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Chevy Bolt is July’s Best-Selling EV despite Being Available in Only 18 States

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt

The battle for the best-selling EV in the United States is mostly unnoticed as the majority of car buyers continue to drive off dealership lots with good old gasoline-powered cars. But EV sales are rising and, in July, it was the Chevy Bolt that took the top spot despite having been available in only 18 states.

The Bolt—not to be confused with the hybrid Volt—was off to a slow start. After launching in December 2016, it has only just now surpassed 10,000 sales, even though GM had originally planned for a capacity of 25,000 to 35,000 units for the first year of production.


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The Bolt’s July performance shows that all hope isn’t lost for the weirdly-proportioned subcompact hatchback. With 1,971 units sold, the Bolt outperformed all of its competitors, including the Tesla Model S and Model X, and the Toyota Prius Prime. It also returned the Nissan LEAF’s favor by kicking it to the curb (wait a sec, it’s already been doing that—not looking good for the LEAF).

So far this year, GM has sold 9,563 Chevrolet Bolts, putting it fifth in the overall sales rankings for 2017, behind the Model S, Volt, Prius Prime, and Model X, in that order. If the Bolt can continue its upward trend—and it is a trend, not a sudden spike, as sales have been increasingly steadily since February—it may very well challenge for the title of “best-selling EV” by the time December rolls around.


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  • tigardspaz

    I wouldn’t fret over the Leaf, as they are about to release a new model with improved range.
    As for the Bolt, with their extensive overstock inventories, I don’t understand why Chevy hasn’t rolled it out into more states, if not all 50. The overstock issue apparently was such an issue that they shut down the factory where they are assembled. ( I won’t say manufactured as most of the vehicle is manufactured overseas by LG.)

    • theflew

      They were “overstocked” because the plant was shutting down for a few weeks. Also when the plant starts up again the focus is going to be on the new states. So that “overstock” is going to have to last for a month or two – it’s called planning. If sales rise in August even with the plant down it means they planned well.