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Chevy Volt broke monthly sales record in August as GM hails EV’s momentum

General Motors confirmed today that it expects to sell more than 2,500 Chevrolet Volts in August, a monthly record for the extended-range electric vehicle.

The Volt, which has been dogged by political rhetoric, won’t meet the automaker’s original sales projections of 45,000 vehicles in 2012. But the company backed off those projections several months ago – and the car has outperformed its chief competitors, including the pure electric Nissan Leaf, whose sales have plummeted.

GM spokeswoman Michelle Malcho said the company would sell “well over” 2,500 this month.

“We’re really seeing momentum continuing to build,” Malcho said. “As people see their neighbors have one and as they start to understand the technology and are able to drive it, they put it into their consideration.”

The news comes after GM said earlier this week that it would shut down the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant where the Volt is produced from Sept. 17 through Oct. 15 to upgrade equipment for the forthcoming production of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. The company disputed reports that the idling was connected to disappointing sales.

The automaker sold 10,666 Volts in the first seven months of the year, up 272% from the same period in 2011. Its previous best month for the Volt was 2,229 in March, which was soon after California drivers were allowed to drive the Volt in carpool lanes without a passenger.

Californians are buying one-third of GM’s supply of Volts, but Malcho said other markets are showing strength too. Michigan is one of the vehicle’s strongest regions.

“We’re really seeing these other markets starting to take off and grow,” she said.


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