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Best US plug-in sales EVER for the month of January was attained by the Volt this month! At least for now, we don't know sales of other plug-ins yet. Still, Volt beat the metric by a hefty margin, only LEAF and Tesla S come close with ~1250 and ~1200 respectively in prior January months. Not sure if the Volt will take the title this month or if another plug-in like the Prime will outsell it?

The Volt bested its own year-over-year January 2016 sales by 61%.

I wish the Bolt EV sales were a little bit higher, but given it's only available in a few states it's likely a pretty decent number, especially for January. It also nearly broke the old records by Tesla and LEAF for 2014 sales, yet it's only available in a couple states, so that's actually pretty impressive too.

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Bolt EVs, which were available in California and Oregon during the month, had the fastest days to turn in the industry at 7 days.
 

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Also the Bolt sales was dealing with low inventory.
 

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Cars.com shows 879 Bolts available at dealers nationwide (probably all in California and Oregon) , so with 1162 sod in Jan and 574 in Dec
equals 2615 produced and delivered to dealers (not counting Bolts in transit.

if 2615 were all produced in Nov and Dec (38 working days , about 7 per hour, somewhat lower than 9 per hour originally expected. Hope production is ramping up
 

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Cars.com shows 879 Bolts available at dealers nationwide (probably all in California and Oregon) , so with 1162 sod in Jan and 574 in Dec
equals 2615 produced and delivered to dealers (not counting Bolts in transit.

if 2615 were all produced in Nov and Dec (38 working days , about 7 per hour, somewhat lower than 9 per hour originally expected. Hope production is ramping up
Hard to discern from this data as you point out your information does not include cars in transit. And Cars.com does not show all cars in inventory. With delivery times taking up to 3 to 4 weeks there could be as many as ~2000 Bolt EV's in transit.
 

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I would say that 1,162 is a strong number for January, especially only being on sale in two states. I think GM's issue with the Bolt EV is definitely going to be production bottlenecks. It's the first non-Tesla that could see considerable demand in all 50 states, and it could also see very high demand in the currently boom international plugin market (over 600,000 plugins sold last year).
 

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I would say that 1,162 is a strong number for January, especially only being on sale in two states. I think GM's issue with the Bolt EV is definitely going to be production bottlenecks. It's the first non-Tesla that could see considerable demand in all 50 states, and it could also see very high demand in the currently boom international plugin market (over 600,000 plugins sold last year).
Yes, it's an historically good figure for January in the USA, which will partly be due to the influence of taxes and budget uncertainty.

For comparison, Toyota moved 1366 Prius Primes. Both have some inventory issues at the moment.

Also note that there is a low number of selling days in January, which also leads to a bit of a drop compared to December.
 

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so how low can Volts be found for in the Southern states (Georgia). While I am waiting to see Bolts actually become available I am looking for trends/expectations
Yeah, I'm not seeing any heavy discounts in Florida.
 

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Maybe the Volt discounts are a California thing? Many people are reporting between $5,000-$8,000 below MSRP on the Volts. It might actually be cheaper to order a Volt from California and have it shipped.
 

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The Volt total is impressive and the Bolt number is pretty good as well. What kind of surprised me was that Tesla had another 1600 start month of the quarter. It was a one off, but when they sold 2700 S's and X's in first month of the quarter July of last year, I thought they had minimized the end of quarter draw down. They did a very nice 5550 of both their cars in September but then they dropped back down to 1650 in October. December they had an outstanding 9725 but then in this January they dropped to 1650 again.
I realize they manage sales and shipping in a way that maximizes the last month of the sales quarter but I thought the huge ups and downs would be a thing of the past.
Having said that, it would be really cool to see GM sell 5550 Bolts and Volts in a month, and seeing GM sell 9725 would be outstanding! I like my Volt but Tesla is really selling a lot of cars, especially at that price point.
 

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Maybe the Volt discounts are a California thing? Many people are reporting between $5,000-$8,000 below MSRP on the Volts. It might actually be cheaper to order a Volt from California and have it shipped.
could be as one magazine predicted, Bolt availability will significantly impact Volt incentives/prices. I am still of the opinion I have had from day one of the Bolt announcement. Seeing both side by side people will ask why the Volt "loses" 150 miles just to have a gas engine
 

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I thought the huge ups and downs would be a thing of the past.
I think this has to do with the way they report sales numbers. The actual sales numbers are not as frenetic.

could be as one magazine predicted, Bolt availability will significantly impact Volt incentives/prices. I am still of the opinion I have had from day one of the Bolt announcement. Seeing both side by side people will ask why the Volt "loses" 150 miles just to have a gas engine
I'm hoping people are smart enough to know the difference now. The Volt "loses" 190 miles of electric range, but it "gains" 370 miles of gasoline range.
 

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Ziv, Tesla doesn't report monthly, just look at 3 month blocks for Tesla, starting with Jan (so look at Jan, Feb, Mar or Apr, May, Jun, etc).

The Bolt EV has really only been on sale since 12/28 or so, nearly 2000 in basically 1 state in 5 weeks is impressive, especially during slowest month of the year.

Also, the good dealers are selling less than MSRP, but I guess many dealers are asking 5k over, which will limit sales by locking up inventory.
 

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Tesla tries to ship their international orders early in the quarter. So the bulk of U.S. sales are always late in the quarter.

Really good numbers for both Volt and Bolt EV. Speaking of the Bolt EV, I've now seen three in the wild.
 

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Overall I think this is very good news for the Volt, Bolt and EVs in general especially given gasoline prices making it actually cheaper per mile to drive 40+ MPG ICE in a decent swath of the US. It will be interesting to see the monthly numbers when the Bolt and Prius Prime are available in all 50 states.
 

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So the ancient Leaf outsold all the other BEVs. Wow!
That was a whole different story back then. Much less cars in the EV lineup to choose from being one of the major differences. ;)
 
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