Chevy Bolt EV Sales Climb To a High of 1,566 in May

As the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s availability in all U.S. markets increases toward nationwide this summer, the car saw its best sales month yet with 1,566 units delivered in May.

Unlike in April, when the $37,500 and up (before incentives) 238-mile EV was outsold by the outgoing $31,000 107-mile range Nissan Leaf, this month it topped the Leaf’s 1,392 sales.

Nissans are being more heavily discounted as well, but are doing relatively strongly next to the ostensibly superior all-new Bolt.

The Bolt’s sales also fall behind those of the extended-range Chevy Volt, which documented 1,817 sales, down 4.4 percent from 1,901 a year prior.

Chevrolet’s new compact crossover is otherwise a top-selling EV in its class for April, although it was outsold by the perennially strong-selling Tesla Model S and Model X.

Autodata estimates the S delivered 1,950 units and the X sold 2,100. Next down was the BMW i3 – including BEV and REx – which saw 508 sales, and so the Bolt is a relatively solid performer in its sub $40,000 class.

Sales this year were January: 1,162, February: 952, March: 978, April 1,291, and you know May, at 1,566 for a year to date total of 5,949 this year. Add that to the 579 in December when sales began, and the total is 6,528 reported Bolt sales since the model was released.

Year to date its sibling the Volt has seen 9,187 deliveries.


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