2017 Chevy Bolt Cannot Match Sales Pace of Toyota Prius Plug-in
Four months into 2017 and about six months after its initial sales launch the 2017 Chevrolet Volt battery-electric car is shaping up to be yet another failed EV. U.S. sales of the all-new Bolt, the first affordable all-electric EV with a range above 200 miles, remain low. Just like every other battery-electric vehicle (BEV).
Bolt vs. Prime Sales Figures
The new Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is selling much better. In April, Chevy sold 1,292 Bolt BEVs. Toyota sold 1,819 Prius Prime PHEVs. The same sales pattern holds for the year to date sales of both. The Chevy Bolt has found 4,384 buyers and the Prius Prime has found 6,165. Neither Toyota or General Motors made any special mention of these electric vehicles in their monthly sales reports, aside from stating their sales figures.
Heading into the 2017 model year, the Chevy Bolt won most of the important car awards granted by journalists and publications. Bolt was voted North American Car of the Year, one of the most coveted automotive awards. Respected writers and organizations like Ezra Dyer at Popular Mechanics put it on their best of 2017 list. But it still does not sell.
Bolt vs. Tesla Model 3
Torque News has covered the Bolt extensively and our Mary Conway saw it as a potential Tesla Model 3 beater. So far it is beating the Tesla since the Tesla is nowhere to be found. The real question for any new battery electric vehicle is can it even beat the other variations of affordable EVs already putting up bigger sales figures.
Image courtesy of reader Jesse Rudavsky.