Good news: GM sold 281 Chevy Volts last month

posted at 7:10 pm on March 3, 2011 by Allahpundit

That brings the grand total so far up to … 928 cars. Which, believe it or not, is considerably more than its rival, the Nissan Leaf.

I don’t get it. Why wouldn’t someone want to own a $41,000 electric car that under some circumstances gets worse mileage than a Prius?

Why, it’s downright un-American not to.

Peruse Chevrolet’s February sales release, and you’ll notice one number that’s blatantly missing: the number of Chevy Volts sold. The number – a very modest 281 – is available in the company’s detailed data (PDF), but it certainly isn’t something that GM wants to highlight, apparently. Keeping the number quiet is a bit understandable, since it’s lower than the 321 that Chevy sold in January…

Ouch. The big questions, of course, revolve around one word: “Why?” Is ramping up production and deliveries still a problem? Is demand weak? Are unscrupulous dealers to blame? When will sales start to climb? And what are these numbers doing to plug-in vehicle work at other automakers?

Nissan has sold 173 Leafs in two months; Megan McArdle notes that, back in November, its CEO was projecting sales of 500,000 per year by 2013.

Consumer Reports reviewed the Volt recently as part of its annual car issue but their analysis is behind a reg wall. Try this write-up in the Detroit News instead, or watch the video below of an editor groaning about the sticker price on Fox Business. They paid $48,700 for their test ride and lamented, among other things, the fact that it takes fully five hours to charge the damned thing. Verdict: “This is going to be a tough sell to the average consumer.” No kidding.

Chevy’s only hope now? Saudi Arabia’s “day of rage” next Friday blossoms into a full-fledged Wahhabist revolution, with oil sales to the west embargoed indefinitely thereafter. $15 per gallon gas, here we come.


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Just trying to imagine who bought them.

(Maybe the Federal government)

Blaise on March 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM

What’s amazing is that they sold that many.

betsyz on March 3, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Good news: GM sold 281 Chevy Volts Vegas last month in 1981.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 7:14 PM

msnbc giving them away?

B Man on March 3, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Even a total Saudi meltdown won’t help Chevy sell this lemon.

Getting less than 50 miles off a charge from the battery, thanks to inclement weather as pointed out by Consumer Reports, makes it an even bigger waste of money than thought.

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Just trying to imagine who bought them.

(Maybe the Federal government)

Blaise on March 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Rich idiots in the vein of Ed Begley Jr.

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 7:15 PM

They sold that many? Numbers to be adjusted downward next month?

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

BHO’s midas touch…

d1carter on March 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

More interested in a Dodge Nitro.

mmm boxy

Jeddite on March 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Rich idiots in the vein of Ed Begley Jr.

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 7:15 PM

He probably bought a hundred just to inflate the numbers.

CWforFreedom on March 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

BHO’s midas touch…

d1carter on March 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

“He’s King Midas with a curse… He’s King Midas in reverse”

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 7:17 PM

msnbc giving them away?

B Man on March 3, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Don’t put it past BO to invoke the commerce clause and make you buy one.

CWforFreedom on March 3, 2011 at 7:18 PM

But I understand that GM is paying $40 million for carbon credits to a PA low income housing weatherization project…? I want my money back.

d1carter on March 3, 2011 at 7:18 PM

I still have to ask, what is the Volt vs Semi scenario look like? Will the paramedics have to wear HazMat suits to pry you out of a battery acid filled car?

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Good news: GM sold 281 Chevy Volts Vegas last month in 1981.

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 7:14 PM

The Vega was Motor Trend car of the year when it debuted.

Seriously.

No, seriously, it was.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Heh….imagine that…

sicoit on March 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

I’m waiting for version 2.0.

swamp_yankee on March 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Oprah will be giving them away.

Knucklehead on March 3, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Hey, if it’s constitutional to make us buy healthcare, why not mandate everyone buy a Chevy Volt.

rbj on March 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

$15 per gallon gas, here we come.

How are you so optimistic?

Western_Civ on March 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

I still have to ask, what is the Volt vs Semi scenario look like? Will the paramedics have to wear HazMat suits to pry you out of a battery acid filled car?

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

I’ve asked the same question for years.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

You can buy a nice Diesel Jetta and 200K miles of diesel for the price of a new Volt, and not have all the compromise with the Dolt. Makes no sense for anyone who works for their own money.

MidWestFarmer on March 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Nothing that a federal gun to the head requiring everyone to buy one won’t cure.

Of course we will have a little electricity supply problem what will drive those costs through the roof too. Huh, how about using plastic bags as parachutes to drag us around on skateboards?

Bishop on March 3, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Hey, if it’s constitutional to make us buy healthcare, why not mandate everyone buy a Chevy Volt.

rbj on March 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

“Hi, I’m Barack Obama. I want to tell you about the Chevy Volt. I like the car so much, I bought the company… with YOUR tax dollars!”

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Like trying to sell the Nova in Latin America!

Christien on March 3, 2011 at 7:23 PM

From the linked article was another link that noted:

Even though some Chevrolet dealers were warned to not sell the Volt above the MSRP, there is a distinct trend around the country where some dealers are trying to make a few extra (thousand) bucks off the popular plug-in vehicle. In fact, Motor Trend found a dealer in Florida that is listing a Volt at $65,590. That’s a wee bit more than the car’s $41,000 MSRP.

The greenies need to define “popular”. I think they went to the same school as BO.

CWforFreedom on March 3, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Oprah will be giving them away.

Knucklehead on March 3, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Chevy will be on-hand to “buy back” a lot of those cars once people realize how much of a turkey it is.

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 7:25 PM

$41,000? What a deal!

Screw the 18K like-new SUV I can get!

Good Lt on March 3, 2011 at 7:26 PM

status symbol

rob verdi on March 3, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Nervous looks over shoulder from Ford Fusion hybrid team…..

roy_batty on March 3, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Chevy’s only hope now? Saudi Arabia’s “day of rage” next Friday blossoms into a full-fledged Wahhabist revolution, with oil sales to the west embargoed indefinitely thereafter.

That wouldn’t help. Manufacturing costs would go through the roof and that $41,000 price tag would jump quite a bit. But it wouldn’t matter cause all production and manufacturing in the country would go through the roof and company’s margins would be squeezed like Charlie Sheen between two hookers to the point that they’d be forced to increase prices as well as lay off scores of people as they tried to get their budgets in order.

Weight of Glory on March 3, 2011 at 7:27 PM

$41,000? What a deal!

Screw the 18K like-new SUV I can get!

Good Lt on March 3, 2011 at 7:26 PM

For $41K, I can probably get a fully tricked-out Mustang, a bunch of gas, and a bunch of sessions with that nude therapist from the other thread.

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I’d rather buy an Edsel.

rich801 on March 3, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Chevy Volt Dance

Check out the likes-to-dislikes ratio. Heh.

Christien on March 3, 2011 at 7:28 PM

My boss has one. It is a total piece of crap.

stenwin77 on March 3, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Time to pull the plug on that car!

PackerBronco on March 3, 2011 at 7:30 PM

SECOND LOOK AT TOYOTA!

Buy Danish on March 3, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Hey, if it’s constitutional to make us buy healthcare, why not mandate everyone buy a Chevy Volt.

rbj on March 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Remember, if you think you may need to ride in a car during your lifetime it is considered commerce.

kringeesmom on March 3, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I’d rather throw down about 4k for an old 4×4 hunting truck and use the other 35k for gas and ammo.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Check out the likes-to-dislikes ratio. Heh.

Christien on March 3, 2011 at 7:28 PM

And the comments aren’t too bad either LOL!

Knucklehead on March 3, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Bought my Hyundai Genesis for about 1/3 less than that PoS Volt….muhahahaha, love my car.

Geministorm on March 3, 2011 at 7:32 PM

SECOND LOOK AT TOYOTA!

Buy Danish on March 3, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I’ve been looking HARD at Toyota trucks.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM


Nissan has sold 173 Leafs in two months

Shouldn’t that be LEAVES?

Tony737 on March 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Heh…the ObamaMobile performs about as well as Obama does.

AUINSC on March 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM

If I had a Volt, I could drive it to Tampa (at 50 miles per charge, it would take almost a week) and take the high speed rail to Orlando and visit my son!

kringeesmom on March 3, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Oooooooooh!!!! Feel that? That’s a global cooling breeze starting with all that CO2 prevention. I guess Obamalinsky really is as smart as they say….

adamsmith on March 3, 2011 at 7:35 PM

State / Federal / City worker calls in — can’t make it to work – car is still on charge – can I get a slip for that so I can get paid ???

wheels on March 3, 2011 at 7:37 PM

So how many did Barry buy?

At full sticker price of course.

GarandFan on March 3, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Like A Rock Barack, The Heartbeat Heartache of America

Christien on March 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

I’d rather throw down about 4k for an old 4×4 hunting truck and use the other 3537k for gas and ammo.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 7:31 PM

FIFM Sheesh!

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

I’ve been looking HARD at Toyota trucks.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Just do it. I had a 1995 Toyota Tacoma that died with about 290,000 miles on it. It didn’t really die, the transmission finally blew. Never did a thing to it except replace the tires and battery.

Knucklehead on March 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Spot on d1carter @ 716

cmsinaz on March 3, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Seen a couple tooting around here (duh! I’m in California), and they look banal as hell. Looks like a god4mn Chevy Cruze. It LOOKS CHEAP.

Apologetic California on March 3, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Are unscrupulous dealers to blame?

Yeah you know how those unscrupulous dealers are. Always refusing to sell cars to people who come in and beg to buy one.

It’s happened to me many times. You walk in there and tell them you want to buy a new car, and they unscrupulously turn you away.

Sometimes you have to ask 2 or 3 salespeople before you find one who will let you even test drive one.

Jerks.

Lily on March 3, 2011 at 7:43 PM

About the only thing I remember from Freshman Sociology is the phrase “conspicuous consumption.”

mesquito on March 3, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Technically, actually 280 since at least one was “sold” to Consumer Reports.

BTW, they (Consumer Reports) were hardly impressed.

bannedbyhuffpo on March 3, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Good news: GM sold 281 Chevy Volts last month

Bad News: 280 Chevy Volts will be traded in for something with a range farther than a bicycle next month.

Scrappy on March 3, 2011 at 7:45 PM

gotta LOVE it when the FREE MARKET sticks its finger in the eye of the socialists…heh.

NY Conservative on March 3, 2011 at 7:46 PM

If Libya goes sideways and protests in the gulf follows we’ll see $5/gallon by summer.

I wouldn’t worry about volt/leaf sales numbers if that happens.

Khorum on March 3, 2011 at 7:46 PM

I’ve been looking HARD at Toyota trucks.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Just do it. I had a 1995 Toyota Tacoma that died with about 290,000 miles on it. It didn’t really die, the transmission finally blew. Never did a thing to it except replace the tires and battery.

Knucklehead on March 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Yeah, I can’t really afford a new one right now, I’m looking for an old but solid beater for hunting/Home Depot runs. My old Explorer (194k) won’t die though, so it’s hard to justify. If my Ex were a 4×4 I wouldn’t even be looking.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM

The insurance rates should be interesting. How much to replace those batteries after an accident?

Bishop on March 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM

But…but…It’s Motor Trend’s CAR OF THE YEAR for 2011!!!!!

GM Shill anyone????

BigWyo on March 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM

“‘Scuse me, I was wondering if I could get a jump, my car won’t start. BTW, we’ll have to leave the cables hooked-up for about 7 hours.”

Bishop on March 3, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Bad toupee’…almost as bad as the Volt.

PatriotRider on March 3, 2011 at 7:50 PM

You mean I’m the proud owner of nearly 70 volts? Wow!

(You know, you are buying nearly 1/4 of a volt for everyone who purchases one.)

lorien1973 on March 3, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Maybe they can offer a conversion kit to run it with a sterling engine. It’s been done before and worked a lot better than this turkey does.

shmendrick on March 3, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Shouldn’t that be LEAVES?

Tony737 on March 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are about to sick a goon on you.

lorien1973 on March 3, 2011 at 7:50 PM

I still have to ask, what is the Volt vs Semi scenario look like? Will the paramedics have to wear HazMat suits to pry you out of a battery acid filled car?

Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

if it`s anything like a pretentious prius it uses a gell electrolyte in its batteries, which means less of a chance of being covered in mercilessly flesh eating corrosives.

NY Conservative on March 3, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Rich idiots in the vein of Ed Begley Jr.

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 7:15 PM

At least this guy practices what he preaches, unlike most of the leftist enviro-preachers.

lorien1973 on March 3, 2011 at 7:51 PM

You just know 250 of them are parked in a government warehouse somewhere.

Built with taxpayer money and purchased with taxpayer money.

BONUS!!|!!

BigWyo on March 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I bought a Honda Ruckus scooter for my wife last October. I liked it so much I got myself one.

They get 90 mpg and top out around 40 mph.

They’re fun to ride around town and easy to work on.

But, darn it, they aren’t “green”:

Just 10 times le$$ with a lot more gas mileage than any “electric” car out there.

BowHuntingTexas on March 3, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Rich idiots in the vein of Ed Begley Jr.

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 7:15 PM

At least this guy practices what he preaches, unlike most of the leftist enviro-preachers.

lorien1973 on March 3, 2011 at 7:51 PM

True, but it doesn’t make him any less of an idiot than the other followers of The Goracle of Gaea.

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 7:54 PM

I bought a Honda Ruckus scooter for my wife last October. I liked it so much I got myself one.

They get 90 mpg and top out around 40 mph.

They’re fun to ride around town and easy to work on.

But, darn it, they aren’t “green”:

Just 10 times le$$ with a lot more gas mileage than any “electric” car out there.

BowHuntingTexas on March 3, 2011 at 7:53 PM

And, to quote the old joke, “you don’t want your friends to see you riding one.”

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Hey, I’d be glad to pay $48k for a mediocre sedan the runs on coal and uranium instead of gasoline. It’s ego-friendly!

And the gas version of the same car sells for half as much and gets 40 mpg highway.

I’d definitely get the car that costs double, runs on coal, and takes 5 hours to charge up.

forest on March 3, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Yeah, I can’t really afford a new one right now, I’m looking for an old but solid beater for hunting/Home Depot runs. My old Explorer (194k) won’t die though, so it’s hard to justify. If my Ex were a 4×4 I wouldn’t even be looking.

pugwriter on March 3, 2011 at 7:47 PM

I bought my used for $4,000 bucks with 50,000 miles on it. Best purchase I’ve ever made………..and it didn’t even have air conditioning.

God, I loved that truck………

Knucklehead on March 3, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Well,thats a shock!!

canopfor on March 3, 2011 at 7:56 PM

And, to quote the old joke, “you don’t want your friends to see you riding one.”

teke184 on March 3, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Heh. I always take the side streets – I’d get laughed off any major roads around here.

At least the Ruckuses don’t look like Vespas.

BowHuntingTexas on March 3, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Chevy’s only hope now? Saudi Arabia’s “day of rage” next Friday blossoms into a full-fledged Wahhabist revolution, with oil sales to the west embargoed indefinitely thereafter. $15 per gallon gas, here we come.
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Me thinks aloud,is this ClusterFark,or,

pure Serendipity,or by design!!

canopfor on March 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM

I remember when that Obama stooge on CNBC, Phil LeBeau, ripped Rush for calling the Volt a bad joke.
Since Phil does nothing but spin for the UAW and Barry, I can’t wait for his latest propaganda report on this shocking development.

jjshaka on March 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Chevy’s only hope now? Saudi Arabia’s “day of rage” next Friday blossoms into a full-fledged Wahhabist revolution, with oil sales to the west embargoed indefinitely thereafter. $15 per gallon gas, here we come.
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Lets consult the Shipping Lanes Oil Choke Points!

http://westforwestwing2012.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/oil_chokepoints1.jpg

canopfor on March 3, 2011 at 8:02 PM

BHO’s midas touch…

d1carter on March 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Oi, it’s enough to make someone want to change their handle.

Midas on March 3, 2011 at 8:04 PM

$41,000? What a deal!

Screw the 18K like-new SUV I can get!

Good Lt on March 3, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Get the 18k ones quick I sense another C4C coming soon. Trade in your 6-7 year old $15000 Suburban and get 5k off a Volt.

CWforFreedom on March 3, 2011 at 8:06 PM

VOLT batteries cost?

Cutting edge lithium ion battery packs being built for the Volt are expensive. Some experts guess they cost up to $10,000 although certainly GM nor their suppliers are saying what the actual numbers will be.

http://gm-volt.com/2008/09/03/lutz-each-volt-factors-in-the-cost-of-a-battery-replacement/

CWforFreedom on March 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

GE bought 300 of them just before the President appointed GE’s CEO to his ecomomic council. Remember the GE commercial with thousand of employee’s dancing in step until the $.15 antenna breaks on the portable radio. There is always a problem when a country’s energy policy rests with one idea even if that is ecoimagination.

duncantwn on March 3, 2011 at 8:08 PM

VOLT batteries cost?

Cutting edge lithium ion battery packs being built for the Volt are expensive. Some experts guess they cost up to $10,000 although certainly GM nor their suppliers are saying what the actual numbers will be.

http://gm-volt.com/2008/09/03/lutz-each-volt-factors-in-the-cost-of-a-battery-replacement/

CWforFreedom on March 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

And caustic to the environment to manufacture…

Midas on March 3, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Hhhmmm, $3000 down, $7000 gov. credit @ 6 years on a 1% loan plus taxes et cetera and this can be yours for a lousy $600 a month( 5% @ $670 monthly)!

Does it come with or without the rust treatment?

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Alinsky on March 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Does it come with or without the rust treatment?

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Alinsky on March 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM

It’s Tru-Coat, but I’ll go talk to my manager.

Knucklehead on March 3, 2011 at 8:17 PM

I’d rather buy an Edsel.
rich801 on March 3, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Actually, the Edsel was a good car.It was just poorly placed in the price point market during the 1958 recession and , of course, was a pretty ugly design but given some of the chrome-laden monstrosities of that era not that far out of the design themes of the time.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 3, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Alinsky on March 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Come on silly boy you know rust treatments are a rip-off.

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CWforFreedom on March 3, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of people I encounter on the road driving a Prius are horrible drivers.

Mark1971 on March 3, 2011 at 8:23 PM

928 sold to date? Must be tabulated by the same people who are calculating employment numbers

Syd B. on March 3, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Sometimes you need to look at these numbers in context – as for the Leaf, there’s less than 30 in total dealer inventory nationally, so you can only sell as many as you have. Ramp up won’t really get going until later Spring, early Summer for any kind of volume. Don’t know what the same numbers are for the Volt.

PatMac on March 3, 2011 at 8:26 PM

I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of people I encounter on the road driving a Prius are horrible drivers.

Mark1971 on March 3, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Funny you should say that. I saw one that went up and onto a snowbank just the other day that caused a traffic jam near my home. I saw the poor little pitiful thing impaled on the snowbank with the Moonbat driver standing nearby looking sheepish as the police, fire and tow trucks cleaned up the mess and thought, “figures.”

TheBigOldDog on March 3, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Alinsky on March 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM
It’s Tru-Coat, but I’ll go talk to my manager.

Knucklehead on March 3, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Knucklehead:Fargo movie was a hoot to watch!:)

canopfor on March 3, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Will the paramedics have to wear HazMat suits to pry you out of a battery acid filled car?
Limerick on March 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM

No battery acid, but I hope they don’t cut a wire with the jaws of life.

txhsmom on March 3, 2011 at 8:35 PM

I wonder how many horse and buggies were sold in the same time frame. I bet the amish at leas tbought more buggies…

unseen on March 3, 2011 at 8:36 PM

No, the really bad news is that the 928 people who have been dying to have one of these turds all have them now.

Who is going to buy one next month?

Jaibones on March 3, 2011 at 8:38 PM

“The Volt is out? The Volt is out? SUVs are still in? Internal combustion is still in? Wait a minute.”

Left Coast Right Mind on March 3, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Yikes! It’s an avalanche. Actually an Avalanche, a monster $40,000 SUV by Chevy that sold more in this thrifty fellow in the base period. Why to go guys! Tax dollars at work?

Mason on March 3, 2011 at 8:43 PM

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