The now highly-revered Chevy Volt didn’t exactly get off to the best of starts and at one point wasn’t looking like the EV to change the consumer automotive landscape once and for all. Back in 2011 when the Volt was launched, Chevy only manages to chalk up 7,671 unit sales which was considerably lower than the most pessimistic of projections.
Mercifully, his saw significant improvement in the year to follow with 2012 Chevy Volt sales climbing to a much more respectable 23,461. Not exactly a show-stopping figure, but a massive improvement and a good sign that the Chevy Volt was heading in the right direction. Much of the growing interest in the Chevy Volt was credited to rocketing gas-prices and a generally higher level of concern for fuel-economy, though the worries of the nation certainly worked in Chevy’s favor.
As for now, a new report published by the Washington Post has stated that production volumes for the 2013 Chevy Volt are to once again be stepped up, resulting in the manufacture of 36,000 units for the 2013 model year.
Hybrid sales have exploded over recent years with 2012 having seen growth of a staggering 50% in the US. Full plug-in electric vehicle sales have also tripled in light of growing economic concerns, though are still vastly behind sales of hybrids and standard gas autos.
As far as the 2013 Chevy Volt goes however, expectations are high and GM is hoping that its flagship EV will strike a chord with concerned consumers and help pave the way for a generally more conscious automotive market. The only downside being that the 2013 Volt still comes in at a lofty $39,145, which is not only considerably higher than its closest hybrid rivals but also massively more expensive than an equivalent gas auto.