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GM Sees a Chevy Volt Sales Surge

July 5, 2012 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

General Motors has reported a sales urge of better than 200% for its Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, both for June and the first six months of 2012.

Chevy Volt takes a beachside ClipperCreek charge

GM says it sold 1,760 Volt cars last month, compared with 561 in June 2011, for a gain of nearly 214%.

The first six months were even better, as GM sold 8,817 Volts as compared with 2,745 for January-June 2011, a gain of better than 221%.

“Volt is unique among electric vehicles because you have two sources of energy,” GM says of the product seen by most observers as a PHEV – plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

Chevrolet Volt owners have saved ‘a supertanker of gasoline,’ GM said in May, ‘compiling 40 million miles on electricity and avoiding the use of more than 2.1 million gallons of gasoline.’

“You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA-estimated 35 miles,” states the Volt website. “There’s also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go up to a total of 375 miles on a full tank of gas” – by which the automaker means gasoline, of course.

GM recently added a meter to its Chevy Volt website that uses information from its OnStar service to show how many miles have been driven by Volt cars in pure electricity, and on gasoline, and the estimated number of gasoline gallons saved.

GM said in June that the all-electric range of the 2013 Chevrolet Volt will be 38 miles on a single charge, a three-mile EV range increase from the 2012 model. The miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) will increase from 94 miles to 98 miles and the total range, including extended range operation, is to be 380 miles.

GM Chevy Volt data — live via OnStar — as of mid-day July 5, 2012

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