Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Increasing Voltage


Sure happy to see this story today.

General Motors Co. said it sold 1,760 plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt vehicles in June, double what it sold in June 2011.

In the first half of 2012, GM sold 8,817 Volts, more than triple the 2,745 it sold in the same period last year. It already has topped Volt sales for all of 2011, which were about 7,600.

Volt sales have been boosted by California granting solo drivers of the extended-range electric vehicle access to carpool lanes. GM spokesman Jim Cain said 1 in 5 Volts are sold in the Golden State.

GM had 5,300 Volts in stock at the end of June, an 82-day-supply. About 12 percent of Volts this year have been sold to commercial and government fleets.

June sales were up over the 1,680 Volts sold in May.

I'm here to testify - I'm seeing more around the Bay area. Pictured above is a random shot of one that was parked in front of work a couple weeks ago. I saw two today on the way home, and a high of four in one day about a month ago. There are Leafs around too, including one that lives in my neighborhood.

And kudos to Chevy for showing up at the A's games and letting people test drive their products. They are working it out here with customer service and hands-on experience, best way to sell the cars. I got to drive a Volt and it was slick. Handles tight, great acceleration, nice weight that gives it a solid ride. Maybe someday...