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Sales of Chevy Volt Triples in Year of Electric Car Paradoxes

While sales of 23,461 Volts in 2012 fell short of sales target, it is still seen as a positive trend after a very difficult year.

Published: 06-Jan-2013

Depending on how you look at it, America's most popular electric car either had a standout year, or vastly undershot its sales target.

Indeed, it did both.

GM sold a record 23,461 Chevy Volts in 2012, triple the amount it did last year in the electric car's shaky debut. But the impressive figure is still well below GM's 2012 target of 35,000 to 40,000 – itself a reduction of the 60,000 GM CEO Dan Akerson initially projected.


Chevrolet Volt in dealership showroom.

Dealer orders are down, GM admits, noting that many have been waiting for a resolution to the NHTSA investigation of battery fires.

Five Chevy Volts now part of Zipcar's Chicago carshare fleet.

Car-sharing service Zipcar Inc. is adding five Chevrolet Volts to its Chicago fleet, marking the launch of the company's first large-scale electric vehicle pilot program.

Chevrolet Volt production halted for 5 weeks.

General Motors sold 2,289 units in March 2012, with YTD sales of 3,915 units.


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