrolet Volt, the second-generation of GM’s range-extended EV — identified sometimes as a plug-in hybrid — is not only shedding out to the Chevrolet Bolt but in addition to the more and more widespread Toyota Prius Prime. Yr-to-date, the Volt leads the Prius Prime by 738 gross sales, however the Prius Prime has outsold the Volt in 4 of the final 5 months.

With the Volt shedding market share to the Prius Prime whereas additionally shedding limelight to the Bolt, Volt gross sales have fallen 19 p.c over the last 5 months. That’s a significant slide for a automobile that climbed to its highest annual complete ever in calendar yr 2016.

From GM’s perspective, Jim Cain says the Volt continues to carry out effectively. With the Bolt and Volt — an both/or proposition — Chevrolet’s lineup differs from Toyota, which is at present hybrid-focused, and Nissan, which is at present EV-focused. Providing the all of a sudden much less widespread Volt alongside the Bolt is useful, “as a result of it provides its personal resolution to vary nervousness,” Cain says.

Neither automobile makes a powerful suggestion that mass EV adoption is upon us — plug-in hybrids and pure electrics generated simply 1 p.c of U.S. auto gross sales in August. However as EV ranges prolong, range-extended hybrids such because the Volt could lose their enchantment extra quickly than initially anticipated.

Chevrolet offered 196,007 new autos in August 2017. Normal Motors offered 275,552, an Eight-percent enchancment. Included in these totals had been three,552 Bolts and Volts. HybridCars.com estimates Tesla offered 2,100 copies of the Mannequin S plus 1,700 Mannequin Xs and 70 Mannequin 3s.

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Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Reality About Vehicles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.web. Comply with on Twitter @timcaincars.

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