The Chevrolet Volt is leading the pack of plug-in electric vehicles and has kicked butt on Nissan Leaf sales numbers but the goal for 2012 is to make 35,000 to 40,000 Volts. Through July, General Motors has sold 10,666 Volts in the U.S., which should get the automaker to 19,000 units sold this year. In Europe, through June, GM sold 2,861 Ampera plug-in hybrids, aka the European version of the Volt. The company recently started selling Chevy Volts in the rapidly growing China market where only 18 were sold through June, according to LMC Automotive.

Add up those numbers and we see that about 25,000 to 30,000 Volts/Amperas could be sold worldwide this year. Wait a minute, though, what happened to hitting that 40,000-unit target? And why do we even know that number?

In late June, CEO Dan Akerson said that GM's initial target – building 60,000 Volts this year, with 15,000 going to exports – was being downsized to 35,000 to 40,000 units. By continuing to give sales predictions, even decreased ones, Akerson serves to reminds us that, last year, GM failed to meet its initial target of selling 10,000 Volts. Will Akerson further downsize the forecast the next time he's asked?


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      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lame.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay, while we are throwing our hands into the air and wailing, 'Why, O, Why does GM keep giving predictions?' here are the headlines from realclearenergy.org: Obama: Romney Doesn't Get Wind - Kay Henderson, RadioIowa The Future of Clean Energy is Growth - Tyler Hamilton, E-Boom Finance Is Gas's Threat to Coal Sustainable? - Lindsay Morris, Power Engineering Wind: Future of Energy or Massive Subsidy? - Editors, AOL Energy Climate Panic Can Backfire on Environmentalists - Bjorn Lomborg, Slate What Clean Energy Can Learn from Sara Lee - Hendricks & James, CP Shale Gas Reducing Carbon But By How Much? - Jim Pierobon, EC Will New Offshore Rules Prevent Blowouts? - Josh Lederman , Huff Post Heat, Drought Cause Cooling Water Problems - Joe Eaton, Nat. Geo. A Car That Runs on Compressed Air - John Metcalfe, The Atlantic Yep....
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Day Ago
        @EZEE
        @ EZEE realclearenergy.org: I'm glad you quote from one of the best websites for a broad spectrum of good journalism !
        Rick
        • 1 Day Ago
        @EZEE
        US will be sitting on the edge of the fiscal cliff come January 1st 2013 with $600 billions in austerity cutbacks to make with a 5% drop-off in GDP, we are only doing 5 billions a year of austerity cutbacks in the UK at moment, Chinese economy has just tanked, here in the UK car sales will drop by one-third in 2013 as new buyers in Great Britain said they don't want to buy a new car in 2013 with a unlucky "13" on the number/license plates of all new cars. Can't see to many problems out there at the moment? with GMs forecast numbers 31 Volt sales so far this year in the UK is just a drop in the ocean the only way is up.
      Brinto
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares about projections.......they're always just guesses.
      Smith Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does ABG continue to mention completely uninteresting news about- zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sales numbers could go way up the last couple months of the year when you don't have to wait as long to get the tax credit back as your 2012 IRS refund. Particularly so if the extension of the tax credit into 2013 is in jeopardy (i.e. Romney wins election). Hopefully GM has the inventory...
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chevy are massive in Canada, and doing OK. Canadian Car sales. (January to July first 7 months car sales) 1. Chevy Camaro 1,955 2. Chevy Volt 600 3. Nissan Leaf 160 4. Mitsubishi MiEV 126 http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2011/01/nissan-leaf-sales-figures.html
        EZEE
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Rick
        Overall sales.... #1 Ford F-Series 10,281 + 19.8% 62,782 + 13.3% #2 Dodge Ram 6624 + 2.1% 41,940 + 13.5% #3 Dodge Grand Caravan 5222 + 20.4% 33,288 - 3.0% #4 Ford Escape 4941 + 14.3% 23,999 - 12.7% #5 Honda Civic 4470 + 24.1% 36,627 + 22.2% #6 Hyundai Elantra 4319 - 9.4% 29,904 + 2.9% #7 GMC Sierra 3985 + 4.4% 26,110 + 0.3% #8 Mazda 3 3666 + 1.2% 23,889 + 8.2% #9 Chevrolet Silverado 3172 - 9.3% 21,174 - 6.8% #10 Dodge Journey 3148 + 0.8% 17,744 - 7.5%
          Tweaker
          • 1 Day Ago
          @EZEE
          Rick, you need to combine the Sierra and Silverado, they are the same. Also, they have not started selling the new Escape here yet. And yes, Ford and Toyota are currently working jointly on a hybrid truck. And don't you worry your pretty little head, hybrids are mainstream here now, not too many are falling for the filthy diesel option. Did you see where the best hybrid (Prius) is 25% more efficient than the best comparable diesel (Jetta)?
          Rick
          • 1 Day Ago
          @EZEE
          Thanks for posting that Ezee, nice to see all the awesome pick-up trucks are keeping Ford, GM & MOPAR in big profits Stateside & help bailout Europes huge billion loss making concernsin small FWD cars, whilst the waste billions on greenie cars nobody wants. It's a shame Ford are not investing it in something worthwhile like a nice USA made RWD F-100 hybrid for Europe, l would buy one in a instant, we only get those nasty joke Micky Mouse FWD Rangers in the UK nobody wants. RWD F-Series F-100 Hybrid pick-ups for Europe could be a good plan B for high fuel prices coming down the tracks maybe in near future Stateside. Maybe a nice 80 MPG Diesel RWD saloon car like our Cortina/Taunus that was No1 in Europe all its life, that sits between the Focus & Mondeo with a lot more classic mojo in the styling department would create another massive hit for Ford in Europe. Awesome F-Series No1 still king of the road what folk really want in the US, this ole green junk at the moment, seems about as popular as a chocolate teapots looking as those sales numbers l have posted. Dodge Ram wow made it to No 2, Brand NEW Ford Escape sales DOWN -11.6% compared to Boxy Escape numbers last year, looks like Ford have cocked the Escape up. What went wrong with the Silverado sales last month? Off to Mustang GB owners club national day just up the this from me at afternoon at Brooklands birthplace of Aviation & Motorsport, local roads are full of drop dead gorgeous classic Stangs at the moment which is a very rare in the UK as they were never sold here. Best day out in our local village since watching our Bradley cycle through here in the Olympic time trail road race & win a gold. Classic lovely ole American Stangs everywhere at the moment it automotive heaven for a day in the UK. It will be back to mundane anodyne BMW & Mercedes Benz on our local roads on Monday.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Day Ago
          @EZEE
          Tweaker The new Ford Escape is indeed already on sale. I've seen quite a few around here. Even further - the new 2013 Ford Escape has already had multiple recalls - for a fire risk (complete with two engine fires)! "Ford said in those documents that following the June 9 fire, "the vehicle was examined and similar units in Ford's possession were inspected. No cause for the fire could be determined. " "On July 11, 2012, a second 2013 Ford Escape being driven by a Ford employee from the Louisville Assembly Plant to the nearby holding lot "experienced a fire," the documents said. " "Dealers have been advised to transport the affected 2013 Ford Escapes to the dealership "via flat bed or appropriate towing procedures." Ford warned consumers to not drive the affected 2013 Ford Escapes until repairs can be made. It is the second recall of the 2013 Ford Escape this month. " http://www.insideline.com/ford/escape/2013/2013-ford-escape-owners-to-get-special-handling-because-of-fire-risk-recall.html http://www.insideline.com/ford/escape/2013/2013-ford-escape-owners-to-get-special-handling-because-of-fire-risk-recall.html
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Day Ago
      Rick, What was even weirder is it's tally by continent :- 1 Europe 139 2 Asia 77 3 America 67 4 Australia 12 5 Africa 11 This inaccurately includes North and South America a one continent, and erroneously includes New Zealand as part of the Australian land mass. But part of the blame is the over-excited UK press. Euro-Informationen (a content provider in the area of consumer-oriented communications). Was only speculating what could happen if a future united Euro-zone came into existance. S
      Anne
      • 2 Years Ago
      But meanwhile the real news: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/08/fisker-20120818.html
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      The business of not meeting sales projections is a bit sad. I live most of the year in one of the most sports mad countries. During the London Olympics, the Australian media was scathing about the performance of an athlete who only won silver, not Gold ! I mean this athlete came second in the world ! Only fraction of a second from being number one. The journalists who condemned the athlete, probably would have found climbing a flight of stairs too exhausting ! It's an ugly trait, the glee some people take at dismissing the whole achievement of those who just miss the highest goals, instead of celebrating what has been achieved.
        Rick
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Marcopolo
        Could be worse the EU know nothings are just claiming that they won the Olympics with 309 medals, three times more medals than their nearest rival, Team GB who finish third have been wiped off the medals table in Europe. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/340201/EU-claims-it-topped-the-Olympic-medal-table-and-Britain-is-nowhere-to-be-seen EU are so thick they don't realise that would not been allowed to enter 30 times more athletes in some competitions, where may only have been allowed two.
        Rick
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Marcopolo
        Your right with your version of continents but l thought there were 7 Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. LOL but hate how the EU medals table version wipes out our British achievement. EU 306 United States 104 China 87 Russia 82
      ss1591
      • 2 Years Ago
      If more people would test drive a Volt they would buy them! Chevrolet should let people test drive one for a few days and they would be hooked. I have had mine for 2 months now and everyone who drives in it loves how well it rides. I have put 1600 miles on it and only used 3.6 gallons of gas! I charge it using 110v and it costs about $.90 a day. Its a blast trying to get as far as you can on a charge, so far I am averaging 46 miles per charge and 60 miles per day without using gas most of the time.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm a Volt owner. This car is the best kept secret in America. Needs to noted, I'm south of the Mason-Dixon line. Cold weather will take a toll on battery life.
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