Chevrolet Sold 100,000 Units of the Volt In the United States

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After it went on sale in December 2010 for the 2011 model year, the Chevrolet Volt now celebrates the 100,000th unit sold in the United States. The question is, is this good news or bad news?
It depends on which perspective you look from at the Volt’s milestone. To put that number into perspective, U.S. sales of the pure electric Nissan Leaf total 95,384 units from the month of January 2010 to June 2016. Since it went on sale up to June 2016, the similarly pure electric Tesla Model S sold roughly 75,251 units in what we call the land of the free and the home of the brave.

When you compare the price of a Chevrolet Volt to the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model S, as well as the sales figures for the United States market, you’ll soon understand why the 100,000th unit milestone for the Volt plug-in hybrid isn’t so much a triumph, but a “could’ve been better, tho'.”

Be that as it may, the men and women behind the Volt and the model’s exceptionally devoted owners fully deserve to pop the champagne to mark this moment. “The Chevrolet Volt delivers not just a fun driving experience behind the wheel, but has become the first vehicle with plug-in electrification technology to truly become mainstream,” said Steve Majoros, the marketing director for the Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers department.

Chevrolet estimates that those 100,000 units of the Volt sold in the United States have been driven 1.5 billion miles in pure EV mode of a total 2.5 billion cumulative miles. What’s more, Chevrolet highlights that Volt drivers have saved approximately 58 million gallons of gasoline based on an average fuel economy of 25.3 miles per gallon. As a refresher, 25.3 mpg represents the average sales-weighted fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S.

Where do we go from here on in? As things stand now, GM will try its luck against the Tesla Model 3 with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt. The real question is, will the Bolt convince people to overlook what Tesla Motors has in the offing or will the badge up front weigh more than on-paper specs? I don't know, but bear in mind that the Model 3 is that little bit more desirable and cheaper than the Bolt. Let’s wait and see who’ll win this eco-friendly match.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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