November was another good month for GM’s Chevy Bolt EV US sales. The electric vehicle hit a new record with almost 3,000 units sold in one month – bringing the total to over 20,000 units to date.
Almost exactly a year after the start of production in December 2016, GM is now comfortably selling and delivering over 2,000 Bolt EVs per month in the US.
The automaker has beaten sales record every month for the past 8 months now with its first built from the ground up all-electric vehicle.
For its latest record, the company delivered exactly 2,987 units in the US in November. Here’s the progression over the last year – showing some steady improvements:
It looks like Chevy Bolt EVs are maturing the US market now that the electric vehicle is ‘officially available’ in every state.
While the vehicle is officially available everywhere, inventory is not exactly well-distributed and it can still be difficult to find the car in several markets.
Dealers in California had more than decent inventories with the best prices, but we have also heard great deals in other markets recently, like leases for less than $200 per month in Massachusetts. You can always check with your local dealers for inventory and see if you can find a deal.
The Bolt EV now seems to be doing just fine in the US – or at least according to GM’s own goal of about 30,000 units per year, but things are more complicated in other markets.
In Europe, the Bolt EV is sold under Opel as the Ampera E, and has seen its price increase by $5,500, which Opel blamed on GM.
Some European markets, especially Norway, have expressed a lot of interest for the vehicle, but GM has been limiting the supply to Opel since it sold the company to the PSA Group, which is now requesting a refund from GM after reportedly discovering the full extent of its CO2 emissions challenges.
In conclusion, if you want a Bolt EV in Europe, I wouldn’t hold your breath, but if you are in the US, try to find a deal and have fun. Time might be a factor though since the $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles is still at risk, which could affect Chevy’s Bolt EV sales.
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