Several years back, AppleCarFan’s founder, Lyle Dennis, started GM-volt.com. Lyle is known as a huge proponent of electrification in vehicles. The site was started prior to the official release of the Chevrolet Volt, and became widely successful. Despite the unfortunate fate of GM’s earlier EV1, the Volt has found marked success and has stood the test of time.
Since then, the Chevy Volt has topped the list for plug-in sales year after year. From 2010-2013 the Volt was the number one selling vehicle on the list. From 2014 to the present, the Volt has remained in the top three, along with the Nissan LEAF, and the Tesla Model S. The Volt has seen upwards of 2,000 or more sales per month on good months and over 16,000 have sold already this year.
EV sales in general have seen a major increase this year, and specifically, this last quarter. Tesla has broken records this quarter, with nearly 25,000 cars sold, breaking a one month record of over 4,000 cars sold in September. Nearly 17,000 EVs were delivered in September alone. This is record setting for the EV segment. It marks nearly 70% growth compared to the same month last year and over a 30% gain for total yearly sales thus far, compared to 2015.
The Volt is cited as the most consistent selling plug-in in the United States. This year, so far, Volt sales are up 76% percent from last year, and expected to keep growing. This is partly because the new, second-generation Volt has had a full year of availability. Keep in mind, that this is just paving the way for the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt.
Overall EV sales are already showing such a surge, and this is without the upcoming Bolt, Toyota Prius Prime, and Chrysler Pacific EV, among others. Imagine the spike when the Tesla Model 3 hits the streets.
The electrification of vehicles is moving forward at a faster clip everyday. Lyle Dennis willed it with the Chevy Volt, and went on to found the widely successful, InsideEVs.com. Let’s hope that history repeats itself with the coming of the Apple Car.