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The Volt even surpassed the Nissan Leaf in October sales, but the Leaf is ahead for the year overall

General Motors Co. has announced October as the best-ever sales month for its extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt, which has been struggling to beat 2011 sales targets as well as Nissan Leaf sales.

The extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle that has an EPA-rated electric range of 35 miles. It then switches to a gasoline engine. The 2011 Volt started at $41,000 and the 2012 base model price is set for $39,995. The Nissan Leaf, on the other hand, is all-electric with an EPA-rated 73 miles per charge. The 2011 base model sold for $32,780 while the 2012 is set for $35,200.

According to GM, it sold 1,108 Volts in October. This is a hefty increase from September, where GM only reported 723 Volt sales. This also brings GM closer to its 2011 sales goal, which is 10,000 Volts sold for the whole year. It also plans to export 6,000 Volts.

In addition, this is the first time the Volt outsold the Nissan Leaf since April, which only had 849 sales in October. The Nissan Leaf is still ahead overall for the year though, with 8,048 Leafs sold from January through October while GM has sold 5,003 Volts during the same period of time.

While October was looking good for GM's Volt, it still has a long, hard road ahead in order to meet its 2011 goals. According to The Detroit News, GM must sell 2,500 Volts per month for the last two months of 2011 in order to meet the 10,000 mark.

GM, however, remains confident that it can meet this goal. It said it has added 200 additional Volt dealers, totaling to 2,200 nationwide in 27 states. By the end of 2011, GM hopes to have 2,400 dealers in all 50 states.

"I'm going to keep pushing," said Don Johnson, GM vice president for sales.

Nissan predicts that it will meet 10,000 Leaf sales in the U.S. by the first week of 2012.

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: Lets see if it's sustainable
By Keeir on 11/2/2011 4:34:13 PM , Rating: 2
When did I say electric was the winner?

There are alot of technologies that will let you get from point A to point B, including feet.

The Gasoline Powered ICE in the form of a 4 Door Car is the obvious current "winner" in the United States.

CNG... not an alternative apparently. Its been on the market for years and there has been little to no consumer response outside of fleet sales.

HFC... not on the market.

P. Hybrid... less than 5% of the market

Diesel... less than 1% of the market

S. Hybrid... 2 Models. Both less than 1 year old

Full Electric... 1 real model (leaf) + bunch of super limited models. Less than 1 year old

Its really premature to call a winner or to count out technologies that have been in the marketplace for less than 1 year.

RE: Lets see if it's sustainable
By Dr of crap on 11/3/2011 8:56:09 AM , Rating: 2
Yet you say the Volt is a sucess???
Now I'm boggled!

RE: Lets see if it's sustainable
By Keeir on 11/3/2011 2:00:44 PM , Rating: 2
When did I say that?

I said it

A. To Early to Tell.

B. What level is success? I hear everyone crow over Mini Cooper as successful, but the highest selling model of theirs sells only ~20,000 a year in the US.

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