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December 2013 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card
InsideEvs ^ | 1-3-13 | Jay Cole

Posted on 01/03/2014 9:20:33 AM PST by lacrew

Chevrolet Volt: For December 2,392 Volts were sold, which was down 9.2% over December of 2012, when GM sold an impressive 2,633. (full story here)

Previously in November 1,920 Volts were sold, which was actually an increase over 2012 when just 1,519 were moved off dealer lots.

December’s result means that GM sold less extended range Chevys in 2013 than 2012. 23,094 were sold in 2013 vs 23,461 – a loss of 1.9%

To blame for the year-over-year miss is an inventory situation we first alluded to in October.

Basically, GM overbuilt 2013 model year stock in the summer, thinking they had enough inventory so they could temper 2014 production as well as also start to build out the Cadillac ELR. However, a big price reduction in the 2014 edition of the Volt (down to $34,995) made clearance deals on the 2013s very attractive to customers and has put GM in a hold on 2014 inventory they have yet to dig themselves out of.

(Excerpt) Read more at insideevs.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: volt
So the Volt had a drop in year to year sales.

The reason given - Inventory problems.

Yeah....that's the ticket.

I wonder how many Volts are driving around New England in today's weather?

1 posted on 01/03/2014 9:20:33 AM PST by lacrew
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To: lacrew

Also from the article, a report on the Chevy Spark:

“In October, the little Chevy electric posted a result of 66 Spark EVs sold during October, which was down some from September when 78 were sold.

However, no one should read into anything into the monthly number…at least if they are trying to get a handle on Spark EV demand, as GM basically sets their own monthly sales number by curtailing inventory. GM could sell a lot more if they wanted to.”

I see...GM is intentionally not selling these...for some reason.


2 posted on 01/03/2014 9:24:14 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: lacrew

And those companies that sell hybrid’s roll the electric powered distance into the overall gas mileage making it look better than it really is.


3 posted on 01/03/2014 9:25:13 AM PST by SkyDancer ("How Can People Ask Forgiveness If They Won't Forgive Others?")
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To: lacrew

voltage drop happens


4 posted on 01/03/2014 9:32:24 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: lacrew

GM is still hyping the Volt while losing more money on every sale and I believe the new Cadillac (Volt) ELR will be a bigger loser for them with a $75K starting price.


5 posted on 01/03/2014 9:43:08 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: lacrew

How many Fiskars were sold?


6 posted on 01/03/2014 10:02:15 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014 the year of dead RINOs)
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To: lacrew

If someone is and the Volt catches on fire, the driver can keep warm. :)


7 posted on 01/03/2014 10:04:58 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014 the year of dead RINOs)
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To: SkyDancer

Bought one this past month. GM rolled out 7000 cash off for 2013 models. Roll that in with the tax credit and it makes it very affordable compared to other cars. Plus the fuel costs are low if you drive short distances. I’m doing about 120 miles per gallon if you assume fuel is $3/gal and electricity is 10 cents per KwHr. Performance isnt affected by the cold... only range.

I’m happy with my purchase. Still hate that GM suckered the feds into giving them cash for a car they were putting out anyways.


8 posted on 01/03/2014 10:18:00 AM PST by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Bogey78O

The same temperature differential has been notice by photographers shooting in place like the Antarctic. Battery amp hours go down significantly in those temperatures.

Ive notice a slight loss of am hours in 40 degree weather on my digital camera


9 posted on 01/03/2014 10:21:17 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ( a Safe..and Sane....2014 To All!)
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To: Red Badger

Ping.


10 posted on 01/03/2014 11:45:58 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ExCTCitizen

Well, not counting the ones that burned up?..............


11 posted on 01/03/2014 12:16:29 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Keep it in your pocket..............


12 posted on 01/03/2014 12:17:22 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Army Air Corps
down 9.2% over December of 2012, when GM sold an impressive 2,633

Impressive? By what standard? As compared to Corvairs?...................

13 posted on 01/03/2014 12:18:55 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Army Air Corps

Here’s the sales figures for the 1964 Mustang:

From Wiki:
Original sales forecasts projected less than 100,000 units for the first year.[25] This mark was surpassed in three months from rollout.[26] Another 318,000 would be sold during the model year (a record),[27] and in its first eighteen months, more than one million Mustangs were built.

2,633? Yes, that’s impressive. Impressive that it’s still being sold at all....................


14 posted on 01/03/2014 12:22:19 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: lacrew
What's wrong with this picture?....

The feds want me to use lightbulbs I hate to save electricity. The feds want me to use electricity to power my car. They want efficient engines but insist on lacing gasoline with corn, I guess so I'll be more tempted to waste electricity with a plug-in car.

They're not making any sense.

15 posted on 01/03/2014 12:28:10 PM PST by grania
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To: Red Badger
the camera batteries would fit...the bike battery...not so well.... do you suppose that its the battery....that sees barry head to hawaii every time the temps drop?


16 posted on 01/03/2014 12:59:37 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( a Safe..and Sane....2014 To All!)
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To: Bogey78O

Obviously you’re a pariah on FR now, but I applaud your honesty. Interestingly the three Volt and one Tesla owner I know personally all love their cars.


17 posted on 01/03/2014 1:04:02 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: lacrew

These are not the sales reports you’re looking for.


18 posted on 01/03/2014 1:27:40 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: lacrew

Saw a Volt on the road for the very first time the other day. I was starting to wonder if they were another myth like affordable health care.


19 posted on 01/03/2014 2:58:26 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: ExCTCitizen

Six.

That’s right - 6.


20 posted on 01/03/2014 3:47:43 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Red Badger

The Volt sales are on par with the Pontiac Aztec sales in the early 2000’s.

You remember the ugly ‘crossover’ from Pontiac, that only sold 27k units in its best year?

They were smart enough to cancel production on that one....


21 posted on 01/03/2014 3:53:56 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: grania

It all makes perfect sense....to a liberal.


22 posted on 01/03/2014 3:54:47 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: nascarnation

I don’t think it makes me a pariah. I’m just doing the right-wing thing and stating my honest experience with it so better info can get out.

I hate that the left has poisoned any vehicle electrification talk with their rabid hatred of oil. But there are better ways than gasoline with modern tech. Most of ethanol is a dead-end as it literally takes food and turns it into fuel. I think CNG/LP and hydrogen fuel cells would be more viable with electric hybrid tech making a nice performance/cost segue. We’ve seen the stellar advances made with CNG that have reduced it to a fairly low cost high volume fuel. Why we don’t see that taking off seems more bureaucratic momentum than anything else.


23 posted on 01/04/2014 9:02:22 AM PST by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Bogey78O

HiBogey
Glad you like it. I have the Ford C Max Htbrid on order for next months delivery.


24 posted on 01/04/2014 1:25:06 PM PST by Moleman
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