The year is quickly winding to a close, and General Motors is taking steps to ensure that the automaker meets its goal of selling 10,000 Chevrolet Volt units. The company has given its dealers the go-ahead to sell their Volt demo vehicles, thereby greatly increasing the availability of the plug-in. In the past, GM has required its Chevrolet dealers to keep at least one Volt model on the lot to show off to potential customers. Dropping that requirement will see the number of available Volt models swell by 2,300 units, according to Automotive News.

As of the end of October, GM has managed to move just 5,003 Volt units this year. That's a far cry from GM CEO Dan Akerson's 10,000-unit goal. The company says that in addition to the demo vehicles, the automaker has an extra 1,800 Volt models in transit to dealers right now, which brings the total number of available vehicles to 4,100. Even if GM dealers manage to find homes for all of those plug-in hybrids in just two months, the company would still miss its target by almost 800 units.


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      Big V
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this is true from powerscorecord.org - " The nation's fleet of over 100 coal plants is responsible for 57 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S., more than any other single electricity fuel source." How does this shift to electric vehicles accomplish anything environmentally? Coal cars vs Gas Cars? The more & more I research electric cars & the environmental impact the less I believe this is marketing not science. I like the Volt but $32 K after credits, really? I get get a really NICE car for that price, not a marketing gimmic
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Big V
        That means 43% of the electricity in the US comes from other sources besides coal. And, depending on where you live, your electricity may be completely coal-free.
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      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should authorize them to give them away because nobody wants the POSs.
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          stclair5211
          • 3 Years Ago
          As long as I'm paying for the oil it's not the governments job to worry about it. How is electricity cleaner? It comes from a power plant. Cleaner or not, you are creating it. Doing so uses resources and so does building this car. The ultimate green act would be to keep your car for 30 years. Believe it or not, a car will last that long. Going green is about selling you the same or less for more. It's a marketing ploy. The planet is fine and no government official cares. They want your money and to control you. Period. Recycle that.
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @stclair5211 Wrong. It is the governments job to worry about oil. Our nation's dependence on oil is a national security risk. One major disruption to the oil supply-chain will send prices skyrocketing and crater our economy. Nothing in our economy moves without oil. A diversity of energy supplies is in our nation's best interest.
      CarNutMike
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, who buys these friggin' things anyway? Me. I have one. I'm a certified (certifiable?) car nut. I own 6. Two early '90s BMWs, a Jag XJR, a self-built FFR Cobra, a Ferrari 360, and ... a 2011 Volt. First, why I didn't buy the car: to save money; to save the world for the rainforest whales; to impress my fellow man with my "greenness". Why I *did* buy (OK, lease) the car: coolio engineering and it's an awesome commuter. Quick enough , quiet, smooth, extremely well put together. It exhibits a behavior resembling "handling", believe it or not, that encourages fast cornering (keeping up that EV range, you know). You can even rotate it under braking. The suspension strikes a very good ride/handling balance. It's not actually "fast" in any objective sense but I find I use more of the available performance than in a "normal" car because it's so quiet. All the "complexity" everyone derides is exactly what I love about it. It all works together seamlessly. In warm weather, the EPA 35 mile EV range can be obtained at 70mph and high 40s is a typical day of 25-50mph suburban driving. In 7 months/7500 miles, my only issue has been a lazy charge door release that was replaced under warranty. EVERYONE who has been in the car has been impressed with it, particularly my car nut buddies, who were fully prepared (gleefully anticipating, in fact) to give me a neverending bunch of sh*t over it. The landlord here at my office is even talking about replacing his Jag XJ8 with one. My average week is 95%+ electric although I take an occasional 300mile round trip with it. At 0.17kwh, it costs about as much in electricity as a 75mpg car would in gasoline. It consumes about 300kWh/month but I'm not seeing much of a change in my usage year-over-year. I've clawed back some of it with CFL/LED lighting and maybe I'm a bit more attentive to my electric usage. Dunno. It's expensive, but lots of things are expensive. *shrug* Eventually, they'll be cheaper. It's certainly changed my opinion on what GM is capable of doing. I have no idea if it will be a sales success. Don't care, have mine. :)
        CarNutMike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CarNutMike
        TL, DR. :) Sorry.
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CarNutMike
        Nice summary; I'm glad to hear observations from someone who owns one.
      sp33dklz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I drive all the time. I have not seen one Volt anywhere. Put the technology into a Buick or Cadillac. You can't sell a $40,000 Cruze.
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      librapaj
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's usually what happens when you sell a 20k car for 40k not including the ridiculous dealer mark ups.
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      spw
      • 3 Years Ago
      Volt goal was 16k for this year. then in march 2011 they said their factory will produce 25k this year. Then few months back they said they are working on their 12k goal. And now the goal is 10k. :-)
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          azeidy
          • 3 Years Ago
          first why don't you stop trolling and annoying the **** out of everyone with your false and untruly ignorant comments... second when was the goal ever 100k units for THIS year???
      Greg Aryous
      • 3 Years Ago
      BEWARE: Because the chevy Dealers have already titled the cars and taken the sweet $7,500 tax credit... buyers will NOT qualify for the tax credit so the price of the (used) Volt is still around $40K... too expensive!!! (no wonder the Cruze is selling so well...)
        dan1malk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Greg Aryous
        "no wonder the Cruze is selling so well..." Isn't this the whole point of the Volt? ( ...or any halo car for that matter.)
          Pj Taintz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dan1malk
          exactly, the viper must be horrible because of how few they sell right?
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      PJA48142
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think this is a move by GM to make it look like there's more demand than actually exists. My local dealer has had 3 sitting on the lot for a month. I believe that one may be a demo, don't know. The dealer is the closest Chevy dealer to a large GM Powertrain facility, and being only an hour from Detroit, should have plenty of customers for this halo-car. I just don't think the demand for this car is there.
        rlog100
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PJA48142
        Paranoid? Afraid you're going to find out you've been listening to people pull 'truth' out of their asses. Yes sales have been low. But I haven't seen one bit of justification its low demand and not low supply except anecdotal claims. But they exist on both sides.
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PJA48142
        The dealer in my hometown does not have a demo and hasn't been able to get one, though he has two customers waiting for a car, this is a town of 14,000.
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        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        "I hope for a Cadillac version of the Volt, which would be more in-line with the price." 100% agreed, I've said this all along ... it would be a spearhead for future, lesser models to follow.
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