General Motors has reported 2012 sales of the Chevrolet Volt increased by three times over 2011. GM sold 23,461 Volts in 2012 compared with only 7,671 in 2011.
Although the year over year increase is very impressive the Chevy Volt is still a very low volume vehicle for GM. As an example the ultra low volume Chevy Corvette sportscar sold 14,000 units. The Volt only outsold it by 10,000 units.
The Chevy Volt did outsell it’s main electric car competitor by more than two times. The Nissan Leaf only sold 9,800 vehicles in 2012. Although Nissan states it was a record year for Leaf sales and they are looking forward to building on 2012 this year.
Chevy Volt drivers are reporting triple digit fuel economy numbers. This is due to the fact that the Volt has a gasoline engine that kicks in once the battery is drained. You can typically drive 60 kms on a full battery charge before needing the extra range of the gas motor. Most drivers get by on all electric and only need to use their gasoline engine on rare occasions when they need to travel for an extended range.
While electric cars are relatively new the reviews are positive for most electric car owners. Most Chevy Volt drivers are generally happy with their purchase and would do it again after factoring in the environmental benefits as well as the fuel savings over and above the extra electricity costs.