We should be getting August's official sales numbers early next week, but the Detroit Free Press is already reporting that General Motors will have something to be proud of in the announcement: 2,500 Chevrolet Volt sales, the car's best month ever. Previously, the best month of sales was March 2012, when GM sold 2,289 Volts.

GM spokeswoman Michelle Malcho told the Freep that, "We're really seeing momentum continuing to build. As people see their neighbors have one and as they start to understand the technology and are able to drive it, they put it into their consideration." Malcho said California residents buy a third of all Volts, and Michigan is also a strong sales market.

We heard recently that the GM plant that builds the Volt in Hamtramck, Michigan will be idled for a month starting in the middle of September, either to retool the machines or balance out supply and demand or a little bit of both. Currently, GM is building both 2012 and 2013 model year Volts "to accelerate the transition to the new model."


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      Brian D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's get the facts straight. Only 55 volts were sold to fleets in august, and there is only a 52 day supply of vehicles in the system. Sales of the volt to individual consumers make up over 99% of total sales.
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really wish people on here would shut up and stop bad mouthing the Volt who have never driven one . Either go drive a Volt or just shut up !
      R3TRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny I was just thinking that I've been seeing more of these lately. I live in the LA (Burbank) area and see at least 1-2 a day. There is one always parked in my work garage too. I'd (we) would consider one, but the dash really puts me off... those iPod buttons me no likey!
      jesscott
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder how many of them I own since the government confiscated my hard earned dollars to prop them up.
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        @jesscott
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        msk8
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jesscott
        Their giving the customers "hard earned money" back! How did you take credit for THEIR work? Do you know how tax credits work? Better than giving tax credits for children (my opinion).
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Kevin Hooker
        • 2 Years Ago
        The estimates have been scaled back considerably based on the market demand. This "loser," in this year alone will sell more than 11,000 units and sold several thousand last year as well. Retooling for the Impala. Also adjusting for the market. To me, this is way better than heavily incentivizing everything just to move extra metal when they overloaded the dealers. Check your facts.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kevin Hooker
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        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        Those sales predictions were made before the recession reall took hold when, A) people had more money for buying new/expensive cars and, B) gas was much more expensive. Things don't always turn out like they should. Now get your head out of your arse and think before you post.
          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          Hey, didn't the volt go on sale after the recession hit? How can they say that in 2 years we are going to sell a car that is a plugin and we will sell 45,000 per year. Gas prices topped in 2007 and since Oblameo took office gas prices have climbed back to where they were.
        Kevin Hooker
        • 2 Years Ago
        The point that you are missing is that the Volt is continually growing sales. Month over month. Year over year. Not exactly a failure by any stretch of the imagination. The people who own them also seem to be genuinely happy with them. It may not be a perfect situation, however, GM has recognized that due to many factors beyond its control that it needed to build for demand and invest in the future of this technology.
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        So, what does that make the Nissan Leaf, which is hardly selling at all?
          ngiotta
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          Market share is down for both. Most people are probably waiting for the (way better looking) Fusion Energi. Of course, since the Government doesn't own a majority stake in Ford, you only get a $3,500 incentive on the Fusion. =)
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Walt
          Pure ignorance. The size of the tax credit is dependent on the size of the battery. Ford chose to use a smaller battery, so they get a smaller tax credit. By the way, these tax credits were signed under Bush, before Obama was ever elected and long before the bankruptcies.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      wonder what percentage of those sales are fleet purchases
        789dm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @_I_I_II_I_I_
        I saw several NYPD Volts on the street. Dunno about DOT or other govt branches.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd bet most sales are going to government agencies under duress from the Washington administration. I never see these things on the road, where are they all in government motor pools? Our tax dollars by the way.
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Lets see, I live in Vancouver and see more Mercedes/BMWs/Audis than I do Chrysler/Ford/GMs so therefore they MUST be selling more cars across all of north America. Stellar logic there.
          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          Rob! You don't have to pay taxes in America. You don't have to pay the bill for the tax credits. In other words, you don't know what you're talking a boot!
          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          So does your government own a large chuck of a car company and if they sold the shares it would be worth nothing? Does your administration push through loans to Green energy companies that they knew were going broke? Does this same company donate millions back to the very administration that got them the loan? The volt is all part of the system that is being forced. I hope you got the (a boot) joke.
          Rob J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          Except, and I know this may shock you, but where I come from we have a $5,000 credit system, and once again, I do pay taxes. But I guess my country isn't as totally screwed from having some of the lowest taxes in the world, invading countries left right and center and breeding it's children to be consumer ******. Although Canada isn't that far behind on any of those things....
        taser it
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        You lost that bet.
        Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        July Volt sales were 1849. Only 55 were fleet.
      nsxrules
      • 2 Years Ago
      So the goal for 2012 was lowered to 45K units, selling 2500 units in a month means they are still short of meeting this lowered goal. GM needs to stop bragging about selling the most Volts ever when the numbers still points to a failure. It's like a basketball team bragging by saying "Last night we lost by the fewest points ever with a score of 127 to 53!"
        JR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        One word.Spin.
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Actually, the Volt/Ampere is the most successful modern electrically powered car on the planet. Proof? Toyota, Ford to name a few are a now also copying the formula.
          Sir Duke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Based on that statement, I'm going to have to say that you don't know the difference between a Volt and a Prius. Prius in its original form, is driven by a combination of ICE and ELECTRIC motors, the Volt is driven by its Electric motor, and the ICE only comes in after the battery has been depleted or in certain isolated situations to assist the electric motor. Volt: Electric drive is PRIMARY. Prius: ICE drive is PRIMARY with the electric giving an assist.
          michigan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Instead of being called the Volt/Ampere, it should simply be called the Ohm
          nsxrules
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Actually the Volt is a copy of the Prius with a larger battery and electric motor and plug in capability. Heck there have been aftermarket kits to make the Prius a plug in for years.
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        @nsxrules
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        @nsxrules
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        mapoftazifosho
        • 2 Years Ago
        Prove it Thor...stop with the all caps and show that you can prove it. Don't worry I'll wait...
          nsxrules
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mapoftazifosho
          Fleet sales are part of the number, it's always been like this for all cars, not just Volts.
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      I understand the negative comments and I have my share of beef with GM, but slow and steady CAN win the race in this case. GM, while selling a small amount of these cars has the highest customer satisfaction rate (JD/CR). They need to bring the cost down, but people really like them. This is much better than selling a ton of vehicles that end up in law suits (cough, cough - Hyundai/Honda)
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
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        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        Correct, when a manufacturer hits 200,000 in EV sales the tax credit begins to phase out, ending completely one year after the 200,000 mark is reach. This is the similar to the tax credit given to buyers of Asian hybrids back in 2005 - yet I don't recall anyone having a problem with that give away. Some here really need to loosen their tin foil hats.
        methos1999
        • 2 Years Ago
        yeah except I believe the $7500 rebate ends when an automaker has made 200,000-250,000 plug in cars, much the same way the tax incentive on hybrids no longer applies to the Prius because Toyota has surpassed the limit...
        Frank
        • 2 Years Ago
        Flawless logic here, Rick. Ever thought of becoming a spokesman for the Tea Party?
          Frank
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frank
          @Jason Krumvieda Wait, let me check your math... yep, spot on. Sooo how about all of the costs not taken into account in this equation? Our government spends billions A YEAR on subsidizing oil companies through tax breaks and other means, which could be partially alleviated with the continued independency from their products thanks to more economical modes of transportation. In addition to that, GM is building these cars using labor from this country. More sales of the products results in more tax revenue from sales (albeit not $7.5k/car) as well as federal taxes from those employees who have jobs... who then go and spend more money on other products that drive the economy. There's too many moving parts to just simply say that our economy will crumble due to something as silly as this, not to mention that the tax incentive isn't indefinite and GM will not reach 1m in Volt sales. Boom. Logic.
          nsxrules
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frank
          Frank stop with the lies. The few billions oil companies get in subsidies (the same subsidies ALL manufacturers get in the US, but at a lower rate) pale in comparison with the taxes they pay. Someone is watching too much so called "news" from MSNBC....
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frank
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          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Frank
          Every Volt sold means less money spent on importing oil. A dollar spent in the US economy is better for US citizens than spending it on foreign oil. That dollar spent in the US, gets spent again and again.
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think that to make America happy all of the people that buy one of these should choose not to take the tax credit. That would solve many problems, it isn't up the the Government to pick which car it would want to succeed and then pay us to take it.
        taser it
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        Yeah, just like homeowners and students shouldn't be able to deduct their loan interest and parents shouldn't get a tax credit and gasoline prices shouldn't be subsidized by military protection of supply lines.
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        I'm not ENTIRELY sure if you're aware of this but the function of a modern government is to serve the best interests of the people. In this case, since the environment is something which affects every man, woman and child in the Unites States, they have a duty to reduce emissions, reduce smog levels and reduce the local impact from fossil fuel extraction. Sorry to burst your bubble but you can't actually be a libertarian without supporting government intervention in regards to the environment. As I said before, the purpose of the government is to support the liberty of its citizens and for them to be free as long as they don't infringe on the rights of others. And we ALL have the right to a livable country and breathable air.
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          Also, for the "coal-powered" claim: A very large percentage of Volts are sold in California. California gets almost zero electricity from coal. Volts sold in Washington and Oregon would be getting most of their power from hydroelectric.
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          The original purpose of the Tax Credits is not environmental, it is energy Independence. The EV tax credits were signed into law by Bush. The primary benefit in people choosing to purchase EVs or EREVs is to dramatically reduce the amount of gasoline they burn each year. This will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. This will make our economy less vulnerable to the wild swings in crude oil pricing. This will reduce the $200-400 Billion dollars we spend every year importing foreign oil. Reducing the importation of foreign oil has the biggest economic factor. Importing oil is a huge drain our economy. Every dollar spent on foreign oil is a dollar leaving our economy and enriching other countries, a dollar that could otherwise have been spent in our own economy, generating further economic activity. Also, our reliance on foreign oil is a National Security issue. Nothing moves in our economy without oil. If there were a disaster of some sort affecting the global crude oil supply chain, it would be devastating to our economy.
          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          Read the post of ss1591 above. He has 1600 miles and has used 4 gallons of gas. Last I checked most electric power comes from coal. So he is using coal to power his car and drive to work. It would be better money spent to give everybody their own personal windmill to power batteries to charge their car. I am very aware of the function of government and it is not to prop up businesses with other businesses money or personal money just because they want them to succeed. A government loan is a different story. Many MODERN contracts that were written recently benefited the Unions and the Owners and put the american people last. Why is that a good thing?
          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          The windmill idea was Sarcasm. I guess you can't read between the lines too well. American unions have also been declining and they are trying desperately to hold on. Back to the 1st point of yours Coal is Coal, Obama hates coal and is trying to shut it down with the EPA....but you would not know that you don't have a dog in the fight you are from Canada. (that was also sarcasm)
          Rob J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          1st of all, coal power accounted for 42% of all electricity generated in the US in 2011 and has been on a steady fall since the 90's. But I suppose if you were talking locally, ss1591 said he is in Colorado, which generates 60% of its electricity from coal - so I suppose you are right there. Except that it has been proven again and again that even with 100% coal produced electricity - you still reduce your GHG emissions over an conventional engine because of the nature efficiency. 2nd it is NEVER a better idea to give everybody their own personal windmill. Large windfarms are currently, and always will be, a more economical way to generate power from wind. 3rd you said you don't want the American government to prop up businesses just to see them succeed? Well in this wind idea of yours, who will be building the windmills? And 4th - While I don't really like unions - they are in fact, made up of "the american people" so I don't really understand that last point of yours.
          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          Gateway is garbage now, not when I worked for them over a decade ago. But thanks for stalking me! now I am a small business owner and build houses on the side because I can. I deal with many people getting turned down for mortgages and that is directly related to Dodd-Frank. Those 2 guys aren't even running again because they know they suck. Car sales are good right now because people can't buy homes because of the crash. We were doing fine until the government required banks to have a % of the homes sold go to subprime, little or nothing down and people that were otherwise unfit for a home ownership. GM may be making billions, but they are not paying back billions by buying back our stock. Fannie and Freddie are way worse and we are giving them billions to stay afloat. Rob, you sound like a smart guy so let me put it to you this way. When government gets involved bad things happen. Everything is more expensive than what they promised. Finally, speeches are speeches. They are pretty words meant to make you feel inspired but they are full of S*** most of the time. PS. Canadian Hockey sucks
          Rob J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          No, I actually keep up with global affairs, hence why I said that the amount of electricity generated by coal is steadily declining. In no small part thanks to Obama, but he is still not doing enough. You cant even get your facts straight which is really not helping the stereotype of how poorly educated Americans are. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, but your incoherent ramblings are just pathetic. And since the GHG emissions from the US have an effect on the entire globe, yes, I do have a stake in what your country does. But I'm sure you are one of the few, the proud, the super intelligent who knows that climate change is all a hoax by scientists trying to make money. Oh, and enjoy your cheap Canadian oil sands oil while it lasts. Finally, I would love to have seen how outraged you were when your last president enacted Section 179 which subsidized vehicles over 6,000lbs GVWR even when bought for personal use... P.S. Gateway computer are effing garbage.
          Drakkon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          Will the petroleum companies give back the trillion dollars in subsidies they have received since WW2? Will the coal companies pony up & pay for the rail line built from Montana to Minneapolis which has carried nothing but coal since its inception, yet paid for 80% with federal dollars? Why is my gas tank filled with 10% corn when we have record feed prices in an exceptional drought? Who's picking winners & losers? In think most of these arguments against energy efficiency & renewables has less to do with saving tax dollars than my political donors getting paid in this administration and your political donors getting paid last time (metaphorically speaking, I have no donors. Anyone interested?).
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          Unfortunately for Chevy, the Volt will soon be linked to cancer in California.
        mycommentemail
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        Right on brother! Stupid government picking a car to succeed and then paying me to take it. Except they aren't paying me. I'm just paying less in taxes. And that's bad! It makes America unhappy when people pay less in taxes. I'm sure you will agree, then, that: America weeps when homeowners deduct their mortgage interest. America weeps when they deduct their mortgage insurance. America weeps every time another baby is born and parents deduct for that new child. America weeps every time another person living off investment income pays taxes at a lower rate than the person in the next town over who gets up and goes to work for 40-50 hours a week.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
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          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          Looks like you are putting your word of the day calendar that yomama got you to good use. You spelled conservative wrong.
          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          This coming from yomama? We will see which way the scales tip in November. Good arguement though
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