While most people in the auto industry waited to hear if January sales continued to be as strong as they were last year, electric-car fans were waiting to hear a different number. Electric-car fans were waiting to hear the results of the sales of Chevrolet Bolt EVs last month. Last month was the car’s first full month of sales.
GM released its sales results on Wednesday morning and the number turned out to be ,162 deliveries. That brings their total sales in roughly six weeks to 1,741. This number puts the Chevrolet Bolt EV far ahead both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf after their first two months exactly six years ago.
Meanwhile, the Volt plug-in hybrid logged January sales of 1,611, up from their January 2016 sales of 996.
Including a few Spark EVs, GM sold about 2,800 plug-in cars last month alone. Last month, Nissan delivered 772 Leafs, compared to 755 just a year ago.
The Leaf now suffers in comparison with the new Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Leaf has a 107-mile range, which is less than half of the Bolt EV’s 238-mile EPA rating. Last year, the Volt outsold the Leaf, with 24,700 deliveries of the Volt against the 14,000 deliveries of the Leaf.
As far as other electric car companies go, Tesla, as usual, refused to release its monthly sales figures. The company also does not release its breakdown of quarterly delivery totals by country, making comparisons to other automaker’s data impossible. Audi sold 387 of their A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid hatchbacks, having one of their better months.
Other high-volume plug-in electric cars that electric-car fans should keep an eye on are the Toyota Prius Prime and the Energi models of the Ford Fusion mid-size sedan and the Ford C-Max five-door tall wagon.
As far as the battery-electric side goes, the high-volume cars that people should keep an eye on are the BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf.
Currently, California has the most advanced plug-in electric car market.
Other electric car companies that have refused to release the data for their plug-in versions include Fiat, Hyundai, and Kia. The models produced by these companies include their 500e, Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, and Optima Plug-In Hybrid models.
Following the list of plug-in cars is also a long list of low-volume cars which includes, a number of luxury plug-in hybrids, several smaller cars from various makers and a few remaining compliance cars.