The momentum is starting to build: Volt sales hit new peak in August

Did you see the news that General Motors sold more than 2,800 Chevrolet Volts in August? That set a monthly record for the extended-range electric vehicle during what is traditionally a slow month for car sales?

"The Volt seems to be finding its stride," according to a story in Green Car Reports. "It appears that Volt sales have surged to new heights. This month's total of 2,831 is the highest-ever monthly volume for the Volt since it went on sale In December 2010. Some of these sales were spurred by great lease deals offered through GM dealers.

"We're really seeing momentum continuing to build," GM spokeswoman Michelle Malcho said in a story in the Detroit Free Press. "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."

Not counting August, GM sold 10,666 Volts in the first seven months of the year, up 272 percent from the same period in 2011.

Californians account for one-third of Volt sales, 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.