Good for us - good for the U.S.
The rumors were right, but also wrong.
We heard last week that Chevrolet was on track to sell 2,500 Volt plug-in hybrids in August, the most ever. Well, GM did set a new Volt sales record, but it was even higher: 2,831. That beats the previous best sales month, March 2012, when 2,289 were sold, by 542 units. Last month, GM sold 1,849 Volts. For a bit of context, GM also sold more Sparks in August than ever before, 2,630. The previous monthly was 1,460 in July.
GM will still shut down the plant that builds the Volt in Hamtramck, MI for a month starting in about two weeks, in part to retool the machines for the new models (that same plant also makes the Impala, for example) and in part to balance out Volt supply and demand. As of a month ago, GM had an 84-day supply of Volts.
As for the other plug-in vehicle that's been competing (in some ways) with the Volt since late 2010, the Nissan Leaf sold 685 in August, up from 395 sold last month. A year ago, Nissan sold 1,362 Leafs. The best Leaf sales month was June 2011, when 1,708 Leafs were sold.
As always, we'll have our detailed post about green vehicle sales up shortly, once all of the numbers are released.