Over the course of Q1 2023, GM sold more electric vehicles than crosstown rival Ford, supplanting the Blue Oval as the second-most popular EV manufacturer, coming behind Tesla.
New sales data from the first quarter of calendar year 2023 reflects an impressive sales performance from General Motors. In fact, The General sold almost twice as many EVs as Ford, with a vast number of sales volume contributed by the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV.
|Chevy Bolt EV/EUV||19700||-|
|Ford F-150 Lightning||-||4291|
|Ford Mustang Mach-E||-||5407|
|GMC Hummer EV Pickup||2||-|
|GMC Hummer EV SUV||0||-|
This massive margin comes as GM struggles with GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq deliveries. However, it’s worth noting that Ford has been dealing with a few issues itself, including the closure and subsequent expansion of the plant in Mexico responsible for production of the Mustang Mach-E, as well as a battery recall on the F-150 Lightning.
In regard to the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV sales figures, GM Authority reported back in October 2022 that General Motors plans to sell as many as 70,000 Bolts over the course of the 2023 calendar year, which would be a notable step up from nearly 40,000 units sold during the 2022 calendar year. This sales boom will coincide with further production increases for other GM EV models, including the Cadillac Lyriq, while a whole suite of new GM EV models will be launched later this year, including the Chevy Silverado EV, Chevy Blazer EV, and Chevy Equinox EV.
As a reminder, there were virtually no sales of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV in late 2021 due to multiple recalls and stop-sale orders, which were issued as a result of multiple vehicle fires tied to a defect in the models’ battery pack. GM ended up recalling all units of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV in order to address the issue by replacing the potentially defective battery packs with new components.